Morning Star – Pierce Brown

*This Review Contains Spoilers*

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.


More Details

Genre:  Science Fiction
Page Length: 518
Characters:  Darrow (The Reaper), Cassius au Bellona, Virginia au Augustus (Mustang), Sevro au Barca
Publication Year: 2016
Format: E-Book


Review

One word: Perfection. That’s what this book was. Without a doubt, this is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. It took me just over a week to finish just because I wanted to saviour and because I was a little bit terrified about how it was going to end, but I shouldn’t haven’t worried because it was just brilliant.

I really enjoyed how this played out, the twists and turns and expectedness were fresh and exhilarating. I adore Darrow, he has fast become one of my favorite characters. The things that he has suffered makes my heart break for him. There were so many moments where I literally had my heart in my mouth. This story wrecked me emotionally seriously I can’t even tell you! There are moments towards the end where I swear my heart almost stopped!

“I cannot be afraid. I’ve spent too long being afraid. Too long being diminished by loss. Too long being everything except what I need to be. And whether I am the Reaper, or whether it’s just another mask, it’s one I must wear, not just for them, but for myself.” 

At its core, this is a story is about courage, resilience, and transformation. Literal transformation for Darrow. He has overcome so much in such a short amount of time, he’s friends have become enemies and his enemies have become friends.

“He nodded, softly. “Thank you … brother.” And there, on a citadel landing platform in what was once the heart of Gold power, Cassius au Bellona and I shake hands and say farewell, almost six years to the day since we first met.”

Conclusion

I would recommend, no I do recommend this book, in fact, the whole series. If you are a fan of science fiction and you haven’t read this book I suggest you get on it stat! I promise you won’t regret it!

Also Iron Gold is out January 2018, I’ve already pre – ordered my copy and you can get yours here

My Rating:  5/5  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

The Awesome Blogger Award!

Firstly a shout out to Harini from Books and Readers for nominating me for this award! Thank you so much for nominating me! If you haven’t seen her blog yet, then what are you waiting for?


About this Award:

The award was created by Maggie at Dreaming of Guatemala who stated:

“This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger”


Rules:

1.Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Include the reason behind the award.
3. Include the banner in your post.
4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.


My Answers To Harini:

1. What’s ‘peace ‘ according to you?
Having quiet time to myself and just being able to relax at home.

2. What’s the one book everyone loves but you absolutely hate?
Beautiful Disaster – urgh I just didn’t get it! For me, it’s probably one of the worst books I’ve ever have the misfortune to read.

3. Dream Destination?
I’m torn between The Maldives and Bora Bora…..but probably The Maldives, it just looks dreamy and I need to stay in one of those little water bungalows!

4. One Mistake that you regret so much?
Hmmm probably trusting someone I thought was a friend.

 5. Favorite subject at High school?
Science. Particularly Biology and Physics

6. The one thing you want to change about yourself ?
I wish I was a better planner. I tend to just wing a lot of things.

7.The person you can’t imagine being without?
My husband, he is my best friend too and I can’t imagine being without him!

8. Favorite pet ever?
My two cats. Sorry, I can’t choose between them!

9. Book People Vs Real People – Who do you prefer?
Book People. – Real people are exhausting!

10. One thing about the world that you hate?
People – because we as a race are the source of most of the problems that the world has.


My Nominees:  

Jesse  @ Books at Dawn
Keri @ Books with Keri
Kayla @  KDREWKTHEBOOKWORM
Delphine @ Delphine the Babbler
Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm


My Questions:

  1. Name one thing that you are most proud of?
  2. Why did you decide to start a blog?
  3. What’s your favorite TV show/Movie?
  4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  5. Physical books or E-Books?
  6. Favorite social media platform?
  7. If you couldn’t blog about books, what subject you choose instead?
  8. Microsoft or Apple?
  9. What’s your favorite holiday destination?
  10. What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Golden Son – Pierce Brown

Synopsis

With shades of The Hunger GamesEnder’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.


More Details

Genre:  Science Fiction/Fantasy
Page Length: 430
Characters:  Darrow (The Reaper), Cassius au Bellona, Virginia au Augustus (Mustang), Sevro au Barca
Publication Year: 2015
Format: E-Book


My Review

This story picks up 2 years after Red Rising. Darrow is now working closely with Nero Au Augustus the ArchGovernor of Mars, all the while trying to bring down Gold Society.

This book really pulled me in more so than Red Rising! I finished this book Sunday evening and usually I like to write my reviews straight away while it’s all fresh, but this one, I just needed to digest and I mean that in a good way. This story is emotionally charged, action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat right to the end and what an ending that was! Holy shit I did not see that coming, I won’t say too much else about It but just be prepared to have your heart ripped out! Thanks for that Pierce Brown!

The world building in this story is breath taking. I love the idea that mankind is now living all over the solar system. The vast difference between how the Golds live and how the Reds and other low colors live is harsh.

I Iove Darrow! He is such a complex character, I like the way in which his character grew, but at the time I felt he was a little naïve when it came to what the people around him were feeling. I also really liked that he’s not perfect and he does make mistakes and these mistakes often have catastrophic consequences for him and the people he holds dear.

I also enjoyed the supporting characters, Sevro is particularly entertaining. Mustang I like her but I feel like I need to see more emotion from her. The bad guys in this book are like super villains, it’s been a while since I’ve read a book series where there are so many characters that are just plain evil arseholes. I mean seriously fucked up evil. We are also introduced to Ragnar Volarus, he offers his servitude to Darrow after Darrow takes over the ship is was enslaved on.

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Conclusion

This was such a good read, and definitely, a must read if you have read Red Rising. I’m still so mad that it has taken me this long to get to reading this series because man have I been missing out!

My Rating:  5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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COVER REVEAL: HOOKING UP – HELENA HUNTING

Hi, fellow book nerds!

I’m super excited to bring you a cover reveal today, so without further ado, I present to you:

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Blurb:

Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.

Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.

They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.

Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is a standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy.

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About the Author

NTY and USA Today Bestselling author of The PUCKED Series, Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance to romantic comedy, sports romance and angsty new adult romance.

 

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Other Pursuits (#2) July 2017

July has been a fairly quiet month for me. I’ve worked the whole of it so it’s not been that exciting at all.

TV SHOWS

Game of Thrones

My name is Tracey and I’m a Game of Thrones addict! I started watching GoT last year. I and my hubby binged watched the first 5 seasons over a couple of weeks so that we could catch up to season 6 and thus my addiction began! The year long wait for season 7 has been painful! So, when July 17th rolled around I was super excited and the opening episode did not disappoint!  Best opening episode ever!

I’m sure I’ll have more to say next month at the end of August because it will be near enough finished again by then (BOOO!)

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Grey’s Anatomy Re-Watch

Because summer tends to be slow on the TV front and because I haven’t found anything else to get into yet, I started re-watching Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning! This is the second time I’ve done this but the first time in like 2-3 years if that makes sense?

Anyway, I’m halfway through season 2 at the moment. The thing I love about re-watching a TV show is that you notice different things, for me this time its how bloody annoying and self-righteous Burke is, I mean I noticed the arrogance before but for some reason if feels more pronounced.

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Movies-2

John Wick 2 ­

I love the first John Wick film, but this one kind a lacked something – I think it might have been the case where I set my expectations really high and the film just didn’t meet them. It wasn’t all bad and Keanu Reeves was once again excellent. I’ve loved him since I watched him The Matrix back in 1999.

Secret life of pets

I don’t have a lot to say about this one, except that they showed all the good parts in the trailers, the actual movie itself wasn’t that great.

Bridget Jone’s Baby

Ok, so I’m not a Bridget Jones fan…. She actually annoys the ever loving crap out of me. The main reason I watched this was because Patrick Dempsy is in it (McDreamy) so it’s not really that much of a shock to me that I didn’t enjoy it.

Moana

I really enjoyed this, in that I enjoyed the animation. It was just beautiful! The vast vivid colors and the rendering of the ocean was just phenomenal! Also, the Rock as Maui was genius! He was so so funny.

Other things-2

I’ve really not done much else. Mostly just blogging and spending time in the garden with my two favorites, my husband, and my cat:

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I think that’s it.

Until next time 🤓

You’re Not Good Enough Book Tag

It’s Sunday, which has kinda become my unofficial tag day! I was tagged in this one by Bella from Bella Blogs Because Books. This is one I’ve not come across before but it was super fun to do.

This tag works by writing down 30 character’s names on pieces of paper and putting them into a bowl and pick out two at a time at random. Then choose which character fits the question best.

You only have one more spot on your spelling bee team, who would you choose to complete your team?

Amani from Rebel of the Sands and Mustang from Red Rising Trilogy

Ah ok so from what I remember Amani is a doer and goes after what she wants but I’m struggling with what her intelligence was like? But I do know that Mustang’s education was excellent so I’m going to go with her.

Final Answer: Mustang

Both these characters want to kill you, which character would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?

Seth from The Return and Harry from Harry Potter 

Oh, gods, I have no doubt that Seth would definitely kill me on the first try, whereas Harry is more likely to need a couple of attempts. So yeah Seth.

Final answer: Seth

You are on the bachelor or bachelorette and these are the last two people, who are you giving your final rose to?

Cassian from A Court of Thrones and Roses Series and Mia from The Princess Diaries

Seriously no contest here. I like Mia but Cass would be getting that rose!

Final answer: Cassian

You have been chosen for the hunger games, which of these characters are most likely to volunteer to take your place?

Callypso from Rhapsodic and Jin Rebel of the Sands

I would have to go with Callypso, she is very selfless where as Jin is not so much.

Final answer: Callypso

You are stranded on an island, which character would you sacrifice to cannibalism?

Josie from The Return and Karou  from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

As Karou is a pro at working with body parts, I’d have to sacrifice Josie `

Final answer: Josie

You are the next DC or Marvel superhero, which of these characters would you want as your sidekick?

Ren from Wicked and Darrow from Red Rising Trilogy

I really like Ren, but I think Darrow would be a more of a kick ass sidekick, I’m halfway through Golden Sun and there is a fight scene between him and another character and its just epic!

Final answer: Darrow

You’re a manager of an avocado admiring company, which character would you fire for lack of communication skills?

Cameron Hamilton from Wait For You and Rowan Whitethorn from  Throne of Glass Series

Hmm, Cam doesn’t really have communication issues. However, I would say that Rowan is not particularly a people person… so yeah Rowan.

Final answer: Rowan

You’ve just finished a book in which your favorite character dies, which character would most likely comfort you?

Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Jess from When Lightning Strikes

Jess is a very ballsy character and not what I would call soft, where as Akiva has suffered a lot of loss so would be able to empathize with you.

Final answer: Akiva

It is high school, which of these characters would most likely be part of the popular clique?

Katy from the Lux Series and Aelin from Throne of Glass

Without a doubt Aelin, mainly because everyone would be terrified of her!

Final answer: Aelin

It’s your birthday, which character would have the nerve to forget?

Azriel from A Court of Thrones and Roses Series and Desmond Flynn from Rhapsodic

Azriel wouldn’t do this, he doesn’t strike me as someone who would forget anything. Where as Des probably would and then make a huge gesture to make up for it.

Final answer: Desmond Flynn

You’ve just found an upcoming booktube star, which character would it most likely be?

Cole from Alice in Zombieland and Feyre from A Court of Thrones and Roses Series

Hmm, this is a difficult one. I think Cole? I can’t see Feyre A) wanting to be on Camera and B) having the time. Where as Cole is a little arrogant and would relish being filmed.

Final answer: Cole

Sleepover time! unfortunately, you can only invite one person, who would it be?

Layla from Dark Elements Series and Rhysand from A Court of Thrones and Roses Series

Seriously! I love Katy, but who would say no to a sleepover with Rhysand? Not this girl that’s for sure!

Final answer: Rhys

Bam! you’re pregnant, who is the father (or mother…)?

Suze from The Mediator Series and Roth the Dark Elements Series

Again no contest here, Roth! I have a long standing thing for this guy so 😍

Final answer: Roth

You’ve just written a super important text, who would read it and not reply?

Ivy from Wicked and Tink from Wicked

Tink! He’d be too busy ordering shit from Amazon to even bother looking at his phone!

Final answer: Tink

You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast, your mum has suddenly been replaced, who has she been replaced by?

Daemon the Lux Series and Mare Burrow from Red Queen

Ok, so I wouldn’t want Daemon as a parent. So I’d have to go with Mare.

Final answer: Mare Burrow


I Tag:

Des’ Random Thoughts
The Mystique Reader
An Infinite Book World


Until Next Time! 🤓

Let’s Talk (#12) Book Covers!

I’m the first to admit that I do judge a book by its cover. I know it’s a rubbish thing to do but I just can’t help it. Covers are the first thing that draws my attention especially if I’m in a book store. So this week I present to you (in no particular order) some of my favorite book covers:

 

The thing that I love about these covers is that they are all gorgeous in their own unique way.  I’ve read all the books on this list apart from Forces of Nature which is sitting on my book shelf waiting patiently for me to get to it, and at least 70% of them made to my reading shelve simply because the cover captured my attention. Which is a definite sign that the cover did its job.

But my absolute favorite one at the moment is the cover for These Broken Stars. This is a book that I read a few years ago now, I love it because it really captures the feeling of the story is about.

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Anyways that’s all from me this week, I really like to hear one some of your favorite covers are?

Until Next Time! 🤓

 

Forgetting You, Forgetting Me – Monica James

Synopsis

My name is Lucy Tucker, and my life…it was perfect.

I worked the dream job. I had the most incredible family and friends. My home, Whispering Willows, a ranch in Montana, was everything I could ever wish for. My adoring fiancé, Samuel Stone, loved me unconditionally.

I had everything a girl could ever want.

But one fateful event shattered my perfect life. It’s unimaginable how simple, ordinary words can change a person’s life forever. For me those words were, “There’s been an accident.”

I thought Sam was my forever, but that forever came to a close the day Saxon Stone, Sam’s identical twin brother, came back. Saxon returned to Montana to help save Sam, however, the moment he entered my life, he turned my world upside down. But through chaos I somehow found clarity—clarity of who I was meant to be.

As time progressed, as seasons changed, and as a fire began to burn, I soon realized that Saxon was there for another reason…he was there to help save me.


More Details

Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Page Length: 309
Characters:  Lucy, Sam, and Saxon
Publication Year: 2017
Format: E-book


My Review

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit the thing that drew my attention to this book was the A) the twin thing and B) THE amnesia element. I have read a few books where it’s the main character that has suffered this and the story is about them trying to remember their life, but this one is nothing like that – and it was so good!

The story begins on Lucy’s wedding day, this is abruptly brought to a halt when she gets the message that Sam her fiancé has been in a car accident, from then on both their lives are forever changed.

I really liked Lucy, I felt connected with her for most of the book, there were some moments when she did annoy me a little bit with her behavior but I could understand where she was coming from so it kind of balanced itself out. The thing I liked about this story was that you get to see what the other person is going through when the person they love doesn’t remember them. I have to give props to her because she endures some hellish behavior from Sam, yet she doesn’t give up hope that he will get better.

Sam, in the beginning, Lucy makes Sam out to be the perfect guy, we are treated to snippets of their relationship throughout the year’s courtesy of the diaries Lucy has been keeping. Right away I felt that the way she was painting was too perfect. Nobodies life is perfect, and as the story develops you begin to see that Lucy has been viewing the world through rose colored lenses.

Sam’s memory loss is hard, he doesn’t remember anything about Lucy and in frustrated he verbally lashes out at her on multiple occasions. I understand that the head injuries he has suffered have altered him and his recovery journey is difficult but man it was really hard to like the guy when he was continually being an asshole.

Saxon – is Sam’s slightly older and bad boy esque twin brother. It’s no secret that he is the black sheep of the family.  There is a lot of mystery that surrounds him. His relationship with Sam and their long standing feud is one of the things that kept me hooked to this book. You don’t find out what has gone down between them until right at the end of the book.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed this book, it’s the first one I have read by Monica James and you can be sure I’ll be checking out her other books. I would recommend if you are a fan of contemporary romance with country vibes!

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟purpleaddit1lp

 

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

6937440Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.
She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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