[Book Review] Pestilence – Laura Thalassa

Synopsis

They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 307
Publication Year: 20th March 2018
Characters: Sara, Pestilence


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

The end is nigh, the four horsemen have come to earth to bring about the apocalypse; Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death. Sara’s town in next on Pestilence’s list, determined to bring him down Sara attempts to kill him not knowing that he is in fact indestructible. After  Pestilence recovers from Sara’s attempts to kill him, he takes her as his prisoner as punishment, after all, suffering is made for the living.  But the longer they travel together the less Sara feels like a hostage and soon she must face her feelings.

I’m trying to find a way to adequately convey how much I loved this book. I was so excited to get an ARC as I have been highly anticipating the release since I first heard about this book at the end of last year and the cover is just so beautiful too.

I loved everything about Sara’s Character, she is stubborn, brave, determined and compassionate and most of all not whiny or boring which was a refreshing change. I found connecting with her really easy. I liked how she was written, like an everyday run of the mill person who was living a normal life and until the world turned to shit. Lots of her inner thoughts had me laughing on more than one occasion.

Pestilence… damn.. he is such a complex character, sent to earth with one mission: to spread the plague which he does and it’s his singular focus until Sara. I liked the pacing the relationship between him and Sara, it was just right, I didn’t begin to like him until Sara did. Seeing him (through Sara’s eyes) slowly beginning to understand that humans aren’t just two-dimensional beings was really something.

The story itself was addictive I finished it in a day it was that good. There are many ups and downs, you get to see a variety of ways mankind acts when the worst has happened and they are not all good reactions and I really think that gave this story a real believable feel to it.

Overall this was a really epic read, one of my favorites of this year so far and I really can’t recommend this enough.

My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Pestilence is out on March 20 2018 Pre-order here:

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About the Author

7152490Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.
… or something like that anyway.

When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

 

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[Book Review] The Prophecy by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis

History is on repeat…

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that’s standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them — without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him — everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid…

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best — and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she’s not fighting just for herself — she’s fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled….


Quick Stats

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Publication Year: March 8th 2018
Characters: Josie Bethel, Seth Diodoros


Review

I still can’t believe this but I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!!

Seth almost has it all, but the Titans are still on the lose entombing them and finding the last demigod is everyone’s top priority. With time and options running out Seth must make a sacrifice that no one sees’s coming.

Ok, I was not prepared at all for the rollercoaster of emotions that this story made me feel. I’ve been waiting almost a year to read this book and it had everything and more that  I wanted.

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Seth and Josie are so perfect for one another, I loved how protective and loving Seth was of her and their unborn child, he has grown so much over the course of this series and it this book really rounded his character off in such a beautiful way. Seth really has come full circle and reading his journey has been such a ride! I liked how Josie never gave up on Seth, her belief in him never wavered and she reinforced his self-worth every time he doubted himself. They are total #RelationshipGoals!

The story itself has everything you would come to expect from the genius that is Jennifer L. Armentrout, humor, drama, smoking hot sexiness and sooo many feels! JLA has crafted the perfect ending to this amazing series.

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My Rating: 5/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


The Prophecy is out on the 20th March 2018, pre order you copy here:

[Book Review] Ryan’s Bed – Tijan

Synopsis

I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident.

I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed—her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should’ve left…

I didn’t.
I didn’t jump out.
I didn’t get embarrassed.
I relaxed.
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved.

I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept.

The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could’ve stayed forever, I would have.
He became my sanctuary.

Because—four hours earlier—my twin sister killed herself.


Quick Stats

Page Lenght: 250
Publication Date: 2018
Characters: Mackenzie, Ryan, and Willow


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I usually start my reviews with a summary of the story, but for this one, I just need to tell you how it made me feel:

Stunned! I got to the last page and I couldn’t believe it. I just for like 5 minutes in an emotional stupor.

Mackenzie first sleeps in Ryan’s bed just hours after finding her twin sister Willow dead. Willow took her own life and now Mackenzie has to find a way to go on without her sister all the while carrying a secret only she know.s

This story is beautifully sad. Many times during reading this I had blink back tears and swallow the huge lump in my throat. I was not prepared. Mackenzie’s grief was heartbreaking and she goes through a number of coping strategies to deal with her sister’s grief, the most prominent being trying to not feel and ignore her grief.

I really liked her relationship with Ryan, it didn’t start out in the best way but they he couldn’t have been more perfect for, he got exactly what she was going through and was non-judgemental throughout the whole book.

This is a particularly difficult subject matter and I think Tijan did a brilliant job of approaching it, capturing that suicide doesn’t end with the person who takes their life, but lives on in the people they leave behind.

The last line will stay with me for a long time.

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My Rating: 5/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟  🌟

[Book Review] The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Synopsis

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 384
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Jude, Cardan, Lock, Vivi, and Taryn


Review

Wooza! This book was so good.

At the age of 7, Jude’s parents have murdered in front of her and then she and her sisters were then stolen away to High Court of Faerie. Years later Jude just wants to be one of them. To do this she wants a place in court but to do this must defy her nemesis, Carden.

I loved this story. Jude is a such a different character to what I normally come across, she has been brought up by the person who murdered her parents. This has had a profound effect on Jude, she has been in survival mode for the last 10 years doing anything she can to fit in and be part of Faerie. Despite being terrified 90%  of the time Jude is brave and strong and I really admired her courage.

Carden and his friends torment Jude on a daily basis, he is the definition of a jerk but some reason I found myself liking him. I can’t really explain why because he is a dick for the majority of the book.

The story itself is a whirlwind of twist and turns and betrayals at every corner. It kept me guessing until the very end. This is the first book by Holly Black that I have read but after this, it certainly won’t be the last.  Overall this was a really awesome story and if you love books about the fae then this is a must-read.

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My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

[Book Review] Lullaby (The Sand Maiden Book 1) L.R.W. Lee

Synopsis

You’ve heard of the Sand Man. Meet his counterpart, the Sand Maiden.

Alissandra thrills to help her human charges make sense of thoughts that need refinement, problems that need solutions, worries that beg for action, and things they should or shouldn’t have said, as she weaves their dreams. She’s been doing it her entire immortal existence. But when the most powerful king in Dream realm sets his sights on her current charge, Prince Kovis Altairn, to exploit him in his quest to conquer Wake realm, Ali has no choice but to flee and pray the sovereign doesn’t hunt her down.

Prince Kovis Altairn, crown prince and the most powerful sorcerer in the Altairn Empire, knows nothing about Dream realm, let alone his sand maiden. So when Ali is discovered naked in his bedroom, how will she convince him of her intentions, as well as the danger?


Quick Stats

Page Length: 421
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Ali, Kovis


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

Ali Escapes from Dream Realm and her cruel father after she finds out he is going after her human charge in the hope to take over Wake Relm. Ali is thrust into in Wake Realm meets Kovis her starbeam, with his help she is hoping to stop her father’s plan.

I have put off writing this review for so long. I started this book initially back in the beginning of December. I got about 3 quarters of the way through and then stopped. I read a couple of other books before going back to it. I found it very difficult to get through.

There are a number of reasons why but the main issues are, I felt zero connection to the main character, Ali is underdeveloped in such a way that it was difficult to even like her. She comes across as having the emotional maturity of a 6-year-old. Her lack of self-confidence was frustrating because she stayed that way through the entire book, she barely grew as a person despite everything she accomplished.

The story touched on sexual assault but again this was not fully explored so it ended up giving the story a real ick factor in the way some of the characters behaved towards one another. Kovis is the main love interest and he is just so bland and dull, the term of endearment he uses for Ali felt condescending and made me cringe every time I read it.

Overall I was really disappointed by this book. I thought the concept was really good the execution was poor. I won’t be continuing with this series.

My Rating: 2/5 🌟

 

[Book Review] Man Card – Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Blurb

Nothing ventured, nothing banged…

Ash
I still don’t know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor–our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down…
It can never happen again. I don’t even like Braht. He’s too slick. He’s a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can’t I get him out of my head?

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There are two things I know without question. One: Ash and I are destined for each other. Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing my piece. She’s the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don’t call her the Ashkicker for nothing.
Eventually I’ll win her over…if my past doesn’t ruin everything first.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 453
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Ash & Braht


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ash and Braht are competitors at work, Ash doesn’t even like Braht and Braht well he is determined to win Ash over. And then they bang! and suddenly Ash can’t get Braht out of her head.

This was one of those real laugh out loud books, lots of humor and funny moments. The rivalry between Braht and Ash was really well done, it helped build the tension between them brilliantly.

I liked Ash’s feistiness and determination to be independent, but I also liked that she had lot’s of vulnerabilities which I thought made her relatable and gave her character lots of depth. It took a few chapters to warm up to the Braht because he’s a little different from the typical macho male love interest but he is just so damn nice and thoughtful that I couldn’t help but start to like him. The way he looked after Ash was so sweet.

Overall this was a very enjoyable read and a brilliant follow up to Man Hands. I highly recommend this book.

My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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Man card is out on 15th January 2018

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[Book Review] Caraval by Stephanie Grabber​

Blurb

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 407
Publication Year: 2017
Characters: Scarlett, Donatella “Tella”, Julian and Legend


Review

Scarlett and Tella live on a tiny island with their cruel and abusive.  father. Over a number of years, Scarlett has been writing to the Caraval Master Legend asking him to visit and put on his infamous Caraval show. This year Caraval is finally coming to Isla De Los Suenos (a nearby island) and Master Legend has sent tickets for Scarlett and Tella.

I think I can sum up this book in one word: WOW! this was totally different to anything that I have read for a long time. At first I was a little hesitant to even read it because (and I know how odd this is going to sound) I have read so many good things about it and I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t live up to the hype but I needn’t have worried because it 100% met my expectations.

I enjoyed all the magic and mystery of the book, there were many moments where I thought the story was going to go one way but then it completely went I different way instead. It really kept me guessing right until the last page. The twist and turns made it a really addictive read.

I really liked how well Scarlett’s character developed over the course of the story. She started out not weak as such but kind of trapped by her own fear of things and the need to control and do things a certain way. It was good to see her relax a little and realise things can be done a different and that there is more than one way out of a bad situation.

I would like to have seen more from Tella and Legend, well particularly Legend because he so full of mystery and intrigue, but I think their story will be expanded in the next book.  Overall this was a really good read and I’m glad I gave it a chance.

My Rating: 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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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 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 [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  🌟🌟🌟

[Book Review] The Emperor of Evening Stars – by Laura Thalassa 

Synopsis  

In the beginning, there was darkness. 
Before he met Callie, before he became the Bargainer, there was Desmond Flynn, the bastard son of a scribe. A boy born to a weak mother, cursed with little magic, and destined to marry a slave.

But fate had something else in mind.

Till darkness dies. 
From the barren caves of Arestys to the palace of Somnia to the streets of earth, this is how Desmond Flynn, a fairy who began with nothing, became the Emperor of Evening Stars.


More Details

Genre: Paranormal
Page Length: 186
Characters: Desmond Flynn
Publication Date: 15th October 2017
Format: eBook


Review

The Emperor of Evening Stars is a Novella that accompanies The Bargainer Trilogy. So if you if you’ve not read Rhapsodic or A Strange Hymn then I advise you to stop reading now and go read them because they are awesome!

This novella was perfection, this is the story of Desmond Flynn and what a story it is and it all starts with his mother’s escape from his father. I really really love this story, my only complaint is that it wasn’t longer because I could read about Des all day.

I love how deeply complex he is and learning more about his background homed that in more than ever. I love how he switches from good guy to bad ass motherf*#cker in 0.5 seconds!

“Coldly, I break his femur. While he’s still screaming, I crush his kneecap. His shrieks are the sweetest music”

And let’s not forget his love for Callie, some of the passages where he is describing his love for her are so swoony.

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The Bottom Line:

If like me you are Desmond Flynn fan then this is a must – Dear gods I love him 😍

My Rating:  5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟