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Review War storm by Victoria Aveyard

I can still remember those days when Edelweiss popped up on everyone’s radar. I was among those that scored one of the first ARCs of Red Queen on the site, many months before its release date. It was a book with so much hype, but it thankfully met and surpassed my expectations, signing me up for a long wait until the sequel. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was in store for a series I will forever hold dearly. And now, after four years, this series has come to a close. Throughout this time, it managed to remain among my favorites in a distinctively peculiar manner and it will now join other series I will never be able to part with completely. For this wonderful literary journey I must thank Victoria Aveyard – thank you for sharing your characters and world and words.

Looking back at what the previous three books built, War Storm is a satisfying conclusion. Neither perfect in its entirety nor perfect as a designated ending, it left the story at a partly open point, but one that tied many loose ends and solved the main plotline. As with all series conclusions, you’re bound to be biased in your appreciation for the last book considering what you desire as a resolution. It can make or break the whole series. But I sincerely think that all in all, it qualifies as a solid and good end.

“Break his crown, break his throne, rip his monarchy apart.” 

I sometimes felt it was too long, but not in the sense that you could have cut out some filler parts that were dreadfully postponing the readers from reaching the next stage in the story. No, the feeling was more along the lines of the book being complex, with constant twists and turns, that I personally needed time to digest. It also might not have helped that I didn’t skim the prequels beforehand and I just jumped in it, trying to remember everyone and everything. Long story short, the first half didn’t quite hook me in. It might have been me, it might have been the general writing, but once pages passed by I was able to immerse myself so much better and I re-found the atmosphere I adored in the previous installments.

Another aspect to consider is the fact that War Storm does offer what it promises – war – and this affects the pace, setting a quite tedious rhythm to events, especially when combined with back-and-forth games of politics. And it does so as accurately as it is possible in a technologically-advanced high fantasy fictional world. Unlike other books (I’m looking at you, ACOWAR), War Storm depicts messy and bloody war in a real fashion – battles upon battles, chains of changes of situation, constantly shifting alliances, smaller and bigger enemies alike, betrayals and elaborate and cold politics. And at the heart of it all lay those complicated things called duty, honour and sacrifice, making every decision weigh a ton. It was incredibly entertaining to see how suddenly the dynamics of war can change and also get a taste of the cunningness that underpins the process.

I’ve fangirled about my love for these characters for three reviews already so I’ll just highlight some new additions to their character development. I loved how Mare’s experience in King’s Cage was constantly acknowledged with many instances of PTSD. I loved how she was depicted strong and resolute and how she put her principles above all else, but I also appreciated how she was vulnerable in key moments and that she sometimes indulged in what the heart dictated. She was portrayed as human and she was her best self in this last installment. A bit of Mare, a bit of Mareena, a lot of someone new.

“I am less than his crown, and he is less than my cause.” 

The pattern of strong yet vulnerable women continues with Evangeline, whom I adored (not only) thanks to her subtle shenanigans. She was also caught in the crossfire of family and love and duty. Because of her choices and priorities and revelations, I think she had the best development throughout the series.

Next was Iris, whom I didn’t really dislike, but I wasn’t exactly her biggest fan either. She was another omen to strong heroines, but despite us getting to see her side of the story, I could not resonate with her, especially since, plainly put, she was racist to her core and she showed no signs of change. Unlike Mare and Evangeline, she was powerful and stoic and a great poker face, but with only some remnants of hidden or robotic emotions proven.

Tiberias Calore stayed true to his character, upholding his reputation as an infuriating yet lovable young man. His naïveté shone through, but you cannot help but admire where that aspect comes from the desire to do good, to make everyone happy, to protect his legacy, to meet everyone’s expectations… it’s tough. And intertwined with all these strings pulling him towards every direction, doing right by a certain girl is placed high among his priorities, whether he admits it or not. I was proud of him, although I also pitied him at certain moments. Regardless, my romantic heart cannot help but squee with joy whenever the kind idiot is around.

“We’re choosing not to choose.” 

As with every previous book in this series, the Cal-Mare-Maven triangle that no longer resembles a triangle beyond the psychological spectrum is central to the plot. This is what happens with a war that has a deep personal background. Maven is… Maven. He’s a ghost. A puppet. A failed project. And his frayed edges constantly threatened to overthrow the little mental stability he amassed. We get to witness him at his lowest, experiencing panic and terror and surprise on new levels, but throughout all stages of his madness, he maintains his cleverness and ambition and manipulative traits. The what ifs of a parallel universe in which his mother left him untouched echo loudly from beginning till end. The direct interactions between the brothers are gut-wrenching and the contrast between Cal’s love and Maven’s emptiness is stark, not to mention how Maven affects the relationship between Cal and Mare, always haunting them both. They are all flawed in different ways, each one having scars the others inflicted. It was infinitely sad to watch their dynamic reach an unavoidable conclusion, especially since Cal still had an inkling of hope that he’ll get his beloved brother back.

“The last person who loves you isn’t standing in this room. He’s out there. And you burned that bridge to ashes.” 

My issue with the actual ending of the ending, the one that will be etched into my memory as the finale of the story I embarked upon, is purely personal. I would have preferred the epilogue to be a few years in the future, with a more detailed outlook on what’s happening and how the status quo changed since the events of the book and how’s everyone doing and okay YES I WANTED TO SEE MY BABIES HAPPY, not be forced to use my imagination and hope for the best. I’m lazy like that. I usually don’t like open endings, Champion was an outlier in that respect, so I guess War Storm follows the same pattern. But I can see people being perfectly content with what they have been given. Nonetheless, Aveyard could definitely pull the spin-off card on us as I feel some matters that were in dire need to be addressed (reform, combating racism thoroughly etc.) were swept under the rug or just tossed in the post-series unknown.

As always, Aveyard’s writing is top notch. I especially loved her world-building of Montfort and the Lakelands’ traditions of nameless gods. The undertones of race, gender and sexuality equality were highlighted yet again, but more forcibly this time — a welcomed move. Then there were the plethora of characters’ POVs, brought into play to offer a multidimensional overview of how the story unfolds, allowing the reader to keep up with the many developments of the plot spanning a vast cast and an even wider area. Her secondary characters were once again masterfully nuanced (special mentions: Davidson and Ptolemeus who were awesome) and some scenes were so thick with tension I was amazed.

It’s hard to say goodbye, but War Storm was a worthy finale. If you still haven’t read this series, then please go to the nearest bookstore and remedy your unfortunate situation, as it is one of the best.

“Queens cast shadows too.” 

ENJOY! ❤

REVIEW BY Andreea Pop.

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Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman / Walker Books

“My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human. There’s no version of God that can help us if we ever lose that.” 
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I love dystopian books!  Since the YA library of fiction has become saturated with dystopian tales, it is often hard to find originality. Because of that, the stories quickly become boring because we have “been there, done that”. That is not the case here!
No, it’s not. I loved how the author builds this world. All was new to me.
What I absolutely loved above all in this world: the utterly believable, meticulously woven, intricately fleshed out world that left nothing to chance. I have never read any of Neal Shusterman’s books, but I’ll definitely be reading the second book in this series soon, as well as more of his work. He created such a fascinating world I wanted to know more about.
I admit, the beginning was a bit slow and sometimes bored me but I still loved it.

I also really loved the characters. Citra is strong and intelligent, while Rowan goes through some serious development in a morally-grey way. I think they have a great dynamic, though I feel their romance was one of the weakest parts of the book. There was so much potential to see them grow together, yet I don’t feel we really got to see WHY they were so loyal to each other or WHY they were so attracted to each other. I thought they were really great friends who had a great chance of growing into something more, but the story sort of skipped over the development of feelings. I’m very hopeful that things will become more natural in Thunderhead because I can see so many good things to come with their relationship.

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“Outside the rain finally began to fall, surging in fits and starts. “I love the way it rains here,” he told her. “It reminds me that some forces of nature can never be entirely subdued. They are eternal, which is a far better thing to be than immortal.” 
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My reaction while reading this book was: OMG! It has a lot of surprises, which thrilled me. It’s not often these days I feel like something happens that was shocking or unexpected. And the unexpected starts happening well before the halfway point!
The subject matter is really creepy, but yet I was fascinated. Gleaning is so awful and grim. I love these creepy future versions of our world where technology supposedly made everything better, but yet something is still totally wrong.
Innocence is doomed to die a senseless death at our own hands, a casualty of the mistakes we can never undo. So we lay to rest the wide-eyed wonder we once thrived upon, replacing it with the scars of which we never speak, too knotted for any amount of technology to repair.” 

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Overall, I have to say this book is likely to be in my top 10 favorite books for this year. It is that good!  I highly recommend you pick it up, especially if you are a fan of books like The Hunger Games or Divergent.

A big thank you to Walker Books for sending me a copy of Scythe.

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REVIEW KING OF ASHES BY RAYMOND E. FEIST /HARPER VOYAGER

21101356You, Raymond E. Feist had become my favorite author right now. I loved King of Ashes! I admitted the book was a bit boring at the beginning, all the small details, the names, the traditions I didn’t get. But all these little details had created a wonderful world. One that I adore.
The writing was done very well and gave you enough details where you could picture what was happening! I loved the fact that the story followed the different characters without it being too difficult to know whose story you were following at each time.
The whole of the book is dedicated to the development of the three main characters, their personalities and the directions the will be taking throughout the series. For some, this part is a bit boring but I loved to find out what happened, how they become who they are now.
The characters are vividly drawn and the world they inhabit is complex and interesting. God, this author is a genius.
One aspect I would have liked to have seen developed more fully at this point is the magic system. In the whole book, it is only touched upon briefly, although there are definite hints of magic forces.

I would say that the focus of King of Ashes is worldbuilding and character development, somewhat to the detriment of the plot. As the first book in a new series, especially one set in a new world, there is a great deal of heavy lifting to do in order to set the scene. Much of the storyline seems to be focused on getting characters and plot points in place for the next stage of the saga. As a self-contained story, I didn’t find King of Ashes particularly satisfying, but I have great faith that it will pay off in future books.

Overall the book is an amazing page-turner that I finished much too quickly. I love the characters and I am now invested in their lives and journey throughout Garn.

I want to thank Harper Voyager for sending me a copy. You can buy King of Ashes  with a click HERE

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Review The Gods of love by Nicola Mostyn /Piatkus Books

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This book is definitely going to be one of my top reads for 2018, and I will look forward to more from Nicola Mostyn in the future. I love her writing style!

„I press the small button that alerts the guard in charge of patrolling this whole row of offices. As I do so, Dan stands up. Instinctively I jerk backward and, wishing I’d kept the pepper spray to hand, grab the nearest sharp object.
He smiles again. ‘Are you going to write me a sternly worded note?’
I glance down at the fountain pen in my hand. Oh dear. Witty, as well as mad. I better get him out of here before I start dating him.”

The concept of this book is pretty awesome. At first, you think ‘how is the god of love’s descendant going to save the world? But it does somehow make sense with the more you read. I liked the inclusion of Anteros and actually found him to be a fitting villain. It helped that we didn’t meet him until the very end – this gave him an air of danger. Imagine yourself in a dark room with the knowledge that a murderer was in there with you. The knowing and not seeing can sometimes be scarier and have more of an effect.
I liked Frida, she came across strong although her gullibility and naivety were her downfalls. Her capability reminded me a lot of Feyre (ACOTAR) especially throughout those trials. I would have liked to have seen more of her ‘ability’ – the one where she is able to sense things about people and subtly manipulate them but I guess she didn’t really notice/ realize this until much later in the book.
In addition to excellent plot and characters, the writing is smooth and accomplished, and the author’s style is light and witty.
The imaginings of certain settings from mythology were absolutely fantastic, most notably the underworld and the labyrinth. I loved the idea of waning gods latching on to modern day consumerism to try to restore their sway over the world. This translated into a plot that has a definite quest vibe, wrathful gods and scary minions included. I loved it.
This was a fun, fast-paced easy read that kept me entertained with plenty of twists and turns in the plot.

Thank you to Piatkus Books for the copy. If you want to read and buy the book, you can do it with a click here

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Review Judgment Road by Christine Feehan / Piatkus Books

36465909An outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Christine Feehan.

A brutal education in a Russian training facility for assassins has taught this group of men one thing:

It’s a long road to redemption.

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He’s a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can’t afford–until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin . . .

Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she’s desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper’s imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.

Anya’s touch is everything Reaper doesn’t want – and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up with her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club–his heart and his soul.

 

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I am addicted to MC Romance so when I saw the latest cover with a biker on it this baby got my attention. So, I gave it a chance and it was the best decision ever! I can’t even put into words how much I enjoyed this book, it was that good.I liked that this group of people escaped, stayed together, supported each other and made it a priority to hunt down and “take care of” pedophiles and save the kids involved.
First, let me say that I did really enjoy most of the book. Feehan + Motorcycle club? What’s not to like? I was a little surprised she started with Reaper simply because from what we saw in Bound Together he seemed like the most messed up member of the club but once I was introduced to Anya and saw how they were together I realized that it had to start with Reaper. The other club members need to see that if he can have hope they could too. Seeing Blythe and Viktor wasn’t enough because they all consider Viktor the best of them so they still don’t believe they could find love too. Despite what I’m going to put in the spoiler tag at the end here, I did really like both Reaper and Anya’s characters. They complemented each other. Anya was especially impressive because of the all the shit that got thrown at her but she stayed strong.
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“He was desperate for her to see inside, to look past all the layers of darkness and find that part of him she’d touched. The part that needed her to save him.”

Reaper and the others that make up the Torpedo Ink MC are hardened trained assassins and have never been taught the normal, common sense ways of forming relationships and behaving. Reaper found it extremely hard to process these feelings he was having and how to express them to Anya, without making a total mess of it. It was important for this to be conveyed throughout the story because this wasn’t the norm for them and how they had each other’s back and wanted to make changes. Anya was a tough character and didn’t have it easy either with her past and no family for her to count on. These two characters did some major growth and knew they had to take baby steps in order to have a chance at a good life
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This action and the emotion-filled story filled all the nooks and crannies it needed to get me out of a lowly book funk. I’ve already re-read this again as I read it so fast the first time around I needed to experience it again.
Things are set up for book 2, and I’m super excited for that to come out. Now that I’ve been introduced to these wildly fascinating characters, I can’t wait to read more.

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A big thank you to Piatkus Books for the copy.

If you want to buy this lovely book, you can do it with a click here 

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Review “A Winter’s Tale” by Carrie Elks

36268661Struggling film student Kitty Shakespeare is determined to make the most of her new job as nanny to major producer Everett Klein’s son, Jonas. It might not be exactly the career she’d hoped for when she moved from London to LA, but thanks to her habit of freezing up in interviews, this is her last chance to impress a key player in Hollywood – if she can get this right, then surely he’ll take a moment to look at her work. However, what Kitty hasn’t allowed for is Everett’s sexy-as-hell brother, Adam – but love at first sight this is not.

Adam Klein may be sexy, but he’s also gruff and rude and in no way ready to make a fool of himself over the nanny – not after the year he’s had. All he wants to do hole up in his cabin and hide from the brother who destroyed his life. If only he could find it easier to ignore the way Kitty makes his heart race . . .

As Christmas approaches, Kitty and Adam come to realise that the course of true love never does run smooth – and just maybe, it’s more interesting that way…

A heartwarming Shakespeare Sisters Christmas romance from the bestselling author of Fix You.

Hello once more dear readers. Since the holidays are coming next month, we, the people behind your favorite book blog have a great recommendation slash review for you to read during the holidays.

With some hot spiced wine (warm chocolate if you’re under 18, of course).

A winter’s tale is the second book in the awesome “Shakespeare Sisters” series and the best possible read if you’re in a festive mood.

Simply put, it had everything a good book needs. You have angsty romance, you have Adam a documentary maker, you have love, you have Adam a documentary maker, you have family drama, you have Adam a documentary maker and obviously the required and mandatory smexy times for the very likeable – trust me, you’re gonna love Kitty and Adam, but especially Adam – couple.

Cough. OK, i loved Adam.

*whispering*As if that wasn’t obvious*whispering*

Now, as you all well know (kinda hard not to since i’ve been shoving this information down your throats at every review of a book with this kind of male lead) I have a very soft spot for the grumpy type of MC.

Now, the sadistic hidden romantic in me I valiantly ignore each time and staunchly pretend it does’t exist was kinda happy with the plot and the Christmas feels.

Kitty Shakespeare, our very gentle, warm and nice heroine started working as a nanny for a young boy who just happens to be (hey, it’s fiction, right? And coincidences happen at every step) the son of the guy who’s the boss at the company where she wants to intern.

And no, the boss with the kiddo is not the main guy in this story.

Instead it’s the brother.

Now, talking about yummy brooding male leads.

It also helps that the action takes place in Virginia and i’ve read the entire book with the song “Take me Home, Country Roads” (People who saw Kingsman: The Golden circle know what i’m talking about) put on repeat.

It fits. No, seriously, it really does.

Well, Christmas carols would also be appropriate, I guess.

The characters are complex and very well developed and in case you were hesitating because of my angsty comment above, have no worries; the book isn’t heavy on angst and the plot is fun, detailed and catchy.

And Adam, despite his occasional rudeness, gruff demeanor and brooding attitude is a

sweet guy through and through.  What i particularly loved between Kitty and Adam was the transition from slight antipathy to friends and then lovers. But no worries, even with the initial less than promising start between the two, you can still practically see the sparks flying.

While you can read this book as a standalone, I strongly advise you to also indulge in the first book of the series ”Summer’s Lease”. I mean, Christmas love stories are awesome, but steamy Italian summers are not too bad either.

And yes, we do have a lot of Shakespeare references in “A Winter’s Tale”, so grab your mug, put some logs in the fireplace and sit back in your favorite armchair near the Christmas tree and enjoy this great read to your heart’s content, fellow bookaholics.

Happy publication day, A winter’s tale !

Thank you Piatkus Books for this lovely book.

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Review “Dark Legacy” by Christine Feehan

Book Blurb:

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“In a thrilling Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, a woman fights to free herself from the grip of the vampire trying to possess her…

In a beautiful compound hidden away from the world, Emeline Sanchez tries to blunt the pain that has wracked her body ever since her terrifying ordeal in the labyrinth beneath the city—when she was forced to exchange blood with an evil master vampire.

Now, it’s his voice that haunts her…that calls to her in the dark…that never lets her rest. And while the children that she helped to free from his clutches struggle to heal, watched over by their Carpathian 

protectors, Emeline knows one thing: She must sacrifice herself to keep them all from harm…”

 

Much Awaited Review:

Fans of the paranormal romance genre have definitely heard of author overlord Christine Feehan and her “Dark Series”, which does now have a whooping 27 books just sizzling to be devoured by avid readers. Well, 31 depending on how we’re counting the Carpathian gems. Obviously, yours truly has sort of read them all.

…….

……….

OK, not sort of. Has definitely read them all. Maybe some even more than once.

In the latest book of the series a.k.a. Dark Legacy, we get to read about another smoking hot male (aren’t they all?). So, ladies, I give you *drum sounds* Dragomir Koziel. He’s tall, he’s dark, he’s handsome, he’s a badass hunter and fiercely protective of Emeline “Emmy” Sanchez.

Now, you guys might be used to it by now, but i’m not a big fan of doubting angsty, shaking-leaf-in-the-wind heroines. Don’t take me wrong here, but I strongly believe that instead of filling pages with how the main chick is agonizing over the smallest things in the exact moments when she shouldn’t and just

 going with the flow when she should use her brain, those pages can be filled with thoughtful relationship progress and character development

(and by that I also mean to imply that the characters *cough* the dainty female ones *cough* overcome difficulties and turn out stronger).

Meanwhile, daaamnnn those Carpathian males.

Always been of the opinion that you can’t have good erotica without an equally good plot. And obviously a good H and h and some sparks between them. For all you new

readers of the series, these Carpathian males, though mostly perfect specimens and  yummy representatives of the y chromosome, must find their life mates before they turn vampire. Or, well, have a nice meeting with the light of dawn. Which as you might imagine, is not a very pleasant thing.

Without said mate, they can’t feel emotions and as the years go by, darkness starts to seep in.

I strongly prefer for my books of the romantic variety to be all about the hero and heroine with the required character development, world building, action packed plot and the right amount of hotness. Everything clicked just right with this book, with just a tiny, itsy bity thing poking needles into my fun:

Dear ol’ Emeline’s staggering fear and frustrating number of doubts, which I believe hovered like a dark cloud of annoying mosquito over the sheer awesomeness of this book.
Obviously here came Dragomir and fixed the entire thing with some very sweet reassurances which made me like the guy ever more, if such a thing was even possible. Cue the big teddy bear.

***SPOILER ALERT***

So read at your own peril.

Also, sniff moment here, in the teary kind of way. We get to find out what happens to the male’s soul if his life mate happens to die. If the woman dies, she gets to be reborn over and over and if that wasn’t bad enough, there is absolutely no way for the poor guy to know when or where this will get to happen. There is a silver lining though, but this is where i stop spoiling you too much. You’ll just have to read and see.

The book was a fulfilling and heart bounding read and as all of Christine Feehan’s books, it didn’t disappoint in the slightest.

But the sad part?

And now I have to sit here and twist and turn while barely containing my enthusiasm and obvious anticipation about the direction in which one of my favorite authors is taking this series and about which hottie *cough* character I will get to read in the next book.

Thank you Piatkus Books for this amazing book.

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