Lunar Rainbows Reviews

Micheline is a lifelong book junkie who loves writing almost as much as she loves reading. She's a self-professed geek who LOVES to gush and fangirl about books, tv shows, movies and fandoms in general. She's been a book reviewer for over 5 years now, sharing her love of books with the world. In 2012, she launched Lunar Rainbows Reviews and she couldn't imagine her life without it. When she's not reading or blogging, Micheline is likely rewatching her favorite tv shows with her boyfriend, snuggled up with a cat or two, or wasting time on Pinterest.

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda Jones Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet is my fourth encounter with the always awesome Charley Davidson, and just like every other time before, her escapades and snark manages to entertain me to no end. These books are sort of my guilty-pleasure series, except that I don't really feel guilty about them if that makes sense? I'm much too busy having fun, laughing my ass off and enjoying the *ahem* steamier moments ;)

The thing I love the most about this series is that it's such an eclectic mixture of genres. Sure, it's an adult urban fantasy, but it also other stuff expertly blended into the mix there. These books are part mystery, part detective fiction, part supernatural and part romance all blended into one exciting adventure. In Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, we get all of those aspects, and then some. It's like the author took your everyday mystery and weaved the less 'standard' plot points into it. For example: Charley could go to question a suspect in a stalker case and then she'd casually drops in for a visit with a ghost she's friends with. Said ghost might just live next to a biker gang headquarters, which are also friends of Charley's. After that, there might be a chat with her best friend and assistant regarding her next lead, or just some snarky back and forth about caffeine binges and/or attractive men. And then, Charley might just run into her crush - who just happens to be the son of Lucifer himself. See? It's so perfectly random and insane but yet, all of those elements just fit together. Somehow, it all works incredibly well!

Things kick off with poor Charley dealing with the traumatic events that took place at the end of Third Grave Dead Ahead. Or rather, not dealing. Charley has a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder which was beautifully and heartbreakingly portrayed by author Darynda Jones. Miss Jones clearly did her research on PTSD because there were no quick fixes or easy answers for Charley. She struggled with ordinary activities like leaving her house, going to work, and taking care of herself. And to be honest, as sad as it all was, after what transpired in the previous book, I was glad to see that Charley dealt as any human being would have, if they had been in her shoes.

To balance out the heavier emotional charge, I was delighted to see that Charley kept her humor and her snarkiness in check. Charley's attitude and outlook on life is, bottom line, what drew me into this series and what keeps me coming back for more. Despite being a grim reaper, and, dealing with some seriously messed up stuff, Charley maintains a wonderful sense of humor and a sunny disposition that always makes me smile. She's sarcastic as hell too though, which gives her just the right edge. Case in point: Charley had previously named her jeep and her boobs (ha!) which is sort of a running gag in the series, but this time around she attempted to name her couch, and we find out that she calls her brain Barbara, her skull, Fred and her heart? Betty White - which led to some hilarious moments throughout Fourth Grave. I so want to be friends with this girl!

However, it did feel like Charley seemed a bit more oblivious to what I felt was staring at her in the face this time around. Whether it was regarding Reyes, her father or her fears and latest supernatural enemies. It was understandable with her PTSD though, considering how she'd become a pro at avoiding anything uncomfortable, but still, I found myself wishing she'd clue in a bit quicker at times. And speaking of Reyes. Sigh. Well, Reyes is still beyond dreamy. Sure he's a total alpha and there are times when he says or does some things that irk me... but overall he's pretty damn dreamy and his character develops quite a bit here, which really fit in nicely with Charley and her own progression.

All things considered, I had a blast with Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet. It was a bit darker than it's predecessors, but I'm all for that. Things never run the risk of getting too dark, thanks to the wonderfully humorous way Miss Darynda Jones writes our beloved Charley. If you're a fan of mysteries + adult paranormals and have yet to get into this series, what are you waiting for?

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Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge Cruel Beauty is another one of those books that I got to quite late in the game. It's not that I wasn't eager to read it right from the start, but for whatever reason, it perpetually stayed in the to-read pile until a month ago, when I finally took the plunge. It seems like most of my trusted bookish friends loved it, and I was very much expecting to bask in it's apparent awesomeness. Unfortunately, my feelings for it are more of a jumbled mess of good things and bad things. Much like this book. Caution: black sheep review straight ahead. If you love this book like air, this review might not be for you.

I should start by saying that there were many things that I did enjoy about Cruel Beauty. There was a gorgeous mix of mythological elements woven into the classic Beauty and the Beast tale, which inspired this story. I adore mythology but I wasn't expecting to find it here, which was a pleasant surprise. That fact, coupled with the glorious setting that is Ignifex's (the Beast's) castle -with its winding staircases, changing hallways and rooms filled with mystery - well it seemed like everything was headed in the right direction here. I could literally have spent the entire book exploring the castle at length and never have gotten bored. I'm pretty sure that the castle itself was what kept me turning the pages compulsively at first...

The characters were...unique to say the least, and I enjoyed them for the most part. Despite the main character Nyx being quite difficult to love, I still found myself mostly sympathetic to her situation. That isn't to say that her constant changes in disposition weren't frustrating as hell sometimes, but I could see how her family issues, and you know, the fact that her father basically sold her into marrying a monster might affect her more personable side. It's true though that Nyx never seemed to be able to make up her mind on what exactly her purpose and motivations were. One minute she had the killer instincts of an assassin and in the next second, she turned into a hopeless romantic, desperately clinging to anyone who'd show her any kind of affection. o.O The entire thing was off-putting at times, but it didn't really affect the flow of the story.

Ignifex was definitely a highlight for me, and easily my favorite character of the lot. His enigmatic persona, inherent sarcasm, bad boy persona and his situation made him a mystery I was bound to unravel. The only bummer was that I guessed the truth about him and Shade at the very start, so when it came down to the big reveal, I was pretty flabbergasted that Nyx hadn't guessed it sooner. I mean, wasn't it fairly obvious to everyone else who read this, or did I just get lucky with my hunch? To top things off, when it came time for the big change for both Ignifex and Shade, I just wasn't on board. I didn't want it to go down like that. I liked Ignifex just fine the way he was, thank you very much and I would have much prefered for him to be redeemed on his own than to meld with Shade. And then, for that to trigger a big: 'oooh the previous world was just a memory' trope? Ugh. o_O And speaking of Shade, while he was intriguing and mysterious in his own right, the insta-love declared by him and Nyx didn't especially sit well with me. After sharing one kiss, Nyx admits to the fact that she knows he already loves her and that she probably loves him too. Whaaa?!

My other issues with Cruel Beauty lie mostly with the plot and it's resolution. Everything seemed unnecessarily complicated at best and a hot mess of detours and tangents at worst. The world-building was very good when it came to Ignifex's castle and it's many enchanted rooms but unfortunately, that didn't quite transfer to the mechanics of the actual world or it's magical system. To fully commit to the fantasy elements that were without a doubt the basis of this book, I needed to understand all the elements that made everything possible. Yes, I needed to understand ALL.THE.THINGS. Like, what exactly was The Sundering? Who were The Kindly Ones specifically and how did they come to be and rule? And for that matter, how did they come to 'not-be'? How do Ignifex's powers work, really ? The basic construction of this world and it's inner workings simply weren't explained in enough detail for my liking.

If I'm honest, I enjoyed the first half of Cruel Beauty a hell of a lot more than I did the second half. There was more suspense and uncertainty at first, but then it all seemed to dissolve into a star-crossed romance in the second half. While I enjoyed the romantic aspects of the book well enough (namely, Nyx and Ignifex), I could have done without the sort of love-triangle angle and what I felt was blatant insta-love for Nyx and Shade. I could go on about the plot being weighed down by long descriptions at seemingly every turn, but I digress. On the one hand, I enjoyed some parts of this book well enough, but other parts of it really frustrated me. I give it a smack-dab-in-the-middle rating of 2.5 to reflect my inner conflict.

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A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab A Darker Shade of Magic is a book that already has a ridiculous amount of hype, which is kind of crazy since the book only came out a few months ago. Everyone seems to have loved this book and well, if you came to my blog looking for the black sheep review, I'm sorry but you're out of luck. I adored this book just as much as everyone else! I was swept away by it's alternate Londons, each more wondrous than the last. I fell in love with it's characters, and found myself captivated by the heroes and villains alike. The story was fresh, exciting and beyond imaginative. And the magic? Well, the magic was unlike anything I've encountered before. And being an avid fantasy reader, that is saying something. All I know is that I need more. Even more than the two expected sequels, I'm talking about needing a whole mess of sequels. Yup, this is a world I could spend all my time exploring.

Admittedly, A Darker Shade of Magic felt a little confusing to me at first. All the alternate Londons were described in such an offhand way by our main character Kell, that I was worried I'd never get them sorted. Have no fear though, because things fall into place soon enough - and that's where the amazing stuff kicks in. See, as one of the last travelers, Kell's ease in describing all of the alternate Londons makes sense, since he's one of the only people who can travel between worlds. As soon as the reader catches on to what makes each London unique, all you have to do then is strap yourself in and enjoy the ride! At the start of the book, Kell already makes his way through Grey London, Red London and White London, so the reader gets to experience all of them first hand, along with him. Then it becomes easier to see what sets each world apart, which one feels the most familiar, which one you'd give anything to visit, and which one scares the living daylights out of you.

As the titular character, Kell is exactly what I look for in a hero, because he's not looking to be a hero. He's content to go about his royal duties delivering correspondences between Londons, and smuggling the occasion item from one world to the next for collectors and whatnot. Basically, he's a good guy who like to play by his own rules *swoon* But, when his antics get him in a big mess of trouble, he never falters, not for one second. He has a strong moral compass and he knows that if he got himself into this mess, he's the one who must fix it, whatever the cost. Luckily for him, Lila shows up just around that time - to rob him - but then that she sticks around to help him out of one tight spot, and then another, until they're as thick as thieves -pardon my pun. Lila is an interesting character in her own right. When we meet her, it's a little hard to connect with her, mostly because she's probably spent her entire life putting up a front to scare people off. As the story moves forward though, she proves herself time after time and it didn't take long for me to warm up to her. She's got a smart mouth, a fiery spirit and the way she and Kell play off one another is a whole lot of fun.

Plot-wise, A Darker Shade of Magic delivers, and then some. It starts off almost unassumingly but then before you know it, it's crossed over into epic and you find yourself hopelessly sucked in and compulsively turning the pages until the very end. It was like one second, I was enjoying this pretty cool book and in the blink of an eye, I was devouring it like there was no tomorrow. It was kind of crazy. The progression of the story happens naturally and effortlessly thanks to V.E. Schwab 's insane prowess as a writer and by then end, you won't know what hit you!

Between the action, the magic, the character-development, the plot and the lighter moments, A Darker Shade of Magic is a story that captures your soul and leaves you begging for more. Highly recommended for fans of adult and young-adult fantasy! You all need to read this book.

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Dealing with Dragons

Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede Dealing with Dragons is, in a few words: a delight. Don't let the incredibly short blurb - and the book's compact size put you off - this is a book that is a must-read for fantasy-lovers and dragon-fans alike! I can't believe I only read this one now, and if anyone out there hasn't read this little gem yet, I urge you to fix that as soon as possible.

Within the first few pages of this book, I already knew I was in for a treat. Dealing with Dragons tells the story of a princess who is exceedingly unsatisfied with, well, being a princess. Cimorene has had quite enough of being taught how to be proper, how to curtsy and whatnot. In fact, she finds everything about being a princess to be exceedingly boring. The seventh daughter of the King and Queen, all of her six sisters before her were perfect, blonde, proper...and already married off to their respective Princes. Cimorene, on the other hand, has black hair, is too tall and has a penchant for getting into trouble by speaking her mind. I don't know about you guys, but I like this girl already!
Despite her best efforts to learn interesting and useful things like magic and sword-fighting, the King and Queen insist on finding a prince for her to marry, like all of her sisters before her. When Cimorene discovers that the King and Queen have struck a deal to marry her off to a conceited and slightly daft Prince 'Charming', she does the only thing she can think of to avoid her faith: she runs away. And she runs straight into a Dragon Lair...

As the title suggests, Dealing with Dragons has its fair share of dragons. We aren't limited to just the one that Cimorene ends up befriending - there's a large group of them living in the mountains. They even have a societal structure, rules, a king (that doesn't need to be male) and a queen (that doesn't need to be female)! Awesome right? The dragons here run the gamut from fearsome, friendly, intelligent and scheming. When Cimorene hits it off with the female Kazul and becomes 'her' princess, that's where the fun really begins. There's a witch with lots of cats - cats that aren't afraid of dragons by the way (LOL) - a jinn, scheming wizards, killer birds, magic spells, enchanted forests and caves...not to mention a few princes.

I enjoyed every moment of Cimorene's adventures. As a character, she was an inspiration and a breath of fresh air when it comes to the usual trope when dealing with princesses. She's strong, intelligent and not at all concerned with finding her prince charming. As you can guess, there is very little romance to be had, but I wouldn't have it any other way ♥ The writing style is simple, but beautifully fluid and full of life. Cimorene's dragon, Kazul is smart, strong and (mostly) friendly - I already can't wait to learn more about her. The secondary characters add some flavor and intrigue and I was enchanted by the lot of them. The book is a bit short to pack the emotional punch that some YA fantasy manages to, but it won me over all the same. Fans of MG/YA fantasy with dragons should definitely pick up Dealing with Dragons. I can't wait to get on with the rest of the series!

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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness, Jim Kay A Monster Calls is a book I've heard nothing but positive things about since it's release in 2011, and I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy so I was very eager to read it...but, I knew I had to be in just the right mood to dive in considering the content. So, when the mood presented itself recently, I didn't hesitate for one second. Although I feel sure my heart won't soon recover from being broken into a million tiny pieces...

As many of you are no doubt aware, A Monster Calls is a book that deals with loss, death, letting go and saying goodbye. We meet our main character Conor, a young thirteen year old, whose mother is battling an aggressive form of cancer. On an evening just like any other, Conor is visited by a monster. A wild and terrifying monster who wants something from Conor: the truth. A truth that Conor does not want to face. In fact, Conor would rather face the monster's wrath than face up to this truth. So, the monster makes a deal with Conor - it will visit Conor again and tell him three stories. Once the stories are done, the monster will require the truth from Conor. Or else.

The emotional punch that this book packs is actually staggering. Within a short 215 pages, it takes us on a whirlwind of feelings: curiosity, amazement, wonder, fear, dread...and inevitably, sadness and pain. I felt myself tense at the unavoidable outcome at about 50 pages in, and the tension only continued to build, amidst my growing sadness and the tears splattering it's pages at various intervals. Conor doesn't want to face the possibility of losing his mother, but despite his denial, he still goes through the many stages of grief and loss in a poignant and thoroughly relatable way. I found myself hoping blindly along with him, despite the fact that I knew how the story had to end.

A Monster Calls is achingly beautiful in the way it's written, with stirring prose that hits you right in the feels. It's filled with gorgeous and haunting illustrations throughout that really set the tone perfectly. This was my first read by Patrick Ness, but it certainly won't be the last. The fact that he wrote this based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd - who tragically succumbed to cancer herself before completing this book - says a lot about Ness' ability as a writer in my mind.

I am beyond grateful to have finally read this little gem of a book that will surely stay with me for years to come. Though the characters are dealing with cancer specifically, A Monster Calls deals with loss in a universal sense, and the underlying themes of love and acceptance make this a book I feel that everyone should read. My heart may never recover - and I'm ok with that.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater Blue Lily Lily Blue is clearly a book I should have read the moment it came out.You guys knew it, hell, even I knew it but sometimes, I can't help myself from resisting a deeply-anticipated book. Why? Well to postpone it's inevitable end, of course! I knew my feels would take a beating with this one and that afterwards I,d have to suffer waiting for the next book. So, I held off...until I couldn't wait any longer. The book was calling to me and I answered it's call. I read through it in a few short sittings with my heart in my throat the entire time. And now it's over. And I want to cry/find a TARDIS and make it September already!

Blue Lily, Lily Blue might just be the most gorgeously written book of the series so far - which is saying an awful lot because this series is one of the most stunningly written series I've ever come across. But this installment man...this one was almost poetic. It was like reading a work of art. The pacing was perfectly done, and every.single.moment. was given the time and attention it deserved. And when it comes to The Raven Cycle, that applies to ALL of the moments. I was able to seamlessly slip back into this world as though I had never left it and bask in it's glorious, dream-like quality for the duration. These books have always been more about the journey than the destination but at the same time, there's always that constant sense that you are building towards something veeerrry important. The pieces of the plot are being expertly positioned towards the inevitable end *sniff* excuse me while I cry into my pillow. *sobs* (I NEVER want this to end!!)

So, Blue Lily, Lily Blue might have our beloved Blue's name right there in the title, but as always, this book gives attention to all of it's beloved characters. Admitedelly, Blue is a little bit more front and center than she was the last time around, if only because she finally gets to know herself a little bit better in this book. While becoming more all the more mysterious for it. And the same can be said for Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah. We may have felt like we were pretty familiar with the crew at this point, but the diabolical temptress that is author Maggie Stiefvater showed us that she still had a few surprises up her sleeve. Even the characters themselves, who have been the best of friends for ever, came to the collective realisations that they might not know each other as well as they had once thought. Adam seems to have come the furthest out of the group at first glance, for obvious reasons *cough* Cabeswater *cough*, but Ronan, ever the enigma, has still more secrets that he's keeping for himself. And then there's Gansey, who reveals hidden insecurities beneath his cool and kingly exterior. Even Noah managed to surprise me - and creep me the hell out in the process. o.O

With the series drawing ever closer to it's inevitable conclusion, Blue Lily, Lily Blue sets the tone for the upcoming ending wonderfully. I feel more in love with the boys and Blue than I ever did before - and believe me, I was already head-over-heels going in. The mystery-factor is at an all-time high, the magic woven through these pages is so much more at the forefront than it's ever been, so I'm bracing myself for one EPIC finale. This series has earned a spot on my all-time favorites shelf since the very first book, but my love for these books just keeps growing with every new installment! I'm equal parts dying to read The Raven King and terrified to see it end. No doubt our feels will be shattered beyond repair. *gets in line and waits for the soul-crushing to begin*

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Fairest

Fairest - Marissa Meyer Fairest is supposed to be the bridge book between Cress and the upcoming Winter, but it also doubles as a prequel book to the series at the same time, since the events for this one take place before the start of the series proper. It's also a novella, since it's not quite the size of a full-fledged book, but the page count is higher than some of those little tiny novellas, coming in at 222 pages. Despite not quite wowing me quite as much as I would have liked, I'd still consider this one an absolute must-read for fans of The Lunar Chronicles.

I should clarify: I read Fairest in one sitting within one afternoon, so I definitely enjoyed it. I'd been extremely curious to learn more about the evil Queen Levana and her motivations for being the way she is in the series. The setting for this one is entirely on Luna, which was fantastic to me because I've longed to explore the colonized Moon since the very start of the series. The writing style was as engaging as it always is with a Marissa Meyer book -she sets the tone perfection to tell Levana's story and there was a delicious air of mystery throughout the book, as she slowly gives out details to Levana's past, rife with childhood trauma and neglect.

When we're introduced to Levana, she's already in her teens and barring a few, too short lived (in my opinion) flashbacks to her youth, we see her go through her teens and into young-adulthood. I think my minor issues with the outcome of the plot stems from what I had inadvertently come to expect, going in. I thought the story would begin it's focus on Levana's traumatic childhood and slowly we'd get her metamorphosis into the wicked creature we know from The Lunar Chronicles. I don't know if it was the way we're introduced to her, but something threw me off. I just kept thinking: sure she's messed up, but she could so easily be brought back to her sense if someone just talked some sense into her...or gave her a good shake -which I longed to do throughout the book. So much of the trials she suffers are of her own making - barring that one awful thing when she and her sister were kids - that was horrible *shudders*

Of course, Levana never does get that talking to she so desperately needed in Fairest, and her entire teen years, into young adulthood are marred with one terrible decision after another. She does clearly seek power and has a natural talent for politics and...dictatorship, so while her personal life decisions are plagued by delusions and cruelty, her quest for power is nothing short of ingenious and filled with equally cruel actions to get what she wants more than anything: to rule over Luna...and eventually, Earth. It was extremely cool to see how Lunars and Levana in particular use their gifts of glamour with such ease. No one has any issues with others walking around as complete lies, with altered appearances or identities, this is the norm on Luna. It was also great to get glimpses into Princess Selene's birth and early childhood - as well as young Winter from the upcoming fourth and final book in The Lunar Chronicles.

What's the final verdict on Fairest? I liked it a lot, but it felt like it was missing a little something too. It was an insightful and fascinating read, but it might have benefited from being a full-length book to be honest. It didn't blow me away like some of my favorite novellas of late, but it easily kept my attention. A quick, if dark glimpse into the mind, and the past of one of the most famous villains in YA literature today.

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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1)

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) - Tamora Pierce It seems like a sin that this book was first published in 1983 - when I was 3 years old - and that I'm only reading it now. Alanna: The First Adventure is a classic fantasy adventure that I can't help but wish I'd discovered as a kid, even though I enjoyed the hell out of it as an adult! It's just one of those stories that I can see my younger self becoming seriously obsessed with though. The fantasy elements are understated in their simplicity but that's part of where this story gets it's charm and appeal. I was swept away with Alanna's adventures into knighthood and rooting for her every step of the way.

Alanna: The First Adventure feels like it's the original 'girl posing as a boy' fantasy story. We've all read at least a few of the newer versions of this trope, but it seems to me that this is where it all started.. The basic premise of Alanna was one I took to straight away: the fact that Alanna and Thom are twins, both dead-set against the roles they're forced to take by their father - roles dictated by their genders. Knighthood calls to Alanna, while her brother wishes to be a sorcerer. When their father sends them off for schooling in their respective, predetermined roles, Alanna suggests that they switch things up. Unbeknownst to their father, they set off in disguise. Alanna will go where her brother should have, and train to become a knight and Thom will be free to become a sorcerer. If their disguises hold up that is...

Alanna and I hit it off straight away. It's hard not to admire a young woman willing to do anything to accomplish her dreams. With her strong will, crafty lies and her magical abilities, she's a force to be reckoned with. The way she manages to go beyond simply fitting in, to making a name for herself among the boys was wonderful to behold and while I did worry that her secret would be discovered every step of the way, I also had a blast every single time she fooled someone into believing her lies. Alanna makes quite a few friends along the way and though some of them could have done with better character development, others like Prince Jonathan, George the King of Thieves, Coram and Sir Miles, the knight/teacher were fantastic to get to know! I sincerely hope that the relationships Alanna has forged in this book will continue to develop in further books.

The villains of the story were a bit underdeveloped as well, but it's clear by the end of the book that we haven't seen the last of either of them. Hopefully the rest of the series will offer a little more insight into both of their characters, specifically their motivations. Being the first book in a series though, a certain amount of details were sure to be omitted and held out for future books, so I didn't let it bother me. Additionally, there was quite a bit of foreshadowing regarding Alanna's future so I feel certain we'll be getting more details in the sequels. In any case, the story was fun enough on it's own without having all the answers straight away.

One last thing I wanted to discuss was magical items! I freaking love discovering new magical items and artifacts and Alanna: The First Adventure marks the discovery of Lightning, Alanna's magical sword. That discovery, when coupled with Alanna's own magical gift of healing left me super excited to see how both of those assets will serve her in the future. All things considered this was truly a little gem of a book. I've already went ahead and ordered the boxed set for the series because I only owned an e-book version of this one and after having finished it, I know I need physical copies since I'll surely be re-reading this series in the future. I never tire of a light, fun magical romp with plenty of heart and character. I'd recommend this book to any and all fantasy readers that haven't had the joy of reading it yet.

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Mortal

A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas *An ARC was provided by Penguin Random House & Bloomsbury Children's Books in exchange for an honest review.*

A Court of Thorns and Roses is, as I'm sure you've all heard, the first book in a new series by one of my all-time favorite authors, Sarah J. Maas. Needless to say, I needed to get this book in my life, as soon as possible, and while my hopes were pretty much sky high, this book managed to sink it's teeth *ahem* ;) into my very soul and hold on for dear life. Any moment that I wasn't reading this book was torture and I found myself dreaming about it at work, in the car, before falling asleep at night and pretty much everywhere in between.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is something of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but rest assured, it's wholly original in it's own right. Only the broader details of the classic tale remain, and the rest is a glorious mixture of survival, a swoon-worthy and deliciously slow-burn romance, the Fae and the discovery of an amazing new fantasy world. I was quickly swept away into the magical and terrifying wilderness that is the Fae realm and desperate to know every inch of it. There's an expansive estate, an enchanted (and haunted) forests, a starlight pool *swoon* and rainbow waterfalls. ♥ There are wickedly vile creatures lurking about, waiting to prey on the innocent, but most the most unnerving of all might just be the variety of Fae courts - like Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Night, Dawn, etc. - with their immortal powers and thirst for human blood. Except...except Tamlin, 'the beast' and Feyre's captor - the ruler of the Spring Court. He seems different, and though he's terrible to behold in beast form, he doesn't quite seem to share his people's hatred for humans...

Let's start things off with Feyre, our main character. Feyre is definitely a one of a kind heroine. She has a quiet resolve about her and her incredible inner strength won me over from the word go. She's a huntress, but she doesn't enjoy killing - she just does so to survive. She takes care of her family even though they seem unappreciative at best, and downright ungrateful at worst. Through it all, Feyre is selfless and makes sure everyone one is fed, clothed and does her best to keep the peace. She isn't as 'in your face' as some other heroines I've come across, but she left her mark in my heart all the same. I admired her devotion to her family, as well as her willingness to do whatever it takes to survive. Her honesty and snarkiness on through it all didn't hurt either ;)

Moving on to Tamlin. Sigh... Tamlin is... dangerous, tortured, powerful and beyond enigmatic. I enjoyed his awkwardness around Feyre at first, but what develops through the course of the book was better than anything I could have imagined. Tamlin is fiercely protective of his friends and his Court but he also has a lot of secrets, a complicated past and a whole mess of family issues. He was a mystery that I couldn't wait to unravel and with every layer we discovered through the story, came new reasons to feel for him, to swoon over him and to love him.

The romance between Feyre and Tamlin is luxuriously slow-burn. Maas really takes her time with them, allowing them to get to know each other, despite their prejudices against one another and their personal issues. There is a mutual respect for one another that develops first, followed by an appreciated and admiration for each other. When things finally cross over to attraction and affection, it's deliciously drawn out and hopelessly addictive. For someone like me, who rarely picks up a book for the ships alone, I was head over heels on board with this one! Despite the fantasy setting and the action/adventure which are central to the story, A Court of Thorns and Roses is, at it's core, a romance. And it's a phenomenal one at that. Words seriously can not express my glee over how Feyre and Tamlin won me over :D

Inevitably though, it's hard not to compare A Court of Thorns and Roses to SJM's other epic series: Throne of Glass though, and while some readers will no doubt prefer this steamy, dark fairytale retelling, I still prefer Celaena's fiercely epic, kick-ass escapades. Considering the fact I tend to read for the world-building, adventures and characters instead of the romance, that fact shouldn't be surprising though. That being said, ACOTAR definitely stands on it's own as an addictive and deliciously atmospheric romantic adventure. I can not wait to continue on with Feyre and Tamlin's story - especially considering that ending. Gah! Knowing Miss Maas, the sequels will no doubt be even more impressive than this one already was. Bottom line: A Court of Thorns and Roses is beyond promising as a debut to yet another innovative and addictive series for Sarah J. Maas. This woman is a goddess and I will forever read every single book she comes up with.

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The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh *An ARC was provided by Razorbill Canada in exchange for an honest review.*

The Wrath & The Dawn is one of those books I just knew I had to read the moment I read the blurb. Even though I haven't actually read the story that inspired it, A Thousand and One Nights, I'm familiar with the tale, so I was eager to dive into this re-imagining of such a classic. I'm pleased to say that this one managed to sweep me away with it's atmospheric setting, forbidden romance - and leave me begging for more!

The Wrath & The Dawn tells the story of a kingdom crippled by fear. Their young ruler takes a new bride every night, only to have her slaughtered at dawn, when the whole cycle repeats itself over and over again. When the story begins, our wonderful protagonist Shahrzad, or Shazi for short, offers herself up voluntarily as the king's next bride, after losing her best friend to his deadly rituals. But Shahrzad is not your run-of-the-mill heroine and she has a plan to end this madness once and for all. She will stop the king. At all costs. Obviously, I would have been hard-pressed not to be won over by Shazi when she takes on such a noble task, right from the start. She has an understated strength to her character, one I've rarely come across in young-adult fiction. She had a quiet grace about her, one that she carries with her throughout being moved to the king's palace and facing her certain and imminent death.

The Wrath & The Dawn was most impressive because of it's atmosphere. I was transported into a rich, vivid Arabian-nights setting and that was easily one of my favorite aspects of the book. I adore desert-settings and everything that goes with them so I guess it shouldn't be surprising that I fell in love with this world! From the wardrobe, the cuisine, the dialect and the customs, it was clear from the word go that author Renée Ahdieh knows her stuff because every single detail felt overwhelmingly authentic to me. I was left with a major feeling of wanderlust that simply will not let go and to me, that says a lot about the quality of writing on display here. And while we're on the subject of writing, the prose throughout here was simply beautiful, the words painted a vivid picture and seemed to flow like poetry. Sigh.

As the blurb suggests, despite all odds, there is a romance that develops between Shazi and the Caliph Khalid. Initially, I was worried about that aspect because the blurb almost makes it sound like an insta-love sort of deal but I am happy to say that that wasn't the case. When Shazi survives her first dawn, you know something's brewing but Ahdieh takes her time with their relationship. It's clear that both parties are intrigued by one another - neither one is what the other expected to be sure, but they do not trust each other. Not by a long shot. The whole issue of Khalid being a murderer is not glossed over either. Shahrzad struggles with what she knows to be true and the enigma that is the boy in front of her throughout the book. The brief glimpses that we get of Khalid's perspective hint that there is more to this nightmare than meets the eye, but that's a mystery is only made clear well into the story - and I savored every instant of it. Those of you who know me know that I can be harsh on YA romances, but I couldn't help but get completely sucked into this one. And you will too because it is wonderful and glorious all at once! Gah!

The Wrath & The Dawn surprised and impressed me at every turn. It's characters are fleshed out and varied, the pacing was steady with it's fair share of intrigue but all of that pales in comparison to it's setting and romance. I even enjoyed the telling of stories within the story, like Aladdin and Bluebeard! There's only one thing that bugged me about this book: the ending. The ending is basically one giant cliffhanger for book 2. Kind of like one book split into two parts that stops at the.worst.possible.moment. My main issue with this is quite simply the fact that I AM DYING to know what happens next. O.O I can totally picture readers who hate cliffhangers chucking the book across the room once they finish it. I seriously considered it myself, but held back because who could do that to this pretty?! But hey; if that's not a testament to how good the story was, I don't know what is. That need to go on with the story will not be satisfied until I can hold The Rose & The Dagger in my hands and bask in it's pages. Ending aside, this was a supremely absorbing read. Fans of forbidden romance and colourful/unique settings should hurry up and get themselves a copy of this one!

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Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers After years of waiting, I finally did it guys - I finally dove in and read Grave Mercy! This is one of those books I always knew I'd enjoy and there's no excuse to explain why I waited so long to finally get to it. It might not have been a fast read - mostly due to my current busy schedule rather than the actual size of the book, but Grave Mercy caught my interest quickly, and every moment I did have to devote to the story kept me glued to it's pages, eager to unravel its mysteries...

Grave Mercy starts off by introducing us to Ismae, a poor, abused girl, sold off to a monster in marriage by her own father, a monster in his own right. Ismae barely escapes a fate worse than death *shudder* by being offered refuge in a convent where the sisters serve Saint Mortain; or Death Himself. Yeah. Here, Ismae learns that she is connected to Death in her own very special way and that, if she so chooses, the sisters will train her in St Mortain's arts, meaning she'll be trained as an assassin to deal out Death's will. How do you not get hooked into a premise like that?!

As the main protagonist, I connected to Ismae right from the word go. Without being overtly aggressive, she manages to come off as deadly. She's calm, soft-spoken and kind, despite all the hardships she suffered, but she's also filled with a steely resolve. She more than welcomes the opportunity to deal out death to vile, corrupt men, instead of being forced to serve them as the historical setting dictates. And so Ismae begins her training with poisons, (which were seriously cool and one of my favorite aspects of the book! I wonder what that says about me...) self-defence, concealment and even seduction - ooh la la. All the skills she'll need to trick and scheme her way to striking down those the Convent deem worthy of death.

Despite it's slowish start and overall steady pacing, I found myself quickly wrapped-up in this world of assassins, court-drama, political intrigue, romance and suspense. While I briefly wished that we would have been privy to the entirety of Ismae's training with the sisters, I was quickly swept away by her new (undercover) task within the high court of Brittany. I enjoyed watching our heroine learn to navigate the court while staying true to herself. Despite it's historical setting, I was pleasantly surprised by how Grave Mercy didn't relinquish women to being hopeless and subservient. Even more surprising is the fact that a YA-novel managed to pull off a deliciously slow-burn romance without a hint of a love-triangle. Ismae never once lost her head to silly romantic notions. Instead, she relied on herself, her skill and her brains to figure out how to act - even when surprising revelations threatened to pull the rug out from under her. My hat goes off to author Robin LaFevers for accomplishing such an admirable feat - one rarely seen in young adult fiction today

So we've got assassins, an awesome protagonist, Death incarnate, and a seriously swoon-worthy, realistic romance (that I'm trying very hard not to gush about...OMG Duval ♥). What more could a girl ask for? Well, full disclosure: As much as I adore political/court intrigue in my adult fantasies, I wasn't completely swept away by those aspects in Grave Mercy. Some of the finer details tended to blur together for me. I found wishing for those parts had more kick to them because they fell a bit flat compared to the rest of the book. All things considered though, I really enjoyed this book a lot. I can't believe I waited so long to read it. I certainly won't be holding off too long to read the next book in the series!^

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Legion

Legion - Brandon Sanderson Legion is a short story that delivers in a big way. At a mere 88-pages, it managed to draw me into a story that was unlike anything I've ever read - and leave me wanting more. Once again, Brandon Sanderson delivers with addictive storytelling, unique characters and a premise unlike all others. What's even more impressive is that this isn't Sanderson's usual fare; not by a long shot.

Legion tells the story of Stephen Leeds, who's known to most people as a reclusive oddity...to put it mildly. You see, Stephen has a variety of other personalities, or aspects as he likes to refer to them. He's been labeled as a schizophrenic by most, but that isn't quite right. Stephen knows it, and other specialists seem to suspect it too. The thing is, Stephen's aspects can learn things. Independently. One aspect can learn a new language, or war tactics, or what have you and then transmit that information to Stephen without him having learned those things himself. What's more is that he can summon new aspects as needed, if the situation calls for a particular skill-set that he or his current aspects don't possess. This in turn makes Stephen seem like an expert in any given field. And it explains why outsiders see him as a genius. Crazy too, but a genius all the same. Sure the guy may have some mental issues, but his abilities go above and beyond the usual, and to me that comes across as some sort of special power or even super-human ability.

The book kicks off with Stephen and his aspects being recruited by a government official to find a missing invention with potentially earth-shattering possibilities. A camera that is able to take pictures of the past. Like, let's say years later, you were to go to the exact spot your parents first met. You could take a picture of the spot in the present day and the picture would show your parents there, in the past. Only you haven't travelled back in time, only the camera did. In this sense, Legion deals with the wibbly-wobbly concept of time-travel, without straying too far from realism of actual real life. It's easier to swallow a 'magical' item than actual time-travel...for the skeptics, I suppose ;)

I won't get into the finer details of the implications of this camera, or any more plot details for that matter. Considering this is a novella, any more info I'd want to share could be considered spoiler-ish. Suffice it to say that Legion is a bit hard to classify. It has elements of a psychological thriller mixed in with a dash of sci-fi and magical realism. Classifications aside though, this was an engaging, wholly-original and quick read that left me wanting more. Sanderson does it again!

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Owl and the Japanese Circus

Owl and the Japanese Circus - Kristi Charish *An ARC was provided by Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.*

If I had to sum up Owl and the Japanese Circus in one word, that word would be fun. Just reading the synopsis was all I needed to know that this was a book for me: a modern day 'Indiana Jane', called Owl, who's a thief and archeology buff, navigating a supernatural world - in spite of herself. A world which includes insanely unique creatures like Dragons, Nagas, Incubus, Vampires (legit vampires - not the romanticized sparkly variety), Nymphs and Kami...to name a few. Oh, and did I mention Owl has the best sidekick ever: a truly amazing Egyptian Mau cat, that goes by the name of Captain...and whose personality totally lives up to his name. Yeah. This book had my name written all over it.

I went into Owl and the Japanese Circus pretty pumped, and for once, my high hopes didn't end up falling flat. Owl's adventures start off in Vegas, and she consequently journeys across the globe, from Japan to Bali and back to Vegas again as she hunts down an ancient stolen artifact, for one of the most fearsome dragons I've ever come across! I truly enjoyed the mix of globe-trotting adventure, mystery and action blended into this supernatural world. Plot-wise, the story hits the ground running as Owl navigates through one escapade after another. Some bits resolved themselves a bit too conveniently for my taste but honestly, I had no problem suspending my disbelief and just going along with the ride - and it is one hell of a ride from start to finish.

As a character, Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl was a breath of fresh air to me. Why? Because she was equal parts awesome and flawed, and to me that made her all the more real. Owl is a smart mouth. She dives into danger head first and asks questions later. She's got an attitude and she knows how to use it - usually at the worst possible moments. I could see her penchant for trouble rubbing some readers the wrong way, but I found it refreshing to read about a heroine who wasn't perfect, flawless or admirable to a fault. Don't get me wrong: Owl is also brave, caring and smart, but her qualities are perfectly balanced with her flaws in a way that makes her incredibly human; especially when mixed in with the variety of supernatural beings found in Owl and the Japanese Circus. I was also pleased that Owl seemed to learn from her mistakes as she went along. She never truly loses her inclination for diving head-first into trouble though, but hey, where's the fun in that?

Owl's reckless nature is tempered by her more level-headed companions, notably her best friend Nadya and Rynn, an attractive mercenary slash bartender. Both of them were compelling and entertaining in their own right and I found them to perfectly complement Owl. Let's face it, Owl needed all the help she could get from these two on more than one occasion. Their friendship wasn't without its bumps along the way but they were a solid trio and I enjoyed them all immensely. However they all took a backseat to Captain, Owl's feline companion who easily steals the show. Captain has a strong personality all his own and he isn't afraid to use it. He's clever, cunning and as stubborn as his human which made me (of course) love him all the more for it. It's clear that author Kristi Charish is a cat-lover herself, as she develops Captain's personality perfectly, as well as his relationship with Owl, as the story moves forward.

Being the first book in a planned series, the story does take a bit to settle into it's stride, which I find is mostly always the case when entering a new book series. Nonetheless, Owl and the Japanese Circus does a good job of setting the stage for our characters and the world they navigate. I'm hoping the sequel will delve deeper into the exploration and mythology of it all but regardless, I'm already looking forward to following Owl as she gets into more trouble the next time around. Side note: Owl also has a penchant for RPG gaming, caffeine and the occasional Corona. I can't imagine readers having a hard time relating to her in the least!

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The Bone Season

The Bone Season  - Samantha Shannon *An ARC was provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.*

The Bone Season is a book that garnered MAJOR buzz when it came out. Right from the start it was announced that there would be a 7-book deal for the series and a film based on the first book is already in development. This set the bar for this one pretty high, especially since everyone was comparing this to the Harry Potter series. Naturally, I was a bit skeptical of that last claim, but nonetheless, I went in with an open mind and reasonably high hopes. I'm not sure what exactly I was imagining in terms of content but now that I've read it, I can honestly say that it was not what I was expecting.

The Bone Season has been marketed as a fantasy read but that's wasn't my impression with it at all. I'd categorize it as a mix between sci-fi and dystopian. It starts off in this strange future with very little in the way of world-building. At first, it felt very confusing but I get the impression that that was done on purpose. Even though the story is set in the future, the world here had a very alien and foreign feel to it. Once I was able to get past all the strange vocabulary and get into something of a flow, things seemed to improve a bit. The first half was compulsively readable, despite my issues with the lack of world-building. Apparently the less I know about a world, the more motivated I am to get me some answers! Soon I was immersed in this world that had a seriously strange vibe and I was eager to know more. Unfortunately, the information was not forthcoming on how the world morphed into what Miss Samantha Shannon has imagined here, which is a shame. Sure, it's crazy unique, but I need more than that. Lay me some ground work. Make me believe.

Character-wise was where The Bone Season really fell flat for me. The main protagonist, Paige should have been an instant favorite, given her clairvoyant skills and the situation she gets thrust into, but I never truly felt any kind of a connection to her. She came off sort of bland and I didn't feel like I knew much about her - a trend that continued till the end I'm afraid - I still don't have much of a read on her. I certainly admired her resilience and the way she adapted to being imprisoned by the Rephaim. I just couldn't make myself care all that much about her predicament.

Speaking of the strange creatures called the Rephaim. I still have absolutely no clue what they are, where they come from or how they got to Earth. I mean, I know there's 6 more books to come but I feel like I should at least know something about them. The sparse details made it challenging to properly imagine the creatures throughout the book. As much as mysteries can be alluring, what I felt was a lack of important details in The Bone Season was really frustrating. Of course, given the high-fantasy kick I've been in lately, maybe I was just in world-building withdrawals ;)

Unfortunately, I mostly lost interest in The Bone Season beyond the halfway point. Sure real life was crazy busy, but I didn't lose interest in the others books I was reading at the time, so to me that says something. I just couldn't bring myself to care about these character and this world when so little explained and so much was left up in the air. I mean, the stakes are sky-high throughout but it just didn't move me the way it should have. The ending brought some level of resolution, but considering the planned length of the series, lots of plot-points were still unresolved.

The Bone Season would have gotten a 3-star rating, if the ending had really stepped things up a notch, but sadly, it didn't. I'm still planning on checking out the sequel, in case the world-building and character development really pick up as the story progresses but for the most part, this was a letdown for me.

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The Hero of Ages

The Hero of Ages  - Brandon Sanderson *Review contains minor spoilers*

The Hero of Ages is the third book from the original Mistborn trilogy (there's also a sequel trilogy set centuries after the original trilogy, the first one of those, or fourth overall - The Alloy of Law - has been out since 2011 and the next one, Shadows of Self, is coming out late next year) and believe me when I say I did NOT want this story to end. I first started the series in 2012 and read the second installment early in 2013. But it took me until now to finally take the plunge and finish off the original trilogy. I just wasn't ready to say goodbye guys! And it turns out, I had NO IDEA how NOT READY I really was!

Firstly, I have to say that I had no problem at all getting right back into the Mistborn-world, because as usual, Sanderson flawlessly refreshes the readers memory, without being repetitive in the least. The Hero of Ages picks up around a year after the events of The Well of Ascension, and the situation is more dire than it has ever been before. When Vin and Elend thought they were saving the world, they ended up releasing an ages old force of destruction, a thing called Ruin. With the very planet falling apart around them and little time to spare, Vin, Elend and the rest of the crew must work quickly if they want to have a world to save. Needless to say the story started out with a bang and just got more and more intense as things began falling into place, not just for this book, but for the overarching plot of the trilogy as a whole.

When you get to the end of a series, it's always a bittersweet affair. Sanderson clearly knows this as well, because The Hero of Ages had a distinctly nostalgic feel to it, as it revisited some key moments from the previous two books. It really put the insane journey that is the Mistborn Series in full perspective. The world changed so.much. from the first book up to this point. So many things shifted or altered in some way by the events that have taken place thus far. Character-wise, this trend was especially satisfying as it showed how the main character Vin evolved throughout the entire story-arc. It's no secret that I am a HUGE Vin fangirl, so seeing how she grew, throughout the series from poor, abused street-urchin into a fierce, level-headed warrior made my heart very, very happy.

The other secondary characters in The Hero of Ages brought all kinds of feels as well. There's the wonderful Elend Venture of course. Sigh. Elend! His transformation from The Well of Ascension to this point is nothing short of legendary. He's had to make some seriously tough calls during his rise to Emperor, and I don't think anyone could have done a better job of it than he did. Elend owns my heart. That's all there is to it. As a couple, Elend and Vin are seriously one of THE best couples EVER. Their character growth complemented each other to perfection and this time around, it felt as though their relationship was the most balanced it's been; they truly complemented each other perfectly. ♥

I could go on and on about my love for these characters. Sazed's struggles broke my heart time after time and when his moment finally came along I was SO.READY. Spook was another brilliant one, the way he was introduced as such a minor character in the beginning of the books...and to have him transformed into a full-fledged powerhouse of a character this time around? Wow. Breeze, Arlianne...MARSH (sobs quietly) ALL.OF.THEM. I adore all.of.them!

Moving past the characters and plot, the suspense was absolutely INSANE in The Hero of Ages as the pieces started falling into place with the forces known as Ruin and Preservation. As any good high-fantasy read, things started gradually, but with the stakes already so high at the end of the second book, it didn't take long for things to escalate here. By the end I was barely holding on. I did not want it to end, but at the same time, I needed to know how things would go down. I'm not going to lie: the ending for this one shattered me. It took my already swollen heart, brimming with feels, and punched it. Hard.

I know I've said so before, but here I go again: If you haven't read the Mistborn Series. You NEED to do so. Like, now. It is a truly brilliant and epic story, one that you won't soon forget. I'm already craving a re-read so I can go nuts about all the foreshadowing I surely missed along the way. Bottom line? The Hero of Ages was a stunning conclusion to an absolutely incredible trilogy! I need to mourn these characters and their story (quite a bit) before I jump into The Alloy of Law, but I know I'll be returning to this world soon.

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Deity

Deity - Jennifer L. Armentrout Deity is the third book in the Covenant Series and this time around, things are getting serious. It's been awhile since I ventured back into the world of daimons and mythology imagined by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but it didn't take long for me to get back into the swing of things. JLA has a wonderful way of refreshing one's memory, without going into a whole repetitive recap - she just slides in reminders here and there, and since I have a pretty good memory, that was all I needed! The stakes are decidedly higher this time around, and our heroine Alex Andros seems up for the task - but even she couldn't be fully prepared for what's in store...

Deity picks up fresh off the heels of Pure without missing a beat. True to form, Alex had gotten into a heap of trouble at the end of book 2,but she managed to survive (barely), and now everyone is preparing as best they can for her upcoming 'Apollyon' awakening when she turns 18. Not to mention that she's dealing with the horrible aftermath of the events of the previous book. Alex has her hands full with this Apollyon thing as it is, but now she's also taking on tons of beings who want her dead before she awakens, including pures, daimons and gods. Yeah. And if all that wasn't enough, she's got not one, but two boys vying for her attention. And as much as she wishes they both had noble intentions, she begins to doubt one of them...and that's when things get...interesting.

Let's clear things up before we go any further. Yes, this series features a prominent love-triangle and yes I'm reading it all the same. As much as I have a hard time with love-triangles, I can stomach them sometimes, when there's a reason behind the situation. And in the Covenant Series, there is a reason why our MC Alex, has two boys trying to win her favor. That being said, since it's been so long since I read the second book, I found myself more easily frustrated at the beginning of Deity, with the situation at hand. I feel like my days of having the ability to be swept away by the idea of two boys fighting over a girl have long passed. I also found myself annoyed with Alex for being so blind to one of her boy's true intentions. I mean, it feels like it's been obvious from the word go, but girl sure takes her sweet time clueing in! Luckily though, as the plot thickened and the action moved forward, I found myself swept away with Alex and her situation, wanting to know more.

Deity is at that middle point in the series, where it's almost impossible to discuss plot developments and character arcs without getting into spoilers. Suffice it to say that there are surprises a plenty to be found here. It's clear that Ms Armentrout is setting up the board for her grand finale, moving all the pieces into place. The endgame certainly isn't crystal clear, given that there are still 2 books to the series (plus a novella) BUT, the reader gets a clear sense of mounting stakes. There's more danger, and you're never quite sure who you can trust. And when the dust finally settles...err, who am I kidding? The dust never fully settles in this one. THAT ending might very well kill fans of the series. If not, it will certainly have them running to the bookstore to pick up book 4 Apollyon, and the novella Elixir (which would be book 3.5) in a mad rush.

Luckily for me, I have the entire series at the ready. I doubt very much I'll be able to hold off jumping into Elixir AND Apollyon - seriously guys, THAT ENDING!!! Gah! So despite a few frustrations in the romance department, I definitely enjoyed Deity for the most part.

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