Review: Burned (Fever #7) by Karen Marie Moning

Happy Wednesday!  I am ecstatic to bring this book to you today.  It is part of one of my favorite series and written by one of my favorite authors.  I was able to finish this as birthday present to myself and am happy to bring it to you.  Burned by Karen Marie Moning is a continuation of her fever series.  This book has been burning a hole on my bookshelf for months (pun intended).  The action, steaminess and intrigue continue with this newest addition, but like all the books so far they leave us with lots of questions and only a countdown for the next book.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Happy Hump Day!  Have a great rest of your week.

12444297Book Blurb:

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

Review:

Mac is back baby!  That’s right.  Mac is back and has even more challenges than before.  Mac begins by trying to reconcile with Dani.  The problem is Dani thinks Mac is going to kill her.  Which Mac is actually contemplating.  But, before any of that can happen Dani gets lost in faery.  Mac must now balance her personal search for getting the Sinsar Dubh out of her and finding Dani.  Unfortunately, this very quickly becomes more complicated.  Ryodan and the Nine get invaded by a new problem and only Mac can help.  While helping them she, in her own Mac fashion, causes trouble and encourages some things to go a little sideways.  When things finally start coming together and the nine, Mac, Jada (read to know more) and the Kelters come together for one mission. But as all things go in this upside down faery mash-up of a world things don’t go as planned and losses occur and questions are still left hanging on the tip of Mac’s tongue.

I loved this installment of the series.  Hallelujah! Mac is back.  I knew going into this that it was going to be a whirlwind ride.  I was not disappointed.  I loved the twists and turns with this book.  Just when we think we are going to get answers we get little teasers.  My favorite part in the entire book is what happens to make when she is backed into the corner.  I am only going to only vaguely describe it but it’s so Mac I’m surprised it hasn’t happened before.  But the best part is what she does with it.  With this book Mac has sealed herself as a total badass, among other things.  Barrons as always is sex on a stick along with Ryodan, Lor and all the others.  We really discover more of their world and the world of Chester’s.  Honestly, so much happens in this book it will truly be difficult for me to put it all into words except go and read it.  If you haven’t heard of this series then you need to pick it up ASAP.  The first book in the series is Darkfever.  I guarantee you won’t want to put it down until you have finished Burned.  Then, sadly, you will be like me and be waiting anxiously for next January.  I can’t say enough good this about this book or Karen Marie Moning.  Overall, it is another triumph in the Fever world and it is an enthralling and exciting read.

Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Happy Friday!  I hope all of you have been having a great week and have enjoyed all of the wonderful reads I’ve gotten to share with you.  Today is book two in my new obsession The Throne of Glass series.  Crown of Midnight takes this series a step farther.  It answers some questions and definitely makes you ask some more too.  You get to see all your favorite characters and experience heartbreak, anger, rage and sadness among other emotions.  For my full review keep reading after the book blog.  I would be remiss that you may get spoilers just for the mear fact that it is book two.  I will try my best but you have been warned.  🙂  Have an awesome weekend and Friday!

17167166Book Blurb:

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review:

Leaving off from Celaena’s win, Crown of Midnight drives you into Celaena’s new job as Champion.  Back to being a fearless killer Celaena does what she must in hopes of possibly winning her freedom.  What she doesn’t anticipate is how things are different now from a year before.  Though she struggles with her new moral compass she must put on an act that no one can discover.  She can’t confide in the Crown Prince, the Captain of the Guard or even her best friend a foreign princess.  As she gets further into her secrets and intrigue she can’t help but to begin to trust those around her.  That is until a tragic night that turns her world upside down and shreds her to pieces.  Calaena will be changed forever from that night.  Nothing and no one will ever be the same and with that secrets will come to light that are dangerous to all who know them.

This series has gotten me hook, line and sinker.  It has taken all of my will not to sit down and read this entire series.  I have been a good girl and am trying to spread it out.  That being said, Crown of Midnight is one of the best second books in a series I have read. Celaena’s story continues to be spellbinding and page turning.  The suspense, intrigue and romance all flow seamlessly and naturally.  I love all of the new things we discover in this book.  This book made me realize how big this story is going to get.  The emotions are so raw with this story.  Its terribly difficult for me to keep this review spoiler free.  So, I will just tell you if you haven’t started this series after my two reviews then you need to pick it up now.  I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Review: Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr

Today I am reviewing a book that if you haven’t picked it up you will want to.  Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr is a fantastic addition to the Young Adult genre.  This is the first book in this series and I cannot wait for the next one.  The story is unique and its characters are memorable.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb. 

20743686Book Blurb:

Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.

Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.

Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.

Review:

When we first meet Callie she is running from her home and boyfriend.  She is running for reasons she doesn’t understand but all she knows is that she is not at home in her foster home and she doesn’t love her boyfriend.  Unfortunately, her run is cut short when she is hit by a motorcycle and thrown into the reflection pond.  Callie fully expects to see the white light as she dies in the pond.  Only that isn’t what happens at all.  Callie keeps falling until her back his stone and she looks above her to see the bottom of the reflection pond.  Here is where she first meets Ash and Rowan.

When Ash and Rowan come upon Callie in the antechamber they don’t know what to think.  They only know to understand they must take her to the leader of their city.  Rowan, the cynic, doesn’t believe a word Callie says no matter how beautiful she is.  Soon Callie comes to understand that she is part of this world.  Though Rowan and Callie go together like oil and water something fundamental draws them to one another.  Its only through death threats and constant challenges does Callie see the real Eirensae for what it is and understands that with her entrance into this world changes all those she comes in contact with especially Rowan.  As things get dire, Rowan and Callie must figure a way to survive and deal with the feelings they have for one another.

This was a fantastic story.  I loved every minute.  This story draws you in and won’t let go.  Kacey Vanderkarr does wonders with this first book in her new series.  The world of the fae is well explained and drawn out for the reader.  You are their living with the fae.  The characters of Callie and Rowan are fantastic.  They grown and as they grow add fundamentals to the overall story that weren’t there to start.  But, it isn’t just Callie and Rowan.  The whole cast of characters is uniquely special to this story.  I truly can’t wait for the next in the series.  I will be waiting oh not so patiently waiting til that day comes. 

Fresh Face Friday: Iron & Wine by Candace Osmond

TGIF, Everyone!  I don’t know about you but with the heat we are suffering here it has seemed as if time was moving backwards.  But luckily we have all made to yet another Friday and I am psyched to introduce Candance Osmond and her book Iron & Wine to all of you.  It was a great story and read very well.  If you like paranormal you will definitely love this book.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.  So, if you are like me and are melting with this heat you can always stay inside in the nice cool air and pick up Iron & Wine.

Book Blurb:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

14625613Iron & Wine is an Urban Fantasy novel set in world full of hidden magical places and secret societies cloaked by modern day. In the first instalment of the Iron World Series, young artist Avery Quinn reluctantly leaves behind her quiet and comfortable home in the country and moves to the city with her best friend Julie Ryan. With the expectation that college will be the most exciting part of her life, Avery hopes that her little world remains quiet and simple. But after a troublesome blue sprite looking for help appears in her bedroom one night, her boss turns out to be a three hundred year old vampire, and her best friend accidentally reveals herself as an orphaned pixie, school quickly becomes the least of her worries. Every aspect of Avery’s life explodes with mythical beings and legendary creatures who all play a very important role in her existence. Some are friends, some are guardians, while others quickly become life threatening and deadly enemies. Avery must learn to juggle living in both her world and theirs. But, in this magical tale of strange love, strong bonds and scary beings; what once was nothing more than mere fairy tales told to her by her Aunt Tess are now a scary reality and Avery has somehow landed deep in the middle with little or no way out except death or worse…the loss of her humanity

Review:

In Iron & Wine we first meet Avery Quinn living with her Aunt Tess.  Avery is only a few days away from going to college and leaving the one person who has truly been there for her.  Her father, who has always traveled for work, left Avery with Tess at a young age.  It was Tess who introduced her to the folklore of the Fey and her very own garden appears as if it could be straight out of a fairy tale.  So, when Avery moves to the City with her best friend Jules she expects a change from what she is used to.  What she doesn’t realize is that she is going to interact with these fairy tales on a personal level.  Once Avery really sees the world around her she meets sprites, finds her roommate is a fairy, her employer is a vampire and is introduced to things she could only imagine.  But, not all these entities are good.  She must navigate a new life, new job, new school and possibly ward off evil Fae creatures that intend to do her harm.

I really enjoyed this story.  Candace Osmond creates a world that draws you in and makes you a part of it.  You could really relate to Avery and her predicaments.  It actually makes you question if you were her would you be able to handle what she does.  I thought the story and characters were well written and well-rounded.  I do wish we would have gotten more answers in this book instead of questions, but I suppose that is what a series is for.  I did notice a few grammatical errors here or there but that can usually be found in any book published independently or not.  The story is the most important and Candace hits a home-run with this one.  I can’t wait to find out more about Avery and all her friends.

Author Bio:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

6094575Born in 1985 as Candace Osmond in North York Ontario, I began to travel with my parents at the very young age of four years old. I had lived all over Canada and seen everything my country has to offer, from the enchanting shores of Newfoundland to the gigantic snow capped mountains of British Columbia all by the time I was ten. I did, however, spend most of my life in Eastern Canada where I was surrounded by folklore and legends, not knowing how they would shape my personality and imagination for the rest of my life.
Being the only girl of my age in a small group of kids, in an even smaller town, left me spending most of my time by myself and, in result, letting my imagination take over. I would sit by the shore and dream up stories of mermaids and other fantastic creatures to pass the time. Coming from a family with writers and artists dispersed throughout, it was only natural that I spend my time writing, drawing and reading. I dreamed of becoming nothing more than an artist, a creator of any kind. By the age of eleven, I spent most of my waking hours scribbling down short stories, poems and anything else I could think of, while adding my own personal illustrations. By the age of fourteen, I had won numerous local and minor arts and writing competitions.
I excelled at anything art and literature related so, naturally, I planned to attend university for nothing more or less than that. In 2003 I planned to attend university for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. But, with the fear that I would spend all my time and money on an education and end up in a field that I may very well struggle to succeed in, I backed out and attended school for Design instead. Now, a successful Designer specializing in interiors, I met a man and fell in love. His passion and talent for art far exceeds my own, but he motivated me and awakened my old habits of staying up late and waking up early to scribble down dreams and ideas before I had forgotten them and they disappeared forever.

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