Review: The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab

Goodreads Summary:

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 



My Review

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue was entirely different from any book I’ve read in every possible way. It was so incredibly written, that I found myself pausing to look up from the book and just take in the depth of what I had read. VE Schwab takes you into the life of someone who had the misfortune of dealing with the devil and forming a deal she was completely unaware of. Enter Addie Larue, a girl who just wants to live a life of her own choosing, but comes to learn the true meaning of the phrase “be careful what you wish for…”


The story follows three hundred years worth of time that fluctuates between the past and the present. So in a way it’s a historical fiction book. The writing was thus portrayed as if it was being written by someone who has 300 years worth of wisdom. This made reading about Addie’s situation all the more heartbreaking, as it was delivered in such an analytical style. 


Addie spends 300 years of her life in which everyone she meet forgets her the moment she is out of sight, untill suddenly, she meets Henry and everything changes for them both. I have to warn readers without giving away spoilers as best I can. Schwab does not necessarily give the reader the ending you want but it is pretty darn good nonetheless. Was this book a 5 star read and as phenomenal as everyone was making it out to be? Not for me, there were some lulls in the plot that slowed it down in the middle of the story. However, it was still thoroughly enjoyable, it kept me intrigued throughout, and I would still highly recommend it! The Invisible Life of Addie Larue will take you on a journey that will show you how precious life is and how even the smallest of encounters can still find a way to last for lifetimes.

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Review: Layla by Colleen Hoover

Goodreads Summary:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love.

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.



My Review

Colleen Hoover does it again folks! Layla is definitely not one to be missed! The story is told from the perspective of Leeds. Following a traumatic incident, he is willing to try anything to get his relationship with his girlfriend Layla back to the way things used to be. However, he soon finds himself in situation not of this world!

If you’re looking for a story with a little bit of spook factor that will keep you guessing, this is the one for you! Hoover always seems to write in a way that instantly draws the reader in. This stand alone flew by let me tell ya! And though I somehow guessed the major plot twist halfway through ( believe me, this never happens), my mind was still blown and I remained on the edge of my seat til the very end!

Layla was unlike any other paranormal romance story I’ve read before which it made it all the more captivating! If you’re a Colleen Hoover fan or not, I highly recommend!!

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Review: Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1) by Kathryn Purdie

Goodreads Summary:

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.


My Review

Bone Crier’s Moon was unlike any other book I’ve read before. It’s total ingenuity made it intriguing throughout. The story follows the POVs of not one but three characters which is something that I haven’t experienced in a quite some time. As with any book with multiple POVs, you’re always on the edge of your seat waiting to get back to the next person after each chapter ended on a cliffhanger. The story is told from Bastien, Ailesse, and Sabine’s perspective. Bastien, a boy hell bent on avenging the death of his father who was murdered by Ailesse and Sabine’s people: the Bone Criers, will stop at nothing until his vendetta is fulfilled. Little does he know that he has a much more important role to play in the Bone Criers’ lives than he thought.  Cue an enemies-to- lovers story! 

This book was suspenseful from start to finish. Although a little predictable at times, I still didn’t see every plot twist coming! The changing POVs made the story fly by too. The romance could have been a little further developed, but it was definitely still cute and I can tell that a lot more is still to come in regards to their growth. The story left off with so many questions and I cannot wait to see how it will all unfold. If you’re looking for a new unique YA romance, I definitely recommend Bone Crier’s Moon.

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Review: The Brightest Night (Origin #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads Summary:

Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living an unremarkable life.

Now, she’s on the run, under the protection of the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. She’s been betrayed by those who were closest to her. And she’s learned truths about herself that she never saw coming–things she once knew, and was made to forget. Truths with devastating consequences. She’s caught in the eye of the storm.

He is the darkest star.
You are the burning shadow.
And together, you will bring about the brightest night.


4-star


My Review

The Brightest Night was a wonderful addition to the Origin series and I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. The story continues smoothly into Evie and Luc’s journey, where they have now made it to a Luxen safe zone after barely surviving the trip there. Of course their troubles are far from over and on top of facing the ever growing threat that is the Daedalus, Evie must also attempt to win over the rest of the compound in order to gain their trust in her. 

As you can see, I didn’t give The Brightest Night 5 stars, but it for sure came very close. The story kept me intrigued all the way through. I absolutely loved seeing Evie and Luc’s relationship further unfold and grow in the most wonderful ways. You genuinely get to see the ends they will go to for one another which seems to be a common motif in JLAs Lux books. Also, you get sooo much more from Daemon in this book which was amazing and is making me need a Lux reread RIGHT NOW! However, I couldn’t help but notice that not a whole lot happened throughout the majority of the book. It’s not until the final 50 pages or so that you get more information that influences the overall plot going forward. Like I said, this didn’t stop me from really enjoying the entire thing, it still kept my attention and didn’t feel boring, I just wish we had been given more juicy things throughout instead of only at the end. 

This leads me into the ending, and HOLY SH**!! I am utterly shocked and devastated and MY HEART!! The ending was crazy and I cannot wait for more, I NEED MORE! Sorry for all the exclamation points and feelings, but just go read the darn thing and you will understand! I highly recommend this one regardless of the overall lack of movement throughout the meatier parts of the story, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still love it, because I certainly did! 

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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: From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel. 


4 star

My Review

From Blood and Ash is absolutely unlike any other JLA book I’ve ever read! This is her first high fantasy book and it certainly packs a punch!! Was it everything I was hoping for based on what everyone has been saying? No. BUT! I definitely enjoyed it and am super excited for book two!

From Blood and Ash gave me a “Throne of Glass” vibe right from the start!! Insert badass girl who can clearly fend for herself, befriends those closest to her, and is living in a castle while falling for the steamy male who’s duty bound to protect her. I instantly had so many questions too! This book leaves you guessing throughout. I commend JLA for giving us just enough clues that we’re able to see the big reveal coming, but not realize how much comes with it!! OMG!! I did not expect everything that came hurling at me by the last 100 pages!

Poppy is the lead female you can respect for her skill with a weapon and steadfast determination to stay true to herself. She has been forced to live a sheltered life, protected from everything life has to offer due to her status as the “Maiden.” A status that is honestly still not fully explained in book one. However, when she is given Hawke as her new bodyguard she has no idea what’s in store. Poppy cannot deny that she has an ever growing attraction to him, but things may not be what they seem.  Soon, mass rebellions start, and her whole world is turned upside down in more ways than one.

Oh my goodness was the romance in this one STEAMY!!! Like damn, folks. The relationship between these two was quite the insane ride. At times I truly didn’t know what to think, because there were just so many feelings!!!

Overall, the story was super fast paced, and easy to fly through. And even though I definitely enjoyed it, it didn’t quite hit 5 stars for me. From Blood and Ash was very much so a first book in what is clearly going to be an awesome series. It set the stage and gave all the background info, but definitely leaves you wanting a lot more. I foresee me giving book two a 5 star review because now everything’s been set, and I know there’s so much more to come! Thankfully, the next book comes out in September!!

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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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