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Review: Dominion of the Star by Angelica Clyman

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Dominion of the Star
Dominion of the Star
by Angelica Clyman
(Descendants of the Fallen Book 1)
Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
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Synopsis
The totality of a solar eclipse lasts only a few short minutes. That’s more than enough time for an apocalypse to erupt.

Almost eighteen years have passed since the Eclipse changed the Earth forever, and Sebastian Za’in rose from the chaos and seized control, imposing his order on the broken planet. In a world ruled by fear and superstition, where all gods have perished, there is no one who can stand up to Za’in, the man rumored to be one of the Nephilim—hybrid offspring of Angel and Man. In a few short months, another Eclipse will occur, and while there are those who expect a new natural disaster, Za’in has plans of his own . . .

Completely unaware of this global turmoil, Kayla Steelryn has spent most of her life in a quiet village, longing to uncover her hidden past. When she leaves her home in search of answers, she finds herself faced with the truth about her identity, forced to choose between the two men she loves, and thrust into a conflict where she alone has the power to stop an event more disastrous than the end of the world.

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

When I was sent the synopsis for this book one work stuck out to me ‘Nephilim’.  The concept of Nephilim has always interested me and not it’s not due to the Shadow Hunters books.   Now let me start by saying that I usually do not pick up dystopian books, but because this book had Nephilim in it I decided it was worth a shot. I feel that putting that out there first is important because this was not a bad book just not for me.  I enjoyed it while I was reading it. It kept my attention which is more than I can say for other dystopian books. I just couldn’t get through books like Hunger Games and Divergent, so in my opinion, this book is one up on them.  My issue was picking it back up once I put it down.  Not the book’s fault it was pretty good just not my type of setting.  I did find the concept of the Intercessors to be interesting.

All in all, I say if you like dystopian books then you really should pick this one up because even I liked it and I don’t really like dystopian books as a general rule. My daughter loves dystopian books so I am going to give it to her and try to get her to write a review on it too.

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Review: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

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Heartstone
Heartstone
by Elle Katharine White
(Heartstone #1)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
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Synopsis
They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.

What I thought
Lesson learned, Brittnay over at Perfectly Tolerable has amazing taste when it comes to books.  She said I would love this one and she was right.

This book is sold as Pride and Prejudice with Dragons, and that is exactly what you get.  You do not need to know anything about the original story to enjoy this one. Which is great since I know not everyone has read Pride and Prejudice. My favorite thing about this book is that the author was able to take the essence of Pride and Prejudice and make it completely her own.  So if you are a fan of P&P you are not just getting another rehashing of the story but an all-new story to love.

So if you like hate to love romance, broody males, independent females, and a fantasy setting with magical creatures you need to pick this book up.

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Waiting On Wednesday: Blood Countess by Lana Popović

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: Blood Countess by Lana Popović

Blood Countess
Blood Countess
by Lana Popović
Young Adult, Historical, Horror

In 17th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante. It’s not long before Anna falls completely under the Countess’s spell—and the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancé, Anna realizes she’s not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.

Expected publication: January 28, 2020

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Waiting On Wednesday: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

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: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Come Tumbling Down
Come Tumbling Down
by Seanan McGuire
(Wayward Children #5)
Young Adult, Fantasy

When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors.

But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.

Eleanor West’s “No Quests” rule is about to be broken.

Again.

Expected publication: January 7, 2020

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Review: Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova

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Crystal Crowned
Crystal Crowned
by Elise Kova
(Air Awakens #5)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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Synopsis
Long live Solaris. One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?

What I thought
Elise Kova sure knows how to end a series!  This was the final book in the Air Awakens Series and let me tell you this was a ride.

I am very happy to say that I am not disappointed in the ending of this series as a whole.  I have not had great luck with the endings of some series this year, but this one I can happily walk away from.

This book was not afraid to go dark.  

I feel that this book was longer than it needed to be there was a lot of traveling and/or just passing the time it seemed. Don’t get me wrong it was not bad it just dragged along in some places.

I need some answers! Who was Vi really? I had this idea at one point that she was really Aldricks mom…the fire gave me that idea.  And then we have Daniel…oh Daniel what happened to you? Part of me does not want an answer to this and another part demands happiness lol. 

If you have not picked up Air Awakens yet you really should.  If you would like to see my reviews for the other books in this series please click any of the below.

Air Awakens | Fire Falling | Earth’s End | Water’s Wrath

My Rating: /5

4 Stars

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Review: Cage of Destiny by Jennifer Anne Davis

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Cage of Destiny
Cage of Destiny
by Jennifer Anne Davis
(Reign of Secrets #3)
Young Adult, Fantasy
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Synopsis
Destined from birth to be the next empress of Emperion, Allyssa grew up at court weighed down by the expectations of the crown. Kingdom and duty always came first.

Until now.

Having survived the brutal kingdom of Russek, she is given the choice to walk away and live a peaceful, quiet life. But it also means giving up everything she knows and everyone she loves. Before she decides, word reaches her about an assassination attempt. Donning her secret persona—that of a vigilante—she sets out to eliminate her enemy once and for all.

As Allyssa fights the demons of her past to save her future, she realizes she never had a choice. She can either embrace her destiny or be caged by it.

What I thought
Somebody tell me how there is more books after this?!?!?!

No really don’t because I can not wait to pick up the next one.  

Once I started this book I did not want to put it down. Sometimes being an adult is hard lol.  

So I loved how this book started out stating that this may or may not be the end of Allyssa’s story.  Since this series is now complete, I know for a fact there are 2 more books, but I don’t know if the main characters change or if its a continuation.  I have so many questions. I am going to make a guess that this is the end of Allyssa’s arc and we may be finally getting to see her brother maybe. I haven’t even read the synopsis for the last two books. Once a series starts I like to go in blind unless they are companions and the characters change with each book.  

One thing I can say for sure is that if the story was to stop here I would be satisfied. Which leads me to say that I am scared to death to pick up the last two.  I really like how this ends here and the characters have been through enough they deserve this ending. So here is to hoping we mix up the main characters just a bit.

If you enjoy Young Adult Fantasy that isn’t afraid to get a little dark then you should try this series out. I have loved the journey through these first 3 books so much.

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Waiting On Wednesday: Shadow Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis

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: Shadow Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis

Shadow Knights
Shadow Knights
by Jennifer Anne Davis
(Knights of the Realm #2)
Young Adult, Fantasy

As a member of the Knights of the Realm, Reid swore an oath to protect her king only to discover he harbors a traitorous agenda.

Being a woman raised in a man’s world, Reid thought becoming a Knight would give her purpose and strength. So far, it has done nothing but give her trouble. The king ordered her to spy on the Axian royal family while she prepares for her marriage—a marriage neither she nor Price Dexter wants. Once in Axian, Reid realizes she’s being used as a pawn in a decades-old political match. With the king and Knights seemingly at odds, Reid’s allegiances are torn, especially when she finds friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

As the kingdom of Marsden teeters on the brink of civil war, Reid must decide whose side she’s on—even if that means betraying her king in order to save the kingdom.

Expected publication:  December 10, 2019

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