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Review: Earth’s End by Elise Kova

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Earth's End
Earth’s End
by Elise Kova
(Air Awakens #3)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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Synopsis
A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.

Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.

What I thought
This is the third book in the Air Awakens series. This will be a short review due to not wanting to spoil anything, but guys this book was one wild ride.  Only two days passed since the end of the second book. So there is no space of time you miss.  This book was full of action from beginning to end. Vahalla is no longer the girl from the library. She has transformed into a fierce woman and everyone better get out of her way. She is full of passion no matter what she is doing. There is no going halfway with her. 

There has always been something that I just don’t like about Aldrik and yep still not fully behind him.  This book gave me so much more respect for Baldair. Sorry, I can’t tell you why it would spoil too much.  Then we have Daniel, my heart just bleeds for him and I really want him to have a happy ending.

I really need to pick up the next book so I can have some questions answered.

If you enjoy books with kick-ass female characters then you really need to pick up book 1 Air Awakens.

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Review: Grains of Fire by Jessica Bucher

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Grains of Fire
Grains of Fire
by Jessica Bucher
(The Bohemians Book 2)
Fantasy, Steampunk, Romance
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Synopsis
Old rivalry. Broken hearts. New plan.

Katia nearly lost everything to save the one she loves. Now she will stop at nothing to make the Magistrate pay and free the Bohemians from his rule. After joining Bohemia’s rival, the Cirque, Katia makes a risky plan to infiltrate the Magistrate’s heart in hopes of obtaining the secrets that could destroy him forever. Broken hearts can be mended, but at what cost?

The Magistrate is no stranger to pain. So, when the girl who broke his heart appears on his doorstep asking for help, he proposes a dangerous trade. He will give her his secrets in the hopes of winning her heart back…even if costs Bohemia everything.

Katia and Yuri are playing with fire, and in this game, everyone burns.

Grains of Fire is the second installment in The Bohemians series and a sequel to Notes of Magic

What I thought
I waited so long for this book and was over the moon when I found out it was finally happening. I was even happier when I received a copy from the author to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way by receiving this book.  

This book was a ride. I love that it is set in the future but has such an old-world feel to it. I thought I knew what I wanted when I started this book but now I don’t anymore.  I feel like its been all turned on its head.  All in a good way but now I can’t wait for the third book to come out so I can see what happens next!

When I went into this book I did not expect to come out of it wanting the best outcome for Yuri.  I mean I outright hated him at the end of the first book and here the author goes making me feel for him.  In this book, you get a lot of his back story and you’re able to understand why he is the way he is. Don’t get me wrong this by no means excuses him for all the crap he has done but his growth in this book is phenomenal.

After the way book, 2 ended I can’t imagine how book 3 is going to go.

Part of me feels so bad for Katia,  but another part of me just gets so frustrated by her. I can’t explain more due to spoiling things, sorry.

One of the reveals in the last part of the book I saw coming but I think this is just going to add another layer to this story. I don’t know how many books are supposed to be in this series but it has to be more than three there is no way everything can be wrapped up in one more book.

This book was just an amazing sequel and I know I will be investing in a physical copy in the future.

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Review: Romancing the Werewolf by Gail Carriger

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Romancing the Werewolf
Reticence
by Gail Carriger
(Supernatural Society #2)
Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal, Adult
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Synopsis
Werewolf in trouble…

Biffy, newly minted Alpha of the London Pack, is not having a good Christmas. His Beta abandoned him, his werewolves object to his curtain choices, and someone keeps leaving babies on his doorstep.

Professor Randolph Lyall returns home to London after twenty years abroad, afraid of what he might find. With his pack in chaos and his Alpha in crisis, it will take all his Beta efficiency to set everything to rights. Perhaps, in the process, he may even determine how to mend his own heart.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a charming love story set in her popular steampunk Parasolverse. Featuring the long-awaited reunion between everyone’s favorite quietly capable Beta and the werewolf Alpha dandy who let him slip away.

This sweet romance is full of unexpected babysitting, holiday decorations, and no small amount of pining. Look for surprise appearances from popular side characters and the occasional strategic application of italics.

The Supernatural Society novellas stand alone and may be read in any order. But if you’re a stickler, this story chronologically follows Imprudence, and ties specifically to events in Timeless.

Delicate Sensibilities?

Contains men who love other men and have waited decades to do so.

Read-along
Midway through 2018, I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This led me to start the journey of the Parasolverse Read-Along in August 2018. If you would like more information about the read-along please visit my post about it here. At the beginning of each month, I will have a brief read-along post go up letting you know what the book for that month is.

What I thought
To date as of writing this review I have read all of the books that take place in this universe that are currently out. Yes I know I cheated and jumped ahead. I liked this novella but did not love it. The tone of this one just seemed off to me or maybe I just hyped this one up to much in my head.

Upon reflecting some more (3 days) it might have to do with this being only male perspectives. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I love Gail’s female characters and I love the back and forth banter you get.

Other than the above comment / reflection I liked the story. I liked how she introduced US vs UK werewolf culture. It was a great setup for another novella, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on that one. I also loved seeing how the pack evolved after Lord Macon.

So long story short. The story gave me closure regarding the pack transition. I did like, but I think because who it was about I hyped it up to much to myself. Which is my own fault not the books. I see myself reading this book again.

My Rating: /5

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Review: Imprudence by Gail Carriger

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Imprudence
Imprudence
by Gail Carriger
(The Custard Protocol #2)
Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal, Adult
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Synopsis
Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types. 

Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.

Read-along
Midway through 2018, I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This led me to start the journey of the Parasolverse Read-Along in August 2018. If you would like more information about the read-along please visit my post about it here. At the beginning of each month, I will have a brief read-along post go up letting you know what the book for that month is.

What I thought
This book is Rue’s journey in which she discovers that she can be loved and not be used as a pawn.  Don’t get me wrong none of her parents attempt to do that. Rue makes the statement that the only people that would be interested in her would be due to wanting some advantage with her parents.  

Rue goes through most of this story avoiding how she feels, due to statements above. And then Quesnel, oh Quesnel, not understanding and thinking she felt nothing. What makes all of this so amusing is that all of this is obvious to everyone else aboard that Spotted Custard.

Alongside Rue’s story, you see the beginnings of Prim’s story, which is focused on in Competence and you don’t want to miss that.

I enjoyed this book so much more than the first one! The journey that Rue is on I feel that so many people can relate to, and seeing how it all works out was just beautiful!

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Review: Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

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Cage of Deceit
by Jennifer Anne Davis
(Reign of Secrets #1)
Fantasy, Young Adult Romance
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Synopsis
Sixteen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion–she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as the royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona–that of a vigilante–to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.

Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their kingdom and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.

Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.

What I thought
Cage of Deceit is the first book in the Reign of Secrets series, which is a spinoff of the True Reign series. No worries though they can be read completely separate from one another. I really love it when you can just pick up a series and not have to read multiple series first. This is an Enemy to Lovers story so I loved every second of it. This story just pulls you right in and I did not want to put it down.

Princess Allyssa, the heir to the throne, is not a weak princess and can take care of herself. The story opens up with Allyssa chasing down a criminal, yes a princess racing across rooftops chasing a criminal. So, to say the least, this story is action-packed. Allyssa may be a badass cleaning up her kingdom at night, but when men from her military come back from a terrible tour she shows how much heart and compassion she truly has. Allyssa is willing to marry a prince she does not love just to save her kingdom and at one point Jarvik even comments “at least you’re loyal”. The back and forth with Jarvik was to live for I loved it all so much!

I am not one that usually likes cliff hangers but this ending… I need to get to the next book ASAP!!

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Review: Of the Clouds by Selina J. Eckert

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Of the Clouds
by Selina J. Eckert
(Seasons of Magic: Fireflies & Faeries, #1)
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Synopsis
What would you do to be free?

Shaman-in-training Quri only knows her master’s hut…until the neighboring prince arrives, showing her what life could be. But her master has other plans for Quri, and she will stop at nothing to keep her young apprentice from leaving her, including locking her in an old tomb. Now, Quri must defy her master to learn the magic she needs to free herself or lose her chance for the prince, her own happiness, and the life she wants. Can Quri find the strength she needs to save herself and the prince, or will the shaman keep her locked up forever?

This sweet and exciting retelling of Rapunzel will have you asking what you would do for your freedom.

Trigger warning: some abusive situations between the shaman and apprentice, but with a happy, hopeful ending.

What I thought

I was kindly given a copy of this book by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This novella is a YA fantasy retelling of Rapunzel. The story was told well and felt whole even though it was a novella (70 pages). I like the atmosphere of the story and I believe it may even incorporate some South American Lore.

I enjoyed how the character Quri just didn’t sit around and expect someone to just save her.  She proved to be a stronger person than she thought she was. One thing that I really liked was even though the prince wanted to save her he acknowledged that she just needed help not saved. He acknowledged that she was not weak.

I know that this was a retelling but I found it to be very similar to a story I read years ago.  The elements that should have made this story unique are what I remembered.  Reading the story was like having Deja Vu in many cases.

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Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

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heart of iron
Heart of Iron
by Bec McMaster
London Steampunk #2
Steampunk, Paranormal, Fantasy
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Synopsis
In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…


Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.

With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…

What I thought

I didn’t think I was going to be able to like this book more than the first one but I was very wrong. The way this series works is they are all companion novels, so you follow different main characters with each book. So technically you can read them in any order; however, you meet the main characters in the previous book and I liked the background you get.  This book takes place three years after the first book ends, and we follow Lena, Honoria’s sister, from book one and Will Carver Blades man.

Lena has gone back to join the Echelon blue bloods, because she felt like she didn’t belong in Whitechapel. Will being werewulfern is afraid he is going to hurt her. The romance in this second book runs hotter and is forbidden, which apparently I really liked.  I did not want to put this book down. I carried it everywhere I went until I was finished

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