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: Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter

9780373212194.indd

Goodreads Summary:

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.


My Review

Reading book two of the Everlife series was so long overdue! I had to reread Firstlife to make sure I had all my facts straight, and I’m most definitely glad that I did! Lifeblood was a good addition to the series, not fantastic by any means, but definitely enjoyable.

Lifeblood continues the events of Firstlife as if book one had never ended. Now that Ten has died and made her decision to join Troika, she must learn to quickly adapt to her new way of life. Unfortunately, there is quite the learning curve to be conquered, as she meets more allies yet encounters even more potential foes. Throughout it all, her love for Killian remains steadfast, but neither of them can deny the impending clash between Troika and Myriad. Killian will soon have to make the choice between his love for Ten and his loyalty to Myriad.

I most definitely appreciated the way in which Troika was constructed. The entire concept is still so exceptional to read about and experience. I love the idea of there being these places you go before your “second death.” Furthermore, my fondness for Killian grew much greater in this second installment. I must admit, I was kind of on the fence with him after reading book one, but no more. I love his relationship with Ten, its sweet and selfless beyond compare.

My only qualm with Lifeblood involves the redundancy of plot events. It felt like a lot of developments were on repeat with a few details changed here and there. Essentially, Ten gets a new mission, things go unexpectedly, and a battle breaks lose between Troika and Myriad again. I can’t tell you how many times that happened. It just sort of lost its excitement over time. I still enjoyed the book don’t get me wrong, but it was far from amazing. Nevertheless, I love this world that Showalter has created, and all that comes with it. I will most certainly be reading book three soon.

Read Lifeblood now. 

Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

13104080

Goodreads Summary:

The thrilling second installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.

It should have taken Juliette a single touch to kill Warner. But his mysterious immunity to her deadly power has left her shaken, wondering why her ultimate defense mechanism failed against the person she most needs protection from.

She and Adam were able to escape Warner’s clutches and join up with a group of rebels, many of whom have powers of their own. Juliette will finally be able to actively fight against The Reestablishment and try to fix her broken world. And perhaps these new allies can help her shed light on the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin.

Juliette’s world is packed with high-stakes action and tantalizing romance, perfect for fans of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard and the Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.


My Review

Unravel Me picked up right where Shatter Me left off, with Juliet living among her people and still struggling to control her abilities. Meanwhile, her relationship with Adam becomes more tumultuous as she must come to terms with the reality of her situation should she continue to pursue a romantic relationship with him. Of course matters couldn’t get much worse when she finds herself being more drawn to Warner despite his past transgressions.

I wasn’t wholly sold on Shatter Me after finishing the first book, but I saw the potential and figured it was worth giving book two a shot. Unfortunately, I continued to be disappointed. I chose to read Unravel Me via audiobook this time. That might have been a mistake. I don’t know if the content just wasn’t good enough for me to stay fully engaged, or that I was just too distracted by life to stay on top of the events occurring, but I just could not for the life of me give my full attention to this book. I started out involved in the story, and from the get-go I noticed Mafi going waaay over the top with her descriptions once again. It was like pages of details had passed, but nothing had actually happened. I get it, she really loves kissing/being with Adam, but should it really take 3-5 minutes worth of audiobook time to explain that? It made me stop caring fast.

I really wanted to get in to this book, more than that, I wanted to get hooked by the love triangle. I think this is one of the rare moments in book history, in which I just didn’t seem to care which guy she chooses, neither really did it for me. I felt like her love with Warner is kind of unfounded, he loved her out of the blue from the beginning. There was no true building of a relationship with them. Thus, I find it strange that she is so drawn and attracted to him when they never were given any kind of foundation.

I wish I could say that I enjoyed book two enough to read book three, but as of now, I don’t intend to continue any time soon. Sorry folks. I’m one of the minorities in this series it would seem. I’m bummed to say the least.

Be my guest if you wish to read book two. Buy it here. 

Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by

13455782

Goodreads Summary:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


My Review

Shatter Me has been all over my news feeds for quite some time. I have to admit, I’ve been very conflicted over picking up this book. There are just so many conflicting reviews and feelings on it. And I’m beginning to see why.

Shatter Me focuses on the life of a girl who, for whatever reason, was born with a deadly gift. Everyone she touches for just long enough, dies, and if they let go fast enough, still suffer excruciating pain. She has never known the comfort of touch or the love of another, but has always been regarded as a monster. That is, until she is given a new cellmate at the mental asylum she’s imprisoned in, one who provides a new opportunity she could never dream of.

This book had an interesting concept from the get-go. The setting is dystopian, the girl has an unexplained ability, and of course there’s a romance. All things I love. However, I didn’t necessarily love Shatter Me. I didn’t dislike it either. Mafi’s writing style is unique to say the least. Unfortunately, it’s also a little scattered. One minute, I’m falling in love with her poetic imagery and analogies, and the next, I’m utterly confused and befuddled by how it has a place in the story. She just threw similes and metaphors around willy-nilly, without thought as to how it really fits into the narration. It was just a little too over the top, and didn’t quite work with the content. It also made certain descriptions way too long winded.

Despite the bizarre/sometimes annoying way of writing, I flew through this book. It was fast paced through out, and generally an easy book to get through. The ending events definitely intrigued me enough to continue. Shatter Me also came with plenty of unanswered questions. These characters are most certainly not who they appear to be; and I look forward to discovering the truth.

Buy Shatter Me 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!

Waiting on Wednesdays: Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas

From the beloved and bestselling author of the Ransom Canyon and Harmony, Texas series comes a powerful, heartwarming story about generations of family and the ironclad bonds they forge. Jodi Thomas’s MORNINGS ON MAIN releases on April 10, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!

 

When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she’s definitely not planning to stay—except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family.

Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer’s. And now he has to close Eugenia’s quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he’s out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother’s legacy?

Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her.

An inspiring family saga that asks us to consider what love and chosen family really mean.

Pre-order MORNINGS ON MAIN here!

Amazon | Kindle | B&N | B-A-M | IndieBound 

Google Play | iBooks | Kobo | Book Depository

 

 

“Compelling and beautifully written.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Ransom Canyon

Add it to your Goodreads Now!

About Jodi Thomas:

New York Times and USA Today’s bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels “Distinctive…Memorable,” and that in her stories “[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes.” In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN’S REWARD. She also received the National Readers’ Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

 

 

Review: The Dark Calling (Arcana Chronicles #5) by Kresley Cole

31453592

Goodreads Summary:

New intrigues, adventures, and stunning revelations fill the penultimate installment of #1 New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole’s electrifying Arcana Chronicles.

In a world teetering on the edge . . .
When Evie receives life-changing—and possibly game-changing—news, she has trouble believing it. Why doesn’t she feel any different? Is it possible someone she trusts might be lying?

With enemies at every turn . . .
Tensions seethe inside the castle of lost time as Evie starts to doubt her own sanity. Answers can be found outside their stronghold, but will Death help her find them—or prevent her from learning the truth about her future and Jack’s possible survival?

Darkness beckons.
A mysterious, sinister power begins to affect the Arcana in its path. Forced out into the wasteland alone, Evie must depend on unexpected allies. But as a battle with Richter looms, can her new alliance defeat the Dark Calling before hell reigns on earth?


My Review

After well over a year and a great deal of anticipation, I couldn’t wait to finally get my hands on book five of The Arcana Chronicles. Little did I know how disappointed I would be after finishing it.

The Dark Calling picks up right where book four left off, with Evie discovering (to her dismay) that she is pregnant with Death’s child, after having just found out that Jack is indeed alive. With so much information and betrayal in their midst, she finds her very foundation crumbling around her as she fights for her life against the very person she trusted the most.

I had such high hopes for this book. I figured that extending the wait for book five would mean that it would really pack a punch. Unfortunately, it struck out. The Dark Calling was fast paced, don’t get me wrong, but as I came to its conclusion, I realized that absolutely nothing essential toward the plot of the series happened. This book made me feel like I was in limbo. The events that occurred did not warrant an entire novel. They could have been added to a larger story that would have contributed a lot more to the series as a whole. I was expecting so much to happen, I wanted earth shattering information, and kick ass action left in right as more arcana get taken off the board. Very little of these things came to fruition, and I found myself sorely disappointed.

Now we all know that The Arcana Chronicles has a killer love triangle. However, it is slowly starting to destroy itself and it’s breaking my heart. I am still 100% team Jack, but I’m beginning to just want Evie to make a damn choice already so we can all move on with our lives. Both men are just so fricken genuine and perfect that it almost bothers me. It just doesn’t happen like that. My heart breaks for both men, who really seem to be taking the most fallout throughout the books. At this point Cole is messing with the readers’ emotions big time. It’s just not fair.

I wish I could say that The Dark Calling was worth the wait, but it just wasn’t. It barely scratched the itch I was having to read this series again! And now I’m even more bitter that that was all I got after all that time passed. I can only hope that the next book will make up for it! At the rate the story is going, I’m thinking the next book will be the last. At least I hope it will be. Not sure how much longer I can be strung along. I still love this series, so I’m definitely giving up!

Pick up The Dark Calling now! 

Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

20613470

Goodreads Summary:

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.


My Review

So, I seem to be a part of the minority group in that I wasn’t 100% in love with Heir of Fire. Don’t get me wrong, it still earned a 4 star rating on Goodreads, but there were just a few aspects that really irked me! Some of these are sort of spoilers, so if you don’t want to risk it, stop reading now.

Heir of Fire picked up right where Crown of Midnight left off. Celaena is on her way to Wendlyn to fulfill a crazy mission she was set up for by Chaol in an effort to save her from the king. Chaol is expected to return to his father’s kingdom and Dorian is still terrified about his new found magical abilities.

I must say that Heir of Fire was 100% not what I was expecting it to be. This was mostly due to the fact that so many new characters get introduced. Some of these characters I was totally excited to read about. Others, made the story drag on waaaaaay too much!! One character (a witch) had some really awesome scenes to offer, but also got in the way of the other really awesome characters. So it was really hard to care about the content of the characters who had less relevance at the time.

Furthermore, a new “love interest” gets introduced. It kind of left me thinking: “Really? How many men can she potentially have fall for her in such a short period of time?” I was super hesitant about this new dude at first. I am still totally team Chaol at this point. However, Maas has a knack for getting me to fall in love with a new male lead. So I have to admit, this new guy is growing on me. Of course this frustrates me that there has to be a new guy in the first place. I also was not overly pleased with the way this new relationship with Celaena and “he who shall not be named’s” relationship evolved. It didn’t seem to have as smooth of a transition as I would have hoped. There were definitely some heart wrenching moments between the two, but it still felt a little too overly simplified as it went from extreme loathing to 100% “I would die for you feelings” in the blink of an eye. Still, I have a soft spot for all that he has endured, and his connection to Celaena that, up until this point, no one else has been able to have.

Ultimately, I very much so enjoyed Heir of Fire. It still contained my beloved characters, and added a few more I’m starting to become attached to. There were just a few aspects that were a little long winded and others that could have been given more attention.  Either way, the ending was absolute INSANITY, and I cannot wait to get started on book 4!

Buy Heir of Fire on Amazon now!

Review: Alpha Goddess (Alpha Goddess #1) by Amalie Howard

18211066

Goodreads Summary:

In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.

Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.


My Review

Unfortunately, I fell victim to my insane college schedule and spent waaaaay too much time reading this book. This definitely had a negative impact on my enjoyment of Alpha Goddess. I wanted to get into it so bad, and I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, the content is unique and is a different level of paranormal than I’m used to. However, despite this, I couldn’t help but feel like the plot was similar to previous stories I’ve read.

Alpha Goddess focuses around a few different perspectives, but particularly Sera. A girl whose world is about to be forever changed when she discovers who she truly is and how dangerous that makes her. The lore of the story was a little difficult to follow, but that’s because it was very new to me! There was definitely a learning curve to the story and when I wasn’t struggling to keep up with all the names, I was easily predicting the outcome of the major events.

Although there were plenty of developments throughout the story, I just couldn’t get hooked! The content was most definitely interesting and might have been more captivating to me if I had been able to finish the book in a more timely manner. Thus, I will not discourage readers from picking up Alpha Goddess. The story is different and the pace is quick!

Buy it on Amazon here! 

Review: Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

8709523

Review:

Golden Lily was just as wonderful as I hoped it would be. The story picked up right around where Bloodlines left off. Sydney is still at the school in Palm Springs, and in charge of ensuring the safety of Jill, all the while she grows more and more unexpectedly attached to the vampires she was taught to dislike.

The plot thickened exponentially in this second addition. Sydney grows stronger in her new found magical abilities. And new enemies surface from the cracks that surprise everyone with their existence! Just when you think there can’t be anymore evil bad dudes to come after these characters, oh look there’s more!

Oh, and of course I didn’t forget about Adrian. Ohhhh Adrian….his character is so fantastic and confusing and frustrating and heartbreaking at the same time. It’s so difficult to watch the romantic frustration between him and Sydney, especially when the outcome on certain events is so predictable it was almost painful. By the end of the book, I was so ready for more to happen between them it was killing me. I just really want Adrain to be happy after everything he’s been through. And I’m sure my fellow readers can relate. I always fall for the damaged guys, it’s inevitable with these types of books.

Unfortunately, the ending made things amazing and so much worse at the same time  between the two of them. I wound up being more angry than when it started. Nonetheless, I have hope and can’t wait to read the next book! I would most definitely recommend that you continue reading the Bloodlines series and pick up this book!