Review: A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) By Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads Summary:

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.


My Review

This is a spoiler free review! 

Idk how to put all of my thoughts and emotions into words surrounding this amazing story! I, like everyone else wanted to strangle Nesta 50% of the time throughout the ACOTAR series thus far. That did not stop me from being super excited to see her and Cassian’s romance unfold! And OH MY!!! What a STEAMY romance it was!! 

Nesta’s struggle is one that I think we can all find ourselves relating to in some way, shape, or form. ACOSF is a story of overcoming one’s inner demons, it’s a story of feeling unlovable and learning to be vulnerable and self-accepting again. It’s a story of unbreakable friendship and  endless love! I found myself laughing out loud more times than I can count, crying tears of anguish and joy and just being overall blown away by the content. Though I do agree that the last 100 pages felt rushed, it didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying it from start to finish. I absolutely will be daydreaming of this book for a long time to come and am so incredibly sad to be leaving Velaris once again

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Review: Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove #2) by Shelby Mahurin

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Goodreads Summary:

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.


3 Star

My Review

Blood & Honey started off hilarious, and full of all the character development I enjoyed from Serpent & Dove and it got me all excited for the rest of the story. But unfortunately it did not deliver. 

I was hesitant to start book two after hearing mixed things. And now I understand. The overall story was there and it was intriguing but the execution just fell short. As we know, the gang are still out to kill Lou’s mother and gain allies along the way to defeat her and her clan. Unfortunately, not a whole lot toward the overall plot happens though. This book felt like an in-between story. And what’s worse, the romance totally tanked! The direction she took Reid and Lou’s romance in Blood & Honey was sooo frustrating. Every time they took one step forward, they took another two back. This made it really hard to enjoy either character. If anything, I got greater enjoyment from the supporting characters. 

The final 50 pages helped bring a little redemption to the story and the cliffhanger at the end was NOT OK!!! I AM NOT OK! Long story short, damn Mahurin for giving me a subpar sequel but providing just enough to make me still want to read book three. Can anyone else relate? Let me know your thoughts!

Review: Kiki’s Delivery Service: by Eiko Kadona

Goodreads Summary:

Nostalgic fans of the Miyazaki film and newcomers alike–soar into the modern classic about a young witch and her clever cat that started it all!

Half-witch Kiki never runsfrom a challenge. So when her thirteenth birthday arrives, she’s eager to follow a witch’s tradition: choose a new town to call home for one year.

Brimming with confidence, Kiki flies to the seaside village of Koriko and expects that her powers will easily bring happiness to the townspeople. But gaining the trust of the locals is trickier than she expected. With her faithful, wise-cracking black cat, Jiji, by her side, Kiki forges new friendships and builds her inner strength, ultimately realizing that magic can be found in even the most ordinary places.

Blending fantasy with the charm of everyday life, this enchanting new translation will inspire both new readers and dedicated fans.


4-star


My Review

I’ll confess I didn’t get into Studio Ghibli movies until I was 18. I was taken with Kiki’s Delivery Service right off the bat. So when I saw that they had adapted the story in English I was so excited to get my hands on it and find out more. I had also just recently shown the movie to my boyfriend’s kiddos who loved it, so my enthusiasm for it was even more fresh!

This story did not disappoint, it honestly brought on all the feels and was adorable from start to finish. I will say that it was definitely very different from the movie, but not in a bad way. I was also hoping for a little more clarity on the way things pan out in the movie, and you really only receive a little bit of this. Regardless, I found the story to be a happy read and the movie to be a great representation of how Kiki and Jiji’s personalities are written. I would highly recommend you read this one if you’re a Studio Ghibli fan and especially if you have 9-12 year olds that are looking for a magical quick read. 

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Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

Goodreads Summary:

A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice…

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late. 

 


3 Star


My Review

Well I so know I’m not going to be with majority on this one…but I was not the biggest fan of book two of the Blood and Ash series. After getting such an epic set up from book one, I was super pumped and expecting to be blown away by the sequel and that just didn’t happen for me.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire picks up immediately where From Blood and Ash left off so that was great! I was so ready to see how Casteel/Hawke was going to get Poppy to marry him after all the craziness they dealt with in book one. And let me tell ya folks…you’re going to have to wait a while for anything major as far as plot developments to happen. Book two felt very much like a filler book. And some of the sex scenes in this one were just plain weird for me. Like borderline not ok in my book (pun not intended). Don’t get me wrong, the sexy banter between the two was super steamy and Casteel is incredibly endearing but I couldn’t help but feel that some of the sex scenes were oddly placed at times.

I also have a hard time rooting for a heroin who frequently gives into her bloodlust. Like yes their enemies need to go down but I guess I’m more used to the good guy being the bigger person when it comes to showing those that don’t deserve it mercy. So it was hard to see Poppy constantly cross that line. Like are we as readers supposed to be ok with her murdering the people who have wronged her in cold blood? Do they deserve it? 100%, but should she still stoop to their level and kill them? Idk…I just have a hard time with that I guess.

I didn’t not like the story but I didn’t love it like I hoped I would. I still enjoy the dynamic of Poppy and Casteel. And I LOVE Kieran and hope that JLA gives him his own series at some point. I just really hope the next book is better because this one ended crazy and I definitely have to know what happens next. And despite the hiccups, I still like the overall unique world and storyline.

Have you read book two of the Blood and Ash series? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts? I’ve read some other readers reviews and I know it’s not just me who feels this way. Comment below!

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Review: Serpent & Dove: by Shelby Mahurin

My Review

I have heard nothing but amazing things about Serpent & Dove for months now and finally got the chance to read it, and just in time for book two! Though the story for sure had a slower start, it picked up a third of the way in and definitely had me hooked! It was definitely new to me to have a husband/wife scenario right off the bat and consisting of two polar opposite people who kind of sort of hate the other lol! But that’s what made the story SO endearing!

Reid is the innocent Chasseur who doesn’t cuss and is hell bent on killing witches in the name of the Lord. Whereas Lou is the exact antithesis of that, a witch with a sailors mouth who is willing to stir up trouble wherever she goes. Cue adorable forbidden romance! Oh and throw in some awesome humor, suspense, killer witches, and plenty of reveals, and you’ve got yourself one whopper of a story folks!

I’m definitely looking forward to book two, if you’ve read Blood & Honey, let me know what you thought

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Review: Brave (Wicked #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout Koop

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5 star

Goodreads Summary:

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

Brave was hands down the best of the three books in the Wicked series. True to JLA nature, it picks up directly after the events following Torn. Ivy was freed from the clutches of the Prince but at what cost to her soul? Though she’s told Ren and Tink that she’s ok after being held captive, she’s clearly far from it as time goes by. And as the impending battle for their lives finally comes to a head, it’s clear that Ren and Ivy need to hold onto each other now more than ever if they hope to survive.

Book three was seriously intense from start to finish, like holy sh** people, I couldn’t put it down at certain points. There was just development after development. And the romance and fire between Ren and Ivy was EVERYTHING! It was seriously beautiful to see the ends to which they would go to for one another, and that definitely is a resounding theme of this book.

The ending was 100% not what I was expecting, which made it all the more fun to read. I didn’t want it to end, but thankfully I’ve heard awesome things about the novellas and that the main characters do make appearances, so I will definitely be giving those a read sometime soon! If you’re a JLA fan and looking to start another one of her beloved series, I highly recommend you give The Wicked Trilogy a try!

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Review: Torn (Wicked #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

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.


5 star


My Review

I cannot believe it took me so many years to finally get around  to reading the second book in The Wicked Trilogy. OMG! If I had realized how amazing the series gets, I so would have gotten to it sooner!

Torn literally picks up right where Wicked left off with Ivy finding out she’s the halfling after almost losing her life thanks to the Prince! Naturally she’s completely “torn” between telling Ren, creating a potential insurmountable rift, or believing in her love for him and facing the odds anyway.  Should be an easy decision…

Wow, this book started off intense and intriguing from the get-go. I didn’t want to put it down. I actually flew through it faster than I thought I would considering I’m working 40 hours a week at my clinical rotation right now. New information is revealed, and there’s devastation and heartbreak around every corner, let me tell ya! This book will take you on quite the ride.

There is also a particular scene in this one that I can use no other description besides, UTTERLY SCANDALOUS! Like holy sh** balls, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was kind of shocked JLA could take things to the level that she did and it for sure made me uncomfortable, not gonna lie. It almost made me want to give the story 4 stars instead of 5, but overall, the scene proves a point about the Fae. I know that I’m being vague, but just brace yourselves.

Regardless, Torn was awesome, the romance was stellar, the plot was INSANE, and the characters are amazing! I’m currently halfway through book three and I’m even more in love with the story than before! I highly recommend this series folks! What are you waiting for, get started!

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Review: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.


My Review

Oh.My.Goodness. I don’t even know where to begin!!!! I just have so many thoughts and feelings about this book. To be honest, I’m still in book hangover mode after finishing it a couple weeks ago. Crescent City was literally just that good! Though, I should expect nothing less from the infamous Sarah J. Maas. However, I did see some people totally hating on it prior to me reading it which made me a little skeptical at first. And it seems like for the most part, people either hate it or totally love it. Thank God I was in the latter group because this book is a whopping 800 pages and that would have been quite the drag.

The story centers around Bryce, who, after coming home to find her closest friends murdered, is recruited by the city’s governor as a consult to catch the murderer. She’s not alone in her investigation however, because the fallen angel Hunt (aka hottie mcsteamy) has been assigned to guard her.

Crescent City takes place in a realm all it’s own, SJM did something I’ve never seen an author do: she basically put every fantasy and paranormal related creature into one amazing story! I’m talking witches, fae, vampires, shapeshifters, angels, demons, etc., all existing in one layered world. Oh, and humans have found a way to coexist alongside them, although not all that smoothly.

True to SJM’s nature, she structured an entire world with its own form of government and an insane amount of terms. That was actually one of my few complaints about the story, is that it was really difficult to keep up with all of the lore. There was just so much world building done in such a thrown about way, that I found myself rereading sentences multiple times to keep track of who was who and what certain words meant. After the first 100 pages or so, I felt like I had a grasp on the basic structure of the world, and found myself hooked by the content.

Bryce and Hunt’s relationship growth was literally EVERYTHING. Maas has such a way with romance, in which she always takes two very different characters, and finds a way to create this universe-ending relationship. I cannot wait to see more from them. Book one was definitely all about setting the stage of their relationship, and it was done perfectly. So yes, it’s a large book, but outside of the slightly slower start, it didn’t feel long whatsoever. In fact, I was still craving more when it ended! And let me tell you, the last 200 pages were PHENOMENAL. They consisted of heart stopping suspense, and insane reveals! I couldn’t put it down!

I’m not sure when book two comes out, but I couldn’t be more excited dive back in! If you loved Sarah J. Maas’ previous series, I 100% recommend you read House of Earth and Blood (AKA Crescent City…people call it both).

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Review: A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir

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Goodreads Summary:

The highly anticipated third book in Sabaa Tahir’s New York Times bestselling EMBER QUARTET.

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.


My Review:

Well get ready to be mad at me folks, I’m probably totally going behind the majority with this book review, but I genuinely did not love A Reaper at the Gates nearly as much as the rest of the book world. Granted, I think this opinion probably comes from self-sabotage. Reading at a normal pace while in graduate school, especially Physical Therapy school, is literally impossible! This book took me all of last semester to finish! Literally 4+ months! HOWEVER, yes there is a however….I didn’t find myself invested enough in the story to want to choose to read at night over Netflix. I was just not engaged with the story this time, it devastates me because I loved the first two books, but alas, tis true.

A Reaper at the Gates picks up right where A Torch Against the Night left off with Elias as the new Soul Catcher, and Laia doing her best to fight against the empire from her end, all the while not knowing who to trust on her journey to free her people. Elias continues to work as the Soul Catcher, learning more about his abilities, but is caught between a world he doesn’t belong in and his feelings for Laia. However, as he grows in knowledge about his supernatural gifts, he grows farther apart from Laia. New secrets are revealed, and heartbreak is abound.

Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of this book, was the romantic struggle between Laia and Elias. It was like the entire world was against them being together and it just went from bad to worse! There were maybe 20 pages of the entire book of time spent with Elias and Laia in the same vicinity as one another, and to me, it just made the story drag more. I mean there were definitely some really exciting parts to the story and a huge reveal that was mind blowing that I absolutely did not see coming, but the rest of the time, it was pretty slow to me. I will still definitely see it through just to know how things work out with these characters, I’ve got to know how it ends regardless. There is supposed to be one more book, and I’ve committed this much time at this point, might as well finish it.

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Release Day Launch & Excerpt: The Prince (A Wicked Novella) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her Wicked Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….

 

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EXCERPT:

Did it make you a bad friend if you were completely, a hundred percent envious of that friend? Yes? No? Kind of?

I figured it was somewhere in between.

That’s what I was mulling over as I watched Ivy Morgan brush thick, red curls over her shoulder, laughing at something her boyfriend Ren Owens had said to her.

At least I wasn’t envious of that—their love. Okay, well, that wasn’t entirely true. Pretty sure anyone who was as single as me would be envious of all that warm and fuzzy that was passed back and forth with each long look or casual brush of skin. The two could barely tear their gazes away from one another to eat the dinner we’d grabbed at the cute little diner inside the shopping center on Prytania Street.

I honest to God couldn’t be happier for them. They’d been through so much—way more than two people should ever have to go through to be together, and here they were, stronger and more in love than ever, and they deserved that happiness.

But their epic love story wasn’t the source of a current case of the green-eye monster that was sitting on my shoulder.

Ivy was just such a… badass.

Even right now, relaxed in the chair, surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights with her hand in Ren’s and her belly full of a cheeseburger deluxe and crinkle fries and half of my tater tots, she could kick ass and take names along with addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers.

If the proverbial poo hit the fan, you called Ivy or Ren.

If you needed to know what streets Royal intersected with, you called… me. Or if you needed coffee or fresh beignets but were currently busy, you know, saving the world, you’d call me.

The three of us were all members of the Order, a widespread organization that was literally the only thing that stood between mankind and complete, utter enslavement and destruction by the fae. And not the super cute fae found in Disney movies or some crap like that. Humans thought they were on top of the food chain. They were wrong. The fae were.

The only thing pop culture got right about the fae was their slightly pointy ears. That was it. The fae were more than just beings from another world—the Otherworld—they were capable of glamouring their appearance to blend in with humans. But all Order members, even me, were warded at birth against the glamour. We saw through the human façade to the creature that lurked beneath.

 

 

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 About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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