A Court of Wings and Ruin

Contains SOME SPOILERS!

I feel like I’ve lost friends, family members really. Why does this story have to end, why can’t Sara just write about Rhys and Feyre forever and ever and EVER.

She did it again though, pulled me into a world that she created and kept me there until the end. I couldn’t do anything else once I started, I had to know what was going to happen with my little Night Court family. Even though this book was mostly about the conflict and saving the mortals from the wall being destroyed by the evil king, there were still sweet moments amongst several characters.

What is crazy is I cried at the most random part, when our favorite gossip, the Suriel, is injured and what he says after…OMG Sara ripped my heart out. He was a dreamer, born in the a Court of Nightmares. Sigh.

Some of my favorite parts were: Feyre learning to fly, Az teaching her to fly, Feyre teaching the nasty Lord of Autumn Court a lesson, and learning that Rhys might not be too against a three way (wait was that just me? Did I read too much into his response, oh well…sorry).

We pick up right where we left off with Feyre in the Spring Court and what she does to Tamlin…I wanted to stand in some parts and start clapping (and laughing). Especially with the evil witch Ithane involved, UGH I really really don’t like her – she gets what she deserves in the end. Once Feyre gets back to the Night Court the reunion is sweet and I LOVE how Rhys is with her. So timid, waiting and letting her come to him. I wondered at this part if he didn’t know what all had gone on in the Spring Court, if maybe he thought Tamlin had forced her sleep with him, and he was giving her space incase she needed time.

The war is a what this book is centered around but we still get the warm and fuzzies. I can’t WAIT to read the other books she has planed that revolve around this world and I do have ideas on who it will involve…but we shall see.

Happy reading everyone!

 

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Mean Streak – A Review

I love Sandra Brown, I really do. I’ve read several of hers before and have always been thoroughly entertained through the whole book. She ties up all the lose ends, paints a good picture of the scene and leaves me in suspense the entire read. This book didn’t disappoint on any of those levels. Sandra Brown outdid herself with the twist that came at the end of the story.

Dr. Emory Charbonneau is driven. Very driven. She has a small pediatric practice in Atlanta, runs marathons, does charity work to the point of compulsion and doesn’t seem to really understand why. After a intense fight with her husband, Jeff, she sets out into the mountains of North Carolina for a 20 mile trail run to get her ready for an upcoming marathon. During her run something happens, she can’t remember what, but when she wakes up she’s being taken care of by a strange man.

At first she is scared, who wouldn’t be, but warms to him as she realizes he will keep his promise not to hurt her. And of course she starts to realize the last year of not having sex with her husband, a year…I know right that would suck, has built up to her longing to be with this man she doesn’t even know his name.

So thats the stage. Its a great book, fun read. I read it in….20 hours. But my eyes do start to glaze over paragraphs where there is too much detail about the dense fog or other things that don’t move the story along.

IF you like suspense books with a little bit of naughty scenes then check out this book and all of Sandra Brown’s books. After this one I would suggest ‘The Crush’ and “the Switch’. Both fav’s of mine.

I think Im going to read City of Bones next or the most recent Colleen Hoover novel. Just not sure when I’ll have time. If you haven’t noticed I have a slight obsession with finishing a book immediately after I start it. Its a compulsion. I can’t help it and if I read too many new books in a week, well then Im cranky from lack of sleep. My husband would be pissy and I really don’t want to be in the same boat as Mrs. Emory Charbaooneau…a year without wouldn’t be good for anyone.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Twenty six hours later….

I did have to work today guys so don’t be too disappointed that I couldn’t finish it in less than 12.

Abby is trying to be someone she isn’t and Travis is the bad boy we all wanted to know in high school and college. He’s hot, a fighter and has amazing tattoo’s need I say more about our bad boy hero? Like any college couple they fight, push against the inevitable making each other crazy and miserable in the process.

The book was entertaining, the only part that I was bored with was the Vegas scene. IDK the whole dad showing up needing help with money, it was a bit of a stretch fore me. But that scene didn’t last long and we were right back to the good stuff.

I really liked Travis’ character. He grew a lot through the book even though he is a classic case of stalking and codependency. He loves her and she loves him, its trying to get them both to be on the same page that is annoying.

And normally I would be annoyed at the female character, telling her to just climb on top of him and tell him you love him already. But with Abby she fights it, she fought from the start and I don’t know maybe I see a little of myself in that. Not wanting to fall easily, be played into some cocky guys game. So I liked her and her friend America, loved her.

I would recommend that book, actually I already have to a few people. Not sure if I will continue on in the series – this book was free from my sister, thanks Laura! – not sure if Im committed enough to spend money on the dozen or so more books that is in this series.

So there you have it. Read it, its entertaining for sure. It’s a great distraction but one that won’t leave you hanging or crying or mourning or dying or….you know all the irrational feelings we bookies feel when a book ends to abruptly or in a way we are not happy with (I think I have PTSD from EOS, no joke. Im full prepared for each book I read now to rip out my heart.)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Hello everyone! I’m back with a review for the fantasy novel – Six of Crows. I found out about this novel through one of the other blogs I read and was very excited to get sucked into another fantasy like I was with COTAR and TOG. But sadly this book did not have that kind of pull with me. It was well written – especially if you like details….lots of details. The catch with that is I like dialogue and lots of it. So lets me sum up the book for you then give my two cents.

A makeshift gang of criminals is constructed to rescue a prisoner from one of the most secure prisons in their world. The books sets up each character, their background, how they became who they are today and the challenges they might meet through their journey. In the end…well Im not going to tell you the end so I’ll stop there.

A few of things that turned me off about this book. First, I couldn’t get into the characters. I didn’t really have any emotional attachment  – but I did with Kaz, Enji and Matthis – the rest were meh, I wouldn’t have been sad if they died.  Second, the book is set up so each chapter is a different persons point of view, that is very hard for me. Maybe thats why I didn’t feel that attached to most of the characters. Third, when they are in the ice castle it seems like every time they got into a predicament the author just said…”huh…well I’ll just make it apart of Kaz overall plan. Yeah this was all planned.” It just didn’t seem real to me, yes I know its a fantasy but even in fantasy’s the order of events and how they happen has to make sense. Right?

The last thing I will say is, it ended way to suddenly. I was expecting to get a lot more out of the novel – since my kindle said I was only 68% done – but one second they were fighting then the next…see you next book.

Overall I would recommend it to my friends, but I am going to read Crooked Kingdom (the second book to this series). Everyone I read last year put Crooked Kingdom on their top reads for 2016 so I’ll give Leigh another shot.

 

Hold Your Breath – Katie Ruggle

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First off let me tell you I bought this book because Goodreads recommend it to me when I did a search of romantic suspense, and I wasn’t disappointed. Thank you Goodreads!

Hold Your Breath is a great romantic suspense novel and it seems to be a series of sorts, all tied to the mystery murder that Lou unintentionally discovers during a dive training run.

Let’s start there, the book opens with us meeting Derek, Lou and Callum. Callum – totally swoon worthy Callum – intense, built like a rock and overly protective. Lou is a little needy for me, but I love her spunky personality. I wish the author would have given us more on these characters, the depth and ‘shipness’ of Lou and Callum just isn’t there because of that. Not sure what else I wanted from her on these to but I defiantly wanted more.

In romantic suspense there is typically A. A stalker B. Someone after the girl or C. both. This book has A and a little B, but the main focus is on her stalker. A little cliche but ey it was a great read and I loved over protective Callum. Lou and Callum start out as drill sergeant -trainee, but grow closer through the novel which was fun to read.

IDK, good book and I would read it again but it’s not…..IDK….the characters just needed to draw me in a little more than they did. Not sure if that explains it the right way, but there you have it.

If you like romantic suspense, its a good – cheap- read. I’ll probably end up buying the next one in the series just because I really want to know who killed HDG.

Empire of Storms – A Review

I started this novel on Wednesday night and finished it late last night. I tried my hardest to spread it out, to no read it too quickly since the final book of the series won’t be out until this time next year – assuming. But just like all her other books EOS sucked me in and I couldn’t stand not knowing how it ended as soon as I read the first page. I had no idea how emotional the ending would be. I cried and I never cry. Even this morning I am a little heartbroken.

Since this is typically a spoiler free blog review I can’t and won’t go into too much detail, but I do feel like I need to warn you – nothing can prepare you for it. Oh and if you haven’t read the novella’s SJM wrote as precursors to TOG then you need to. All those books character come in to play in this book. You will be better prepared and know what the hell they are talking about – and be even more impressed with Alien – if you do.

I guess the part that I could reveal that doesn’t spoil too much, is that yes Aelin and Rowan finally….have their time together. And its awesome, then like it was some kind of hold on the others emotions everyone else starts to fall in love with someone else. It’s a nice reprieve from all the fighting and death.

Overall its a great book, the best of the series so far. But I’m crying for Aelin, crying for Rowan, crying for Adieon, crying for Lysandra – Dorian-Loracan-Elide…every person in the book. The end shattered me. I normally reread books like this immediately after finishing to enjoy it all over again, but this one. I’m going to need a while before I can go back and read about the happiness they all shared before….before…..what they thought was true became the biggest lie.

PS – after all this I hate Elena. HATE HER and her ignorant error that doomed them all.

 

 

Throne of Glass Series Review- Sarah J. Maas

I don’t even know where to start really. I downloaded Throne of glass over 3 week ago, but didn’t have the courage to start it knowing it would devour me through and through, which it did once I gave in and started it. 7 days later…I somewhat have my life back now that I finished the 4th book – Queen of Shadows – and look forward to September when the 5th book- Empire of Storms – comes out.

If you have read my other reviews of Sarah’s books you know that I really have a crush on her and her writing, characters, imagination…okay everything.  I am a tiny bit jealous too that she can write these amazing books at such a young age…at her age I was still trying to master putting two pieces of clothing together to make a decent outfit and here she is writing these amazing stories that engulf you to the core.

I really want to tell you all about the four books I read, but I feel like I would be giving things away, which is why this is/isn’t a book review its more of a begging for you to read the damn books. I could have written a review of each book, but honestly I didn’t even blink an eye at my blog when going from book to book to know what happens to the beautiful assassin/princess/queen.

Once again Sarah Maas takes you into a fantasy world that you are more than happy to enter, the character the action, the love (swoon). Everything encourages you to keep going, to buy the next book then the next and the next.

I am a hard core COTAR fan, so I have to admit that I prefer that series to this one, but who wouldn’t when it comes to Rhys? I mean Rowan you are great and have amazing tattoos, but…Rhysland….he is high lord of the night court you can’t even touch his awesomeness (is that a word)?

Like I said, I read all 4 books in a week (yes I am a speed reader, but still they are easy reads and can be read very quickly as long as you are willing to give up eating, sleep and occasionally working to know whats going to happen next.

Personally, I think COTAR is written better, it draws me in more instead of hoping around minds chapter by chapter, but that is just me.

Read it, read them all and join the SJM fan club. It’s nice here, we live in a fantasy land with Fae princes and high lords that know how to treat their women.

READ IT.

Playing Dead – Angela Marsons

“Playing Dead” by Angela Marsons

I preordered this book a month or so ago because I loved her other 3 books: “Lost Girls”, “Evil Games” and “Silent Scream”. I am a huge Tess Gerrsisten fan and Amazon told me if I liked Tess then I would love Angela Marsons – they did not lead me astray.

This book is a continuation of the series with a feisty, hard headed, and emotionally unavailable Detective Inspector, Kim Stone. All of the books are centered around Kim and her UK based team solving some of the most horrific crimes in their sector. I enjoy reading Kim because she is a bad ass that doesn’t put up with lip from anyone, especially egotistical men in her male dominated career path.

In “Playing Dead” Kim Stone is given a reward by her boss, which is to visit a body farm (no idea why this is considered an award, I would more so consider this an extreme, borderline evil, punishment). While she is at the body farm, Kim meets a few interesting characters plus a body that was not placed by the research team. Just like in all her cased Kim get emotionally attached to the victim, doing everything in her power to find the victims identity and bring the killer to justice.

Thru the book we are weaved into another crime, an unsolved one from another district that she just can’t let rest. You know as the reader this just can’t be coincidence but you wonder how Angela Marsons is going to weave them together.

In the end the good guy wins, evil loses – we know that is going to happen right – but the last few chapters are full of suspense and you wonder who is actually the good guy and who is the bad.

Overall a good read, but not my favorite of hers. Few reasons why, first way too much was going on for me. We get weaved into this other crime and if you’re not paying attention you’re not quite sure which case they are investigating in that particular part of the book. Now I say this but I am a skimmer when parts seem to get boring or too descriptive to me. Which leads me to my second reason for this not being my favorite. I could do without all the needless descriptive words. Get to the point, who is the killer, who is going to die next and will Kim figure it all out in time. I don’t give a crap about which section of town they are in and how much the houses there cost.

Here is one more thought, but this might just be me being super critical. I feel like some of it just got thrown together, like the whole Tracy Frost thing. I feel like if Angela was going to use her in this book like she did, then we needed a little more build up into her history or give some kind of inkling into her insecurities in the previous 3 books. I don’t know, maybe I’ve just been reading too many trilogies that tie things so nicely together from book to book, that it’s what I expect from everyone now.

Its not going to be a reread for me, but I will preorder her next book once it’s out. Like I said, I enjoy Kim Stone and hope that the next book blows me away like her previous 3 did.

 

 

Off the Record

Off the Record and On the Record by K.A. Linde

I am only going to talk about the first two books of her cute little series because I just dove into book 3. If you are looking for a fun easy read 3 book series then this is one you should download! I finished the first book in one night – yes stayed up way to late…again…to finish it- and I finished the second book earlier this evening.

Here is a quick summary then I will give you my thoughts:

Liz Daugherty is the main character of the book, cute, smart, great boobs – that what the books says Im just trying to keep the fact correct here – and apparently has a thing for powerful men.

Que in Brady Maxwell, again young, powerful, great family, gorgeous – of course aren’t most men in the books we females read? – but he comes with a catch. Its not like a 50 Shades of Gray catch, but enough of one where you start to feel sorry for this girl being pushed to the side or hidden like he is embarrassed of them. In a way he should be right? He is 27 and a man of the State and she is barely legal and still in college.

Other things go into their ill fated relationship, and more and more drama issues, which of course kept me reading till all hours of the morning.

Lets talk about some of the side characters: Victoria – Liz’s roommate and best friend – someone needs to wash that girls mouth out with soup then clean up “other parts” of her body, she be a skank. Cody – Brady’s brother – swoon, just as attractive as Brady but a complete A hole while again we women love for some reason, he has this bad boy attitude that even Liz and withstand. Then there is Hayden….oh Hayden….I have so many words for you right now but I don’t want to ruin the book for all of my 7 followers so I am going to keep them to myself for now.

Okay on to my thoughts of the books so far. I really enjoyed reading them, they kept me engaged and having so many characters made it so fun. I didn’t just have to read about a boy and a girl in a ill-fated relationship, no we got to mix in so many other personalities which…built up the personalities of our main characters. Good writing for sure. Little wordy at times, but thats just me. When I feel like someone is having the same conversation over and over again in their head while I’m reading I just start skimming till the next conversation picks back up.

I am glad I found these books on a Amazon daily deal, (3 books for 4 dollars heck yeah Amazon you know the way to my book loving heart)

Lots of naughty scenes – duh I read the book and liked it of course there are naughty scenes, only thing missing for me was a guy with tattoos-

Liz did get on my nerves at times, I wanted her to be stronger more confident in herself but then I had to remember she is like 19, no one at 19 is confident and can hold their own when some smoking hot man has you pinned against the wall- I do not know this from experience, sad day.

I am excited to read book 3, but that will have to wait for another night. I’m exhausted.

Ps- If anyone is actually reading these blogs, thanks. It’s really fun to put to “paper” how I feel about these books.

A Court of Mist and Fury

I am dying….dying after reading this book and knowing I cannot read what happens next, I won’t be able to live without knowing what happens with Feyre.

This book, sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, is amazing. Sarah J Maas had me staying up way past my bed time several nights in a row to finish it as quickly as possible then  I turned around and started rereading it…more times than I would like to admit or you would start to question my sanity (4 times now, I know I am a loon).

Where we were left off in the last book was Feyre and Tamlin walking home to the Spring Court, both happy yet Feyre was not whole due to her time under the mountain. We find out quickly that she has not been able to shake the memories of Amarantha and her relationship with Tamlin is….strained….at best. You feel so bad for her being in that huge manor alone all day except for the alone time at night with Tamlin and her new friend Iantha. (I didn’t like her from the beginning fyi, she seemed conniving to me in the way Sara Maas wrote her).

When Rhys comes to make good on their bargain, you are kind of relieved. There was something that happened at the end of the last book between Rhys and Feyre that you are dying to see thru, you want to know if he really is as dark, evil as everyone thinks he is. He makes good on making her learn to read plus other activities that will help her on down the road. When her week is up you find yourself begging her to stay, not to go back…not to the Tamlin that he had become.

Side note, as we read into this book we get more details about Rhys and its…..AAAAAAmazing. I loved that Sarah Maas made him have tattoos, my favorite 🙂

OK back to the story, the book is mostly about Feyre mending her broken soul thru her new friends and Rhys, he works so hard on brining her back to the living, to find joy in the life she has and thru all that hard work you feel Feyre start to see him in a different light. Its a sweet love story that you can see happening but she can’t, she is still too sad and too weak and too full of self deprecation.

What I liked the most about his book was it had love, fighting, tattoos, cocky friends and men fighting for their lady. It is a book that keeps your attention till the end, I couldn’t read anything else until I got to the end.

I am not a fantasy novel person and this book series has me hooked. There are lots of great naughty scenes in this one, so readers beware (or be excited and read as quickly as possible to get to those parts like I do).

I hope Sarah Maas writes quickly, because I need to know what happens next in the love triangle of Tamlin, Feyre and Rhys!!