An Heir Comes to Rise Series Books 3 & 4

If you thought An Heir Comes to Rise and A Queen Comes to Power were good, then buckle up.

C.C. Peñaranda knocks it out of the park with these next two. A Throne From the Ashes is probably my favorite book (so far) in this series, and it had me feeling the same way Heir of Fire did the first time I ever read it. But I’ll get more into that in the actual review. Because the way I fell in love with that book…phew.

As for A Clash of Three Courts – I have a lot of feelings. So many. Most are really good as I ultimately loved the book. But there were moments where I wanted to pummel Nik into the ground, because omfg so much could have been avoided if he’d just fucking communicate. But more on that later.

All you need to know is that with each book this series gets better and better and if you haven’t picked up book 1 yet, what the fuck are you waiting for? Seriously, go do it. I promise you won’t regret it.

You can check out the first post of this series here


Book Review: A Throne From the Ashes (An Heir Comes to Rise #3)

Title: A Throne From the Ashes

Author: C.C. Peñaranda

Pub. Date: February 22, 2022

Pages: 669

Pub: Lumarias Presss

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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As darkness descends, two destinies will merge. But as embers fly, one may rise from the ashes.

A KINGDOM…
Far from the land she knows, Faythe is beckoned toward the secrets of her heritage. Through trials of her name and a challenge to her claim, does she have what it takes to rule? Faythe bears a future that haunts; Reylan harbors a past that lingers. At his side, what ignited in her heart is kindling, but letting her guard fall could break them…or make them stronger.

A QUEST…
Now faced with a far deadlier evil than the king, a higher calling seems determined to turn the hourglass on Faythe’s quest to save Ungardia. But she soon learns time isn’t the only thing working against her. Darkness is rising, history is stirring, and the hunters are about to become the hunted.

A DESTINY…
For fate cannot be outrun. Faythe’s powers are manifesting beyond her control, and if she can’t save herself, no one can. Defying destiny is not without consequence, yet Faythe may be willing to pay the highest price of all to forge a path to true freedom–for her kingdom, and for the ones she loves.


This will be another spoiler free review. Like the first two books in this series, I listened to the audiobook via Audible and absolutely loved it. Definitely recommend.

This is Faythe and Reylan’s book and I loved it so much. So much happens in this book, and it’s kind of insane to wrap my mind around it. But if you want a really good slow burn, building romance, this is it. Who care about anything else that happened in this book, when Faythe and Reylan grow to know each other more, learn about each other, are just there for each other, pining with all this sexual tension…

Like, who cares about end of the world, or quests or literally anything else, when their eyes meet and sparks fly and neither of them really want to admit that they like each other and it’s just like crack and addicting and just inject it right into my veins because I’m obsessed.

Faythe has dealt with so much the last two books – every kind of trial and test she could go through, she did and her journey isn’t anywhere near done…hell, it’s barely even started.

She’s separated from her friends, faced with her past that could become her future. She’s trying to do the best she can, and live up to expectations without crumbling underneath them. Reylan’s there to help, but she’s struggling and being practically alone in a new kingdom, she holds her struggles close to her chest, putting on a brave face and making sure people can’t exploit any weaknesses.

Even though she’s far away from her friends, Faythe finds a few new ones to add to her collection and I loved how they pretty much immediately accepted her and she grew comfortable around them. And I really like how it didn’t feel like, oh she’s the chosen one and therefore needs a support group just because. They accepted her because she’s a good person, and cares for Reylan, who they care about. They see the goodness in her, and are willing to accept her because of it. And Faythe slowly learns to rely on them as well.

Reylan has his own traumas, his own demons and struggles. His past is long and rather dark, and omfg the way it made me love him even more. That kind of sounds terrible, but I’m such a sucker for tragic backstories, and his is fraught.

But seeing him slowly open up, come to rely on Faythe as much as she does him – it’s wonderful. He’s such a strong character, keeping close those he cares about and keeping everyone else at arm’s length, letting reputation precede him.

There are some new characters introduced, and y’all…I’m lowkey obsessed. I really enjoyed these characters, and I like how there seems to be some inner conflict and this idea of nature versus nurture for these characters. For two books we hear about the evil coming, the darkness spreading and we finally come face to face with the faces behind the impending doom.

If you like moral conflict, loyalty, tough choices and more sexual tension – I think you’re going to enjoy these new additions.


Literally 10/10 for this book, I loved it so much, and I really need to dive into book 5 to find out what happens next. And if you’ve already read book 4, you know why I say that.


Book Review: A Clash of Three Courts (An Heir Comes to Rise #4)

Title: A Clash of Three Courts

Author: C.C. Peñaranda

Pub. Date: September 6, 2022

Pages: 568

Pub: Lumarias Press

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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In the bestselling An Heir Comes to Rise series comes the gripping fourth instalment from C.C. Peñaranda. A trial of the heart, a test of reign, follow Nik and Tauria as their story continues where it left off in A Throne from the Ashes.

In a war of hearts, fates will be sealed. But in a battle of thrones, no bond may be truly unbreakable.

A COURT…
To reclaim her throne, Tauria leaves behind her safety to travel across courts. A marriage alliance with the prickly Prince of Olmstone could grant her the power to fight for her kingdom . . . or inspire a monarch’s deadly vengeance that threatens all she holds dear.

A BOND…
No amount of distance can make Nik forget his desires, but caught in a torturous conflict of heart against duty, he’s at risk of losing both. Now is the time to choose. Claim the bond and accept the prophesy that kept him from her all this time . . . or set his aching heart—and hers—free once and for all.

A DARKNESS…
But peace is never promised when the shadow of war looms, and Tauria’s harrowing discoveries foretell a damning fate of evil to all those who bear a crown. To love may be to condemn, but to deny would be a far deadlier
curse at the hands of the sinister forces intent on taking them down.


This will be another spoiler free review. I did this book on audio via Audible as well, and just like the first three, I definitely recommend.

So, if you’ve done the Throne of Glass Series, then you can kind of understand the pain this book caused me. This is the equivalent of Tower of Dawn. Now, I fucking loved that book, and this one was fantastic as well. But with the way A Throne From the Ashes ended, you get the pain, because it’s the same type of heart wrench, soul shredding ending Empire of Storms unleashed upon readers.

That being said, I really liked this book, I liked seeing what was happening back with Nik, Tauria, Jakon and Marlowe. We saw Faythe’s journey, and now it was time to see what the other half were doing.

But for as much as I loved this book and seeing what everyone else was doing, I spent so much fucking time utterly annoyed at Nik. And I’ll give props to C.C. Peñaranda for writing such a fantastic book that it was me near raging, but omfg that boy needed to be smacked upside the head and taken by the shoulder and shook until some sense was knocked into him.

Like, okay, I get why he sucked at communicating, but he literally had me not rooting for him.

Tauria on the other hand is a badass, willing to do whatever it takes even when she feels like her heart is breaking.

But back to little dumb ass Nik. I’ve loved him since the beginning, but OH BOY he had me so annoyed. I was literally shipping Prince Tarly with Tauria over Nik. Granted I’m a sucker for emotionally broken princes in need of a hug, so Tarly was a pretty big weakness for me, but Nik literally pushed me right into his arms! Nik’s actions and inactions had me so annoyed – but I think that’s a good indicator of C.C. Peñaranda’s writing ability. Because as much as he annoyed me, I felt for him. Truly.

I felt for Tarly and his life in his kingdom. He hasn’t had it easy and he honestly tries his best. But he’s had to be so guarded his whole life, he struggles to find a way to open up. His relationship with Tauria was actually one of my favorite parts of this book, their slow building of trust and acceptance. He was deeply flawed and she was dealing with her own stuff, but they had such a promise for a really strong foundation.

Plot wise – so much happens in this book. It takes place at the same time as everything going on in book 3 (a little before the events and a bit afterwards) but it was interesting watching how things lined up, and how they impacted the world around them. I really loved that even though the main friend group is separated right now, they’re still working towards finding helpful insights and information.

And the ending…and everything leading up to the ending…phew. I really can’t wait to dive into book 5 – I’m tempted to go grab the ebook and start, but I’m kind of obsessed with the audio, and then there’s going to be a wait for the next two books, so am I really in a rush? I’m dying to find out what happens next, but if I inhale it the way I did the first four, then I’m stuck waiting and I don’t know if I can deal.


If you’re looking for a new high fantasy romance read, you absolutely need to check out this series.

An Heir Comes to Rise Series Books 1 & 2

When I first started this series like two years ago, my goal was to review them all separately, but then I stopped blogging.

Recently I inhaled books 1-4 back to back, and at this point, they’re just one giant book and I can’t tell you what explicitly happened in each one individually. So this review post is going to be spoiler free, but also it’s going to be a sort of joint review for books 1 & 2. With one exception. I do have a standalone review for An Heir Comes to Rise, book 1 since I read it before it came out, having been lucky enough to receive an eARC. So, we’ll start there.

There will be a second post with book 3 & 4. I wanted to do one big post for 1-4 but I just realized just how big that post might be, so I’m going to cut it in half.

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Book Review: Seven Faceless Saints (Seven Faceless Saints #1)

Title: Seven Faceless Saints

Author: M.K. Lobb

Pub. Date: February 7, 2023

Pages: 400

Pub: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: LGBT YA Fantasy Mystery

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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In the city of Ombrazia, saints and their disciples rule with terrifying and unjust power, playing favorites while the unfavored struggle to survive.

After her father’s murder at the hands of the Ombrazian military, Rossana Lacertosa is willing to do whatever it takes to dismantle the corrupt system—tapping into her powers as a disciple of Patience, joining the rebellion, and facing the boy who broke her heart. As the youngest captain in the history of Palazzo security, Damian Venturi is expected to be ruthless and strong, and to serve the saints with unquestioning devotion. But three years spent fighting in a never-ending war have left him with deeper scars than he wants to admit… and a fear of confronting the girl he left behind.

Now a murderer stalks Ombrazia’s citizens. As the body count climbs, the Palazzo is all too happy to look the other way—that is, until a disciple becomes the newest victim. With every lead turning into a dead end, Damian and Roz must team up to find the killer, even if it means digging up buried emotions. As they dive into the underbelly of Ombrazia, the pair will discover something more sinister—and far less holy. With darkness closing in and time running out, will they be able to save the city from an evil so powerful that it threatens to destroy everything in its path?

Discover what’s lurking in the shadows in this dark fantasy debut with a murder-mystery twist, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kerri Maniscalco.
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Book Review: Caribbean Competitors (Simona Island #2)

Title: Caribbean Competitors

Author: Poppy Minnix

Pub. Date: November 22, 2022

Pages: 272

Pub: City Owl Press

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Xiamara Nivar and Apollo Fischer had the perfect childhood friendship, leading her to believe they’d transition to soulmate-status seamlessly.

She couldn’t have been more wrong.

When it came to a more-than-friends relationship, they were super cringe. No wonder Xia didn’t believe him when he promised to come back for her the night before he left for college. But still, she waited.

After seven years of foolishly hoping he’d keep his word, Xia has put all that behind her. She’s got a career, a cast of colorful comrades, and a competitive streak bigger than the Caribbean Ocean. Winning this year’s Moss Monster Meet will be a cinch—until Apollo returns to the small island of Simona.

Not only is she a stumbling, stuttering, shipwreck of a human whenever he’s present, but the unthinkable has happened. Apollo plans to compete in the race, threatening the three-year winning streak that will earn her the coveted title of Moss Boss.

When they are thrust together, Xia can’t maintain her composure—and Apollo knows it. He isn’t above using it against her, either.

With the finish line in sight, Xia has one burning question: is it the race Apollo wants to win, or her heart?
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Book Review: A Tournament of Crowns (A Trial of Sorcerers #3)

Title: A Tournament of Crowns

Author: Elise Kova

Pub. Date: February 24, 2023

Pages: 428

Pub: Silver Wing Press

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Royal Tournament. Thrilling Magic. Deadly Mysteries. Slow-Burn Romance.

Last night, Eira killed a man.

However justified her actions were, many now regard her as a cold-blooded murderer and a heretic who extinguished their hope. But there’s no time to explain herself. She barely has a chance to wash the blood off her hands before the Tournament of Five Kingdoms begins.

Sequestered with the other champions for the duration of the tournament, Eira must now navigate the games, her competition, the enemies who hunt her head, and — somehow worse than all the rest — being stuck in close quarters with the man who broke her heart.

All is fair in love and magical tournaments, and Eira is ready for the fight of her life.

Get ready for twists you never saw coming in A Tournament of Crowns. This series is perfect for readers who enjoy young adult, epic fantasy full of elemental magic, slow-burn romance, found family, and battles for the futures of kingdoms set in a world you’ll never want to leave.

Don’t miss a single book in the A Trial of Sorcerers series. Readers should start with A Trial of Sorcerers, and then A Hunt of Shadows, before reading A Tournament of Crowns.

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Book Review: A Light in the Flame (Flesh and Fire #2)

Title: A Light in the Flame

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: November 15, 2022

Pages: 608

Pub: Blue Box Press

Genre: NA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book two in her Flesh and Fire series…

The only one who can save Sera now is the one she spent her life planning to kill.


The truth about Sera’s plan is out, shattering the fragile trust forged between her and Nyktos. Surrounded by those distrustful of her, all Sera has is her duty. She will do anything to end Kolis, the false King of Gods, and his tyrannical rule of Iliseeum, thus stopping the threat he poses to the mortal realm.

Nyktos has a plan, though, and as they work together, the last thing they need is the undeniable, scorching passion that continues to ignite between them. Sera cannot afford to fall for the tortured Primal, not when a life no longer bound to a destiny she never wanted is more attainable than ever. But memories of their shared pleasure and unrivaled desire are a siren’s call impossible to resist.

And as Sera begins to realize that she wants to be more than a Consort in name only, the danger surrounding them intensifies. The attacks on the Shadowlands are increasing, and when Kolis summons them to Court, a whole new risk becomes apparent. The Primal power of Life is growing inside her, pushing her closer to the end of her Culling. And without Nyktos’s love—an emotion he’s incapable of feeling—she won’t survive her Ascension. That is if she even makes it to her Ascension and Kolis doesn’t get to her first. Because time is running out. For both her and the realms.

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Book Review: The Devil You Know (Hotel Heat #1)

Title: The Devil You Know

Author: Nicole Northwood

Pub. Date: August 3, 2022

Pages: 263

Pub: Midnight Tide Publishing

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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In the Underworld, nothing ever changes.

When the demon of Lust, Cam, decides he needs an overhaul in his ‘life after death’, he leaves the Second Circle of Hell to run an indulgent hotel and club in the heart of New York City. As his lover, Lucifer, bides his time to create a bargain to have Cam return, Cam is permitted to explore the human world, but not without being led into temptation. A group of demon hunters disguised as police set out to send Cam back into the fires of Hell by getting him lost in desire for one of their own, but things very quickly take an unexpected turn—Cam’s fallen in love with the Hedonism Hotel’s night manager, Giselle, and he won’t leave Earth so easily.

Within the liminal space of hotels and their surroundings, paranormal beings and the humans who love them travel together on intimate journeys of self discovery while learning to trust one another with the things that make them unique. Each of the seven stories in the Hotel Heat series takes the reader through a steamy, sensual, and sometimes risqué, romance with new main characters while featuring fan-favorite major and minor characters who have appeared in earlier novels, and will continue to appear in upcoming books.

Content warnings can be found on Nicole Northwood’s website.


This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I’ve read a couple of Nicole’s other books and have enjoyed them – so my interest was piqued with this one.

I mean, demons, hell, spice…

I’m always down for a spicy romance, and this was pleasantly spicy and the characters were fun, and the plot was pretty strong. I really enjoyed Cam and he kind of gave me Lucifer (from the show) vibes.

I loved the way the book started – him in hell, him in bed with Lucifer, him wishing for something more…it painted a really clear picture of who is was and who he desperately wanted to be.

Once Earth side, Cam is a whole lot of fun, and disarmingly sexy – it’s honestly so attractive.

I don’t know what it is about creatures/demons from hell that is so damn enticing – but I’m sold every time. And with Cam being the Demon of Lust – I mean…the spice doesn’t disappoint.

And then there’s Giselle. This book gives a sprinkling of Boss/Employee spice – and I feel like it’s a trope I shouldn’t love, but something about that power dynamic…

I was a little surprised by the twist her character has, I really wasn’t expecting it. I loved it for the drama, because she definitely brings out the drama in Cam.

The two of them together are spicy, they’re sweet and it’s so wonderful the different sides they bring out in each other.

As for the plot apart from the spice between Cam and Giselle – I wasn’t ready. I’m like 95% certain I never actually read the synopsis for this. I’m pretty sure I just saw Nicole tweeting about it along the lines of – demons, Lucifer, demon of Lust, spice and romance (maybe not in that order, or those specific words) and I was sold. Tell me know more, I will read the book. So, I really had no idea what the plot was going to be, and there were a few things that caught me by surprise.

Also, for how much I love sexy, confident Cam, mopey Cam is just as enjoyable and made me just want to hug him.

If you’re looking for something a fun, with a bit of mystery twist and some spicy demonic romance – maybe consider checking this out. If you enjoy the show Lucifer – then you’re going to enjoy this.

Book Review: The Whispering Dark

Title: The Whispering Dark

Author: Kelly Andrew

Pub. Date: October 18, 2022

Pages: 368

Pub: Scholastic Press

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Raven Boys meets Ninth House in the most exciting debut of 2022 — a dark, atmospheric fantasy about a Deaf college student with a peculiar connection to the afterlife.

Delaney Meyers-Petrov is tired of being seen as fragile just because she’s Deaf. So when she’s accepted into a prestigious program at Godbole University that trains students to slip between parallel worlds, she’s excited for the chance to prove herself. But her semester gets off to a rocky start as she faces professors who won’t accommodate her disability, and a pretentious upperclassman fascinated by Delaney’s unusual talents.

Colton Price died when he was nine years old. Quite impossibly, he woke several weeks later at the feet of a green-eyed little girl. Now, twelve years later, Delaney Meyers-Petrov has stumbled back into his orbit, but Colton’s been ordered to keep far away from the new girl… and the voices she hears calling to her from the shadows.

Delaney wants to keep her distance from Colton — she seems to be the only person on campus who finds him more arrogant than charming — yet after a Godbole student turns up dead, she and Colton are forced to form a tenuous alliance, plummeting down a rabbit-hole of deeply buried university secrets. But Delaney and Colton discover the cost of opening the doors between worlds when they find themselves up against something old and nameless, an enemy they need to destroy before it tears them — and their forbidden partnership — apart.
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Book Review: Defend the Dawn (Defy the Night #2)

Title: Defend the Dawn

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Pub. Date: September 13, 2022

Pages: 496

Pub: Bloomsbury Children’s

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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To save their kingdom, they must embark on a dangerous journey…

The kingdom of Kandala narrowly avoided catastrophe, but the embers of revolution still simmer. While King Harristan seeks a new way to lead, Tessa and Prince Corrick attempt to foster unity between rebels and royals.

But the consuls who control the Moonflower will not back down, and Corrick realizes he must find a new source for the lifesaving Elixir.

When an emissary from the neighboring kingdom of Ostriary arrives with an intriguing offer, Tessa and Corrick set out on an uncertain journey as they attempt to mend their own fractured relationship.

This could be their only chance to keep the peace and bring relief to the people of Kandala, but danger strikes during the journey to Ostriary, and no one is who they seemed to be. . .
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