Review: Protector (Night War Saga #1) by Leia Stone and S.T. Bende

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Goodreads Summary:

Love. Honor. Protect.

As an Environmental Studies major, Allie knows the planet is in trouble – a series of natural disasters recently rocked the northern hemisphere, and species across the globe are going extinct. What Allie doesn’t know is that her world’s decline is a casualty of an ancient battle called the Night War – the Norse goddess Nott’s crusade to control the weakest of the light realms. And Allie most definitely doesn’t know that her existence is the only thing stopping Nott from dragging the earth into total darkness.

When four gorgeous guys show up claiming to be Allie’s Asgardian protectors, she thinks they’re delusional. And when they order her to hunt down the pieces of an immortal weapon, she’s convinced they’re insane. But when Allie’s attacked, the guys’ crazy stories of demigods and dark elves begin coming together. And Allie’s not sure what scares her more – losing her life to the Goddess of Night . . . or losing her heart to one of her protectors.

Let the hunt begin.

My Review

S.T. Bende strikes again! I love this girl’s books and Leia Stone added an awesome touch! It’s always nice to delve back into the world of Norse Mythology and I love learning about a new god and goddess each time I open one of Bende’s books!

Protector follows the story of Allie, a freshman in college whose world becomes rocked when she finds a weird necklace that won’t come off of her neck and meets a strange guy claiming to know about her gift of seeing peoples’ energies. Before she knows it, Allie gets thrown into a brand new universe in which the gods from her Norse Mythology class are far from myth. Allie is a part of a prophecy that could mean the end or the saving of earth as she knows it. She is far from alone in her journey though. She has four smoking hot protectors on her side in her quest to save the planet from the destruction.  One of which, Tore, is bound to steal her heart along the way. Not a bad deal, am I right?!

Protector was a lovely start to what is sure to be a wonderful series! The movement was constant and the universe that these two ladies created was epic to say the least. That was probably one of the best parts about the book. The travel between planets and the different settings provided a fantastic backdrop to the events.

The romantic tension was a constant throughout the story, which of course led to romantic frustration, but the ending made it all worth it. I look forward to seeing where things go between Tore and Allie, cause I’m sure it’s bound to be hot! This book was definitely an introduction, I can tell that the best is to come.

If you are looking for an action packed Norse Mythology young adult book, then Protector is the book for you! Buy it on Amazon here!

Review: The Program (Program #1) by Suzanne Young

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Goodreads Summary:

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

My Review

The Program has been sitting on my Audible app for a year now. I honestly had completely forgotten about it until about a month ago. The concept of this book is just so surreal and intriguing! Don’t get me wrong, it’s also a beautifully vulnerable premise that had me feeling kind of down while listening to parts of it, but overall, Suzanne Young did a fantastic job!

The Program takes place in a dystopian type world that isn’t quite end of the world status but kind of is at the same time, at least for all young people. Teenage suicide has skyrocketed to such alarming rates, that the US government implements The Program, a “therapy” system that takes depressed teens and wipes their memories to prevent them from killing themselves and then proceeds to send them back out into society! Wow, right?

The story focuses on the couple: Sloane and James, two lovers who find strength in one another in the middle of extremely desolate times. However, just when you think there’s no way these two can crack, things go south fast. This book was entirely different from anything I’ve ever read! The dramatic irony in The Program was through the roof!! I commend Young for taking a character’s narration to a whole new level as the main character evolves in completely mind blowing ways. I sat there listening to this book in the car thinking, how the hell is she [Suzanne Young] gonna swing this?! I started to get angry and mad at the plot, but the way it played out just worked. I felt for the characters and for the human need to feel sad, and how completely OK that is!

By the time I reached the ending, I was left wanting closure for what had happened to these poor characters and could not wait to dip into the second and last book! It’s only a duology folks! Although there are multiple novellas. I am currently listening to book two and really liking it so far! Review to come.

I would most definitely recommend reading The Program if you are looking for a new scifi dystopian read! Buy it on Amazon here! 

Review: Iniquity (Premonition #5) by Amy A. Bartol

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Goodreads Summary:

I gasp as my body curls toward Brennus like a flower to the sun, for the pleasure of it. He holds me close to him. His nose grazes the length of my neck. He breathes me in. I feel the roar and rush of my heartbeat. I’m his toy; his energy streams into me. He winds the invisible key in my back and the euphoria ratchets and coils inside of me: tick…tick…tick…

Another wicked surge of energy flows from him into me. Pain. Pleasure. Bliss. My jaw unclenches as my lips part. I make a small, breathy sound as we dance. Brennus responds with something close to a growl. “Ye’re killing me, mo chroí,” he murmurs. His hand moves down my back infusing me with a golden glow of power. My wings punch violently from me, tearing a hole in my day dress. They spread wide, like a red stain beyond my pale skin. I’m dancing now for the thrill of it. I follow his lead.

As the song comes to an end, Brennus kisses my throat. He whispers in my ear, “When ye get back, come find me, mo chroí. I’ve healed ye…now wake up and banjax whoever banished ye here…”

My Review

Well the time has finally come!! I finished reading The Premonition series and I don’t know how to feel! I’ve spent five years reading these books and its so sad to see these characters go. I had to say goodbye to Reed and Evie and it was most definitely difficult.

Iniquity was action packed and full of suspense from start to finish! I was in love with it on page one, as I knew I would be. The story began right where the fourth book left off with Evie almost dying again, and Brennus being changed by her blood. Reed escapes with her and she is barely saved on time after being healed by Russel.

I know the common critique about these books is that a ridiculous amount of guys like Evie and the numbers grow every book. Trust me, I thought the same thing, especially after Xavier was introduced. I assure you fellow readers, all your questions and concerns will be satisfied after reading this book! I was blown away by the turn of events and the final reveal. It finally made everything make sense, and honestly it justified why all these men were after her quite easily. It was very well done and I was so pleased by all that I had learned.

This book certainly took me on an emotional rollercoaster and the romance between Reed and Evie was EVERYTHING!! I never gave up hope for an instant, though I have to admit I was really intrigued as to how Bartol was going to turn everything around. Which brings me to the ending, it was very unexpected in every way. And quite honestly, I started to think that the fifth book wasn’t going to be the final book in the serious. I’m starting to wonder if Bartol is going to write some kind of novella or surprise next book. The ending just didn’t feel complete, it was in some ways, but there were just certain hints that lead me to believe there could be more to come, at least from other characters.

Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed Iniquity and loved everything it had to throw at me. I am so so sad to say goodbye to these beloved characters and this beloved story.

Finish the series and  buy Iniquity on Amazon here!

Review: A Matter of Fate (Fate #1) by Heather Lyons

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Goodreads Summary:

Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn’t a normal teenage girl. She’s a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she’s a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she’s to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.

That’s nothing compared to the boy trouble she’s gotten herself into. Because a guy she’s literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.

Chloe’s once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.

My Review

I absolutely loved Heather Lyon’s Collectors’ Society series, so I was more than excited to read her Fate books! I have to say I’m a little disappointed. This book took me on such an emotional rollercoaster. Tt wasn’t the good kind of rollercoaster. I didn’t dislike this book by any means, I was just overly frustrated by the characters!

A Matter of Fate focuses on the perspective of Chloe, a Magical with the powers of a Creator. She can make and destroy most anything. Her power is very much so coveted, which puts her and all those she cares about at risk. Before she knows it there are forces after her that she has never heard of as her world becomes rocked to its core. To make matters worse, the boy she’s been visiting in her dreams all her life shows up with his twin in her high school. This boy happens to be the love of her life and she didn’t even know he existed until his appearance. Now her heart is torn as she finds herself equally drawn to not only him but his twin brother as all. Fate is cruel indeed.

Chloe’s emotions were all over the place throughout this entire book, I literally could not get my head around it. She was in love with Jonah, then she was in love Kellan and then Jonah and then Kellan. It was an endless frustrating cycle. I couldn’t understand why she was making the decisions she was making. It killed me inside to see her hurt each guy who clearly loved her so much. The book focused more on the insane love triangle than the plot with the magicals and the impending doom, which was surprising, but I should have expected as much based on the title!

I truly enjoyed the premise behind A Matter of Fate, it was highly unique and different from previous fantasy novels I’ve seen. The world that was created was intriguing and the powers that each person had were amazing to consider. However, I grew very impatient with the ongoing romantic struggle between the characters. The entire last 20% was spent over this insanely ridiculous conflict that could have been so easily resolved if it had not been dragged on so long. I literally rolled my eyes a few times. Don’t get me wrong, the content had me hooked throughout. I couldn’t put it down, but I just felt that the ending events were drawn out past the point of enjoyment. I’m glad that certain things were explained in the end to provide me with some closure at least.

I look forward to seeing what is in store for these characters in the following books. I would still recommend you read A Matter of Fate if you’re looking for an emotionally intense fantasy read.

Buy it on Amazon here!

Review:The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

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Goodreads Summary:

Solving the MazeSolving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive. was supposed to be the end. 

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

My Review

I’m so glad I was able to listen to the audiobook of The Scorch Trials so soon after finishing the first book in the Maze Runner series. I definitely enjoyed the sequel but I think I expected a little more out of it than what I was given.

The Scorch Trials picks up right where the first book left off, with Thomas and the rest of the gladers alongside Teresa having escaped the Maze. Though they were rescued by seemingly good people, things go south fast. Things got crazy right off the bat, I couldn’t even process the impossibility of it all. So many questions were thrown at me at once! I couldn’t believe what went down actually happened. And that’s the thing about these books, they constantly make you question the characters’ reality. You never really know if what is happening is real or not or if it’s just a delusion put on by WICKED.

New characters are introduced and plot twist are created that had me all kinds of excited to see how things would turn out. I gotta say, parts of this book made me super angry and frustrated!! I don’t know who to trust now, and I don’t see a happy ending in sight. Thomas essentially has no control of where is life is meant to go. It was heartbreaking to watch him and his friends struggle with each new catastrophe that came their way. If anything, I can’t wait to see how he will get his justice for the way he’s been treated.

Once again, book two concluded with a sense of false hope in the form of a deceivingly positive ending. I don’t believe it for a moment, there is definitely more havoc to come. I look forward to seeing how Dashner can possibly turn things around for these characters. I will most certainly be reading book three or to put it more realistically, listening to book three.

Buy The Scorch Trials on Amazon here! 

Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

Dying sucks
…and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand.

After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.

For real this time.

My Review

I have been trying to finish reading Cursed for 6 months now and am so glad I was able to read it at last! I love Armentrout books and when I saw that this was a stand alone I got even more excited. Although, now after finishing it, I’m sad that there aren’t more books.

Cursed is a unique story focusing on the life of Ember, a girl who kills everything she touches. She hasn’t always had this power however. Since the day she got into a car crash and her sister brought her back from the dead, she’s had this deadly touch. She’s lived in the shadows ever since keeping to herself to avoid disaster, that is until she meets Hayden and her world is turned upside down. Soon she’s discovering that there are others with strange powers and the accident that killed her father might not have been an accident at all.

I most definitely enjoyed reading Cursed. I felt for Ember so much, her entire life becomes uprooted in the blink of an eye. She lives in such a miserable state, but seeing her relationship grow with Hayden made the story so worth wild. There were so many questions that got thrown around throughout, I was determined to find out the answers, no matter how predictable some of them were. That was the main flaw in the story in fact, was it’s predictability in the end. If anything, this was proof of how far JLA’s writing has come. I could tell this was one of her early books, though it was still good for sure, she has come so far with her incredible stories.

I would definitely recommend you read Cursed if you’re a JLA fan like me! It’s worth the read! Buy it on Amazon here!

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Goodreads Summary:
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My Review

I have been meaning to read Fangirl since I discovered the title years ago when it first came out. I mean a book titled Fangirl? The very thing I epitomize, I had to get my hands on it! I bought it over the summer and here I am months later and I can’t believe I hadn’t read this little wonder sooner!

I related to Fangirl on almost a cellular level! Which might be kind of sad depending on how you look at it, I mean I am definitely not as socially awkward or introverted as Cath but I definitely felt like we were kindred  spirits when it came to certain characteristics. Rowell created a character who was so very aware of her vulnerablity but was still proud of who she was. She embraced her nerd on all platforms and was happy to show it. The story follows Cath as she enters college with her twin sister but must come to terms with the fact that her sister whom she’s shared everything with since birth is growing in a very different direction than she is. She is thrown into an atmosphere that is totally alien to her and she must adapt in the only way she knows how which is to further embrace her introversion.

Cath’s experiences and reactions were so heartfelt, and even though this story isn’t entirely fast paced, I found myself consumed by the content. The characters just felt so real, and the situations got to me. I had to make sure that Cath was going to be okay with so many new developments. I wanted to see her succeed, and most importantly, I wanted to see her relationships blossom. Fangirl is a beautiful coming of age story that spoke volumes to me and made me reflective. Rowell wrote so many amazing lines, that had me putting down the book to just contemplate what she said.

If you are looking for a lovely contemporary romance or college coming of age story, then I would most definitely recommend you reading Fangirl! Buy it on Amazon here!