And I Darken by Kiersten White

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Title: And I Darken (Conqueror’s Saga #1)

Author: Kiersten White

Published: June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Stars: 2 Content Rating: 4

Synopsis:

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

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I want to start off saying that I listened to this one on Audible. I have seen it every where and felt like it was just calling my name. It has taken me FOREVER to finish it. Lots of people have loved this book. In fact I was just up in the city at my favorite little book shop and while I was browsing, 2 girls went straight for this book. The second book in the series just came out and this book shop does signings, and lots of times has an autographed copy in their shop. It seemed like that was exactly what these girl were after. I was happy for them of course. There is nothing like finding what your looking for and finding a signed copy! YAY! While I was listening to them gush about how much they loved this story, I found myself wondering why. (I know.. I shouldn’t eavesdrop..) It held my attention enough to finish it but I couldn’t really get into it. I didn’t really fall for a character, or the world that was created. The love triangle between Lada, Radu and Mehmed was weird. All the fighting and wanting to go to war got really old. They didn’t ever go to war.. really. Mostly just talked about it. I don’t know. This book wasn’t bad. I didn’t hate it. .. but at the same time I didn’t really like it either. I wasn’t even TEMPTED to buy the next book, even though I saw a signed copy at the bookshop. So read at your own risk!

Thanks for reading!

Fireblood by Elly Blake

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Title: Fireblood (Sequel to Frostblood )

Author: Elly Blake

Published: August 17, 2017 by Little Brown

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Star: 4          Content Rating: 3

Synopsis:

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past….

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax–which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.

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Hello there fellow readers! I was so excited to win the ARC in a giveaway on Instagram! I truly felt lucky because I have just been waiting for it to come out and now it is! After listening to Frostblood I had to buy a physical copy because I loved it so much. Ruby is the only Fireblood  in a world full of Frostbloods that HATE  her kind. She has had no help mastering her gift since she has been repressing it in fear her whole life. She then had to learn how to control that temper and control her gift to save the kingdom from the Minax controlling the Frostblood King. With the help of Arcus and Brother Thistle she faces the challenge of her life… that is until you get a copy of Fireblood and continue her story.

Fireblood continues right were we left off in book 1. Arcus is trying to make peace in his court and his kingdom. Brother Thistle is convinced that to get rid of the Minax that is haunting Ruby and sending her visions she needs to also destroy the Fireblood throne. The problem is they don’t know any Firebloods or how to make into the Islands that are their domain. It is guarded by fierce Fireblood masters and to go against them means death. Ruby is such a little spit fire. She doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do. Her temper and stubbornness is almost legendary. Especially in the Frostblood court where all the courtiers are cold and hide their emotions. They are mean and calculating and have not kept it a secret that they absolutely hate Ruby. When Arcus tries to hold a ball to welcome foreign dignitaries to sign a peace treaty it became a blood bath. While Ruby was outside talking to the Fireblood ambassador (or whom she thought was the ambassador) they were ambushed. Kai promised her a safe journey back to the Fireblood territories and she accepted. Against Arcus’ wishes.

This story is about Ruby finding out who she is. She pushes herself and accomplishes things she never thought possible. Just making it to Sudesia is in itself a feat she never thought could happen. She deals with betrayal and has to learn diplomacy. The Quenn does not bend easily and is still being controlled by the Minax in the Fireblood throne. She has to learn more about her past and through it all she finds herself. She finds family. She finds love and friendship. She finds her home. The little love triangle that happens will be interesting to see played out in the next book. The ancient stories of Fors and Sud and their brother Eros all come into play and you find out they are not really stories but legends and Ruby is the key to it all. Ruby beats the Minax but only to find someone and something much worse. I can’t wait to see if the team can come together and do it. What is next for this story? I’m pretty sure the next book is called Nightblood and will be coming out 2018.

CONFESS by Colleen Hoover

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Title: CONFESS

Author: Colleen Hoover

Published: March 28, 2017 by Atria Books

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Fiction

Stars: 5 Content Rating: 7 (Language and Sexual Content)

Synopsis:

Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?

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I’m so conflicted. I read the synopsis over and can’t believe that is all it says. There is so much more to this story. The reason this book is called CONFESS is partly because Auburn and Owen both have confessions. You start out this book with no info and when you think you are finally getting some big detail that is missing from the story it come in a way you were not expecting. I don’t want to spoil this one. I really don’t. I’m not going to get into details with you at all about the storyline because I feel like it would take away. Which is maybe why the synopsis is they way it is. Its also called Confess because Owen is an artist who paints confessions. I feel like each chapter you peel back another layer. Another layer deeper into the characters and another layer of the story becomes known to us.

I am going to tell you that it was GOOD. I couldn’t put it down. I read it pretty much in day so if you are looking for a quick weekend read, this one would be perfect. I AM going to tell you that the storyline is amazing. The way she starts the prologue and ends with Owen’s 5 years ago was so on point. I enjoyed the way she used the confessions, with Owen and Auburn and also with the art studio. She said that the confessions used were real confessions by people. I AM going to tell you that I would read this one again. *It does have adult language and sexual content in it. I would say that with this one I felt like it was just.. REAL. I felt that way with other Colleen Hoover novels. She makes you feel it. It is so real. She paints such a realistic, honest picture that it just kind of stays with you when your done reading. The way this story comes around full circle will blow your mind and make you happy. You will adore the characters and you heart will hurt with their story. It is tragic and unhappy but maybe together they will find the happiness that they both deserve. It could be fate.

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The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer

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Title: The Third Kiss (Loves Mortal Coil Book 1)

Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Author: Kat Comer

Published: August 7, 2017 by Entangled TEEN

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal

Stars: 3.5         Content Rating: 6

Synopsis:

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

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“Outside the gazebo, rain pelted the ground so hard it left craters. I’d be drenched by the time I made it back to the house. I didn’t care. I welcomed it. Needed it to flush the taste and feel of him from my mind. Needed it to drown the crushing fear that tomorrow morning I may hate the sight of him. Or worse still: that I wouldn’t.”

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I keep wanting to call this one ‘The Third Choice’ instead of Kiss. Jonas is always talking about choices. Good choices and bad choices. If you knew you had 3 kisses to find ‘THE ONE’ what would you do? This one starts off with Jonas and Beth’s 18th birthday party. Jonas is a hottie, play boy type character that doesn’t take love seriously because he views it as weakness after what happened with his parents. They moved in with their Aunt Helena after their parents death and became best friends with the girl next door. Cora impulsively kissed Jonas last year when she found out her parents were getting divorced and she would be moving to Manhattan.  Afraid that it would ruin their friendship neither one had mentioned it again. Now Cora is back and Jonas has thought of no one else, but because he doesn’t believe in love nor does he want to ruin their friendship, he tries to forget.

Jonas receives a weird letter that is ‘The Loves Mortal Coil’ curse. Thinking it was nothing but a bad joke at first he wastes his first 2 kisses. As they delve a little deeper into finding more about this “prank” it becomes more and more real and Jonas realizes that his only shot at true love can not be wasted.

Cora is attracted Jonas but wants something real. She knows his play boy attitude is not for her. He could never love her. What made her kiss him a year ago was a crazy impulse and a huge mistake. When Jonas kisses her and she realizes what this means she is determined to break this curse. Its a good thing she is a black belt because she needs all that extra skill to beat the hell demons that are now wanting her dead.

This story was seriously cute. Best friends that fall in love. Even if you don’t want to ruin your friendship the chance to make it so much more is one that would be hard to pass up. It’s romance and friendship with some serious demon beat downs. Ancient love curses, traitors and secrets. It was a fast read and pulled me in right away. I love when a story becomes more with a paranormal twist. It makes things so much more interesting. I really loved this story and can’t wait to continue the series when the next book comes out! Happy Reading friends!

Also, a big thank you to Melissa at Entangled TEEN for sending me an Ebook copy to read before the big day! It was a good one and I was more than happy to review it!

 

 

 

Continue on for my rant of the day…. lol… or not..

RANT: Here is something that bothers me. It’s not exclusive to this book. Since I have started reading for my blog and wanted to give the books a content rating, I have notice so many that are Young Adult that have way too much ADULT content. I mean, when I think Young Adult I am thinking high school age kids. Middle grade would be younger than high school. Adult is 18 and up. I know high school kids swear. Not all, obviously, but lots of swearing and sex talk or innuendoes. Maybe even sex but to me that should not be the norm. I was in high school once. I remember, but I wasn’t having sex. I wasn’t at parties getting drunk. This is college age stuff. If this is considered Young Adult I feel like the setting should be at college NOT high school. There should be a difference then between Middle Grade and Young Adult. Maybe there is and I just don’t know about it? Like a TWEEN genre. Or TEENAGER genre? Now back to rating books. I like to do this because I feel like books should have a rating. Just like movies. There are things that I wouldn’t want my kids reading unless they were old enough. Why there isn’t a mandatory rating on books.. I’ll never know. Alright, so the thing that bothers me.. this is a teen book. Super cute story. A little romance. Why ruin it with 3 F*** bombs. I was reading on my kindle so I didn’t tab them like I usually do. I believe there were 3. It would have been better without! I would have been recommending to all the moms that want a cute love story for their daughters to read. Now I have to say, it was a cute story but the swearing was over the top. Maybe to a lot of you out there swearing isn’t a huge deal. I personally read ADULT books but does that mean I want my kids to read them. Not till they are old enough. Let them be little and innocent for as long as they can! Its like when a series starts out young adult and then by book 5 it is very adult. If you start a series in one genre it should stay there. Just my opinion. Thanks for listening to my rant. Agree? Disagree? Have any advise on book ratings? Please share and let me know in the comments!

July’s Wrap. I Can’t Even.

Hello Friends!! I hope all of you have been having a lovely summer. I’m still in denial that July is over. School shopping and finding that new routine is here and I AM NOT READY. We have had such a busy summer and I didn’t read near as much as I wanted to this month. Honestly, I didn’t really have time to read at all. My TBR has stacked up even more and I am hoping with summer being over (as sad as I am to say that)  I will be able to read more.

Since I didn’t finish any books, (other than the Unfinished Fairytales Series by Aya Ling) lets talk about all the ones I STARTED in July. Do you guys ever do this? I used to be a one book at a time kinda gal, but now not so much. It will be the death of me. I will start a book and not really feel it and I look over at all these other books that I have been wanting to read and decide I’ll try one of those. Then I do it again and again and all of a sudden… WHAM! I’m reading like 10 books at a time. When really I would get through them faster if I would just stick with one book start to finish. This month was weird. I was participating in a Classic’s challenge but I only had time to read and night and it was hard reading the classics. I’m not used to writing and I really had to concentrate to understand what was going on. I found myself rereading pages. Night time reading is not good when you have to concentrate. I am already tired! So they just put me to sleep. Then I would start something I was interested in to then feel guilty I wasn’t sticking to the challenge. I also have a few books given to me for honest reviews that need to be my top priority. Needless to say I have started too many books and now feel overwhelmed.

I’m going to list all those I have started and you WILL be seeing these reviews shortly. I am going back to my method of reading start to finish and then writing my review. Since I am playing catch up I hope all of you who subscribe and follow my blog won’t be annoyed if I am posting more than once a week. Just until I am caught up. I guess you could say these are a sneak peak of the reviews you will be seeing soon! Thanks for reading!