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Monday, October 18, 2021

Book Review: City of Thorns By C.N. Crawford

City of Thorns
(The Demon Queen Trials #1)
By C.N. Crawford
I never thought I'd be singing happy birthday to myself in a dungeon. And yet when a sinfully sexy demon crashes happy hour, that's exactly what happens. He’s known as the Lord of Chaos, and he’s mistaken me for my succubus doppelgänger.

Happy birthday to me.

When he tastes my blood, he finally understands I’m mortal. And I realize we have something in common: we both crave revenge. So we make a deal: I can stay in the forbidden city to hunt for my mom's killer. In return, I’ll help him get the vengeance he craves. I just have to pose as a sexy succubus. One problem--he's my number one suspect.

And that’s increasingly hard to remember as he teaches me my role: seduction. With each heated touch I drift further into peril. And if I fall under his seductive spell, death awaits me.
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My Review:

I've picked up books by this author in the past and for the most part, I was very lukewarm to them. This one, however, was an exception I wasn't expecting it to be! This was SO DAMN good. Succubi and incubi are such interesting creatures. I wish more authors would take a swing at these kinds of creatures more often. Don't get me wrong, I adore vampires and werewolves as much as the next person but a change of scenery is good every once in a while.

Rowan was just spunky and sassy enough to keep my attention. I liked that she didn't take things lying down. Her inquisitiveness was a breath of fresh air when it came to getting some actual answers to some major questions. I suspected the twist that happened involving her but what actually went down in the novel was way better! 

The Lord of Chaos was such an enigmatic character with a great sense of humor. He was detached from reality in just the right amount to not come across unhinged. His sense of humor was incredible. A monster after my own heart if I must say!

I was expecting an interesting and out-of-the-box ending but not what I actually got. It's an amazing feeling when an author outdoes my expectations of a story. The sequel can't come soon enough! I NEED answers to ALL my burning questions! 

My Rating:


Monday, October 11, 2021

Audio Book Review: Shifter Wars By Kelly St. Clare

Shifter Wars
(Supernatural Battle:
Werewolf Dens #1)
By Kelly St. Clare

Length: 12 hours and 35 minutes
Narrator: Amanda Dolan

When Mum died, I inherited a lot more than a pack of lies.

I landed a $410,000 debt.
Discovered her previous surname.
And her real place of birth.

Desperate to uncover the truth, I drive to a tiny dot on the map called Deception Valley.

Coincidental name? Nope.

There, I find her secret family—because she had one of those too.

How many lies are we at? Honestly, I’ve lost count, but local gossip captures my attention. Apparently, Mum’s other family play laser tag every Wednesday. Not even joking. Laser tag.

What the hell is this place?

In hindsight, the massive guy with honey irises was my first major clue. Unusual eyes for a human, right?
Perfect eyes for a werewolf.

But sexy supernaturals, thongs, and mounting financial strain aside, Mum’s past is buried somewhere in this valley, and I need to dig up the truth or find a way to live with her lies.

What do you do when neither option will leave you unscathed?
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My Review:

* Everything in red is a spoiler.

This story had everything going for it to be a 4 star read but it ended up as a 3 star read. The universe the author created with the game and winning sections and the detailed nature of everything was interesting. The characters, overall, were complex beings and the witty banter between them was so good. The heroine (Andie) though, was another story entirely.

When Andie was being her snide self, full of attitude and spunk she was so entertaining. Every moment aside from those were annoying. She second-guessed herself so much. She let herself be convinced the people on the other side were these big bad monsters without even ever being attacked or hurt by them. She put blind faith into her long-lost family without computing that her mother left the place she adored for a REASON. I also disliked how against Alaric she was from the start. Her so-called family poisoned even the possibility of that relationship before it even had a chance.

Alaric was incredible and he deserves an award! His antics relating to Andie were SO. DAMN. FUNNY! I loved every minute of them. So many were totally out of left field but they were so entertaining! He was probably the most interesting character of the whole story. I liked that he did his best to anticipate Andie's problems. I liked that even against the will of his wolf he still gave Andie an "out-for-now" type of thing for when the mating call got too strong.

The ending was wrong on SO many fronts. I refuse to believe that what's in the will was the truth. It doesn't make any sense. I'm relatively invested in the outcome of this series. 

My SPOILERY Theories:

- Andie is at the very least half-wolf because if she were full human the mating call wouldn't affect her. 

- Herc killed her real father (the guy she called Deadbeat that eventually got a name but I forgot it. oops).

- Herc is not her real father. Those documents were fake. Herc put them there because he thought his actual daughter wouldn't make a good leader.

- Herc said something about knowing about the mating bond and how someone could live after the wolf died. I think he was talking about Andie's mother because I'm almost sure that Andie's father came back to town to close up some loose ends and ended up getting pushed off a cliff by Herc. It's also mentioned how Andie's mother called one of her friends and basically already knew that something terrible had happened to Andie's father because he didn't come home when he said he would. Andie's mother also went off the rails at that point as well. So if 1+1 doesn't equal 2 I don't know what does.

- This series will end with Andie and Alaric being together and uniting both sides to live in harmony and stop the "games".

The Audio Book:

The narration isn't my favorite. The narrator doesn't have much of a deep tone to make for a believable male voice let alone multiple male voices. She read at a slower pace than I like so I had to x1.25 the narration. There were no weird noises in the background of this recording.

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Book Review: Throne of Stars and Cinders By Leeann M. Shane

Throne of Stars and Cinders
(The Pair Bond Chronicles #2)
By Leeann M. Shane

Emmie and Maxell’s epic love story continues in the suspenseful and thrilling sequel to Court of Frost and Embers by Leeann M. Shane.

Welcome to Faierie. Where magic replaces air and promises are dangerous weapons. A lot has been kept from Emmie Tealson. Poisoned for most of her life by windmint, she was led to believe that she was human. But Emmie isn’t human. She is fae. A royal fae to be exact. One destined to become princess of the entire Fire Court. She also didn’t know that she would bond to a vampire, or that falling in love was the easy part. Love is, of course, the greatest weapon of them all.

The fae do not own mirrors. Their reflections are dangerous. They do not wear shoes. That’s what happens when you fall from the stars. And they most certainly do not touch doorknobs. They are as beautiful as they are cruel. Perhaps that’s why war is in the air, and the Queen of the Water Court won’t stop until she drowns out every last cinder fire has left.

Thrust into a world of unadulterated magic and pure deceit, Emmie Tealson must learn to navigate her new life as a royal fae fast… lest someone takes it.

She’ll fight for the Fire Court, herself, and most of all for love.

How far would you go to save the person you love? Emmie’s about to find out. That is to say, if the stars allow it.
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My Review:

This series has such an interesting story! The worldbuilding with every novel is more and more believable. I love how smooth the transitions are between one event to the other. Though be warned that the writing style is on the more descriptive side. I learned to deal with it throughout the novel because the story is just that good but it's not something that I love in the books I read. On the other hand, my main issue with this one is more of a personal annoyance than anything: The amnesia plotline.

Maxell has gone through SO much. This poor kid really deserves a break and a happy ending that stays happy. I liked him for Emmie. When he's in his right mind, he's sweet to her and will fight for her even when it isn't necessary. He's a keeper if you ask me!

Emmie's trajectory is fascinating! I like how she's becoming who she was always meant to be. She's strong and capable. She understands that it's going to be a hard journey but is in it for the long hall.

I love the expressions the author turns on their heads and sprinkles into the story to go with the mythology and worldbuilding. This is one of the more "original" takes in terms of the mythology and overall worldbuilding I've read in some time. Then again every story is based on or derived from something else someone has written. So take that with a grain of salt. I personally don't think I've read anything that's reminiscent enough of the world the author is building and I find it to be very interesting. Overall, now that the amnesia is out of the way I'm excited to see what happens next!

My Rating:
 

Friday, October 1, 2021

Monthly Recap: September 2021

September!

Wait! Do you hear that?
It's finally Halloween!
The best time of the year!

So I got much more reading done than I thought I would this month! That's fantastic! Though this thing I have for me to hit 100 books read in a year is taking a toll on me and I don't like it. I've been putting unneeded pressure on myself to always be reading or rereading a book and I can feel a reading slump coming. After this year I realized that I just need to drop the 100 book goal. It's not sustainable long-term for me in particular. I'm not a fast reader. I'm usually in strange moods that don't allow me to jump from book to book automatically. That usually causes a slew of DNF's for no reason other than I'm not in the mood for that particular book at this exact moment. So that's where my head is at!

On an ecstatic note: We're finally in the BEST month of the year! HALLOWEEN! One day I'll have the excuse I need to justify creating a dream Halloween costume for myself. I'm counting on it đŸ˜­ Unfortunately, here in Brazil, it isn't celebrated. In big cities, I have seen kids go trick or treating but I live in a small conservative city. Most people think of satan when asked about Halloween *facepalm*. So I'll be here all by my lonesome living the Halloween spirit all year round ♡

Also Announcement: September will probably be the last month you'll be seeing book looks from me on this blog! Unfortunately, I don't have the time I used to have to create them and edit/cut dress pictures to match the covers, and edit a blog post about them. Moreover, they don't get much engagement and they take up a lot of time to make. I may do one or two here and there but they probably won't be coming back once a week anymore! Sorry!

Until next month!
Happy reading!

Books I Read & Listened
To In September

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  • Bound By Flames By Jeaniene Frost - I still agree that my initial review was overly harsh. I don't know if I've mentioned this but the year of 2015 and the following years were very rough for me due to a multitude of reasons I will not get into. It was clear, looking back now, that I was projecting what I was going through on this novel/story. In some ways, I regret how I went about that review. But alas, it was how I felt at that moment even though it doesn't reflect what I feel today about this series after rereading it for the THIRD (wow!) time ♡ Still a 4 star read! (My review is live here!)
  • Frying Night By T. L. Christianson -  For once in this whole series, it was REALLY nice not being the least informed person in the room. It's why it took me so long to come up with the willpower to pick this book up in the first place. I recognize that I'm reading this series for all the wrong reasons but, when you put the characters aside, the actual story has proven itself to be very good.  (My review is live here!)
  • Oddball By Sarah Andersen - I've learned to love any and all books by Sarah Andersen! They're so relatable and hit a tad bit too close to home in ways I never thought I would experience. Her comics are funny, sad, and heartbreaking at different moments. They're a great escape from the real world and I would recommend them tremendously! (My review is live here!)
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  • Magic Forged By K. M. SheaI actually started and stopped this 3 times before finally getting into it. My initial issue was with how slow it starts off. After Chapter 2 I was hooked and couldn't put it down! (My review coming soon!)
  • Into The Fire By Jeaniene Frost - And I'm done with my third reread of this whole series! This was a much more enjoyable experience this third time around. I knew what I was going into and I knew from the last reread that I was guaranteed to like it. Vlad seems to have become a fungus because he did grow on me it seems. I actually want more books featuring Vlad and Leila in the future if I'm being honest! (My review is live here!)
  • Magic Redeemed By K. M. SheaI really, really, really like this series so far! The worldbuilding is fantastic, the characters are *chef's kiss* and the chemistry between the Killian and Hazel is amazing! (My review coming soon!)
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  • Winter Wolf By Rachel M. Raithby - There was something off about this book but I can't pinpoint what it was. The characters were ok, the worldbuilding (though little was present) and writing were ok, and the overall story was fast-paced (but felt rushed due to choppy scene transitions). (My review coming soon!)
  • Double-Sided Magic By McKenzie Hunter - This was an okay book. It did what I wanted it to do which was pass the time and hold me over until the next book I wanted to read was released. The characters weren't all that memorable and secondary characters even less so. The story was somewhat interesting but I never connected with the heroine. (My review is live here!)
    • Mave Fortune By Elizabeth Dear - For a first-time author, this was very well written! The plot was steady-paced and purposeful. There wasn't a dull moment in this story and I can certainly appreciate the level of dedication it must have taken to make this book what it is today. (My review coming soon!)
    Books I Can't Wait To Get
    My Hands On In October

    * Book titles are linked to Goodreads.

    5th

    The Alpha |
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    12th

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    Here's What Happened On
    This Blog In September


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    Monday, September 27, 2021

    Book Review: Frying Night By T.L. Christianson


    Frying Night
    (Dragon Born Academy #4)
    By T.L. Christianson

    Portals, bondmates, and a dragon world.

    I thought that my biggest problem was the unfinished bond between me and Ashe… but I was wrong.

    We've done the impossible and crossed through a portal into the world of dragons – the same place where my mother's been trapped for the past fifteen years.

    With this lavender sky, orange sun, and a freaking planet hanging above us, it's clear that we're no longer on Earth. Our biggest problem is finding our way back… right?

    WRONG.

    If my mother who was an expert couldn't find a way out of this place, who will we?
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    My Review:

    For once in this whole series, it was REALLY nice not being the least informed person in the room. It's why it took me so long to come up with the willpower to pick this book up in the first place. I recognize that I'm reading this series for all the wrong reasons but, when you put the characters aside, the actual story has proven itself to be very good. I want more of that and less of Syd floundering around because no one tells her anything. While I'm at it, I'd also love to see more competent adults please and thank you.

    A lot of revelations happened in this novel and it was pretty exciting! We got to see Syd's "mom" and whatever happened to her (it's a spoiler so that all you're getting from me on the topic). We also got introduced to an exciting new world (?)/dimension (?) with new characters and a differently structured society. I'm tepidly optimistic about the 'Dragonborn' spin-off series because the main characters have proven themselves to be interesting enough for me to give them a chance.

    The ending was where I always saw this going. I'm interested in knowing how the leaders in their world are going to deal with the new threat that they basically created (spoilers! I know you're getting tired of reading that, sorry). Here's hoping my outlook on this series gets better from here and that people actually start telling Syd important things on the regular.

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