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!

 

Unfinished Fairytales Series by Aya Ling

The Ugly Stepsister is the first book of the Unfinished Fairytales. I started this series because it was recommended from a friend and I needed some light reading. I wanted something that was fun and easy to read. Let me just say that this series did not disappoint! I have just been super busy this summer and have not been able to read as I have wanted to. I have missed a few weeks of writing reviews so I thought I would review this whole series in one post instead of doing individual posts for each book. If I were to rate this series at a whole I would give it a 4 star rating and then tell you that the content is quite clean. There is language but not so much and no F bombs. There is sexual content but mostly flirting and kissing. When it come to the act there is no descriptive words. It gets steamy but in a cute way. I thought the love story was completely adorable. I would rate content a 3.

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The Ugly Stepsister starts when Katherine aka “Kat” is cleaning out the attic and finds an old copy of Cinderella. She accidentally rips the book and it transports her into the story! The only way for her to return to the modern world is to give the story a happy ending. It’s not as easy as she thinks. As she tries to uncover Elle’s true identity and get her to the palace to fall for the prince . Kat has to endure Lady’s lessons and trying not to trip over her feet while being presented to the Queen. There seems to be no ball in the near future and Kat doesn’t know how she is ever going to get home. It doesn’t help that the Prince is drop dead gorgeous and seems only interested in pursing Kat.

This was such a fun fairytale retelling! I really loved it. I was so happy to see that it was a trilogy!

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Princess of Athelia is a novella that takes place right after the ball. Its about Kat learning how to be a Princess. She swaps out Lady’s Lessons for Princess Lessons. It was cute to get that extra little bit that novella’s usually give. To see what life is like inside the Palace and how Edward and Kat love each other.

 

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After the Royal Wedding, and Edward and Kat say “I Do”, she is transported back to modern day. She gave the story its happy ending and has to return home. They were so happy in fact that the Goblin King and his Queen that had created the curse on this story knew that Kat would be depressed without her Edward, so they spelled her with a memory charm to forget about Athelia. When the Goblin King’s daughter Pippi discovers that Kat is no longer with Edward she makes a deal with her evil Uncle to send Kat back. Only it has now been 7 years in Kat’s world and she has no memory of Athelia when she is all of a sudden swallowed by the book and transported back to her wedding day. Edward has to convince her all over again to fall in love with him and if she does.. can she stay?

 

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Ever After is the finale of this series. After all Edward and Kat have been through to be together can they make it happen? The real Katriona refuses to give up her title as Princess and Kat has to climb her way back up. Bianca is trying to eliminate Kat at every turn. The people are starting riots and the country is in turmoil. She has to fight for Edward and sweet Edward is doing all he can to be married to his Kat again. There are so many things standing in their way. Can they make it happen and find their happily ever after?

Like I said earlier, I really loved this series. It was so cute. Such a fun read. I would recommend it to any fans of fairytale retellings. It is a Tween-Young Adult. I would keep that in mind. If I were to really critique it there are definitely a few things that were not thought out very well, but I think for the genre and the audience that it is meant to be reading this series, those things are not an issue. I read it on my kindle and I am seriously considering buying them for my girls to read when they are a little bit older. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy your day!

June Is OVER..

Oh my goodness! I didn’t get to half my TBR for the month of June. Summer is such a busy time. We are still doing some minor remodeling with our house as well. So crazy busy!  However, I did read a few! Hopefully I have more suggestions for you at the end of July. Lets just go though my reads from June and I’ll give you a YES, SO GOOD or a NOPE.

 

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A Fine Gentlemen was good. It had humor and mystery. Also for my reader that enjoy a proper/clean romance this was a very fun story. YES. Read it.

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I listened to The Traitor’s Kiss on Audible and really enjoyed the story. It is a fantasy, but not too crazy. It was set in a time long ago, no magic or anything. Just a different time. Loved the characters and can’t wait for book 2 to come out. YES. 

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Since We Fell was my choice from BOTM. It is a mystery thriller that wasn’t that mysterious or thrilling. It started out good. The writing style was good and then somewhere along they way it stopped making sense. Characters were thrown in and out and all around and the storyline was not a good one. No. No. NOPE.

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Fairest.. My love for The Lunar Chronicles is no secret. What is funny is that this series totally snuck up on me. I was so hesitant to read it. Everyone was talking about it. I think I had Cinder in my Amazon cart for like 3 years. No joke. I started it and didn’t really understand what all the hype was about but I kept going. When I finished I was so sad. It wormed its way into my heart forever! Fairest is a novella that tells Queen Levana’s story. I really enjoyed the added information. YES. Also, if you are reading the series then you should read it between book 3 and 4.

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Color of Love was an historical romance about an Indian woman that was raised with an English family. She is unsure of her place in the world. Anita Stansfield likes to write books about hardship and trials and how finding God is the key to overcoming them and finding happiness. It is a proper romance as well. I did like this book but it was so so so slow. I kept rolling my eyes through out. Ha ha. Like, is this serious? As far as a recommendation goes I probably would say.. NAH. It was okay but I’m sure you could find something better.

Thanks for reading!

 

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden

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Author: Sarah M. Eden

Published: March 1, 2017 by Covenant Communications Inc.

Genre: Historical Romance

Stars: 4                   Content Rating: Clean

Synopsis:

London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.

Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose. As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear.

When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.

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I really enjoyed this historical romance. It was a quick read. The characters were funny and perfect for each other. This one was a proper romance. Sometimes I really just like reading a book that is just GOOD. A little love story that is about two people finding their perfect match even if it takes them awhile to see it.

Jason Jonquil comes from a respectable family and he grew up in house full of brothers. This book is book 4 in the Jonquil Brothers series. Jason used to get into all sorts of mischievous situations as a child. The bothers pulled all sorts of pranks and were very close. Now as an adult, Jason loses all sense of humor trying to be an upstanding, respectable gentleman. He has disguised his true self and is now.. . boring. Ha ha. That is until Mariposa comes along with her Abuela.

Mariposa and her Grandmother are from Spain. They have a few secrets they must keep in order to keep their family safe. IF they can find their family. The way Mariposa baits and teases Jason is absolutely hilarious. I was dying. Can they trust Jason and the Jonquil family to help them find the rest of their family? Can they, themselves, be trusted?

Character wise I feel that Sarah did an amazing job with the characters in this book. They all had a part to play and found themselves instead. Jason being a gentleman but also knowing it’s okay to have a sense of humor. Mariposa had forgotten what it was like to be taken care of. Her father and older brother both died in the war and her mother had fallen apart with the loss. Mariposa has been taking care of her family and hadn’t had the luxury of thinking about herself until Jason steps in and helps her. They both drive each there crazy. The few Spanish phrases and the crazy grandmother were unexpected and enjoyable. The Jonquil family in itself is enjoyable. I love seeing a happy family. A family that loves each other and is close.

As far as the storyline and plot goes I feel that it was a good strong one. There was a little bit of a mystery and there wasn’t really a time when I thought something didn’t add up. It was well thought out and executed, with happy ending to finish it off. My favorite kinda of story!

I like when I can sneak in a fast paced romantic read. I felt like this one hit all the spots! Very enjoyable!

Color of Love by Anita Stansfield

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Title: Color of Love

Author: Anita Stansfield

Published: January 3, 2017

Genre: Historical Romance, Christian/Religious Fiction

Stars:  3           Content Rating: Clean

Synopsis:

England, 1857

The British aristocracy is an inflexible judge. And for Amala, a lovely young Indian woman, that judgment is most keenly felt. Raised from a child by the wealthy Hepworth family following the murder of her parents, Amala grew up alongside the Hepworth’s own daughter, Katarina, and was loved as both sister and daughter. The family is part of the charmed circle of the upper class, but Amala’s place in society is tenuous. As an Indian woman, her life is marked by a sense of otherness and voices of prejudice. So when she embarks upon a sweet acquaintance with Henry Breckenridge, a white Englishman, Amala is both elated and terrified. She knows first-hand the opposition that an interracial couple would face, and courtship with Henry could destroy his standing in society.

Determined to spare the reputations of both Henry and her sister Katarina, Amala flees England with the hope that an extended trip will allow her time to heal her broken heart. But she never imagined the repercussions of that decision, and the heartbreak awaiting her. For when she returns to England, she finds those she holds dear facing unparalleled devastation. And now it is her love that holds the key to healing a broken family.

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One of the reasons I love Anita Stansfield’s novels is that they are about people going through trials. All of her books that I have read are about people that have some sort of hardship in their lives and in finding God and keeping their faith in Him, they find happiness. Color of Love was no different. It has been quite awhile since I have read any of her books and I had forgotten what a whirlwind it can be.

Usually when you read a romance it starts out with ‘boy meets girl or girl meets boy’ and they flirt and eventually figure it out. Anita’s books there is always some big reason why one of the two thinks it can’t work. Or something happens that breaks them apart. In this case, Amala is very aware of her being Indian in an English society. She gets snubbed everywhere she goes. She doesn’t fit in and doesn’t want to marry or have children that would be ridiculed for being with her. Henry takes interest and even though she loves him she tells him no. AHHHHHH! This part always makes me scream. JUST SAY YES! Her fears are not unfounded but love conquers all! Right? RIGHT? I am not going to tell you anymore! You will have to read it for yourself. Amala does some soul searching and maturing and discovers herself. Will he still be home waiting for her? Did he move on like she asked him to? What hardship will they both have to face..?

What I really loved about this book was the different issues there were for this relationship based on race, society and the time period. Not that I loved the issues (obviously..) but the way it was brought to light. The way she made you understand a little bit better the struggle it must have been and then looking at our own society and trying to understand now if it has changed. I do also love the religious view as well. Trusting in God that things happen for a reason. That the whole picture is BIG and we only see a piece.

This story is a little bit messy. Life is messy. Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned and there are trials and hardships we don’t understand but in the end there is a happy ending. (hint, hint)

Alright, now is the time that you STOP reading if you want to leave this post spoiler free. After I wrote the above review I decided there was a little bit more I wanted to talk about  but it does include spoilers.

Seriously.. stop now if you don’t want spoilers..

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Continue on for mostly my ramblings about all the crazy that is in this novel…

So I have to admit that most of the romances I have read lately are not proper romances. Meaning that the content would not be rated clean. It has been awhile since I have read a proper romance and at first I was a little annoyed at how fast things happened in the beginning. They meet and feel a connection and he wanted to offer for her really quickly. I was thinking “NO WAY, lets get real” but then it got real and things got real slow. Not as fast paced as my naughty romances..  wink, wink.

Amala’s fears were definitely legit. To be Indian in England at that time and be taken in and raised as a daughter in the English society would have been very hard and lonely. I can imagine feeling out of place and scared of the risk of love. I personally believe that if two people are committed to each other and love and respect each other they can overcome hard things. Every day my kids tell me that “_______ is to hard.” (fill in the blank with whatever.. I swear they say it about everything.) My answer every time is that  “Yes it is, and YOU CAN do hard things.” Sometimes the hardest things we have to face or overcome end up making us the happiest in the end. Going on Amala’s journey with her after she turned Henry down was hard to read about because I get that in the story she is supposed to learning more about herself and gaining perspective, but I felt like she was just running away. I also had a hard time with Henry just getting over her and moving on… AND THEN MARRYING HER SISTER! Ugh. No. You don’t do that Henry!! You just don’t.  Amala receives the news while abroad with her Aunt Paulina and you can tell she isn’t over him. So now what!? Amala finally makes peace with it all and they go back to England. This whole story, since it is a Christian novel, is about finding and trusting in God. That through Him all things work out for a reason. Even if it is not how you would have wanted. Even if you don’t understand why. For some reason things happened as they did.  Amala’s sister Kat is pregnant but they also find a tumor that is diagnosed as cancer. She delivers the baby but never gets her strength back and eventually dies, not before she lets Henry and Amala know that her dying wish is for them to be together. Most of Anita’s Stansfield books are this same format. I’m actually mad that I had forgotten. She likes to write about making it through our trials and hardships and knowing that we are not alone in our endeavors but have God helping us. The whole story was a little bit depressing to me. It was good but it was slow and really sad too.

 

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

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Title: The Traitor’s Kiss (to buy on Amazon click here.)

Author: Erin Beaty

Published: May 9, 2017 by Imprint

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Stars: 5                  Content: 4

Synopsis:

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

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I listened to this one on Audible. I have loved every narrator so far, however this one has been my least favorite to listen to. I didn’t feel she did the different characters voices as well as some of the others have. Now I want to reread this book just because I feel like I would have read some of the expressions differently.

This story was amazing. I absolutely loved it! *Me squealing*. At first it reminded me of Disney’s Mulan. Sage is to be married off and sent to the Matchmaker for her interview. All dolled up and lines memorized to impress this woman to gain an advantageous match that she doesn’t even want. She is stubborn and like most women wants to be loved for who she is. Not for pretending to be someone she is not. The interview doesn’t go well and Sage finds herself not being matched but being an apprentice to the Matchmaker!!  She is very smart and observant. She learns fast and finds that she is really good at reading people. She learns all she can about the ladies and their families whether it be by playing a lady or by playing spy.

Every 5 years the Matchmaker takes so many eligible ladies to the capitol to be matched. The girls don’t come back. The go willingly to get a husband and align their families with the powerful nobles that are looking for wives. At first Sage has to pretend to be a lady so she can learn more about them and for her own protection. Being a lady gets into her into circles otherwise denied her and she finds she can intermingle with the nobility and the commoners. Perfect for finding out everyone’s secrets. If there is one person she can’t seem to find anything out about though, it is Captain Quinn.

Captain Quinn is the General’s son and nephew to the King. He feels it is punishment to escort the brides to the capitol until he is told something is brewing. The Royal Army wasn’t sure what exactly but something is definitely brewing and Captain Quinn is supposed to be getting as much info as he can. Every member of his ‘team’ has a part to play. The Captain needs someone on the inside with the brides to feed him any information that might be useful. They send their “mouse” in to make contact with a maid and instead he meets Sage. Sage is more useful than a maid would have been but she is also too smart, too observant, too curious. She asks questions that he can’t answer. Their country is on the brink of war and all information is top secret. Will they come to trust each other or will they ruin everything? And who exactly is playing “mouse”? I have to reread this because I was surprised! I’m a little disappointed in myself actually because it was probably very obvious but I didn’t catch on tell they full on spelled it out for me. Ha ha.

I really did love this book. Sage is strong, brave and smart. She meets her match in Ash. There were a few surprises. I didn’t really try and predict this one and I loved the twists and turns. I was really sad when it ended and was ecstatic when I learned it was a trilogy. Those of you that have to have the whole series out will want to wait. The other 2 books won’t be out for a few more years. Those of you who like to look forward to the release date of the next book in a beloved trilogy need to read this now!! Happy reading friends!