Sky in the Deep

Sky in the Deep
by Adrienne Young
Book:Stand Alone
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Pub Date: April, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights
alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her
life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the
impossible on the battlefield — her brother, fighting with the enemy — the
brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the
winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an
enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village
is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more
desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her
brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite
the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a
love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own
definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people
she’s spent her life hating.
My Review: Meh….I’m not too sure what happened with this book. It
sounded amazing, folks were raving about this book and when I got the ARC, I
jumped on this.
However, I didn’t really like it. It didn’t grab my attention and hold
it. Eelyn, is an okay character. We start with her in the mountains when she is
called back home earlier than expected. So off she goes making her way back
with some people to accompany her. They never expected to be under attack.
Eelyn should have run and hide like she was told, and maybe should have been
able to escape. Instead she’s caught and puts up a  good fight.
Unfortunately they over power her and she is forced to go with this enemy.
I gave it about a few more chapters after that scene. And then I just
gave up on the book. I wasn’t feeling it. The character’s weren’t screaming
amazing at me. The story seemed to be moving along slowly. I ended up putting
the book down at that point.

My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪
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Shadow of the Fox

Shadow of the Fox
by Julie Kagawa
Book: Shadow of the Fox #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: October 2, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Once Every Thousand Years…

Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns…and whoever holds the
Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from
the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near…and the missing pieces of
the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the
first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret.

Demons have burned the temple Yumeko was raised in to the ground, killing
everyone within, including the master who trained her to both use and hide her
kitsune shapeshifting powers. Yumeko escapes with the temple’s greatest
treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. Fate thrusts her into the path of a
mysterious samurai, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko knows he seeks what
she has…and is under orders to kill anything and anyone who stands between
him and the scroll.

A wish will be granted and a new age will dawn. 



My Review:
LOVE THIS!!!! 

I started with Julie’s Iron Fey books and since then I have been hooked and
never found a book I disliked from her. 

Anyway…. The great Kami Dragon has the power to grant any one wish a person
could desire. In order for that to happen, one must have the scroll of a
Thousand Prayers. Luckily the scroll is not complete and the dragon can’t be
summoned. But someone is looking to complete the scroll and summon the dragon
and will stop at nothing to get it.

Yumeko is a fun character who grows to be tougher than she thought. She likes
to spend her time practicing her fox abilities, even though it doesn’t really
please those in the temple. When talk about binding her abilities away, Yumeko
freaks out and runs to a woman who has been around a long time and also has fox
abilities. The woman is a little odd, but she does try to help Yumeko and give
her advice/opinion. 

When a fire threatens all she knows things are going to move fast. 
She will have to take the piece of the scroll and go to another temple. Protect
the scroll at any cost and never let it get into the wrong hands. Yumeko will
set off on this mission and it won’t be easy.

I couldn’t finish this book fast enough! I loved this and can’t wait for the
next book to be released already!!! 

My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Brave

Brave
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Book: Wicked Trilogy #3
Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pub Date: December 2017
Genre: New Adult
Format: Print
Source: Bought
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Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars. 
It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens. 
Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. 
If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. 
Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself. 
Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

My Review: I refuse to believe that this series is over. Nope, nope, let the denial process happen. Yes this series is just THAT AMAZE BALLS. (Yes, I did just say that).
Ren and Ivy have been through so much, but mostly Ivy so to speak.  She went from killing Fae, to being a halfling, kidnapped by the Prince to have a kid, escaped, helped by good Fae and work with them. Oh and then she was stabbed by those who were to keep her safe and now her skin is shimmery and ears pointy. I’d say she’s had a lot happen…..
Ren  has had to deal with ignoring Ivy when she really needed him, being kidnapped as well, nearly losing Ivy and becoming friend with Tink. 
Together they’ve been through a lot. But, together they will find a way to end this and send the evil Fae back to their world or kill them. They are working for their tomorrow and start to a somewhat normal life together. On top of that, I loved how Tink grew and pulled off some great surprises and was always there for Ivy. 
As the book progressed, the emotions just grew until you realized that you just finished the book. Together Ren, Ivy and Tink work together with the good Fae, Summer Fae Prince to reveal a surprising twist, and evil Queen. In the end it was enough, everyone made it out alive. They now have the chance for a normal life, at least for a few years.
One of the best series I’ve read in a long time. Jennifer’s writing never fails to amaze me and her take on the Fae was top notch! 
  

My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Reign the Earth

Reign the Earth
by A.C. Gaughen
Book: The Elementae #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pub Date: January 30, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after
years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate
for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family,
Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to
exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and
fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother,
which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that
could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia
must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an
Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will
hold readers spellbound. 



My Review:
LOVE LOVE THIS! This is a great new series by A.C.  and I’m
ready for the next book!

Shalia is making a great sacrifice. To marry a King she does not know, so that
her people can have peace and she will become the new Queen. Her family gives
her gifts and they party the night away. The next day she and her husband will
head over to the Bonelands to begin their new life. Shalia won’t be going
alone, her brother will be going with them to the Bonelands and that will mean
a lot to her.

They have been under attacked and met some some loyal folks all on the way to
their home. Once they finally arrive Shalia is going to realize just what she
signed up for wasn’t exactly as she thought. Shalia will see a side of Calix
that makes her blood boil. He is not so kind, doesn’t think before ordering a
kill, and once he even hit Shalia and that was way out of line. Right off the
bat I could not stand Calix. 

As the ending came near, the intensity grew to on the edge of your seat kind of
reading.  Shalia has done nothing but try and be the best Queen and wife
she could be despite her secret of being an Elementae. She gave her people
hope, more work to help feed and care for their families. Strong and elegant
she is determined to make the kingdom even better. But now, Calix turns on
his wife and is determined to kill her. He took away her family. Shalia will
not back down without a fight, she and the resistance will stand against Calix
until he is stopped and change and peace can begin. But until then there a long
way to go before this war is over.
 



My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Weekly Spotlight – Dive Bar

“Trust me, never mock a romance book,” said Mal
with all the zest of a manic street preacher. “You have no idea the amount of
good they can do for you between the sheets and on the streets. If you love you
girl? Buy her books.” 

Dirty
he last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find
when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower,
let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a
corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding
day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all
together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours
later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she
thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the
edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all
wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty? 

Twist
When
his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender
extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it
down. Until he reads about her. 


Alex
Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a
woman. And in no time at all they’re emailing up a storm, telling each other
their deepest darkest secrets… apart from the one that really matters. 
  
And
when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.



Chaser
Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric
is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems
heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do
with him, but it turns out that she’s pregnant.

Starting over in a small town, Jean is
determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she
always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric
Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be
easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice,
it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.

There seems to be a bond between them now, but
is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean
needs? 

The Traitors Game

The Traitors Game
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Book: The
Traitors Game #1
Publisher:
Scholastic
Pub Date:
February 2018
Genre:
Young Adult
Format:
Print
Source:
Borrowed
Book
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Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra
Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop
her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right
hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable
bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well — and they snatch
Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.
The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the
only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient
captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full
as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary.
As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what — and who
— it is they’re fighting for.
Jennifer A. Nielsen introduces us to an unforgettable new
heroine in this epic tale of treachery and intrigue, love and deceit.


My Review: 
DNF.
There was just something about this book that I couldn’t stand.
About 6 chapters in and I still couldn’t get into this book at all. It’s a long
backstory about Kestra and then when something finally happens in the book, it
still didn’t go anywhere for me.
I think this book could have used way more detail in the beginning
about Kestra, without needing so many chapters to explain her back story. The
other scenes could have been done much better as well.

I don’t plan on reading these series any further. 

My Rating:

Reign the Fallen

Reign the Fallen
by Sarah G. Marsh
Book:  Reign the Fallen #1
Publisher: Razor Bill
Pub Date: January 23, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher 
Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

My Review:  I love the idea of necromancers since reading another series and this author has done a great take on it.
This book started off on a great pace and full of details without overdoing it. Odessa “Sparrow” and her partner are getting ready to raise the dead king just like any other time. It’s nothing knew, the royals have been raised countless times before and just as they finish up they can go have dinner. Yep, totally normal. 
Things are going well for everyone, that is until they see one of their masters’ dead in the deadlands and shades start appearing. A shade is never a good thing and they don’t kill that easily unless you’ve had experience in killing them before.  While Sparrow and Evander are in the deadlands with the rest of their crew, things go south as they split up. Evander faces off a shade and doesn’t win.
While Sparrow is mopping about, the book had turned and become annoying. It was like any other book that had a death. Sparrow was lost and hurt. Drinking, needing potions to be able to see Evander, not wanting to ever see the deadlands again or work. For those few chapters, the book will bore you until Sparrow finally starts getting herself together.
The ending wasn’t what I had expected and it certainly left me wanting more. I can’t wait for the next book to be released!



My Rating:
✪✪✪✪