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Review: Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

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Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
(The Last Hours #2)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

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Synopsis
Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.

But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.

Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.

What I thought
I am having such a hard time writing this review because there is so much I want to say but I do not want to spoil this book for any of you.  So here we go.

This is the second book in The Last Hours series which follows the children of the characters in the Infernal Devices series.  So yes you do get some Will, Tessa, and Jem!  Personally, I do not like the modern-day shadowhunter books, but I can not express how much I love these books.  I have heard these books described as CW show where you have all these beautiful people that have angel blood running around.  I believe it was Regan from Peruse Project who said that and I can’t agree more.  

I love the ridiculous fun of these books. Yes, things happen, terrible things, but following these characters around is fun.  Watching some of the drama unfold is fun. Can you guess all the plot twists? Yep, sure can! But for some reason that does not take away from the enjoyment of it.  The way the author writes these books just pulls you in and you can not help but love the experience even though these books are huge.  

I think what makes us all love these books is that the characters do have real-world problems and they are written in such a way that you relate to them.  You may not even realize it at first then something happens and you just want to hug them and say that you understand.  They are not alone.  There are so many characters in this story and they are all so fleshed out that you feel for all of them.  This might be why no matter how outrageous these books are we will keep coming back for more.

I don’t know how I am going to wait a whole year for the next book.  That ending has me so excited because I think I know where this is all going to lead to!

My Rating: /5

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Review: The Moria Pearls by Rosalie Oaks

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The Moria Pearls by Rosalie Oaks
(Lady Diviner #2)
Regency, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance

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Synopsis
Ohh I loved this book so much it had me sucked in from the first page. I had so much fun jumping back into this series.  I loved all of the banter that went on between the characters.   This book picks up shortly after the first one left off.  We are now all in full search of the Pearls.  

These characters are amazing I love how they all interact with each other.  I do love a good character-driven story.  The only character that I found that I did not like was Jaq’s sister who makes an appearance in this book and to be honest I am really hoping that she does not continue to the upcoming books.  She is the type of person that every time she is there all you want to do is shake her.  I just hope we are done with her but something tells me we may not be.  Oh, Perry…

I know I said at the end of the first book that I really wanted the romance that I thought was brewing but Beresford keeps running hot and cold and it is driving me crazy.  However, I think we are seeing another romance brewing and I can’t wait to see what happens there.  

Even Though this is the second book in this series is wrapped up very nicely and I can not wait to see what happens next. 

What I thought
Oh I loved this book so much it had me sucked in from the first page. I had so much fun jumping back into this series.  I loved all of the banter that went on between the characters.   This book picks up shortly after the first one left off.  We are now all in full search of the Pearls.  

These characters are amazing I love how they all interact with each other.  I do love a good character-driven story.  The only character that I found that I did not like was Jaq’s sister who makes an appearance in this book and to be honest I am really hoping that she does not continue to the upcoming books.  She is the type of person that every time she is there all you want to do is shake her.  I just hope we are done with her but something tells me we may not be.  Oh, Perry…

I know I said at the end of the first book that I really wanted the romance that I thought was brewing but Beresford keeps running hot and cold and it is driving me crazy.  However, I think we are seeing another romance brewing and I can’t wait to see what happens there.  

Even Though this is the second book in this series is wrapped up very nicely and I can not wait to see what happens next.

My Rating: /5

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Waiting On Wednesday: Thief of Souls by Bec McMaster

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen:

Thief of Souls by Bec McMaster
(Court of Dreams #1)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Expected Publication: April 20, 2021

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What cost will she pay to save her soul?

After failing to return with the Dragon’s Heart, Zemira is sent by her father to infiltrate the Court of Blood, in search of the mythical cauldron that contains the power of the long-lost dragon kings.

But her deal with Prince Keir bears dangerous consequences—for Keir is determined to gain the cauldron himself. Caught between two deadly enemies, can Zemira save herself? And will Keir ever forgive her for the deception she played upon him?

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Review: Crush by Tracy Wolff

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Crush by Tracy Wolff
(Crave #2)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

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Synopsis
Everything feels off—especially me. I’ve returned to Katmere Academy, but I’m haunted by fragments of days I have no recollection of living and struggling to understand who, or what, I really am.

Just when I start to feel safe again, Hudson is back with a vengeance. He insists there are secrets I don’t know about, threatening to drive a wedge between Jaxon and me forever. But far worse enemies are at our doorstep.

The Circle is caught in a power play and the Vampire Court is trying to drag me out of my world and into theirs. The only thing Hudson and Jaxon agree on is that leaving Katmere would mean my certain death.

And not only am I fighting for my life, but now everyone else’s is at stake—unless we can defeat an unspeakable evil. All I know is that saving the people I love is going to require sacrifice.

Maybe more than I’m able to give.

What I thought
I was sent a copy of this book from Megan Beatie Communications and Entangled Teen for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I called it (happy dance).  Okay so the big reveal at the end of the book I saw coming.  I mean I saw it before 50% in.  To me it was pretty obvious where this was going to go.  It was confirmed for me when they are talking about how you can mate with more than one person… Anyway… I really enjoyed this book.  It is a fun read, this series is enjoyable for what it is, this series is trophy and is full of YA clichés. But I enjoy it.  

For me the back and forth between Grace and Hudson made the book.  I love good banter in books and this had to be some of the best.  Grace is a very strong young women and Hudons sees this and he pushes her to believe in herself.  The amount of encouragement and support that he shows her sold me on him.  I probably would not have been so accepting of him had Jaxon not been such a controlling jerk.  The more the story went on the more I started to dislike Jaxon to the point that I just did not care what came of him.  Grace is not made of glass and this over the top overprotective behavior was boardline dominating and I just wanted him to go.  

I can not wait to see what happens in the third book. 

If you want a fun read and you don’t mind trophy YA clichés then give this series a try.

My Rating: /5

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Review: A Trial of Sorcerers by Elise Kova

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A Trial of Sorcerers by Elise Kova
(A Trial of Sorcerers #1)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

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Synopsis
Ice is in her blood.

Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She’s invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.

But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn’t even realized was haunting her.

Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn’t ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.

What I thought
I received a copy of this book from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As per usual for Elise Kova books I pretty much read this in one day. She has an amazing way to draw you into the story.

This book gave me a lot of vibes from the beginning of the Air Awakens series. So I have very high hopes that I am going to enjoy the whole series.

Eira accidentally killed someone three years ago when she lost control of her powers and froze the whole tower. Yep, the whole thing, and no she did not know she was doing it, I believe they said it happened in her sleep. So as you can imagine her powers are scary strong so you would think that they would train her on how to use them and control them but no. So I know that if they would have done what they should have for someone that exhibits her strengths but then we wouldn’t have a story now would we. lol Anyway, what I am getting to is that the adults in this story failed her and the whole “we are just trying to do what is best for you” thing got old even to me.

I loved Alyss she is an amazing friend and wise beyond her years. I can not wait to see what happens in the future books with her. (please let her live Elise) I know we were set to maybe feel bad for Marcus but I really never could. There was just something about his character that I did not like. Hey, we can’t like everyone.

Cullen and Ferro we knew there was going to be a romance in this book but who was it going to be. So my initial thoughts were changed as the story progressed. The more we saw of Cullen the more that I liked him and began to root for him. The more we saw of Ferro the more creepy he felt. Reading their interactions made my skin crawl at times. I won’t say how this all works out you have to read the story for that 🙂

If you enjoy young adult epic fantasy then you really should read the books in this world. I would suggest reading the first series before picking up this one only so you are not spoiled for it. However, if you don’t mind knowing how that series ended before you start then you can jump in with this book.

My Rating: /5

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Review: Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra

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Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra
Historical Romance

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Synopsis
Aurelia has always valued love and happiness over titles and power. Though her kind-hearted father has allowed her to turn away suitor after suitor in pursuit of a love she cannot yet define, when he dies her choices die with him. Knowing that marrying the elderly governor of a neighboring province can secure her mentally challenged brother’s safety, she gives up on her dream of finding love in return for his protection.Cassius is the ill-fated captain of the governor’s guard tasked with escorting the Lady Aurelia and her unpleasant aunt to the governor’s estate. Since the soothsayer Tullia foretold an early death for him, Cassius wants nothing more than to keep his hands busy with labor and his heart free from any connections to the world he believes he will be leaving soon. As they work through a series of misfortunes on the road to the governor’s province, the words of the soothsayer start to make sense, and together they find the courage to allow their true destiny to unfold.

What I thought
I received a copy of this book from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book is a hate-to-love clean romance set in Ancient Rome. I did enjoy this book so hear me out. With any book set in another time in history, you have to accept how things ran then even if they make my skin crawl. So yes I have a level of acceptance for this book that I would not if it took place in the modern-day.

Now with that said.

In this story, Aurelia is cornered into marrying the Governor of another providence. This man came to visit under the guise of paying his respects for the death of her father whom he served in the military with. Yep, this guy is older than her father. Aurelia is told that he will pardon her brother from the forced service in the military if she marries him. Her brother is what we would consider autistic today and it is obvious that should he enter the military he would not live long.

The Governor leaves his most trusted soldier, Cassius, to escort Aurelia to his home. On the way there they run into so many issues that had she not been doing this to save her brother she surely would have turned around. Near the end of their journey, they run into a soothsayer who they bring along so that she is not traveling alone. This just so happens to be the same soothsayer that Cassius was taken to when he was young and read his future.

Long story short both Cassius and Aurelia have had their futures read to them. The key is that you interpret the meaning not the soothsayer. I really liked that mystical aspect of the soothsayer. And the lesson that comes with her. Just because you think you have your future figured out does not mean you have intercepted things correctly.

The journey of Cassius and Aurelia figuring out that things are not what they thought they meant and learning the real meanings was very enjoyable.

If you like hate to love and clean romances then you should give this one a try!

My Rating: /5

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Waiting On Wednesday: A Trial of Sorcerers by Elise Kova

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen:

A Trial of Sorcerers by Elise Kova
(A Trial of Sorcerers #1)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Expected Publication: March 4, 2021

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Ice is in her blood.

Seventeen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She’s invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.

But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn’t even realized was haunting her.

Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn’t ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.

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