Book Review: The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3)

Title: The Crown of Gilded Bones

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: April 20, 2021

Pages: 625

Pub: Blue Box Press

Genre: NA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


She’s been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…
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Book Review: Fallen Academy: Year Two (Fallen Academy #2)

Title: Fallen Academy: Year Two

Author: Leia Stone

Pub. Date: September 30, 2018

Pages: 288

Pub: Independently Published

Genre: YA Fantasy Paranormal

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


Family is everything to Brielle, so when she learns about an opportunity to free her mother from Demon City, she takes it. No matter how dangerous, Brielle will do anything to unite her family in Angel City. All is going according to plan, until her brother’s awakening ceremony. What he is… it shocks everyone, and he’s sent away until he can get his powers under control.

Then Brielle loses someone precious to her and goes to great lengths to get them back, lengths Lincoln doesn’t agree with. He thinks Brielle is too much of a risk taker, too wild, and all he can do is try his best to protect her. But with untold powers rising inside of her, Brielle might go to a place that no one can bring her back from. Not even Lincoln.

Brielle needs to learn to fight the darkness that threatens to take her over, because little by little, she’s losing her light.
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Book Review: Kiss of Snow (Royal Hearts #2)

Title: Kiss of Snow

Author: Elizabeth Briggs

Pub. Date: August 12, 2020

Pages: 260

Pub: Independently Published

Genre: NA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️.5


She would do anything for her kingdom. He would do anything to protect her.

After the King of Talador’s mysterious death, Princess Lily must prepare to take the throne, even if she doesn’t feel ready yet. As her coronation draws near, an attack on her life sends her fleeing the castle with her devoted Captain of the Guard, Keane, the one man she trusts above all others.
When she arrives at her other palace, she is courted by seven handsome suitors, all hand-selected to potentially be her future King. With her kingdom in danger and her forbidden magic growing stronger, the last thing Lily wants to do is select a husband—especially when she’d rather be with the man who’s been by her side for years.

Now that Lily is going to be queen, Captain Keane understands she needs to marry a nobleman, even if the thought makes him want to run his blade through every one of her suitors. As long as he hides his true feelings for Lily, he can continue to protect her—even if no one can protect his heart. But when the attacks on Lily grow more dangerous and a threat from the past emerges, they must embrace her magic and their forbidden love if they’re going to save her throne.
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Book Review: Fallen Academy: Year One (Fallen Academy #1)

Title: Fallen Academy: Year One

Author: Leia Stone

Pub. Date: August 17, 2018

Pages: 350

Pub: Self Published

Genre: YA Fantasy Paranormal

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


Brielle Atwater isn’t sure of much, but she knows a few things:

1. Having black wings is not normal.
2. Selling her soul to the demons was a mistake.
3. Lincoln Grey is the biggest *** she’s ever met … but not falling in love with him might prove impossible.

When angels fell from the sky to war with the demons that ravaged Earth, their combined powers infected humanity. Now, the humans are assigned one of two fates, being either demon gifted or angel blessed.

After wings sprout from Brielle’s back at her awakening ceremony, she’s sure she’s an angel blessed celestial. It’s not until she sees black wings that she realizes something is terribly wrong.

Having sold her contract at a young age to save her father’s life means she should be bound for Tainted Academy. That is, until a fallen angel unexpectedly fights for her to be accepted into Fallen Academy, the elite school for those that inhabit Angel City.

She’s immediately matched with her impossibly handsome celestial teacher, Lincoln Grey. Laying eyes on him, her first thought is that her time at the academy might actually be fun, but this theory quickly fades when she and Lincoln clash on day one. To further prove her admission into Fallen Academy is cursed, the entire school is thrown into chaos when an Abrus demon reveals that he knows Brielle’s secret. Now, above all else, Lincoln must fight to protect her.

To his surprise, the only thing more difficult than trying to save her … is trying not to fall for her.

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Single Shelf Tour #4

I haven’t done one of these in a while, and I have a lot of shelves to get through.
So, I’d better get on it.

There isn’t really a rhyme or reason to this shelf, and honestly the books change on it all of the time. But right now, it’s home to quite a few authors who I love and love their books. Once upon a time, it was my SF shelf, but now it’s just some big favorites and multiple copies.

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Book Review: The Other Side of the Sky (The Other Side of the Sky #1)

Title: The Other Side of the Sky

Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Pub. Date: September 8, 2020

Pages: 480

Pub: HarperTeen

Genre: YA SFF

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Prince North’s home is in the sky, in a gleaming city held aloft by intricate engines powered by technology. Nimh is the living goddess of her people on the surface, responsible for providing answers, direction—hope.

Linked by a terrifying prophecy and caught between duty and fate, they must choose between saving their people or succumbing to the bond that is forbidden between them.

Magnetic and gorgeously thematic, New York Times bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have crafted a gripping tale of magic and logic, fate and choice, and an impossible decision between an empty future and a deadly love. Perfect for fans of Claudia Gray and Laini Taylor.
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3 Books that Hit My Radar #18

I love it when social media gives me targeted ads for books.

My wallet hates it.

My heart loves it.

After last month though – I’m definitely trying to be conscious about how many books I buy, but I’m definitely putting these three in my cart.

*whispers* well technically I already own 2 out of the three listed, but you get my drift.

Nights of Iron and Ink showed up on my Insta page, and the cover made me click on it. Then I read the synopsis and it’s right up my alley. I knew I wanted to read it.

Lucifer’s Bride…I mean, are we really surprised that I’m recommending this? It’s actually been on my radar for a while, but with my recent reads, I’m on a King of the Underworld kick and I need all the content.

Paid in Full just sounded enjoyable and like something I’d like. The cover grabbed my attention on Facebook, and I saw “vampires” and I clicked buy. I’m very easy to please and convince.

Let me know if you’ve read or heard of any of these books! And let’s jump in! Continue reading “3 Books that Hit My Radar #18”

Book Review: Bone Crier’s Dawn (Bone Grace #2)

Title: Bone Crier’s Dawn

Author: Katheryn Purdie

Pub. Date: March 30, 2021

Pages: 448

Pub: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


Love is a matter of life and death.

Bone Criers have been ferrying the dead into the afterlife for centuries, a dangerous duty only possible with the powers they gain from sacrificing their amourés the men destined to love them and die. But Bone Criers Ailesse and Sabine—along with Ailesse’s love, Bastien—are working to chart their own course and rewrite the rules of the afterlife. If they don’t break the soul between Ailesse and her amouré, she could die—just as Bastien’s father did.

Sabine struggles to maintain her authority as matrone of her famille—the role always destined for her sister—even as she fights to control the violent jackal power within her.

Bastien is faced with a new dilemma as the spirits of the Underworld threaten the souls of his friends—and his father.

Ailesse attempts to resist her mother’s siren song as she’s drawn into her own version of the Underworld. How will she save her friends once she’s cut off from their world?

This pulse-pounding follow-up to Bone Crier’s Moon is a story of love, sisterhood, and determination as three friends find the courage and power to shatter the boundary between the living and the dead.
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Curse of The Gods Series Review

As you all know, I was on a spicy, steamy, smut kick.

I’m still blaming A Court of Silver Flames.

I’m still kind of on it, but I’ve moved back into YA for a moment – there are a few books I’ve been meaning to read, and I do need a little bit of a break.

This series has been on my radar for a while now – the first book sat in my “Saved For Later” Amazon cart for months. After having read the Seraphim Academy series by Elizabeth Briggs and learning that I’m not so opposed to Reverse Harem stories as I thought I was – I opted to give the first book a try.

Then suddenly I was 5 books and a novella in and didn’t know what to do with my life. I’ll be honest – I inhaled these so quickly (like, 1-2 a day) that I don’t remember much. I don’t remember exact events that happened within each book. They all just kind of melded together. Continue reading “Curse of The Gods Series Review”

5 2021 YA Fantasy Books I’m Excited For!

Okay, so this post could easily be like a million books long, because let’s face it – the sheer number of fantasy books coming out this year is staggering.

And they all sound amazing.

I know I’ve done some “Most Anticipated” lists and all of these books are on them, but you know what, I’m going to hype them some more. Because why not? I’m excited for them and I want to continuously scream about them.

Also, the wait for these books are too long and I’m going stir crazy waiting for them, and doing these kinds of posts is kind of like a balm to my soul.

A temporary pain relief.

But…then the dire need is back, and I’m left dying inside waiting, but it’s fine.

I’m fine.

I’ll just pray to the book gods for advanced copies, or for the calendar to magically speed up for a moment so I can read it right now. Whichever is more plausible really.

These are all books I’m 100% dying to read. Continue reading “5 2021 YA Fantasy Books I’m Excited For!”