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Sunday, June 5, 2016

{Book Review} Bloodspell by Amalie Howard

I was offered a few of Amalie Howard's books to read and review!

I don't know if you remember or had a chance to pick up THE ALMOST GIRL, but you can read my review from when I first read that here.

I enjoyed Amalie Howard's writing when I read THE ALMOST GIRL, so I was looking forward to reading BLOODSPELL. Little did I know that I had it on my kindle this whole time from NetGalley. Oops. I have a lot of catching up to do!

Bloodspell (The Cruentus Curse, #1)Bloodspell by Amalie Howard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to NetGalley for the read and review copy.

I've had this on my kindle for a while from NetGalley. I'm a bad NetGalley reviewer. Basically, I requested a TON of things in rapid succession, expecting to be told NO, and yet I was told YES, and suddenly I have the delicious problem of drowning in ebooks. Then life happened and I got more behind. My profuse apologies to the author, the publisher, and netgalley for being so behind.

Okay, now that my apologies are out of the way, I have to say that paranormal is one of my favorite genres. So I'm already pre-disposed to liking this book. With that said, angsty teens are NOT my favorite genre. So I could've been pre-disposed to not liking this book.

I'm impressed that this was Amalie Howard's debut novel. It's really well wrought with a complex back history that bleeds throughout the story and unfolds bit by bit. Very nicely done. The angsty teenage girl nonsense was necessary given her age, but it kinda just reminds me as to why I do not like teen books.

Christian and Tori are an interesting mix, vampire and witch, old old old royal family and prophesied witch girl, this is power upon power and of course this will cause problems. Not just from Christian's family, but both halves of both worlds, because as we all know...people are greedy bastards.

I'm eager to dive into Bloodcraft, book 2, and see what has happened with Christian and Tori. I'm hoping that Leto has made a full recovery, Aunt Holly is protected, and that Angie & Tori are tight, close friends and bonded together, thereby protecting Angie and giving Tori another help.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

{Book Review} Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani

Memories of Ash (The Sunbolt Chronicles, #2)Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read Sunbolt which had been sitting on my kindle for a while; I knew that this was releasing soon and preferred to wait so I could read them back to back.
I was definitely not disappointed.
Picking up shortly after the ending of the SUNBOLT, Hitomi and her mage teacher Stormwind are visited by an old friend of Stormwind. A rogue mage hunter. Stormwind is escorted off to stand trial, leaving Hitomi behind. Still missing a large part of her memories, Hitomi is still Hitomi and sets off to rescue her teacher and friend.
This series is adventurous and magical. I love who Hitomi is and I love how she puts others before her self. I was delighted that we were reunited with a few characters from SUNBOLT, although her old enemy is alive and well and at the heart of the evil building up tensions, etc.
I cannot wait to read more and see what becomes of Hitomi and Val and Stormwind and the Phoenix and the council and and and...
In some ways, I wish I hadn't discovered this series until several years from now so that I don't have to wait for the next book. LOL
Enjoyable reads with plenty of adventure and a nice blend of cultures.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

{Review} Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

Sunbolt (The Sunbolt Chronicles, #1)Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Way too short. Luckily, today is release day for book 2, so I'm not wholly disappointed.

I bought this book last year or so after hearing about the author's ability to weave a story. it so often happens, it got lost in my kindle. Notification that my pre-order went through from amazon and I said OH YEAH! And quickly started reading SUNBOLT so I could smoothly transition into Memories of Ash.

All those rumors I heard about the author's ability to weave a tale were true. Very well wrought, kept my attention, but way too short. Short as in...I wanted more time spent with Val, more time and discovery of her lost memories, more more more!

Good thing I have book 2. But if it ends anything like book 1, I'm going to be whiny. And stamping my foot. And impatiently waiting for the next one. ;)

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

{Blitz} Jana Aston's RIGHT

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My childhood was perfect.
I’ve led a charmed life, and I’m not going to blow it now by picking the wrong guy.
I’ve got my sights set on my brother’s best friend.
He’s known my family for years. He’s reliable and kind and handsome.
Sure, he’s been avoiding me since I was six.
I’m a bit aggressive for him, maybe.
But he’s the one… right?
RIGHT is a full-length standalone novel.
This novel features Everly, Sophie’s best friend from the novel Wrong.
Both books were written as standalones and can be read without the other.

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"What about you, Everly?"
"What about me what?" I ask, confused.
"Are you seeing anyone?" He looks over at me. "At school?"
Not successfully, I think to myself. "No, not right now. I'm kinda taking a break this semester."
"Taking a break," Eric repeats, glancing over at me. "That's not like you. At all."
I shrug. "It's exhausting."
"What's exhausting?" he asks, frowning.
"Um—" Breaking and entering, I think. But I can't tell him that. "You know, the whole 'does he like me' thing."
"If you have to wonder if a guy likes you, then he's not the right guy for you, Everly."
"Maybe it's more complicated than that."
"It's never more complicated than that."

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Jana Aston is the New York Times bestselling author of WRONG.
She quit her super boring day job to whip up another book & is
hoping that was not a stupid idea.
In her defense, it was really boring.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

{Review} Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Daughters Unto DevilsDaughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very good, horror read. There were times as I read this book where I sucked in my breath and was successfully creeped out. So often, when choosing to read horror, I am disappointed at the lack of horror and the distinct downward spiral into campy. Much like with most horror movies.

But Lukavics knows how to write the story to keep you at the edge of your seat, breath held, and ready to jump.

This definitely did not disappoint from the first page to the last, a story really well woven from the beginning to the end, and one that definitely creeped me out as I was up in the late hours of the night reading.

Maybe you should read it during the day.

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