Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.


Quick Stats:

Page Length: 300
Publication year: 2014
Characters: Ivy, Ren, Tink


Review

Who doesn’t love a re-read? This week I reread Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout in preparation for the release of Brave. This was my third reading, and I have to say its one of those books that gets better each time I read it. It ticks all the boxes for me, badass heroine, super hot love interest and a hilarious sidekick!

The story is centered around Ivy, who works for a secret organisation called the Order. Ivy hunts and takes out Fae who have crossed over into the human world. The Fae in this story are the bad guys, who like nothing more than draining the life out of humans to maintain their long lives. Everything is all hunky dory until Ivy is shot by a fae who materialized a gun out of thin air – which is not a trait of a regular fae, these fae are Ancients, they are super powerful and can not be so easily taken out.

Ivy and Ren are so sweet together, I really love their banter and how they understand each other. Not to mention their scorching hot chemistry! I could almost see the sparks bouncing off the page.

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I can’t review this full and not mention Tink, I forgot how absolutely awesome he is! He seriously is my favorite sidekick of all time, so much sass in such a little being!

“Well, at least it’s not like you have a pet snake, because that shit would be weird. And I guess there are people who have more annoying roommates. I’ll be honest, though. I don’t trust the little shit, but I respect your decision.” “Well, I don’t trust you either, so what-the-fuck-ever,” Tink replied with a saucy grin as he stepped out from behind my leg.”

My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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1 Year Blogiversary!​

Hey everyone, 1 year ago today I started my blog! It honestly feels a lot longer though. Today I’m taking a look back at what has happened over the past year:

1 . What I have I learned:

Blogging is hard work! I never realized just how time-consuming having a blog would be until I started but it is very rewarding. I have really enjoyed learning lots of new things. Creating my own content and just making my blog look how I want it to look, which was a huge challenge at first, mainly because I was so indecisive and I didn’t really know how to make it look how I wanted it to look. Grasping the use of WordPress has helped me to get my blog looking just like I want it to.

2. Biggest Challenge I have faced:

Time management, I’m not an organized person by nature so I have to really work at making time to sit and write my posts. I’ve also really had cut back recently in terms of the amount I was posting because it was just too much with everything else I have going on in my life at the moment.

3. My Favorite Post:

This has to the piece I wrote about Tamlin from (A Court of Thorns and Roses) it’s the only time I’ve done a real in-depth character analysis as such and it was so interesting to really get inside his head and share my thoughts. I really hope to do a follow-up piece next year, I really want to write a Tamlin/Rhyand comparison!

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Goals for Next Year:

  1. Be more active on Social Media
  2. Coming up with a proper schedule and sticking it to
  3. Create new and engaging content
  4. Keep a good posting pace and not stress about posting enough
  5. Keep having Fun!

Until Next Time! 🤓

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🌌 Intergalactic Book Tag 🌌

Welcome to the Intergalactic Book Tag! I found this on over on Berries and Books Blog so check out her answers when you’re done here.

Let’s get started:

SPACE: NAME A BOOK THAT IS OUT OF THIS WORLD – THAT TAKES PLACE IN A  WORLD DIFFERENT FROM OUR OWN.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

BLACK HOLE: NAME A BOOK THAT COMPLETELY SUCKED YOU IN.

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa – I adore this book!

LIGHTSPEED: NAME A BOOK YOU ARE ANTICIPATING SO MUCH THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD TRAVEL AT LIGHTSPEED TO GET TO IT.

The 6th Throne of Glass book – it’s not out until next September! It feels like ages.

NEBULA: NAME A BOOK WITH A BEAUTIFUL COVER.

Starswept by Mary Fan – see for yourself I think its gorgeous!

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MULTIVERSE: NAME A COMPANION SET OR SPINOFF SERIES YOU LOVE.

The Titan series by Jennifer L. Armentrout which is the Covenant spin-off series and it’s all about Seth!

GRAVITY: NAME YOUR FAVORITE ROMANTIC PAIRING THAT SEEMS TO HAVE GRAVITATIONAL PULL TO EACH OTHER.

Rhysand and Feyre…. so much love for those two!

THE BIG BANG: NAME THE BOOK THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON READING.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot was the book that catapulted my reading onto another level.

ASTEROID: NAME A SHORT STORY OR NOVELLA THAT YOU LOVE.

So easy, that has to be The Emperor of Evening Stars by Laura Thalassa

GALAXY: NAME A BOOK WITH MULTIPLE POVS.

Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas), so many characters POV’s in this one.

SPACESHIP: NAME A BOOK TITLE THAT WOULD BE A GREAT NAME FOR A SPACESHIP.

Earth Star (Janet Edwards)


That’s it! I’m not tagging anyone specifically but do feel free to have ago and tag me back I’d love to read your answers!

Until Next Time! 🤓

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Blogging Break Plus Scheduling Changes

Hi lovely followers,

I just wanted to give you a little update. I’ve decided to cut back a bit and take a break from blogging for a little while. I have had a hard time recently in finding my usual drive to write so it just makes sense to take some time and recharge – hence why I haven’t posted so much recently

I won’t be disappearing completely as I’ll still be posting a few reviews here and there but my regular weekly posts will be taking a bit of a back seat.  I’ll also be starting a full-time job in December so I really need to take some time to do some serious planning!

I think that’s all I need to say for now. I’ll post another update when I have made some solid decisions about going forward!

Until Next Time 🤓

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Spooky Scary Book Tag

I came across this Tag on the Awkward Book Bloggers Blog and I knew it would be perfect to do for Halloween!

Let’s get started:

1. What goes bump into the night? Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth! My sister recommended this series to me but I didn’t realize just how creepy it was going to be!

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2. Jack O’ Lanterns and Classic Costumes – A book you always reach for during Halloween time.

Hmm, I don’t really have one, to be honest, I just pick whatever strikes my mood at the time.

3. Black Cats and Magic Mirrors – A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic

A Court of Mist and Fury!! There is much magic in this book! I absolutely love it!

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Credit to Charlie Bowater

 

4. Witch’s Brew – Favorite witch character in any book/series.

This heard I don’t read that many books with Witches in them. I’d probably have to go with Manon Blackbeak from Throne of Glass because she is such a badass!

5. Ghouls and Ghosts – A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad)

Nocte mainly because it was just soooo weird and I still don’t know what I believe about the ending. If you’ve read it I’m sure you’ll know what I mean.

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6. Haunted Graveyard – You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard and you get ONE book to give you comfort. Which is it?

Shacking Up by Helena Hunting, because its light and funny and would distract me from being scared.

7. The Undead – Favorite supernatural creature to read about (ex. vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc.)

Do Fae count?? I’m making them count because I’m not overly fussed on the others and there is just something so magical about fae I could read books about them all day every day.

8. In the dead of night – Pick a book with a black cover

Rhapsodic, not only the cover black the book is amazing!

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That’s it! I’m not tagging anyone specific but do feel free to have a go yourselves!

Happy Halloween! 👻

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 [Book Review] Slumber (Beauty Never Dies Chronicles #1) by J.L. Weil 

Synopsis  

There is no such thing as happily ever after. Everything Charlotte Winston thought she knew has been thrown out the window. From the moment she opens her eyes, the world she remembered ceases to exist, and in its place is a post-apocalyptic realm filled with unimaginable dangers. And one very smoking hot guy who has an uncanny ability to make her blood sing, then boil in a blink of an eye. Dash Darhk is everything her parents would hate. He’s six feet and two inches of dark temptation and a killer smile, that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in his wake. But her parents are nowhere to be found. Charlotte is alone in this new world. Destroyed by a toxic mist, the land isn’t the only thing altered, but the inhabitants as well. As Charlotte begins the hunt for her family, gifts she’s never fathom awake inside her. And with the gifts come problems. Enormous ones. Charlotte is running out of options and places to hide. If she can’t figure out who to trust-and fast-she will lose more than her heart. Fans of Hunger Games, The 100, and Divergent will fall in love with Slumber.


More Details

Genre: Dystopia, Romance
Page Length: 305
Characters: Charlotte, Dash
Publication Date: 16th November 2016
Format: eBook


Review

This was another book that I found on my kindle the other day, I’ve been reading a lot of normal romance recently so I fancied something a bit different and this ticked the box.

The story starts off a little sleeping beauty esque, when Dash find Charlotte asleep and is compelled to kiss, and this leads to her waking up after 100 years of slumber. Charlotte wakes to a very different world. Everything she once knew is gone.

I really liked the story it was a nice blend of romance & dystopia. I thought the world building was very good, it was refreshing different from anything I’ve read recently.

I think I enjoyed Dash’s character more than Charlotte, he was intriguing and has lots of secrets, I’m looking forward to finding out more about him the next book. Charlotte was ok, she just seemed a little more immature by I’m hoping her character develops more as the story goes on.

The Bottom Line:

This was a really nice little story, I really enjoyed it and I already have the next book pre-ordered.

My Rating:  3/5  🌟🌟🌟

The Mr.Men & Little Miss Character Tag

This tag was created by Charlotte @ Wonderfully Bookish and is based on the Mr. Men and Little Miss series created by Roger Hargreaves.

Lauren over at The Bookish Fairy tagged me in this about a month ago, so apologies for only just getting to it and thanks for the Tag!


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Des from Rhapsodic – I love his character he is so beautifully complex, he’s not a particularly happy character but reading about him makes me happy!


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Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses, all the characters in this series are magical but Rhys damn he is the most magical of them all. His power is so bad ass!


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Luc from The Lux series, he is very much a background character who is pulling all the strings, but every little scene he is in he is awesome – I can’t wait to read his book!


5Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses, throughout the series he does so many bad things you start to lose count!


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Tink from the Wicked Trilogy, I just love him everything he does and says is so funny!


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I’m going to go with Mustang from Red Rising, she has a very quiet intelligence and it wasn’t until I finished the entire series that I realised just how clever she is.



I’m going to Tag a few people but if you don’t want to do it then that is fine 🙂

Boston Book Reader
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If There’s No Tomorrow – Jennifer L.Armentrout

This Review Contains Spoilers!

Synopsis  

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed? 


More Details

Genre: Young Adult
Page Length: 384
Characters: Lena and Sebastian
Publication Date: 5th September 2017
Format: eBook


Review

Ah, this book hit me in so many feels.

Lena is the lone survivor of an accident that kills 4 of her friends, and as you would expect she has survivors guilt, not only because she is the only one that lived, but because she feels like she could have prevented and maybe she could have. So, this story is more than just a regular love story, it’s about healing and it’s about learning to live with the choices you make in life and the consequences of these choices.

I really enjoyed how JLA wrote this book, the first few chapters are the build-up to the event, so you get to learn about the characters that died before that die, which sounds kind of morbid but I thought it made the impact of their deaths even bigger.  You also get to see how Lena was before the accident. Which at times I was like come I want the story to start but in hindsight, it was great because instead of flat characters that have died we got to see them as 3-dimensional l people living their lives.

Ok so let’s get to Sebastian, pre-accident he was your pretty standard love interest. It wasn’t until afterward that he truly shined for me, there’s this great scene when Lena is still in the hospital and he is visiting her but she doesn’t want him around:

“Can you just leave?” I asked, begged really. “Please?” His gaze held mine for a moment and then he stood, and I wanted to sink through the bed, sink down into nothing. Sebastian didn’t leave, though. He wasn’t my father. He wasn’t me. Grabbing the chair, he picked it up and planted it right by the top of my bed and then he sat down. My heart pounded. He rested his right arm on the bed beside mine and then leaned over, stretching his left arm so his fingers caught the limp strands of my hair, brushing them back from my face as he said, “I’m not leaving. You can get mad. You can get upset, but I’m staying right here, because whether you realize it or not, you shouldn’t be alone. I’m not going anywhere.”

I just wanted to hug him for that response because it was so perfect! I loved that he knew what she needed even when she didn’t. I really did love them together, I liked how understanding he was of everything that she was going through, and most importantly he supported her. So yeah Sebastian was a pretty awesome character.

Finally, I loved Lena, her journey was difficult but real and that’s what made this story so heart-wrenching. I have lost count of the many stories in the news about teens who lose their lives driving drunk. That whole “it won’t happen to me is” is a very real mantra for lots of young people and adults actually. That’s what made this story just so great.

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The Bottom Line:

Just read the book, initially in my head I scored this book 4/5 but after some reflection, I couldn’t find anything wrong with it so yeah go grab a copy asap!

 My Rating:  5/5 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

 

 

 

Update! No3?

Ola!

You may have noticed that I have been MIA over the last week, so firstly I want to apologize for that. Work is pretty full on at the moment, this has left me feeling drained and not at all motivated to blog 😦 It’s still going to be intense for the next month or so but I’m it won’t interfere too much with blogging again.

This week I’m hoping to get my reviews of If There’s No Tomorrow and Checkmate: This is War up. Which are the only books I managed to read last week.

I also have a couple of special posts coming up, these include a cover reveal and a teaser for two books one of which is coming out very soon! So keep an eye out for those.

I know it’s Tuesday and I would usually post a quote but as I have been so short on time I don’t have anything prepared this week. So this feature will resume next week.

Schedule Changes.

Just one little change, I’ve decided to change my weekly discussion posts (Let’s Talk) to fortnightly. This is effective from now. My next post for this will be 28th September, this is just to help me catch up from last week.


I think that’s it.

Until Next Time 🤓

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Disney Princess Sidekicks Book Tag

I was tagged by Shoshi over at Shoshi Reads to do the Disney Princess Sidekicks Book Tag. This tag looks like a lot of fun so let’s get started:

1. Mushu from Mulan/Olaf and Sven from Frozen: Name your favorite hilarious character or your favorite comedy/funny book

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This definitely has to be Tink from the Wicked Saga. He is probably the most hilarious sidekick character I’ve read so far.


2. The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White: Favorite group/ensemble

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 It has to be the inner circle in A Court of Mist and Fury. Each of them are so diverse and tortured in their own personal ways.


3. Pascal from Tangled: A book that started out one way but changed for you

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Red Queen – I really liked the beginning but by the end, I wanted to hit my head against the wall


5. Meeko from Pocahontas: Name a plot twist that you did not see coming

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Golden Son – the ending! Holy f#@king sh#t!!


6. Rajah from Aladdin/Flounder from The Little Mermaid: Name your favorite best friend in a novel.

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 I really liked Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone, she really does have Karou’s best interests at heart.


7. Louis from The Princess and the Frog/Sebastian from The Little Mermaid/Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Chip from Beauty and the Beast: Name a novel where music played a big part or made you want to sing its praises

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Starswept – this whole book is about music and the story is beautifully written.


8. Maximus from Tangled: Name a character that faces a lot of obstacles

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Aelin from the Throne of Glass series, this girl has faced so much stuff and still has so much more to get through!


9. Hamish, Hubert, and Harris from Brave: Favorite family dynamics in a novel

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 I think the Royals (by Erin Watt) because it’s such a complicated family dynamic, it made for some really good reading. 


10. Ray from The Princess and the Frog/ 3 Fairies from Sleeping Beauty: Book that most impacted your life.

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 This is probably going to be the Princess Dairies and this is for two reasons, I read this and a really difficult time in my life and it helped me cope with what was going on, also it’s what inspired me to start writing, I wrote my own diaries for about 8 or 9 years after reading this series.


10. Hei Hei from Moana: Name a character that steals the show

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Luc from the Lux Series – I can’t wait for his book to come out!


11. Gus and Jaq from Cinderella: Name your favorite or worst opposites attract pairing:

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 Vaughn and Oakley from when it’s real, they really are the total opposites of each other but they work together so well.


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