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

30809786

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.

Buy A Reaper at the Gates on Amazon. 

 

Advertisements

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….

 

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon Canada

Download the Free Kindle App

 

 

 

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.

 

 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/embed.animoto.com/play.html?w=swf/production/vp1&e=1533746575&f=5KLY1xdh5qanUGcskYhZVQ&d=0&m=p&r=360p+480p+720p&volume=100&start_res=720p&i=m&asset_domain=s3-p.animoto.com&animoto_domain=animoto.com&options=autostart

 

 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.

 

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

Review: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

28260587

Goodreads Summary:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


My Review

Alrighty folks, it took me waaaay longer than anticipated to finish reading this book, I had some deadlines to meet, and then I didn’t want to bring this precious paperback on vacation to multiple beaches etc….well…life got in the way! So, over a month later, and I finished it! OMG it was insane!!! And my heart is broken knowing I have to wait till the end of October to know what happens (insert crying-winy face emoji)!

Empire of Storms was a whirlwind of action and plot developments that had me reeling! There were so many character perspectives that finally came together. It was amazing to at last see all the main characters gather in one place and work together toward a common goal. Prior to this book, that was completely unheard of. I think that’s what made this fifth installment all the more exciting. There were so many new interactions to experience. I would also 100% recommend reading the prequel prior to reading this book! It is absolutely necessary in order to truly grasp who is who! Quite a few characters from those stories resurface in Empire of Storms. It had me all sorts of excited to see them come back into play!

Readers will also be pleased to see new and budding romances all over the place! Romances that surprised the crap out of me at first, but then proceeded to baffle me with how much it just all made sense. Maas has a way of making the most unexpected of relationships blossom out of seemingly nothing, but she does it so well. The romantic dynamics in this book make for a lovely counterpart to all the fight scenes and heartbreaking developments.

Speaking of heartbreaking….the ending is absolutely shattering!!!!! Like tear your heart out, stomp on it, then set it on fire, then throw the ashes in the garbage disposal shattering. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, and it all just hurt! I’m dying inside knowing I have to wait so long to find out what happens! I absolutely cannot wait for the ending of this series to come! I’m sure it’s going to be mind blowing! I would most definitely recommend you read book 5 of the Throne of Glass series.

Buy it on Amazon now!

 

Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sara J. Maas

18006496

Goodreads Summary:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


My Review

Queen of Shadows packed a punch, of that there is no doubt! This fourth book was riveting from page one. I never wanted to put it down.

This fourth installment picks up shortly after the events of book three end. Aelin returns to Rifthold to confront Arobynn, her old master and take back the third wrdkey. Now that she has fully accepted her birthright, there is no stopping her as she takes calculated steps to at last gaining justice for her family.

Queen of Shadow had so many mind blowing moments! My brain could literally not keep up with all of the insane twists and turns. Aelin pulls out all the stops in this book. She will do everything in her power to ensure her success. I was thoroughly impressed by her actions. These characters have really gotten under my skin at this point, and I am all in. There were moments when my heart shattered, and moments when the pieces were quickly falling back into place because of how wonderful the events were. This fourth book was definitely an emotionally strenuous experience.

The only thing that frustrated me was Aelin and Chaol’s relationship after reuniting. Gotta say, I wasn’t fan. Thankfully, there was hope for them by the end of the book. I also am standing firm with my irritation toward how quickly Aelin and Rowan’s relationship developed into a romantic one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really loving Rowan as a character. I just didn’t think his feelings for Aelin were given a solid foundation. But that’s my only little hiccup.

Regardless, Queen of Shadows was utterly fantastic, breathtaking, mesmerizing, need I go on? Read it now. Do it. Believe me.

Buy it on Amazon here!

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

23766634

Goodreads Summary:

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


 

FOREWARNING: PREPARE FOR LOTS OF RANTS AND READ NO FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS!!!!


 

My Review

Oh. My. Goodness. I don’t even know where to begin with this review!!! My heart and my mind are completely WRECKED! WRECKED I SAY!!! This book took me on the most incredible and heart wrenching ride! I am so blown away by how amazing it was!! It literally left me shook! I haven’t felt this way about a series/book in too long!!

Ok ok let me get started now. Or try to…

Oh wait, before I really begin, let me also add that my experience with this book was all the more involved and real because I made sure I reread the first two books before this one. So everything was crystal clear this time, and made this third book all the more enthralling!

Ok ok, trying again. (***Clears metaphorical throat***)

Alright! We all know after reading book two that Rhysand is EVERYTHING. And Tamlin is a big giant pile of poo poo. And wasn’t that just the most insane turn around you ever did read in a book? (***bows to Sarah J Maas***) Check out my review for A Court of Mist and Fury to see more of what I’m talking about!  However, my perspective on Tamlin and that entire destructive love triangle, Love battle? Love fiasco?  completely became altered after reading ACOWR. Of course I still have some animosity toward him, but his character development allows the reader to open their eyes more in regards to the reality of his situation.

After book two ended, the reader was left with watching Feyre literally walk into the arms of the enemy, and though it was heart breaking, she was on a mission to destroy Tamlin and his hold on his kingdom, and boy does she do that and then some!! As if we didn’t already know Feyre was an eternal badass, she takes things up a notch now that she is a full blown High Lady! The measures she takes to ensure the safety of her family are astronomical, she goes to any lengths, even if it means facing her true nightmares in order to see those she loves succeed. And of course Rhysand is there for her through it all being all dashing and wonderful as always! Their romance was as sweet and fierce as ever, making me fall even more in love with their relationship.

Moving on. The character development in this book was INSANE!! Something new about every main character is revealed that adds further depth each time I turned the page.  Maas dangles Cassian and Nesta’s tumultuous relationship in front you the entire time, and its so killer yet so fantastic! Also, I didn’t think I could enjoy Mor, Amren, and Azriel even more, but I was oh so wrong! It’s so rare when an author can create characters who are so wholly different and unique that they cause you to love each one individually for their own ways. I can’t wait to see more from these side characters in future books, because it’s sure to be mind blowing!

And lastly, so much happened in this book, it was easily the most fast paced of the three thus far. The action and suspense was nonstop, I could not put it down, and when I had to for stupid things like work and studying for the GRE, I was super sad to see it go. By the time I finished this book, I was a complete emotional wreck, but I was also bursting with so much love and hope for the story. From what I understand, I believe this is a mini conclusion for Feyre and Rhys’s story. The next three books in the series  will focus more on the other characters, which I’m ecstatic to delve into, but damn I hope Maas includes those two throughout! Either way, the ending of ACOWR was phenomenal, I couldn’t have asked for a better book! I don’t think there’s one thing I would change! And Maas certainly dropped multiple easter eggs about certain events to come!

I would most definitely, 100% recommend you read this book, it is so worth the experience! Go buy it right now!! Right here!And if you did read it already, please comment, I would love to discuss! Unfortunately, I’ve been trying to convince a lot of my book friends to read this so I haven’t been able to really talk about it with anyone yet!

 

Reread and Repost (Plus Some New Thoughts): Review of A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTR #1) by Sarah J. Maas

16096824

Goodreads Summary:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Be sure to scroll down to the very end to see my new thoughts after rereading it! 

 

My Review

I had seen so much hype over this book and saw all the wonderful reviews, that I definitely had high expectations! And sure enough, they were met!! A Court of Thorns and Roses is similar in some ways to Beauty and the Beast but takes on a life of it’s own as events progress!!

Feyre has been the sole provider for her family ever since her father lost his fortune. Day after day she is forced to hunt the forests for meals and trade what she can in the local village in order to sustain her family. That is until the day she accidentally kills a faerie and gets swept away to Pyrthian (the faerie lands) by the mysterious Tamlin, . While there her life is turned entirely upside down as she discovers more behind the truth about faeries and their dealings with humans, falling for Tamlin along the way.

Feyre was the perfect female lead! She’s a badass, and doesn’t wait for a man to step in to do what a woman can just as easily do! She is persistent and was a wonderful character to experience. Her relationship with Tamlin was definitely slow on the uptake but it was oh so worth it. Though I would have liked for the romance to be a little bit heavier, there was sill plenty for enjoyment. Besides SO much happens in this first book, that the lack of more intimate moments did not impede on the excitement of the story whatsoever.

The plot movement was constant, and kept me on my toes throughout. There really wasn’t a slow moment in the story. In fact so much happened and progressed, that it almost felt like I was reading book one and two! The last 150 pages were so insanely epic and emotionally strenuous that it felt more like the sequel to the beginning pages. The last half was definitely the most amazing, but the first half was lovely and the perfect set up for the conclusion. Maas created a beautiful world in A Court of Thorns and Roses, one that was both captivating and alluring, as well as intriguing and suspenseful! Though most the loose ends were tied up and the book didn’t end in a cliffhanger, I can still see how there will be a book two. However, with such a great beginning, I’m afraid a sequel might dampen things. Nevertheless, you can be sure I’ll be reading book two!!

I would definitely recommend A Court of Thorns and Roses to any fantasy fans out there!! I’d recommend it to anyone really! Buy it on Amazon here!

SPOILERS AHEAD, IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK TWO DON’T READ ANY FURTHER

New Thoughts, now that I know what I know from book two:

Finally book three in ACOTR is out!! So of course, I had to slow myself down from devouring A Court of Wings and Ruin and take the time to reread the previous books! Unfortunately, its taking me longer than I thought it would.

Anyway, OMG why didn’t I see this before?! Of course Rhysand loved Feyre from the very start and had a connection with her! It was utterly devastating to read the book knowing she would eventually be with him and yet having to endure her rejecting him! Rhysand clearly would have done anything for her from the get-go, which made me appreciate him as a character all the more. His side of the story is just as unfortunate as anyone else. In fact, I’d say he’s an even bigger victim! 

Review: The Affiliate (Ascension #1) by K.A. Line

17385231

Goodreads Summary:

On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm’s lifelong plans come to fruition when she’s chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland—an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks.

When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene’s position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have…

King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.

My Review

The Affiliate was a unique fantasy story that puts a twist on the “coming of age” story! When Cyrene turns 17 she is placed into a presenting ceremony in which her future will be decided. She lucks out and is placed into the 1st class position of Affiliate and to the queen no less. However, court life is not all that it seems, and Cyrene soon becomes ensnared in an unexpected relationship, and a string of murders seem to lead back to her as the main target.

Cyrene was an admirable lead, she worked with what she had and took everything in stride. So much gets thrown at her at once but she never falters for a minute. It was hard to remember that she was so young based on how she reacted. I also really liked the diversity of the characters. Each one has their own individual part to play and they all added depth to the story. I’m super conflicted over the romance in this book, because at this point I don’t see how things are going to work out for them

Though I felt that the story itself was unique, I couldn’t help but feel that most of it was just build up. It took until around 85% of the way through before the main point of the plot was revealed! I’m expecting lots of plot movement in this next book titled The Bound of which I am currently reading the ARC. The Affiliate ended with not necessarily a cliffhanger but certainly in the middle of the action. I’m super intrigued to see where this world takes me.

If you’re looking for your next fantasy read, I would recommend checking out The Affiliate.  Buy it on Amazon here!