Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am very excited to come at you with a review of the fourth installment to The Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, Nothing But Shadows. I have been enjoying myself reading this series, and as added motivation to continue with this series, I am not allowing myself to read Lord of Shadows until I complete this series. But I almost want to say this ended up being my favorite of the series thus far, and I am really glad that I enjoyed it. Since this is the fourth book in the series, this might spoil the other books, and it will definitely spoil City of Heavenly Fire, so if you haven’t read any of those books, I suggest you leave, read it, then come back, and we can discuss it together! So goodbye, Nonspoiler people!

Now let’s just go ahead and jump into the review!

Synopsis:

“Simon learns about James Herondale’s time at Shadowhunter Academy. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

It’s hard to be a Shadowhunter when you’ve got demonic powers. Simon learns about the school-time struggles of half-warlock James Herondale in this prelude to The Last Hours.”

My Thoughts:

Okay, so I started off hating this novella, and that is 500% of the narrator because I was audiobooking it. I don’t know whose insane idea it was to pick that dude for a narrator, but he was absolutely bloody awful. He was annoying, and his accent ended up in places where it shouldn’t. He did not read the lines as the character would, and I stopped listening after about twenty or thirty pages because I just could not stand to listen to him anymore. So I ended up reading the rest of the book using my physical copy.

I also started off with hating every single character except for James and his family (excluding Matthew). I cannot believe that Will wanted James to be friends with that complete asshole named Alastair Carstairs. He must not know what he is really like because I hated him with a burning passion. He is the reason that James was so miserable at that God-forsaken school. I just hated that bastard, and I kind of wish he had been killed off in this novella.

I just want to say that I actually did really hated Matthew before we came to know everything about him. Turns out he is not a pompous asshole, but actually a really great guy! I did think it was kind of weird at the end, what ended up happening, meaning what Matthew asked James, but I guess it works. I just am really glad that Matthew redeemed himself.

I absolutely loved James. He is my heart and soul. Like, he is the literal definition of a cinnamon roll. I just wanted to protect him from all those asshole Shadowhunters at that stupid school. He did not deserve to be treated the way he was just because he was different. I just hated seeing him so miserable, and I did tear up several times when he was just treated so badly. I just really felt for him, and I connected with him as well because he is awkward when it comes to talking to people, and he loves to read! It’s like we are the same person. But I am glad that everything ended up working out in the end.

And let me just say that I knew how everything would end. I knew he would be the school’s scapegoat, but it was a blessing in disguise because he could finally leave the school. Just seeing the way Shadowhunters treated something/someone that’s different just really pissed me off. It just made me start to build a pretty strong disdain for Shadowhunters. And I honestly never thought that would happen.

I still am not sure what the plot was supposed to be in this novella. But I am glad it finally taught Simon to trust his friends and those that truly care about him, and if you read Lady Midnight, you know about the thing that Simon asks someone, and I am so excited to see that scene, hopefully very soon. I also am just hoping this means Simon is finally going to stop being a dumbass and actually trying to build a relationship with Isabelle because I am a huge Sizzy shipper, and I need them to be a thing again. It has to happen.

But overall, I did really enjoy this novella, despite the audiobook narrator being really freaking terrible. I loved the writing, the little insight we got into James and his family and just how things are finally starting to look up for this series. I am just really excited to start getting more and more into this series, and I will read the next installment to this series hopefully soon!

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. What is your favorite installment to the Shadowhunter Chronicles (this includes TMI, TID, and TDA)? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Fates and Furies by Raye Wagner | BLOG TOUR

Hey, guys! I am super excited to be a part of the launch for the final book in Raye Wagner’s fantastic Sphinx series! Fates and Furies will definitely mess with your feels, rock your world, and take you on a roller coaster ride you will not want to leave. My review will be up soon, but it is just so exciting to be working with Raye again, and I am super excited to be a part of the launch of her very first blog tour! So let’s get into it.

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Title: Fates and Furies
Author: Raye Wagner
Release Date: June 29, 2017
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:

The Olympian gods cause nothing but chaos…

Hope escaped the Underworld with her life, but her memories are as blank as the Book of the Fates she brought back. Still determined to break the curse, she and Xan take an offering to the Olympian temple to solicit the goddess Artemis for aid. But the petition has disastrous results, and now the gods are hunting her.

Athan sacrificed everything for Hope, but she’s leaving him behind to travel with Xan to Mount Olympus. But the closer they get, the more Athan’s mortality becomes a liability. Forced to seek refuge in mists and darkness, Athan tangles with deities that weave the very threads of fate. But these goddesses also wield the immortal blades that lay ruin to destinies.

With everyone she loves damaged or destroyed by the blood of Olympus, Hope must face the power of the past to change the fate of the future…

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About Raye Wagner:

Raye Wagner grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington. As the second of eight children, she was surrounded by chaos, and escaped the mayhem by reading.
Raye studied the art of medicine long before she had an interest in the Gods on Mount Olympus.
One sunny afternoon, the history of Apollo’s ancient curse and the myth of the Sphinx dropped into Raye’s consciousness. She started scribbling notes down after her sister convinced her the story was worth writing.
She writes young adult fiction for teens and adults.

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And there you have it! That was my post for the Fates and Furies Blog Tour! What is your favorite book/series involving Greek mythology? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!
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Souls Discovered by Miranda Brock | PROMO LAUNCH

Hey, guys! I am very excited to be a part of the promo launch for this book since the price has been reduced, making it much more affordable. The original Print Price for this novel is $16.99, so you are saving around $16. I am really looking forward to reading this book as I will be taking advantage of this reduced price. It looks like a super interesting book, and Miranda is such a lovely person, so I am really excited to get my hands on it! But let’s go ahead and get into the details of this book!

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Title:  Souls Discovered

Author: Miranda Brock

Genre: Teen & Young Adult

Price: Now only $.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited

What Reviewers are saying:

“A tangled web in the battle of good versus evil, fated responsibility and feelings from the heart as one girl must rise to the occasion and go beyond the call of duty.”

 “Exciting and magnetic, drawing the reader into the action and emotions of the characters.”

“The interesting characters and fast-paced action had me captivated to the end.”

“You will love the characters, you will love the story, you will scream and cry and try to slam on the brakes as you ride the roller coaster of this plot.”

Synopsis:

Spin away with young Autumn as she finds a seemingly innocuous gold necklace on her family’s farm and inadvertently uncovers her destiny as “The Keeper.” Autumn’s discovery of the necklace activates “The Window” and alerts both good and evil forces to her whereabouts. Autumn is pulled from everything she knows and tossed into a life of unknowns. Enigmatic enemies called Dehmons hunt her at every turn and if captured the very world she lives in will fall into destruction. With the help of seven Searchers Autumn must learn to use the power she has been given before it is too late.

Will she choose to follow the dangerous destiny thrust upon her?

Will she be able to withstand the temptation of a relationship that could jeapordize everything?

Most importantly, will Autumn be able to find the strength within herself to fight the dead-eyed evil Dehmon souls?

About Miranda Brock:

From an early age Miranda Brock has always loved fantasy and adventure everything. Since she doesn’t live in a world of enchanting powers, mythical beasts, and things unbelievable she has decided to write about them. (Although, if you happen to see a dragon flying around, do tell her.)

Born in southern Illinois, where she still resides with her husband and two children, she grew up running through the woods, playing in creeks, and riding horses. What started out as writing poetry grew into short stories and eventually led to her first novel, Souls Discovered.

Miranda lives in the country where she finds inspiration in the simplicity and beauty around her. With the help of a ridiculous amount of coffee and some good music she writes whenever she gets a chance.

See those links below? You should click on them for more info on the book and on Miranda:

Amazon: bit.ly/SoulsDiscovered

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1416251748438878/

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheKeepersWaySeries/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14708215.Miranda_Brock

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Miranda_Brock1

 

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And there you have it! That was all you need to know to buy this book for a reduced price. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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COVER REVEAL for FROM THE FALLS by Heather Renee

Hey, guys! I am so excited to be a part of the Cover Reveal for the second book in the Falls trilogy that is titled From the Falls! This is the second book in a YA fantasy series that I am super excited to read because it sounds really interesting to me and you all know that my favorite genre is fantasy. But this cover is absolutely gorgeous. Its one of the most beautiful covers I have seen like ever, and that just makes me want to buy a physical copy of this when it releases on August 4 of this year. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the Cover Reveal of this gorgeous book!

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Title: From The Falls

Series: The Falls Trilogy, Book Two

Author: Heather Renee

Release Date: August 4th, 2017

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Amazon US Preorder Link: http://amzn.to/2rivByA

Amazon UK Preorder Link: http://amzn.to/2sPAtgs

Amazon AUS Preorder Link: http://amzn.to/2rNXoue

Goodreads Link: http://bit.ly/2r4osme

Synopsis:

Arvata is thriving and Kali is finally getting a handle on being an Elder. She’s been learning her Arelia abilities, while enjoying being a newlywed. The only thing missing from Arvata is their town healer, who left a year ago and didn’t tell anyone why.

Lorelle finally returns and explains to the Elders what the Fates had assigned to her, but she now needs their help with the mission. Half-Guardians, that shouldn’t even exist in their world, are out there and need to be protected, but time is running out.

Dark magic lurks within these hybrids and nobody knows how they came to be. They possess powers unlike full Guardians and it’s up to Kali and her friends to figure out how to protect the half-Guardians and prevent more from being created.

Trust will need to be earned, unseen powers will emerge and loved one’s lives are threatened. Will the risk be worth it in the end?

About Heather Renee:

Heather Renee lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest in Oregon. She writes YA Fantasy that has a mixture of suspense, humor and a little romance.

When Heather’s not writing, she is spending time with her beautiful daughter and amazing husband. Two cats and a dog who loves the snow, complete their household. On weekends, if she doesn’t have a book in her face, you can find Heather going on different adventures with her family. Her favorite being hiking Multnomah Falls.

She loves to hear from her fans, so visit her webpage and the Contact Me link for ways to connect. http://www.HeatherReneeAuthor.com

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And there you have it! That was the cover reveal for the second book in the Falls trilogy, From the Falls by Heather Renee. What is your opinion on the cover? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to come at you with a review of Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. But before I even start to talk about this, can we just sit back and admire this cover. Its absolutely gorgeous! This is the first book in a fantasy series that I had heard some pretty decent things about, especially on bookstagram, and you know me. I am in love with fantasy, so I picked this one up. This book is actually a 2017 release; it came out on March 28, 2017, but let’s just go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.”

My Thoughts:

I would love to say that I absolutely loved this novel. But ultimately, this book fell kind of flat to me. Now it has a lot of potential. I think it started out pretty strong, and it was an interesting concept. I was really intrigued by the world and the magic system. That’s what originally intrigued by this novel, and it was why I wanted to read it. However, while the concept was super interesting, the execution of it wasn’t the best in the novel.

Let me explain. The magic system was pretty much mixing Catholicism with a little bit of magic. There was a government that was controlling the magic use and who was allowed to use it or even have it. Similar to your first communion, your confirmation evaluates how in tune you are with magic and how much you even have. I loved this concept because not only was it displaying the flaws in government control, and it was a different take on magic, different from anything I had read before. And while I did love the magic system, I had a problem with it being more like background noise. It just isn’t even part of the main focus. Next to all the drama that unfolds in this novel, it just wasn’t a big deal or even something that was explained a lot or touched upon, really. That was just really disappointing to me.

But I would say the main reason I just had such a problem with this was that nothing actually happened over the course of this novel. This is over four hundred pages with a plot that didn’t really go anywhere. It felt like a lot of filler. Pretty much the entire thing was nothing but filler. It felt like there was a lot of build up with no end result. Like we were waiting for this fantastic ending that just never came. The ending was very disappointing to me.

I also had a problem with the characters. I think that our main character Anna does go through some character development, but I had a huge problem with her character. The thing with this society is women are viewed as inferior, just something to look at it or to do tricks, and people who don’t have magic (like Anna) are treated like heretics in that society. Anna spends almost the entire book trying to do what is proper in society’s eyes. She tries to find a husband and tries to fit into society while ignoring those who want to fight back against this government and against this tyranny. Those who want a better world, and it just seemed like she didn’t care. This book just didn’t challenge that portrayal of women hardly at all, and as a feminist, that was something I had a big problem with.

I also just was not a fan of the romance. I didn’t get Anna’s appeal to Gabor. Like was it just that he’s a gypsy? Like I just don’t understand. His character, like many of the characters in this story, was just very one dimensional, and I did not feel any chemistry between them. I just never understood why she was so drawn to him and because of that, I just could not get behind the romance in this story.

One thing I did enjoy was the writing, however. I loved the simplistic style that Rosalyn had, and it did make it a little bit easier to get through the book. While it didn’t have the vivid descriptions and imagery I was expecting, I did enjoy how it made the book easier to read.

Overall, this book was just not for me. I didn’t like the plot or the characters. But I did enjoy her writing style. I’m not saying you all would not enjoy this. I think this book was just not my cup of tea. If you think this synopsis sounds interesting, then go for it, but I personally just did not enjoy this novel.

3-stars

But there you have it! That was my review of Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. What is your favorite book you have read thus far in 2017? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today! Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review by Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and feels on this book were my own.

The Whitechapel Fiend by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! So I finally read another novella in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series! This is like a real accomplishment for me. I haven’t read another novella in probably six months…But this means I am one step closer to finally being able to read Lord of Shadows! Fingers crossed I can finish all of these very soon. I have around seven more to go. But this novella is definitely my favorite of the novellas that I’ve read so far, and that is definitely because of the characters we see in it, but no spoilers. Just know I really enjoyed it, and I am really excited to read the next installment to this novella series! Now this review will contain spoilers, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, then I suggest you leave, read it, and then come back and we can discuss it together! So goodbye, Nonspoiler People!

All right. Now let’s get into the review!

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, don’t read any part of this review.***

Synopsis:

“Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale, his former parabatai, and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters.”

Plot:

This started out pretty slow, but then it actually got really interesting. I didn’t really care about the tree exercise in the beginning of the novella, but I loved seeing Jace. He is still sassy and sarcastic, and I love him so much. But what really made me excited was seeing Tessa again. And she told this really interesting story about Jack the Ripper. As we all know, he was a serial killer who was decently active in the late eighteen hundreds in London, England. He targeted prostitutes, cut them up, you know. The works. But Tessa told us about how that is the mundane version of history while the true story involves the Shadow World.

As it turns out, no one could identify the “man” who was killing the working girls because the “man” was actually a Demon who could change its appearance. So they tried going undercover for a bit with Tessa and Cecily being glamoured as prostitutes, but that didn’t really work. So they went home after another night of finding nothing and they find Bridget, who was watching all of the children, unconscious. They soon piece together that the Demon they had been hunting followed them home and hid the children.

Because the Demon is very child-like and loves to play games, the ghost of Jessamine Lovelace (who resides in the house), convinces it to come play with her dollhouse in her room. So they go in there and she gets it to admit the children are in the walls, which means the chimneys. So they retrieve all of the children and Jessamine tricks the Demon into playing a different game: hide and go seek. The Demon is to seek first so when it closes its eyes, Will kills it with his seraph blade. And thus ends the true story of Jack the Ripper and why he did go dormant for so many years and never killed again. Why he never was caught. They ended the string of killings.

After dinner and everything, Simon and George head down to their room where Jace is waiting. He desires to speak with Simon alone, so George goes in the room and shuts the door. Simon had earlier told Jace to talk to Tessa about his family, so he did, and he learned some things he didn’t know before about his family. Simon tells him that he owes him, so he goes in his room and writes a letter to Isabelle, giving it to Jace to deliver to Isabelle. So he gives it to Jace and that is essentially the end of this novella.

My Thoughts:

I thought this started out as being pretty slow and boring, but quickly became super interesting. I really enjoyed the story line with Jack the Ripper actually being a demon, and it was so amazing that we got to see almost all of the characters from The Infernal Devices be in this novella. I have missed them all so much, and I just loved seeing them again. And Will and Tessa were my everything. They were so freaking cute, and I loved seeing Will with the kids, and just…my emotions were all over the place. I mean, we got to see Jem and Cecily and Gabriel and Bridget and Jessamine, and it just warms my heart.

And Jace! I loved seeing my favorite sassy Herondale in the story! He is still as sexy and cocky as ever, and still so in love with Clary. And he still gives Simon crap and picks on him, and it just reminded me how much I miss his character. And it made me really happy to see Simon actually does care about Isabelle, and he is trying to make himself worthy of her. I just would give anything to see her reaction to reading that letter…

But I thought the whole story line was super compelling and interesting and I loved it so much. I loved the writing and the way this novella was told. It ended up really capturing my attention, and I think this was a solid installment to this novella series. Really looking forward to reading the next one!

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of the third book in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series! What is your favorite Cassandra Clare book? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Son of War by Raye Wagner | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to come at you with a review of the companion novella to the Sphinx series, which just released on April 27, and that is Son of War by Raye Wagner. Raye did send me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review, but as always, all thoughts, opinions, and feels are my own. But this is very short, so I flew through this, and I enjoyed it even more than I expected to. This had been on my radar for a while since I am such a big fan of the Sphinx series, and I am so happy I got the chance to read this. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Demigods were meant to be the heroes of Olympus. . .

Xan was trained by his father Ares to be ruthless and lethal. As a kynigόs, he spends his time hunting monsters that prey on naïve mortals and foolish demigods. When the arrogant sons of Apollo tag along on a routine assignment, an easy kill turns deadly.

Forced to recuperate at a conservatory, Xan is surrounded by the abuse and selfishness of the resident demigods. All he wants is to escape.

Xan may be the son of the god of war, but his fighting skills are no match for the destiny the Fates have woven for him.”

My Thoughts:

While this was fairly short (only 75 pages), I ended up really enjoying this. I never even thought about it, but there were a few missing stories, if you will, from the Sphinx series in regards to my favorite character in the series, Xan. We never really knew why he was the way he was prior to meeting Hope. We never really received insight into his background before Hope entered his life, and while this novella does not answer every single question I have about him, it does shed light on a lot of things that I have been wondering about ever since we met Xan in Demigods and Monsters.

One thing I really enjoyed about this novella was the insight into the characters we see in the Sphinx series, particularly in Demigods and Monsters. If you remember, Obelia was a character whom I despised in that book. God, I could have choked her. But seeing her as young and still completely enamored with Athan, she actually was a character I didn’t hate. She was young, naive, and still learning the ropes of being a demigod. We really get to see her before the stain of how Athan played her really taints who she is, and I ended up really enjoying that insight into her character.

Nothing has changed with the sons of Apollo. I still fucking hate them. They are still assholes. They are still idiots. And what they did to try to sabotage Xan’s standing as a hunter, that just pissed me off. But I really can’t complain because that indirectly resulted in Hope and Xan crossing paths with Hope, and as many of you know, I am a hardcore Xan shipper. So like I still hate them for what they did and just them in general, but their actions resulted in one of my all time favorite OTPs. So I can’t complain.

I just need to talk about Dahlia. I loved her in the Sphinx series, and I love her in this companion novella. She cared about Xan so much, but she also really cared about the conservatory and the demigods that really needed good training, and that really came across well in the story. She was also sassy, and just really three dimensions and dynamic, and I ended up really enjoying her character.

The backstory with Xan really helped me to understand how he got to where he is, I think. We got to see what Athan was talking about as well as the other demigods who knew that his whole purpose was to hunt monsters, and he ended up falling in love with one. They never believed it, couldn’t believe it, and that just really shows how knowing Hope has changed him for the better. She has changed his perspective on monsters, and this just really helped solidify that because we actually saw what he was like pre-Hope. He just had no interest in helping other demigods. His entire reason for existing was hunting and killing monsters, and because of certain circumstances, we saw him grow as a character by the end of the novel, which was really satisfying to see.

Overall, this was a rocking fantastic novella, and I really enjoyed it. I loved all of the insight into Xan and the other characters we got, and I am so glad we got to learn more things about him and his past. It was just a lot of fun to see what he was like before he met Hope. I loved the story line, the characters, and the writing. I just really, thoroughly enjoyed this!

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Son of War by Raye Wagner. What’s your favorite mythology? (Greek, Roman, etc.) Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Splintered Souls by Raye Wagner | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am very excited to be coming at you with a review of Splintered Souls by Raye Wagner. This is a novel that was sent to me for review by the author, so thank you so much, Raye, for sending this my way. I really enjoyed this, much more than I was expecting to. This is a standalone novel set in the same universe as the Runes series by Ednah Walters, but you do not have to read that series to read this book (as evidenced by the fact that I haven’t read that series, but read this book), though I have heard pretty fantastic things about it. But let’s just go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Aricela Topaz trusts no one.
At seventeen, she learned that promises are nothing more than lies, honored only by the weak or naïve. And Aricela is no longer either.
After Narcos destroyed her innocence, they took her life, but Aricela escaped her childhood village with a new purpose. As Valkyrie, she is charged to take the souls of fallen warriors and athletes to Valhalla to await the final battle. But souls need to trust her before they’ll follow, and Aricela has no trust to give.
When collecting failures, instead of souls, draws the attention of the Norns, they give Aricela an ultimatum. If she can’t collect, she’ll be stripped of her powers and sent to Hel.
But when she meets Chase Adymn and Kai Cipriano in the small town of Kayville, everything changes. Forced to face the myths of her past, Aricela will also have to decide the fate of her future.”

My Thoughts:

Wow, I really enjoyed this story. I think I read this in like an hour. It was really short, but I absolutely loved it. Because it was so short, I do think that some things moved a bit too quickly, in my opinion, but that did not hinder my enjoyment of the book at all. I also just wanted more. I wanted more of the story, more of the world, and more of Raye Wagner’s beautiful writing. I can’t tell you even one character that I had a problem with. I actually really loved all of the characters. I loved the world, the setting, the story, just everything about this book.

I have to say that I immediately fell in love with Aricela’s character. She was a strong female protagonist with a pretty dark and disturbing past. She had her guard her up because she was burned so much from trusting people in the past. Understandably, that made her just not want to be around people in general. But these people were actually very kind people who just did not let up, so she ended up trusting them, loving them, and kind of being part of their family, and I absolutely loved that.

Chase was a pretty complicated character for me. I struggled in the beginning to decide if I liked him because of the way he ended up treating Ari. However, when it was revealed what he has gone through, it totally became understandable why he was acting like that. And of course we know he was really drawn to Ari, not only because of the thing in the book that is revealed (I am so not giving that plot twist up) but also because of them both having pretty painful pasts, and I really loved learning more about his character. I also just really loved him and Ari, but I am getting more into that later.

Nysse was literally my everything. I loved her character so much. I loved her friendship with Ari and the things we learn about her. She is just a genuinely good person, a good friend, and I loved how she was totally shipping Chase and Ari. Like she was totally on board with that. I also just loved how sweet and compassionate she was, and I just really enjoyed her character. I also really enjoyed Kai’s character, especially how flirty he was with Ari, and she just always shot him down, which was hilarious. He was just a really kind hearted and enjoyable character. I liked him a lot.

Larissa could be considered a bit of a side character, but I still really enjoyed her character. She kind of seems like a best friend and possibly a surrogate mother to Ari, which I loved. I really loved how much she really cared about Ari and that she always had her back. She always believed in her, and I just really loved their relationship and their friendship. If Ari had no one else, she definitely had Larissa, and I absolutely loved that.

I just need to briefly talk about the relationship between Chase and Aricela. While it may seem like instalove, it is totally excusable for a reason that I can’t talk about because spoilers, but I also don’t care because I shipped them like nothing else. I don’t think I have ever shipped something as fast as I shipped these two. Whenever they interacted, it just made me grin and I fangirled and squealed, and I just love them to pieces. They care about each other so much, and I just ended up falling in love with them and their relationship.

I need to briefly discuss the plot as well. While I definitely feel like this was more of a character-driven book than a plot-driven book, I really thought the plot was interesting, and when I found out what was going to happen, I was really upset. The plot and the characters both actually reminded me why I love Norse Mythology so much. But everything worked out in the end (mostly), and I ended up really enjoying it.

Overall, I loved the characters, the plot, the love story, and the world. The writing was fantastic, as always, and I am so excited to read more things by Raye Wagner. (Son of War comes out on April 27, and I am so freaking excited to read it!) I thought this book was a nice introduction for me into the Runes Universe, and I am really anticipating reading more books set in this world.

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Splintered Souls by Raye Wagner. What is your favorite fantasy novel/series incorporating mythology? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am very excited to discuss with you the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring. This is a book I have been meaning to read for what seems like forever, and I really enjoyed it. I still think that I enjoyed The Hobbit more than I did The Fellowship, and I did audiobook the both of them (both were absolutely fabulous. If you want to read the books, I highly recommend you audiobook them!) But let’s just go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.”

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this audiobook. While I would say I enjoyed The Hobbit audiobook more, this was still pretty fantastic. I loved all of the sound effects, the various voice actors, and the music played throughout the audiobook. I felt the voice actors fit the characters very well, and protrayed them very well. I loved learning about the story line for the ring and the journey these characters go on. I don’t think there was really one character that I marked as a favorite because I enjoyed all of them, and I am glad I decided to pick this audiobook up.

I loved the writing, the acting, and just everything about this book. I loved the popular line that had no context to me prior to reading this, which I have seen everywhere. I am sure you know what it is. “Not all those who wander are lost.” I just love it so much, and this book has just really given me the urge to purchase Lord of the Rings merchandise…

But overall, I really enjoyed this. I loved the characters, the world, the story line, and the stunning writing. I definitely am going to continue on with the series, and I am so glad I decided to pick this one up. Looking forward to the next book!

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien. What is your favorite high fantasy series? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to be coming at you with a review of My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. These three ladies wrote one of the most hilarious books I have ever read. They pretty much revised and rewrote a piece of England’s history and added magic and shapeshifting into it. And it worked. I was sold from the dedication page, guys.  But before I get more into my thoughts, let’s just jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?”

My Thoughts:

Wow, this book was really good! I didn’t know what to expect going into this because I hadn’t really heard any buzz about it. No one on Booktube or the Blogging community were talking about it. But I ended up really enjoying this. This book was hilarious, well written, and had a really fantastic story line. The pacing was a bit slow at times, but it didn’t really bother me all that much.

Let’s talk about the way this story was told. We follow three unique perspectives (Jane, Edward, and Gifford), and one thing I definitely liked about this was we could always tell whose head we were in. They did not sound the same, which is something I really appreciate in a multiperspective book. I also loved how we got interactions with the narrators throughout the novel, and sometimes those were just my favorite parts because they were absolutely hysterical.

I loved every single one of our main protagonists. I thought they were all developed really well, and they really stood out to me as characters. I loved how much Jane loved her books, and how she was pretty much me, if I were to ever live in the 16th Century. She brought books to parties, refused to socialize, and would always make more room anywhere for books. Those scenes where G didn’t know what to make of her adoration of books were the greatest!

But I also really enjoyed G’s character. He’s a closet poet, which is very scandalous in this time period, and I loved how he was just constantly thinking of poetry, especially in relation to Jane. It just made me so happy and giddy. He cared about her so much, and she inspired so much poetry. I just loved how much he grew to love Jane, despite them being in an arranged marriage. I loved how he didn’t turn out to be a snake like his father, but ended up being the man that he didn’t even know he could be. And he did this for Jane. Also, he hated his father, but that’s besides the point.

I was hardcore shipping them ever since they met, essentially. It was so frustrating for them to obviously have feelings for each other, but Jane thinks he is a womanizer who hates her, and he thinks that she absolutely despises him, when in reality, they both really like each other. Eventually, they grow fond of each other and we watch as they grow real romantic feelings for each other, especially from G who was so worried about Jane all the time. He didn’t want her to get hurt, and it just brought tears to my eyes at times. The love story in this novel was done so well, and I love it so much.

Speaking of other characters, I really shipped Edward and Gracie as well, and I am assuming the love story we will be following next is the one between those two. That’s what the Lady Janies (the narrators call themselves this) were hinting at. It was so empowering to see such a strong, female character who defied all the rules about the way a woman should dress and act during this time. She wore trousers (oh, what a scandal!), and I think this is one of the many reasons he ended up falling for her. Also, she is Scottish, and that is a total bonus!

I need to talk about Lord Dudley and Mary. Mary was someone I immediately distrusted. I got a really weird vibe from her from the very beginning. Especially since she was anti-Eðian, and loved to watch them burn. She was a complete masochistic psychopath. And of course she ended up being paired up with the King’s most trusted adviser, Lord Dudley. I should have know not to trust him. He does have that horrid name from Harry Potter.

But the magic system was something that I really loved about this book. I loved how it wasn’t just black and white, with Eðians being good and the Verities being evil. Some of the Eðians are not the best people on the planet. And some view being an Eðian akin to being cursed. I also found it ironic that pretty much everyone can trace their heritage back to the Eðians, yet they complete forsake that part of themselves. I just loved the shape shifting aspect and how you never know what animal to expect them to be. Its always different than what you envision.

The plot was so interesting. It was so nerve wracking to watch Edward dying. I eventually started catching onto little things that pointed to him being affected by something other than The Affliction, which was a disease that was killing off the people. I thought the plot was super intricate, and I really did not think they would pull it off, honestly. It was very engaging, very action-packed, and very suspenseful. It kept me guessing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters and the plot were very complex, which I enjoyed it, and I loved learning more and more about Eðians and the magic system. I loved reading about the love story and seeing G and Jane fall in love; it was so beautiful. I loved how action-packed and suspenseful the story was, and I was in love with the humorous writing. Looking forward to the next addition to the series!

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows. What is your favorite aspect about Fantasy books? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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