Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Daughter of the Pirate KingTitle: Daughter of the Pirate King

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Pub. Date: February 28, 2017

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

This review will be completely spoiler free.

I listened this via Audible, and if you haven’t yet read this book, then check out the audio version – it was amazing, and I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator.

With that being said, Daughter of the Pirate King follows Pirate Princess Alosa and her mission to find ancient hidden map that would take her and her father to a hidden isle. Allowing herself to be purposefully captured by her enemies, she takes her time in captivity to search the ship.

Her job would be significantly easier if it weren’t for the first mate Riden, who is clever and very attractive – and there is instantly a kind of bond between the two of them. But Alosa is clever as well, and has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no pirate – no matter how attractive or smart can stop her.

I absolutely LOVED this book. I had heard a lot of hype surrounding the first novel, and I am so happy that it lived up to the hype. I finished the first one, and immediately wanted the second one – which I ordered off Amazon as soon as I got home from work. I loved the banter and relationship between Alosa and Riden – how there was mutual respect, and a lot of snark. I thought they complimented each other very well, and the attraction was on point.

Alosa, daughter of the Pirate King, views herself as untouchable and easily as smart if not smarter than everyone around her. I loved her confidence in who she was, but at the same time she had vulnerable moments. She was far from a perfect person, she had her good qualities as well as her flaws, but that made her feel more relatable. I liked that she felt modern without feeling out of place. She knew her worth, her power, and didn’t question her abilities to get shit done. She didn’t have to rely on certain special abilities to get most men to see her worth, and that some of them * cough* Riden * cough * preferred who she was naturally.

Riden. What can I say about Riden except I love him. I often find that when there are two MC’s in a novel, I end up liking one more than the other, but with this book, I loved them both. The only other book I can think of that gave me the same feeling is Kerri Mansicalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula. In both of these series, I think that the main characters are so complimentary and just work together so nicely that there isn’t any room for me to feel discord with either or feel favoritism for one over the other. The witty, snarky, smart ass dialogue helped.

Their slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers relationship made me heart very happy. I can’t think of a single bad thing to say about this book – I loved it that much. Oh wait – there is one thing – it gave me SUCH A HUGE BOOK HANGOVER. As did Daughter of the Siren Queen (that review will be up soon).

Pirates should be more popular in YA and I would read the crap out of them! I do wish that there were more books in this series, because I could read about Alosa and Riden all day. I need more.  This is definitely a book that I would pick up to reread I loved it that much!

If you haven’t read this one yet, I definitely recommend it! What more could you want? Smart ass, clever pirates with romance and action – it’s a perfect combination!

Book Review: The Dark Calling

The Dark CallingTitle: The Dark Calling (The Arcana Chronicles, #5

Author: Kresley Cole

Pub. Date: February 13, 2018

Rating: ♥♥♥

In a world teetering on the edge . . .
When Evie receives life-changing—and possibly game-changing—news, she has trouble believing it. Why doesn’t she feel any different? Is it possible someone she trusts might be lying?

With enemies at every turn . . .
Tensions seethe inside the castle of lost time as Evie starts to doubt her own sanity. Answers can be found outside their stronghold, but will Death help her find them—or prevent her from learning the truth about her future and Jack’s possible survival?

Darkness beckons. 
A mysterious, sinister power begins to affect the Arcana in its path. Forced out into the wasteland alone, Evie must depend on unexpected allies. But as a battle with Richter looms, can her new alliance defeat the Dark Calling before hell reigns on earth

 Like with the majority of my reviews, the first part will be spoiler free, followed by a spoiler section.

The Dark Calling is the fifth book in the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. It picks up following the events of Arcana Rising. Tensions are high between Evie and Death as she fears that she can’t trust her own mind. Wanting Aric’s support, she begs for him to listen to her, to hear what she’s saying, but he doesn’t. A darkness is falling over the castle of lost time, turning Arcana against her.

Fleeing for her life, Evie leaves Death and her home, and tries to find answers outside his and the castles protected boundaries. Jack might be alive, and Evie is hell bent on finding out if he is, and if there is a way to stop the darkness that has fallen over the castle.

It’s a race against time. The influence of the darkness is ever expanding, Richter is on a war path, the Arcana game is coming to a close, where only one can triumph and there are so many questions that Evie needs answers to. Can Evie and her new group of allied Arcana defeat the Dark Calling before the games really begin?

Before The Dark Calling I was firmly on #TeamAric, but now I’m not sure. The problem I find with both Jack and Aric is – one: I love them both, two: they are both perfect for Evie in different ways. This makes it so incredibly hard to choose one or the other. Though having read this book a few weeks ago and have had time to think about it, I still think I prefer Aric, but I love a tortured heart.

I went into this book assuming it was the final, that the story would be wrapped up, and that would be The End. Turns out I should have looked on Goodreads, since, in fact, it’s not the final book – there will be one more. I didn’t know this until I was almost to the end of the book and feared that the resolution was going to be hastily tied up in the last forty pages. This knowledge, or lack thereof left me feeling very angry and confused and annoyed about how The Dark Calling was playing out. Here I was, sitting, thinking that this was the finale, and NOTHING was happening. Brand new places were being introduced half way through the novel, new characters, new plot lines, and less than half the book was left.

I was ecstatic and (to be honest) kind of pissed when I found out that there was going to be a final book. Ecstatic since I had just read a book where little to nothing happened, and pissed because for the second time, I felt like I had been deceived by this series. (When Arcana Rising came out, I thought that was the last book and binged the whole series in a week, only to find out that I would have to wait a year (ended up being two) to find out what was going to happen next). I’m definitely going to read the final book – I’m too invested not to, but this fifth book in this series fell way flat for me.

Evie and Aric are on the outs again. When she’s with Aric she does nothing but think about Jack, and when she’s with Jack she only thinks about Aric – honestly, I’m not Evie’s biggest fan. I wish she would just choose one. It’s not fair to any of them that she can’t decide which guy she likes more. She needs to grow up and make a choice. I’d choose Death. (wow that sounds dark, but if you’re reading this review, then clearly you know why I say that.)

I guess overall, this book was more of a letdown than a success for me. I’m not sure if I had known before starting it that it wasn’t the finale would have changed my opinion. It honestly just felt like a filler book, biding time until the finale. I’ve loved all the books up until this one, and if Aric doesn’t get the ending, the family, the love and commitment he deserves, then I’m going to be so pissed.

If Evie is going to end up with him in the end, she need to make the choice. Jack can’t have died, and that’s why she’s with him She needs to actively make the choice – and that goes both ways. And if she can’t choose, then have her die in the battle – The Empress has died all the other times, so….

Now for the spoiler section.










Last chance!











I really, reaaallly don’t like the fact that Evie is pregnant. I’m so against it, and it’s one of my least favorite plot devices. I get it, it happens, and I get why it happens in this book – I’m staring at you Paul (Hanged Man) – but I still don’t like it. It’s almost always an automatic turn off for me.

I know Aric was far from perfect in this novel, and while I love him, there were a few instances when I wanted to smack him for being kind of insensitive. I get how the notion of having a child is worth more than all the gold in the world to him – to have the family he never really got to have, it’s everything he’s ever wanted. Though with that being said, he really doesn’t listen to Evie when she expresses her fears and anger over this happening, because it shouldn’t have. Maybe in the future it could have, but it would have been on her own terms when she was ready. It really doesn’t help that Paul played a HUGE part in sowing the seeds…so to speak.

And then we have Jack – who somehow just never dies. I’m calling it now. He’s immortal. Boy has been through hell so many times it’s amazing he’s not insane. It is getting a little old though, that we mourn his death only to told “just kidding he’s still alive” and then it repeats. I mean, what really makes him that special? Most of the other humans have either gone crazy or have become slaves, but here you have Jack, who even on a bum leg can escape slaver mines and continue to survive? Also that happenstance meetup on the street? Seriously? How lucky do both Evie and Jack get? They just happen to be in

the same place at the exact same time, just as Evie is starving? Jack is suddenly there to rescue her? Maybe fate is playiDeath and Evieng a part, or maybe they are just reaaally lucky, or it’s just convenient, I don’t know, but it’s getting a little old. Do I want him dead, no, not really.

Paul. He’s horrible. End of story. Glad he’s dead. Not sorry to see him go.

I guess I expected more from this book, and it didn’t deliver which is a shame. I am looking forward to the next book in the Arcana Chronicles! Until then, I just stare at Charlie Bowater’s Death and Evie artwork.

Are you #TeamJack or #TeamAric?

Or do you have another ship?

Book Review: The Fates Divide

The Fates Divide .jpgTitle: The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2)

Author: Veronica Roth

Pub. Date: April 10, 2018

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ – 4.5

Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

Like with most of my reviews, the first part will be spoiler free, followed by a spoiler section.

I listened to this on Audible, and I highly recommend both Carve the Mark and The Fates Divide as audiobooks. It took me forever to get into the first one reading it in physical form, but the audiobook changed that. The narrators are enjoyable to listen to, and I think listening to these two books just adds something extra to the story. Though I will say that there is one downside I’ve found with audiobooks – I don’t know how to spell any of the character’s names!

The Fates Divide is the second and final installment in Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark duology. This book splits into four points of view, Cyra, Akos, Cisi, and Ryzek/Eijeh. It takes place directly following the first book, and the characters are in a bit of a turmoil. Akos struggling with the fact that he couldn’t save his brother, Cyra having to occupy the same space as her brother who she has come to hate, Cisi who has to reconcile with loss and the return of her brothers, and Ryzek/Eijeh who have to learn to live with each other.

Their fates rule them, constantly looming over their head, and with a war between Shotet and Thuvhe bubbling to the surface, it feels more obvious than ever that they will be fulfilled. Akos thinks his end is near, Cyra may or may not have to take the life of the man who she’d always thought to be her father, who has seemingly risen from the dead to reclaim the Shotet throne.

I really enjoyed Carve the Mark – the world, the characters, I fell in love. I will fight you for Akos, he’s mine. I loved how all the characters were flawed and so human. More than once I was caught up in everything that the characters were feeling. The Fates Divide was no difference. Once again, Roth wrote a book that sucked me in, had me feeling everything the characters felt. I could feel Cyra’s and Akos’ frustration and fear. I could feel Cisi’s need to be able to express herself, her need to help people. In Ryzek/Eijeh’s case, I could feel my burning hatred for Ryzek. (I don’t think he could ever have a redeeming arc, in my opinion). I would have been okay if his POVs hadn’t been in the book.

There was a moment in this book where, if I had been reading a physical copy I probably would’ve dropped it and screamed. Something that Roth does really well in these two books is making the characters and readers go through the same revelation at the same time. The twist that occurs in this book – I didn’t see it come at all. It was a shock, it blindsided me, but I wasn’t angry about it. It actually made complete sense, and it was oh so clever.

Overall this book was so good! If you liked Carve the Mark then you definitely want to check out the second and final installment. If you want political intrigue, manipulation, love, heartache, coming to terms with ones fate, family and the fight to survive, then you probably want to check this book, and the first one out!

Now for the spoiler section.












Last chance!









I mentioned this earlier, but that big plot twist that I’m sure had everyone gaping and that blew everyone’s minds – yeah that one.


They were switched at birth.

Again. Holy crap.

Did not see that coming.

And then we find out that Cyra’s true fate had been completed when she refused to torture Akos, and she died. And that Akos inherited her fate to cross the divide. They had both been living in fear or at least apprehension of their fates their whole lives only to have already completed them. Which then leaves one thing left that has to be done, kill Lazmet Noavek.

Okay, to be honest, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to talk about in this spoiler section. The only thing I really wanted to talk about was that major Fates plot twist and threw the whole book on its head.

I really enjoyed this book, more so than the first one. I liked that there was less world building and more character development. I liked how the story progressed and the reader could see every move that was happening, from multiple different angles. The political intrigue and manipulation on all fronts was so interesting, and I was engaged with the story the whole time.

There were moments when I wanted to shake Cyra and Akos for not trusting their feelings for each other, and I wanted to smack Ast. From the first time he was introduced I knew he wasn’t good news. He. Made. Me. So. Mad.

Okay, to be honest, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to talk about in this spoiler section. The only thing I really wanted to talk about was that major Fates plot twist and threw the whole book on its head. I’m glad Ast ended up being sent away.

OH! Another thing. Who all thought that Akos was going to die in the end when he faces off Lazmet. Because I did. I honestly thought she was going to do the same thing as Allegiant. I wouldn’t have been mad if he had died because it really felt like it w

as going to happen. I would have been mad because it would have felt like a copy of Allegiant. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so freaking happy that he lives, because I love him, but there was a moment when I didn’t think he’d get back up.

I did think that the book ended a little abruptly, and a little too happy, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this duology, and it’s definitely a new favorite!

If there’s anything I missed that you’d like my thoughts on, feel free to comment!

What I Take with Me

I’ve been toying with writing up a blog post about what items I take with me when I go places to write. Aaaannndddd I just took the photos and forgot to put my Current Read in it. *head desk* Okay, well, minus the book I’m currently in the middle of, here is everything I take with me reading.

I figured that this was a good time to post this since I’m actually going to a café to get some editing done on my SF manuscript. It’s time to try and make a dent in it. It’s been a week since I’ve really been able to dedicate the time needed – work has been kicking my ass. I come home too exhausted and tried to even think about editing. If I attempted, it would just be work that would have to be redone later, so why bother. It’s not exactly the best mindset to have, but when you’re ready for bed by 7 pm…

Anyways! Here are all the items (minus my book – I can’t believe I forgot to put it in the picture) that I take with me when I go places to write!

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These are the items that you can usually find in my bag – even when I’m not going somewhere to write. But starting from left to right (I almost just typed “write” instead of “right”) –

The blue binder has the full printed manuscript of my SF novel Destiny. I like having a hard copy, since it’s sometimes easier for me to work out kinks and issues long hand on a hard copy.

The next item is my sketch book which contains some character concepts, and space ship blue prints, and tons of empty pages for when I need them.

Resting on top of that is my journal – one of way too many that I own. Right now the only big thing in it is the full outline for my Fantasy WIP followed by a list of all the books I’ve read so far this year.

Next to that, the white agenda. I buy one every year with the expectation that I’m going to be hella organized this year, and while this year I’ve definitely been better, I’m still not using it to its full potential.

Then my wallet, because I have to have some way to purchase coffee…or multiples. Oh, and food.

Noise Cancelling Headphones are a must – though only sometimes. I actually like the background noise places like Barnes and Noble, Starbucks and other places provide. I can easily tune it out and get writing.

My favorite pen – I just bought a whole new three pack of them, so I’m good to go!

My Mac. Can you tell what I’m a fan of? There are two more decals on the inside.

And finally my phone. Feyre and Rhys keep me company all day. Sometimes I find myself just staring at Charlie Bowater’s art. It’s not weird. lol.

Not pictured are my water bottle and my book. I’m currently reading Allied by Amy Tintera, the final book in the Ruined Trilogy, and so far it’s really good.

What do you take writing? What are your must have items? Let me know!

I promise next week will have reviews – I have quite a few books that are waiting for me to gush about, to keep an eye out for the regularly scheduled programming! I’m going to go fall into bed now.

Audible History – What I’ve Listened to.

img_9179I’m not going to lie – this is a pretty spontaneous post, but after two semi-crazy and nearly unbearably hot days at work, I don’t have the brain capacity to write the book review I had intended to be today’s post.

I’ve been using Audible for about two years now, and I think at this point, I’ve listened to more books this year, than physical copies – and I’m not mad about it. I freaking love audiobooks – they allow me to read while I’m busy at work, getting ready, cleaning, etc.. you get the idea. All the things that take time from sitting down with a book, getting comfy with a mug of coffee or tea, and flipping the pages – audiobooks let me read while doing just about anything.

In the two years since I’ve started listening to them, I’ve amassed quite a bit of a library – the majority of them I’ve really loved, though there have been a few that I just couldn’t get into because of the narrator, the story. I find that the person or persons who narrates the story can make or break it for me.

I thought I’d list all the books I’ve listened to – most of these have reviews which I will link.

So here goes nothing. This might be a little more time consuming than I originally thought. Lol

****Some books won’t have reviews attached. I listened to them during a time when I wasn’t actively blogging – but feel free to comment if you want to know my thoughts!

Let’s start with 2016 –

 ♦ Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Review / Loved

 ♦ A Torch Against the Night ­– Sabaa Tahir  

Review / Loved

 ♦ Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Review / Not a fan

 ♦ Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

No Review / Loved

 ♦ Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

No Review / Loved (it killed me)

 ♦ Passenger  – Alexandra Bracken

No Review / It was okay

 ♦ Flamecaster ­ – Cinda Williams Chima

No Review / Good

 ♦ The Problem with Forever – Jennifer L. Armentrout

No Review / Loved

 ♦ Ruined – Amy Tintera

No Review / Loved

 ♦ Poison Princess – Kresley Cole

 ♦ Endless Knight – Kresley Cole

 ♦ Dead of Winter – Kresley Cole

 ♦ Arcana Rising – Kresley Cole

Review / Love this whole series so much

 ♦ Stealing Snow – Danielle Paige

No Review / Not a fan

 ♦ The Shadow Queen – C. J. Redwine

No Review / Loved

 ♦ Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch

Review / Loved

 ♦ Ice Like Fire – Sara Raasch

Review / Loved

Now, 2017 –

 ♦ Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco

No Review / Favorite

 ♦ Frost Like Night – Sara Raasch

Review / Loved

 ♦ RoseBlood – A. G. Howard

No Review / Good

Windwitch – Susan Dennard

Review / Loved

 ♦ Hunted – Meagan Spooner

No Review / Loved

Finally, 2018-

 ♦ Tower of Dawn – Sarah J Maas

Review / Loved (can’t wait for Kingdom of Ash)

 ♦ Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth

Review / Loved

 ♦ The Alchemist of Loom – Elise Kova

Review / Really enjoyed

 ♦ Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

Unfortunately I couldn’t listen to this in full, the narrator put me to sleep. It’s even more unfortunate because it’s James Marsters.

 ♦ Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco

Review / Favorite

 ♦ The Great Hunt – Wendy Higgins

Review / Loved

 ♦ Ever the Brave ­– Erin Summerill

This was another one I couldn’t finish due to the narrator – I do plan on reading the physical copy.

 ♦ To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

Review / Loved

 ♦ Avenged – Amy Tintera

Review / Loved

 ♦ The Wish Granter – C. J. Redwine

Review / Loved

 ♦ The Fates Divide – Veronica Roth

Review To Come / Loved

 ♦ The Dark Calling – Kresley Cole

Review To Come  / I need the final book

 ♦ Daughter of the Pirate King ­– Tricia Levenseller

Review To Come  / Loved

 ♦ Everless – Sara Holland

Review To Come / Need book 2

 ♦ Heart of the Empire – Carrie Summers

Review To Come  / Loved

 ♦ Daughter of the Siren Queen – Tricia Levenseller

Review To Come  / Loved

 ♦ Rise of the Storm – Carrie Summers

I’m currently in the middle of listening to this one.

Okay, so I didn’t quite realize how many books I’ve actually listened to. The bad thing is, I own most of these books, if not all of them, in physical form as well. Some of the books have reviews coming, so keep an eye out.

But I think that concludes this very impromptu post about what I’ve listened to on Audible. Feel free to leave recommendations for future reads! Do you have a narrator you really like? Do you prefer fantasy over some other genre, or something else? Are there any authors that are automatic buys?

Writing Update – It’s been awhile.

By awhile, I mean since February. I’d like to say that I’ve finished all the writing and have moved onto the next step, but that isn’t the case.

I’m still working on editing my SF manuscript – I have to delete around 40-50K worth of words, which has been a little bit of a nightmare. Not too horrible, but still hard. I’ve been working with McKenna and Connor (my MCs) for a long time, about eight years.

Destiny follows McKenna and Conner and their journey from Earth to a new planet:

“But how do you survive on a ship with nothing but darkness around you?”

 A Black Hole, a dying planet and an intergalactic ship.

Alone, smart and too stubborn, McKenna is faced with an ultimatum – board the intergalactic ship Destiny or remain on the dying Earth.

With only one real option she boards Destiny.

Restless, loyal and also too stubborn, Connor boards Destiny with the anticipation of going on a grand adventure.

The two of them pair up to overcome their pasts and those who want to control the future of the human race.

Yes, there have been times when I’ve just wanted to blow them all out into space and let them tumble through its vastness for eternity. This story has changed so much over the years, and when I started writing it, I didn’t set very many guidelines for myself. I just wanted to write this story that was in my head. Fast forward many years later, and those lack of guidelines are kicking me in the ass. I now have a manuscript that is over 140K long – too long, and now I have to narrow it down.

I’ve talked about my writing, and how I come up with names, and other bits of information, but I’ve always been hesitant to share the story, but today that changes. Here’s a brief look at the first two pages of Chapter One in its preliminary editing chaos.

It’s not pretty, and it’s not complete. Track changes is a wonderful tool that is allowing me to go through and “delete/mark” everything I think needs extra attention or is useless to the story. Sharing this – even though it’s only the first two pages – it’s terrifying for so many reasons. First, it’s not polished, it’s so rough. Second, only a handful of people have ever read the story in full, and third, just sharing McKenna, even though it’s a little glimpse, feels so personal. I’m taking a giant leap sharing this on my blog – just looking at this before I even schedule it to go up tomorrow has my heart rate skyrocketing.


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I hope you like this little snippet of this monster of a manuscript, and hopefully one day it will grace shelves everywhere. I can dream right?

Next Writing Update, I’ll talk more about the Fantasy WIP I’m working on.

Book Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and StarlightTitle: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Pub. Date: May 1, 2018

Rating: ♥♥♥ -3.5

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.

New in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Frost and Starlight is a glimpse into the lives of Feyre and Rhys as they begin to recover from the war that changed their world.

Feyre, Rhysand, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated — scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Like with most of my reviews there will be a spoiler free section followed by a spoiler section. This also won’t be a long review since the book was relatively short.

I knew going in that this was only a novella, a story epilogue to bridge the gap between ACOWAR and the new spin off series set in this world. Even knowing that, I was left kind of disappointed? I went into the book so excited to visit this world and these characters that I love and came out the other side deflated.

I was happy to see Rhys and Feyre again, along with the rest of the Inner Circle. Though I would have been happier if the book had just been from their points of view rather than basically everyone getting a chapter. (Not gonna lie, I would totally take the whole series from Rhys’ point of view).

I don’t know, there’s not much I can talk about without spoiling the very few things that actually happened in this novella.

So, onto the spoiler section.







Last chance!









I feel like I didn’t need to see how much shopping they all did. I don’t care about the act of shopping, just tell me they went shopping, and show me what they got.

Also, Rhys and Feyre not being together for the majority of the book – really. REALLY. Ugh. And the “taking her in the air because we haven’t had a moment alone” scene – oooookaaayyyy.

I guess I’m just frustrated. Sure, my expectations were probably too high, but I was hoping for the wedding we never got to see, I was hoping for Rhys and Feyre to actually be together – suspend my belief that this is actually how they would act after a war, and just give me the warm cuddly and sexiness that is the two of them together.

I was happy that Feyre got back into painting and art in general again and got to draw Rhys. Also, thank you SJM for the wall scene – (I want to say I’ve been waiting for it, but that feels weird to type) – and I’m glad they were all together for the solstice.

I think Lucien should just go away. I don’t hate him, but I find that I can’t forgive him. And I definitely don’t want or like him mated with Elaine (I want her with Az.) I can’t forgive how Lucien stood by and let Tamlin treat her the way he did – I just can’t. I can acknowledge that he really didn’t have a choice (but let’s be real, he did, and he chose wrong, imo) but he didn’t do anything to help her, didn’t speak up for her, and I don’t care if the only companionship he can find is with a bunch of humans. No pity from me. (also the fact that he’s so quick to anger just makes me not want him with Elaine even more).

Now, Nesta. I know she’s going to be the focus of the next book in this spin off series, and I know she’s dealing with a lot, but I don’t think that gives her the right to treat everyone as shitty as she is. I think you choose the victim mentality, and I think on some level that’s what she’s doing, and she blames her sister for her misfortune, when really it was Hybren’s fault and not Feyre. Nesta has always been distance if not nasty towards her youngest sister, and it makes me not want to root for her.

I hate how she’s treating Cassian. You can’t be willing to die with someone and then just blatantly ignore them after the fact.

Ugh. Now I’m just ranting. I’m going to end this review/rant here. While this was my least favorite book in this series, I am looking forward to what Sarah has in store for us next!


Book Review: The Wish Granter

The Wish GranterTitle: The Wish Granter (Ravenspire, #2)

Author: C J Redwine

Pub. Date: February 14, 2017

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ – 4.5

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul. 

Like with the majority of my reviews, the first part will be spoiler free, followed by a spoiler section.


I’m not going to lie, I went into this book not expecting to love it as much as I loved Shadow Queen. I’m so happy I was wrong. I actually think I ended up loving this book more than the first one. Granted it’s been quite a while since I read the first book, but this book was so good! I listened to it through Audible, and the narrator did not disappoint!

This book follows Ari and her quest to free her brother from the Wish Granters grasp, only she’s bit off more than she can chew, and before she is successful, she suffers many setbacks. Partnering with the palace’s new weapons master, they conceive a plan that will hopefully end with the Wish Granter defeated.

This book has everything – slow burn romance, action, adventure, sass, wit, love and loyalty, and a whole heaping of evil.

I loved Ari and Thad’s relationship even if he often ended up treating Ari like she couldn’t stand on her own two feet. I get why he acted that way, he was trying to protect her and keep her under Teague’s radar. Ari was determined, and not afraid to get her hands dirty. She felt like she didn’t fit into the royalty crowd and often proved that she didn’t. Teague – despite his villainous ways, was a great character. He had me boiling with annoyance and rage, and I loved it. Sometimes you can’t help but like the bad guys. (I also think knowing the story of Rumpelstiltskin helps humanize him a bit). I loved Sebastian. I loved and hated that he was the vulnerable one – loved that it was almost a kind of role reversal and hated because how dare he hurt so much. * sobs * I loved how Ari just inserts herself into his life, letting him know that she was there, but still gave him the space he needed, and treated him as an equal. I loved how it slowly dawned on him that Ari had become more than just “Princess Ari” to him.

Overall, I just really loved this book, and the slow burn romance and the crafty evil way Teague conducted his business.

I thought I was going to have a spoiler section for this review, but I don’t think I am. I loved this book so much and could talk about it for hours, but I think that delving too much into what exactly happen would take away the magic that is this book. It’s a wild ride with some dark elements, and not so happy moments, but it’s also a book about loyalty and love and standing up for those who are closest to you. It’s about figuring out who you are and how far you are willing to go to protect the people you love. Ari proves herself to be all of those things.

Okay, I lied a little bit. There’s one thing I want to talk about, so here come the spoilers.









Last chance!








I think knowing the story of Rumpelstiltskin kind of impacted the story, because I knew basically how it would end, Teague wouldn’t win, and it would all end up happy. I think that’s why I couldn’t give this book a full rating.

But also, the ending. I didn’t really like the whole Ari dying only to be resurrected part. It felt a little convenient, an easy way to motivate Sebastian into killing innocent people, which is kind of what Teague wanted him to do. It felt a little too much like a plot device, instead of actually necessary to the story. With that being said, it still shocked me and left me full of sadness and rage.

I think the end of the book played out too cleanly and quickly compared to the rest of the novel. True, Ari had been working towards the name breakthrough the whole novel, but once she figured it out, it all just progressed very rapidly, until Rumpelstiltskin was drifting into the night sky, and the kingdoms safe, and Sebastian getting his house on a hill (and the girl). For how hard Teague made their lives throughout the whole novel, he seems to begrudgingly acquiesce pretty quickly – granted he had no choice but to follow Ari’s commands per the contract, but it still felt rushed.I was kind of hoping that Ari might use the contract to limit him or force him to be a better person (fae) but she had him kill himself.  Maybe I sympathize with Teague too much, or he’s too humanized after hearing his backstory, but I didn’t really want him dead. I feel like he and Ari could have made a good team, or something. (But now I understand why ABC on Once Upon a Time gave Rumpel and Belle the Beauty and the Beast storyline, because in a way, it kind of was one in the novel.

Other than the ending being a little rushed, I loved this novel, the story, and the characters, and I have high hopes for the third book in the series The Traitor Prince!

Book Review: The Wendy

The WendyTitle: The Wendy

Author(s): Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown

Pub. Date: January 16, 2018

Rating: ♥♥♥♥


“Girls can’t be in the navy! Girls take care of babies! You’re so stupid, you don’t know anything!”

London. 1783. Wendy Darling is an orphan, living in an overcrowded almshouse, ridiculed for believing in a future she can never have. More than anything in the world, she wants to be the captain of a ship. But that’s impossible.
 Isn’t it?

By 1789, she’s sixteen, old enough to be sold into service–as a dressmaker or a servant. When she learns that the Home Office is accepting a handful of women into its ranks, she jumps at the chance, joining the fight against the most formidable threat England has ever faced. Magic.

But the secret service isn’t exactly what she had hoped. Accompanied by a reimagined cast of the original Peter Pan, Wendy soon discovers that her dreams are as far away as ever, that choosing sides isn’t as simple as she thought, and that the only man who isn’t blinded by her gender … might be her nation’s greatest enemy.

This will be a spoiler free review!

I want to say that the reason I bought this book was based on my love for Peter Pan – and in part it was. My main reason for buying this book was for the cover, because omfg it’s so gorgeous. I decided that it didn’t matter if I loved the book or hated it, I wanted it on my shelf for the cover alone. Good thing I really ended up loving it.

This book also came at a really good time. I was in a horrible reading slump, pretty much obsessing about VIOLET EVERGARDEN on Netflix, and nothing was capturing my attention. Enter The Wendy – this book was a perfect combination of the world from VE and what I was looking for in a book, and voila, reading slump over.

Now, a downside. I didn’t realize that when I bought this book it HAD JUST COME OUT and now I have to wait for the next one. WWWWHHHYYYYYYYYY! I can’t wait for book 2!

The story starts with a young Wendy living in an almshouse in London in 1783. She’s young, but she already knows that she doesn’t want to be a girl who is stuck in a job she doesn’t want. She’s adventurous, witty, and smart, and she wants to use her talents for other things rather than sewing and cleaning. Fast forward to London 1789, she’s older and serving the Home Office. England is under attack by a formidable threat – magic.

I will say that I was a little wary going into this book, because I’ve read some Peter Pan reimagining’s and retellings before that have fallen really flat. The Wendy didn’t though. It was fresh and felt true to the original. I really loved Wendy, and how she was fiercely independent and able to stand on her own. I liked that she fought for what she wanted and rarely took no for an answer.

Now for the relationships between Wendy and Captain James Hook, and Peter Pan. Between Wendy and Hook, there is nothing but a constant battle of wills to see who can outsmart and out-manipulate who first. This makes for an engaging read and left me dying for more interaction. Hook is definitely the more traditional of the two and is often pushing Wendy’s buttons to get a rise from her. The relationship between Peter and Wendy is different. Peter doesn’t judge her because she’s a girl, in fact he kind of empowers her.

The writing in this book was perfect – not too fast and not too slow – it kept me engaged and turning the next page. Everything was so easily to visualize even though the authors didn’t spend exorbitant amounts of time on painstaking details. It felt familiar but fresh, pulling on the story Barrie wrote all while pulling it into the present. If you are looking for an exciting, adventurous Peter Pan retelling, you definitely want to check this book out!

May Book Haul!


I managed to collect a few books last month, some of them through #booksfortrade / #arcsfortrade on Twitter, though unfortunately, I’ve only read two of them. There are two books not pictured, the BAM exclusive copy of A Court of Frost and Starlight and the Owlcrate exclusive cover of Sky in the Deep. I’m excited to read all of these….eventually. My TBR pile is ever growing.

Last month I managed to get my hands on –

  1. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

 I’m super excited to read this – I’ve been hearing nothing but amazing things! 

  1. Catching Stars by Cayla Keen

 This book came in the May Owlcrate, and it hadn’t really been on my radar, but I’m willing to give it a shot!

  1. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
  2. Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray

 These books have been on my radar since I first heard of the first one – but like always, there are a million books that were waiting to be read that I already owned, so I waited to buy them.

  1. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

 This has been on my radar since it first came out, but I was always iffy on buying it. But I’m glad to have a copy now! 

  1. Mischief & Magnolia by Kristi Cook

 I freaking loved Magnolia and when I found out that there was a second book, I freaked out and instantly bought it. It’s really short, and I think it’s more of a novella, but I’m still excited!

  1. New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson

 This is another book that’s been on my radar for a while, and I even have an ebook copy that I haven’t read yet – don’t judge – so I’m glad I was able to trade for it!

  1. Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

I’m not super into Contemporary Romances, but this sounded like something I could read while at the beach and enjoy.

  1. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller 


10. Allied by Amy Tintera 

Currently reading this, about 100 pages in and already I’m so excited to see how this series ends

11. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

 I’ve actually already read this book and own the Australian and US copy of this book, so getting to trade for the ARC completes my collection! I cannot wait for Undying next year!

12, A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

 More Rhys and Feyre, please and thank you. I’ll have a review for this book going up soon!

And that concludes my May Book Haul!