Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Book Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black


The Cruel Prince
The Folk of the Air #1

By: 

Holly Black

Published:

January 2, 2018

Publisher:

Little Brown Books

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Source:

Purchased

Book Synopsis:


Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. 


And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. 


Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. 


To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. 


As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.



 



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My Thoughts:

Originally, I was drawn to The Cruel Prince by the book cover.  However, when I picked it up and started reading, I quickly fell in to the storyline by the the way the author began to weave such a captivating delight inside of my head. I was mesmerized, and turned the pages rapidly.  I quickly became fascinated with the characters and pulled in to this dynamic plot.

This is the first book that I've read by author Holly Black.  She is a master storyteller, and I felt like I was in Faerie alongside the main character, Jude, and her sisters.  The story begins with Jude's parents being murdered by Madoc, a powerful general and the High King's right-hand man.  He came to take his child, Vivi, Jude's half-sister back to Faerie alongside Jude and their other sister, Taryn.  He had found out that his first wife, the girls mother had faked the her death and their child, Vivi's.  She then, remarried and had Jude and Taryn.  From this point in the story, Madoc whisks the girls off to Faerie, to raise all three children alongside his wife Orianna, and their young son Oak. 


The Cruel Prince is an intricate story filled with intrigue, deceit, manipulation, lies, danger, violence, and the unexpected.  It is a colorful tale filled with exotic, beautiful, and terrible creatures.  Once Ms. Black pulled me in to her story, I did not want it to come to an end.  Jude was an interesting character.  She was strong, resilient, brave, and willing to sacrifice whatever she thought was necessary for what she believed to be the greater good.  Her sister, Taryn, was weak, disloyal, and without scruples.  Her main goals were to fit in to Faerie, and fall in love. Vivi, the oldest sister, and half-faerie wanted nothing more than to return to the human world.  She hated her father Madoc, and all that Faerie represented.


The Cruel Prince was a great beginning to The Folk of the Air Series.  I can't wait to see what happens next, and love the fact that this story has so many surprises and is unpredictable.  


Mostly, I enjoyed Jude and her interactions with Cardin, one of the princes of Faerie.  These two had an interesting dynamic.  They hated each other, and yet their was an electric pull and attraction that they had towards one another.  I can't wait to see how everything ends up playing out between the two of them.  If you enjoy stories of fantasy, Faeries, and great imagination, The Cruel Prince needs to be added to your TBR pile!!!








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About the Author:

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.






Waiting on Wednesday: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout




The Burning Shadow
Orgin #2
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date:  October 8, 2019


Why I'm Waiting:

I LOVED The Darkest Star so much!  In fact I read it in one sitting!  I swooned over Luc the whole time, and Evie was an amazing character!  This was a book that I got completely lost in, and I really had a major book hangover when it came to an end.  The Burning Shadow is the sequel, so I can't wait to get my hands on it.  October seems so far away!  I love the book covers as well.  They're so pretty!

What are you Waiting On?




Saturday, March 16, 2019

Book Review: Kill Switch (Devil's Night #3) by Penelope Douglas



Kill Switch
Devil's Night #3

By: 
Penelope Douglas

Published:
Feb. 9, 2019

Source: Purchased

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Mature Content:
Erotica 18+

Book Synopsis:

"I've done far worse than what I went to prison for. She has no idea how bad this can get."

WINTER

Sending him to prison was the worst thing I could've done. It didn't matter that he did the crime or that I wished he was dead. Perhaps I thought I'd have time to disappear before he got out or he'd cool off in jail and be anything but the horror he was. 

But I was wrong. Three years came and went too fast, and now he's anything but calm. Prison only gave him time to plan. 

And while I anticipated his vengeance, I didn't expect this. 

He doesn't want to make me hurt. He wants to make everything hurt. 

DAMON

First thing's first. Get rid of her daddy. He told them I forced her. He told them his little girl was a victim, but I was a kid, too, and she wanted it just as much as I did. 

Step two... Give her, her sister, and her mother nowhere to run and no fuel to escape. The Ashby women are alone now and desperate for a knight in shining armor. 

But that's not what's coming. 

No, it's time I listened to my father and took control of my future. It's time I showed them all--my family, her family, my friends--that I will never change and that I have no other ambition than to be the nightmare of their lives. 

Starting with her. 

She'll be so scared, she won't even be safe in her own head by the time I'm done with her. And the best part is I won't have to break into her home to do it. 

As the new man of the house I have all the keys. 

*Kill Switch is a romantic suspense suitable for readers 18+. It is advised to read Corrupt (Devil's Night #1) and Hideaway (Devil's Night #2) prior to reading this book. Both are available on Kindle Unlimited.




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Lindy's Thoughts:


Kill Switch is the third book in the Devil's Night Series.  Each story in this series includes the "Four Horseman," (Michael, Kai, Damon and Will;) has a large plot that includes these central characters, and a smaller plot that focuses on one of the horseman and the woman that he has a love/hate obsession with.  Therefore, it is highly recommended that you read these books in order, so that you are not lost.

Kill Switch is Damon and Winter's story.  These two character's have a long, dark and fascinating history with one another.  They met when she was just eight and he was eleven years old.  Throughout the years, interest, fascination, attraction, and temptation, have turned in to obsession, seduction, and rage; due to a variety of circumstances that were out of their control for the most part.

Damon is the most twisted and disturbing of the four horseman.  However, we learn the reasons behind his dark ways.  Little by little, we see a softer side and vulnerability that Winter soley brings out in Damon.  I thought it was great how Ms. Douglas gave Damon's character so many complex layers.  It added dimension and made his character interesting and realistic.  I loved how loyal, protective, and devoted he was to those he cared about.  With Winter, we see her strength, perseverance, resilience, and gutsiness.  She can be vulnerable, as well as feisty.  She doesn't let anyone run all over her, and that was a huge part of her appeal to Damon.  I loved her character!

The plot of Kill Switch was slow-paced in certain areas, and fast-paced in others.  I especially loved the ending, and all of the exciting and unexpected plot twists!  The story delivered a variety of different elements.  There were parts that were sexy, as well as suspenseful, and emotional, which added to the ebb and flow of the story.  A word of caution, this story is written for mature audiences and has dark and explicit erotic elements.  This is not a "vanilla," romance, so if that is not your "thing," then this story is not for you.

It was wonderful being reunited with all of the characters from the previous books in the series, and I am really looking forward to getting Will's story next.  The teaser for his story had me dying to get my hands on it right now!!!  The Devil's Night Series is unique and unlike anything I've ever read before.  I have enjoyed all of these books immensely, and am a total fan girl for everything written by Penelope Douglas!










Mikki's Review:


The Horseman are backkkkk!!! Kill Switch was my most anticipated book of 2019 and it did not disappoint! Penelope Douglas always finds a way to transport me into a world I never want to leave. I am absolutely in love with her writing style. The beauty about her stories is that no matter how many times you read them, you always end up falling in love with her words and characters all over again. 

Kill Switch is the third book in the Devil's Night Series. You need to read Corrupt and Hideaway to follow Damon's journey. He's kind of complicated and addictive so you need to find out all the things he did before reading his book. I love that every book is a puzzle to this intoxicating world of Devil's Night.

In this book we follow Winter and Damon. Their story is intense and passionate. The baddest Horseman is about to meet his match. There is a thin line between love and hate and these two are about to cross it. Be ready for a reading journey filled with shocking revelations and unexpected twists and turns. 

Damon's book exceeded all of my expectations. I was expecting this story to grab me from beginning to end and it did not disappoint! I already knew I was going to love Winter since all of Pen's heroines have a special place in my heart. I really loved how she pushed all of Damon's buttons. She made him step out of his comfort zone and I saw a side of him I did not expect. I was really surprised by his actions and how he changed during this journey. It was amazing to see all of the other characters and the role that they each have in this saga. I can't wait to reunite with all of them again.

Penelope Douglas saved the most intriguing Horseman for last. Will is still an enigma to me and I can't wait to read his story. The little sneak peek we got at the end of Kill Switch totally made my heart race. These stories keep on getting more intense and all-consuming. Kill Switch was a page-turning reading journey that left me wanting more! If you have not met the Four Horseman, you are seriously missing out! The bad boys of Devil's Night will rock your world!







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About the Author:

Penelope Douglas is a full-time writer living in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter. When she's not writing or reading, she loves road-tripping, touring retired, old ships, and pinning anything not nailed down. 



Her books include the Fall Away series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, Aflame, and Next to Never) and the Devil's Night series (Corrupt and Hideaway (and Kill Switch and Nightfall--not yet released). Please look for her stand-alones Misconduct and Punk 57. Available now.  







Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Book Review: Soul In Darkness by Wendy Higgins



Soul In Darkness


By: Wendy Higgins

Published:
Feb. 12, 2019

Source: Purchased

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Book Synopsis:
People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. 

But gods are known for their jealousy. 

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts. 

Psyche's punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely. 

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche from Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.




My Thoughts:

Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins was a wonderful read.  It is the retelling of the love story of Cupid and Psyche.  I enjoy Mythology, and Wendy Higgins is one of my favorite authors, so I was excited to buy this ebook and dive right in!  This is a one sitting type of read, so I highly suggest not starting it unless you'll have enough time to finish it; because you won't want to put it down.

The story takes place on a beautifully breathtaking Island in the Aegean Sea during the Roman Empire.  Venus the Goddess of Love blessed Psyche's barren mother with three daughters, because her parents had beautiful souls and were amongst her most devoted of followers.  However, after they have their youngest daughter, beautiful and flawless princess Psyche, they forget all about Venus.  

Everyone on the island and even people from afar adore Psyche.  She is as beautiful and pure as a soul can be.  Pretty soon, people are sending offerings and an abundance of gifts, but the Princess just donates them to the poor.  She is humble, kind, and unassuming. Venus becomes jealous, enraged, and wants revenge on Psyche, and enlists the help of her son Cupid.  

What follows is a very beautiful and erotic love story, full of plot twists and surprises.  Soul in Darkness had a fairytale feel, and reminded me of Beauty and the Beast.  Psyche reminded me of "Belle," in the way she was kind, beautiful, and willing to sacrifice herself for her family.  Cupid reminded me of the "Beast," in the way that everything was not as it appeared. 

If you enjoy mythology, fairytales, and a great erotic romance, Soul in Darkness is an excellent choice for your next read.  




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About the Author:

Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME, and her indie NA science fiction UNKNOWN trilogy. After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer. Wendy lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggies Rue & Nessie.







Monday, March 11, 2019

Book Review: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry



Only a Breath Apart

By: 
Katie McGarry

Published:
Jan. 22, 2019

Publisher:
Tor Teen

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Source: Purchased

Book Synopsis:
Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart. 

Jesse Lachlin is cursed. 

So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland. 

Scarlett Copeland is psychic. 

Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin. 

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…



My Thoughts:


Only a Breath Apart is a tender and angst filled love story about two broken teenagers.  Both of them have secrets, and don't let people in.  Jesse has a past that he doesn't talk about, and Scarlett comes from a broken home with an abusive and controlling father.  Growing up, they were childhood best friends, and the single most important person in each other's lives.  Jesse ended their friendship abruptly without explanation, and Scarlett was devastated.

After Jesse's grandmother dies, circumstances lead Scarlett and Jesse back in to one another's lives.  Jesse believes his family is cursed, and the only way to keep the curse at bay is to stay on his family's land; the land that has been in his family for generations.  Scarlett is desperate to lead her own life and escape the controlling clutches of her domineering father.  Together they will support each other, and fall in love along the way.  Will their love story have a happy ending, or is the Laclan Curse real?

I loved reading Only a Breath Apart. It was such a page turner.  This love story really tugged on my emotions and melted my heart.  The characterization of Jesse and Scarlett was excellent.  Both characters came to life and jumped right off of the page with the talented Ms. McGarry's storytelling.  I enjoyed the secondary characters as well.  My favorite was Glory, Jesse's distant cousin.  She was a psychic fortuneteller, with a quirky personality, who was devoted to helping both Jesse and Scarlett.  

Only a Breath Apart was an intense story filled with angst, and the very real and heartbreaking cycle of abuse.  It wasn't sugarcoated, and there were no easy solutions.  I appreciated the raw emotions that it provoked in me, because it meant that the author was really able to connect me to the story and its characters.  I love that she also offered a message of hope; but it was a realistic message that also delivered encouragement and strength to readers who might be going through similar situations.   






About Katie McGarry:

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.