Review: Perfekt Control (The Aere Saga #2) by S.T. Bende

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Goodreads Summary:

Brynn Aksel is a valkyrie—a battle goddess tasked with protecting both the God of War and the future of Asgard. She fends off giants and dark elves with an iron fist, a glossy smile, and no less than perfekt control. She’s focused one-hundred-percent on rising through the valkyrie ranks, and not at all on her lifelong crush on Henrik Andersson—the one guy in all the realms who could be her undoing.

Henrik serves as War’s other bodyguard, and he’s too focused on protecting their shared charge to realize that Brynn’s a girl. When an unprecedented surge of darkness abducts the Goddess of Love, Brynn’s already-steely focus is singularly directed on her new assignment—accompany Henrik to recover the realms’ source of light before the cosmos descends into chaos.

While battling demons, dragons, and the not-quite-dead, it becomes clear that immortality does not equal invincibility. And when Hel herself puts a hit on Brynn, the valkyrie has to decide if staying in control is worth losing everything . . . or if it’s time to rule the realms.

***I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.***

 

My Review

So after completely loving Perfekt Order and Mia’s romance with Tyr I was so excited to read about Brynn’s story and her romantic struggle with Henrik. Their feelings for one another were so blatantly obvious in the first book that I knew the sequel would have to be an emotional ride! Well it certainly didn’t disappoint!!

Brynn is such a lovable character, and a total badass! Her skills as a valkyrie are unparalleled and she’s the “perfekt” partner for Henrik! This second installment saw the characters racing across the universe from realm to realm in order to save the captured God of Love Freya before her absence leaves the world full of hate and darkness. The action and suspense was non-stop and the world of Norse Mythology was really opened up! There were encounters with mythical creatures of all sorts and it just kept coming! All the while the romantic tension continued to grow between Brynn and Henrik, it was definitely frustrating, but the outcome was SO worth it! And don’t worry readers, Mia and Tyr and the rest of the beloved characters of book one make frequent appearances as well!

By the time the ending rolled around, the suspense was high and the conflict came to a head. I was oh so romantically satisfied in every way, and have to say that I’m pretty sure I enjoyed Brynn’s POV even more than Mia’s. It was just so fun to read from the perspective of a warrior immortal with an epic past and beautiful relationship with an  equally skilled mega hot assassin immortal! You see the appeal??

S.T. Bende you’ve done it again! I loved Perfekt Control and would definitely recommend it to any fans of the series or paranormal romance!

Buy it on Amazon here!

Musical Mondays 2/1/16

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How to Participate In Musical Mondays:

  1. Link your Musical Mondays post back to Escape Inside the Pages

  2. Include the instructions in your post

  3. Share anywhere from 1-3 songs that either:

    • remind you of a book you’ve read or are currently reading
    • you’ve been listening to or have discovered in the past week
    • you feel you must absolutely share with the world
  4. Link your shared songs to their Youtube video (even if it’s a lyrics video)

  5.  Paste the link to your Musical Mondays post in the Comments of my Musical Mondays post each week

  6. Have the greatest time discovering new music and artists!

AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BLOG, FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR MUSIC IN THE COMMENTS SECTION ANYWAY!

Song That Reminds Me of A Book

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Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins vs. Alone Together by Fall Out Boy: I shared this song a couple weeks back, but now that I really thought about the lyrics and the romantic struggle between Kaidan and Anna I feel like the song really fits! They are two troubled souls fighting their inner darkness and they rather be alone together and outcast then be apart.

Song I’ve Been Listening to this Week

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Kiss Kiss by Kim Hyun Joong: as if my nerdom could not go any further, well it has, I’ve been super into this Kpop song. Some of these songs are seriously catchy and great dance songs! NO SHAME! Check this one out! And it helps that his face is quite pleasing ;)

Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash. 

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

My Review

This is the first contemporary book I’ve read by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and also the second audiobook I’ve listened to! I definitely enjoyed Don’t Look Back from start to finish! The plot was gripping and held my attention constantly, there were just so many questions that I needed the answers to!

Don’t Look Back focuses on the life of Samantha who was found bloodied and beaten after being missing for days with no memory of who she is or what happened to her. All she knows is her supposed best friend is still missing and someone else took part in what happened to her. Now she must rely on the help of friends and family to reveal the truth, but when she begins to remember more, she quickly learns who is friend and who is foe.

There were plenty of plot twists that I did not see coming in this book. It was so different to experience from a narrator with no memories of her past. It was like discovering a life alongside the character. Speaking of characters, all of them were varied and added depth to the story. Each one had me questioning who the culprit was throughout. And trust me when I tell you that it’s definitely not who you think it is! By the time the ending came around, I was on the edge of my seat and in shock!

Don’t Look Back was a great stand alone, but I would expect nothing less from Jennifer L. Armentrout! I would recommend this book to any JLA fan out there, and to any one who enjoys contemporary romance/thrillers!

Buy Don’t Look Back on Amazon here!

Musical Mondays 1/25/16

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How to Participate In Musical Mondays:

  1. Link your Musical Mondays post back to Escape Inside the Pages

  2. Include the instructions in your post

  3. Share anywhere from 1-3 songs that either:

    • remind you of a book you’ve read or are currently reading
    • you’ve been listening to or have discovered in the past week
    • you feel you must absolutely share with the world
  4. Link your shared songs to their Youtube video (even if it’s a lyrics video)

  5.  Paste the link to your Musical Mondays post in the Comments of my Musical Mondays post each week

  6. Have the greatest time discovering new music and artists!

AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BLOG, FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR MUSIC IN THE COMMENTS SECTION ANYWAY!

 

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Cake by the Ocean by DNCE: this song is just plain fun! And Joe Jonas definitely adds to the appeal!

 

Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Goodreads Summary:

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear, and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide, and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to the torch.

My Review

Yes, I am one of the rare souls who hasn’t read Fahrenheit 451 until now…is it bad to say that I read it just to read it? Well that’s what happened. I’m a fan of dystopian novels and I know this is basically one of the most renown dystopian novels out there, so I knew at some point in my life I had better read it!

My feelings toward the book are a little hard to explain. I was not overly pleased with it, but I’m definitely glad I read it. I think Fahrenheit 451 is a story that can be especially appreciated by book lovers, I mean this book is about books and their effect on society and what would happen if they were no longer apart of our life. I admired how thoroughly the impact of literature or lack there of was described. There were some very powerful passages that had me putting the book down just to contemplate what I had just read. Montag is not your typical lead character, he doesn’t have much of a history, but he does have a depth that is gradually developed as he realizes his greater purpose in life. The lack of depth in Bradbury’s dystopian setting is made up for by his metaphorical and intriguing writing style and descriptions.

Well at least now I can say I’ve read this classic. I was scared the ending would be dissatisfying, but it actually concluded on a much more positive note than I expected. It would have been interesting to see what Bradbury would have done with a sequel.

If you’re like me and haven’t read Fahrenheit 451 yet, pick it up on Amazon here!

Musical Mondays 1/18/16

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How to Participate In Musical Mondays:

  1. Link your Musical Mondays post back to Escape Inside the Pages

  2. Include the instructions in your post

  3. Share anywhere from 1-3 songs that either:

    • remind you of a book you’ve read or are currently reading
    • you’ve been listening to or have discovered in the past week
    • you feel you must absolutely share with the world
  4. Link your shared songs to their Youtube video (even if it’s a lyrics video)

  5.  Paste the link to your Musical Mondays post in the Comments of my Musical Mondays post each week

  6. Have the greatest time discovering new music and artists!

AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BLOG, FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR MUSIC IN THE COMMENTS SECTION ANYWAY!

Song That Reminds Me of the Book I’m Currently Reading (Well Technically its my current Audiobook) 

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Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout vs New Perspective by Panic! At the Disco:  I’m not too too far into Don’t Look Back, but I’m already really seeing the similarities to Samantha’s life and this song!

Song I’ve Been Listening to this Week

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Alone Together by Fall Out Boy: like most all of Fall Out Boy’s songs, Alone Together has AMAZING lyrics!! I absolutely love this song!! Literally the first line: “I don’t know where you’re going but do you got room for one more troubled soul?”