Review: The Society (Ascension #4) by K.A Linde

Today, I get the immense pleasure to bring to you the fourth installment of K.A Linde’s Ascension series.  The Society picks up exactly where The Consort left off.  Cyrene and her gang are desperate to find a way to save their world.  What they don’t realize is they will go to places they never knew existed.  For my full review, keep reading after the book blurb.

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The fourth book in the fantasy Ascension series that NYT bestselling author Susan Dennard called “perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas.”

War is on the horizon.

All while a new power grows strong, threatening the very balance of good and evil.

Desperate to save her homeland, Cyrene goes in search of the dragons that may be the key to ending this battle—and heal her dying friend.

Can Cyrene master her magic to save the world?

Review:

Cyrene finds herself desperate to find help for her bound-sister, Avoca.  While their travels send them in search of mystics and healers she must also learn to control the power within her.  As she is desperate to find answers, Kael has fully taken control of Byern and yearns for even more power.  The network of spies that lie beneath Byern are growing stronger and yearn for a leader to help them take their world from the dark force that is taking it over.  Cyrene knows to win this war she must travel to find the lost dragons.  Will Cyrene be able to do all that is needed and save her friends and the world before the growing power destroys all she holds dear?

OMG!  I can’t even with this book.  I didn’t think this world could get any better than it already was but this book blew my expectations out of the water.  Cyrene’s journey is so enthralling.  Her quest for the dragons, control of her magic and saving Avoca propels this book to a whole new level.  You really sink further into this world and get to see all of the characters grow.  Dean and Cyrene really start to grow back together too.  After the previous book and his betrayal I wasn’t sure if they would be able to salvage anything that happened between them, but their relationship has redeveloped and made their characters more dynamic.  Ahlvie and Avoca are another story that has truly come together finally.  What I truly loved about this book is when the characters that contain the light are present you can almost feel the light radiating off of the page.  In the same token, when the characters that contain the dark are present you feel them drag you into that feeling.  It truly was a fantastic book that will definitely leave you going WTF? in some parts and begging for October 2019 to hurry up and get here.  This book is part 4 in a series that is ongoing.  You will need to read it in order.

My review for The Affiliate (Ascension #1) is here

My review for The Bound (Ascension #2) is here

My review for The Consort (Ascension #3) is here

Review: The Consort (Ascension #3) by K.A Linde

Today, I get to bring to you the third book in the fantastic Ascension series.  This book takes us further into the world that Cyrene is becoming a bigger part in and Kael is choosing darker paths.  For my full review, keep reading after the book blurb.

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After the loss of a friend and a false imprisonment in an Eleysian dungeon, Cyrene has no interest in destiny. Her heart was shattered, friends scattered, and her home is nothing but a pretty illusion. Even her magic won’t cooperate.

Only desperation can turn her to the last person she should trust:

Prince Kael.
His darkness mirrors a growing force lurking within her. A struggle she never imagined threatens to consume her. And as friends and foes begin to show their true colors, she starts questioning whether anyone is who they seem.

Even herself.

Review:

Cyrene finds herself emprisioned and betrayed by the man she has fallen for.  Her heart broken she feels aimless.  When Kael comes to retrieve her she does the only thing she thinks she can and moves toward Kael’s pull.  The closer she gets the more she realizes and sees where the dangers really lie.  Her choices have so much weight now.  Will she be able to make the choices that will propel her toward her destiny or will she doom everyone?

This was a terrific addition to this series.  Carrying Cyrene’s story to the next level really adds so much more emotional depth to her character.  Her pain, love, confusion and torment are all felt through the words of the phenomenal K.A Linde.  The world that she has built with this story truly brings it to striking color.  The emotion and choices all the characters must make really bring a air of realism to a completely fictional world.  In this third installment, we get to see more of our favorite character, Avoca, Ahlvie, Dean, Orden, Vera and Matilde.  This band really help to pave the way for how the story will go.  Without them, this series wouldn’t be as dynamic as it already is.  If you haven’t started this series yet, you need to start.  This is NOT a standalone book.  This is part of an ongoing series that I guarantee you will devour the moment you get your hands on them.

Find my review of The Affliate (Ascension #1) here

Find my review of The Bound (Ascension #2) here

Review: The Spellbinder’s Sonata by Stephanie Keyes

Today I get to bring to you one of my favorite indie young adult authors, Stephanie Keyes.  Her newest book is an addictive mix of phantom of the opera and beauty and the beast.  The minute I started this book I couldn’t put it down.  Her wonderful storytelling ability continues to grow and with this book it is an excellent showcase of her talent and imagination.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Beauty and the Beast meets The Phantom of the Opera in a tale of magic, music, and one dark curse.

Griffin Dunn is a brilliant piano virtuoso and a guest at the lavish Byrons estate. When his callous treatment of the Byrons’ son leads to the child’s death, the boy’s mysterious nanny places a dark curse on Griffin, binding his soul to the mansion until true love finds him.

Kate Covington has always been an outsider, but she’s determined to make it as a clarinetist at The Byrons School of Music. She’s heard strains of the ghostly piano during her early morning rehearsals, but no way is she letting those creep-tastic compositions distract her. Not even when a hot, pompous jerk named Griff shows up and calls her an imposter.

Over one hundred years have passed and Griffin’s given up on love finding him—until he meets Kate. The instant their paths cross, he transforms from a spirit to a living, breathing man. It’s obvious she’s the one he’s been waiting for. But though the pair falls in love, they discover the curse isn’t as straightforward as it seemed. As dark magic awakens in the Byrons School, they’ll have one chance to break Griffin’s curse, or else he’ll be trapped . . . forever.

Review:

Griffin knows he is the best pianist around.  No one of his age makes the money does at the early twentieth century.  When one night of arrogance costs a boys life he is cursed.  After a century of the curse, Griffin doesn’t have hope the curse will ever be lifted.  That is until he sees Kate practicing early one morning.  Kate is struggling with her clarinet.  Since her father passed away it has been hard going.  When she meets Griffin they definitely don’t like each other.  But, when Griffin thinks she may be the way to finally break his curse he offers to help her.  As the two of them grow closer, feelings grow into much more.  When the answer to getting Griffin released is finally found will they both be able to accept the possible loss that comes with his freedom?

I totally fell in love with Griffin and Kate.  Their love story give the reader all the feels.  Both Griffin and Kate are incredibly dynamic characters.  Griffin grows into someone deserving of a future and Kate finally works through the hurt and pain she had from her father’s passing.  The story of these two is woven in a way that is enchanting and enthralling.  The reader truly feels a part of the story.  Navigating between two time periods was elegantly done and truly worked well with this story.  Throughout the story the reader is taken on a roller coaster of emotions.  It really makes you forget that these are two teenagers instead of young adults.  Though…Griffin is really over 100 yrs old.  On top of the fantastic characters and story is the music that you can hear in your head.  It is classical but I guarantee you will be looking up all of those sonatas and concertos.  Through her words, Stephanie Keyes, is able to bring alive Griffin, Kate, Mozart, Weber and so many more.  If you haven’t read anything by Stephanie Keyes, this is one book you need to pick up today.

Review: Firstlife (Everlife #1) by Gena Showalter

As many of you know, I am a huge Gena Showalter fan.  Firstlife has been on my tbr list since it came out.  I truly love everything that Gena writes.  This new YA series is included.  It is incredibly imaginative, exciting and engaging.  This is only book 1 and I can’t wait to get my grubby fingers on the next 2.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Keep an eye out for my reviews of the next books.

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Step one…you die.

ONE CHOICE. TWO REALMS. NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live — after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, long-time enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms that will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

Review:

Ten is a typical teenager waiting to turn 18.  The only difference is she is currently in an asylum.  Her days are filled with beatings, starving and adding days to her calendar.  She only had to make a choice to leave.  Choose where she wants to go after her death.  Easy enough, rt?  Not so much.  Choosing between Troika and Myriad isn’t easy for her.  But, when she meets two laborers each having their own agenda.  Can Ten really have what she wants?  Real freedom to choose or will she be forced into a choice she doesn’t want?  How do you choose how to spend your Everlife?

I have totally fallen for this new series.  Could I love Gena Showalter more?  I didn’t think so, but I do.   This is one of the most creative stories I’ve read in awhile.  This is a world that should be family but isn’t.  The ideas of death, life after death and reincarnation are all subjects that not many young adult authors attempt to tackle.  Ten, Killian and Archer are all dynamic and complex characters.  Just when you think you know them, they throw you for a loop.  The complex details of Troika and Myriad is astounding.  I found myself imagining heaven and hell without the good/evil connotation.  Once I started this book I couldn’t put it down.  Gena Showalter weaves a world that you can dive into.  Like her White Rabbit Chronicles, the Everlife series will be engaging for young adults but adults will be drawn to the philosophical part of the world.  If you haven’t read anything by Gena Showalter, I suggest picking up this gem…and while your at it you will want to pick of the next two because you will want to know what happens next for Ten.

Review: Fighting Mad by Kathy Bryson

Welcome to Monday!  Another week with another fantastic book.  Today I have wonderful tale with fairies, leprechauns and love.  Kathy Bryson’s Fighting Mad brings us back to the world in her previous book, Restless Spirits.  With another tale featuring faeries, the King Oberon and the Queen on the verge of war, it weaves a fantasy with reality with expert ease.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Laid off from her job at the bank, Carla turns to her friends for support only to find they’re more concerned about their jobs. The one person she can count on is local bartender Murphy, but what kind of example is that to set for her daughters? Having learned the hard way, Carla’s not depending on any man, even if he is cute, charming, very kind, and some kind of leprechaun?

Murphy is used to sneers. Clurichauns are the redheaded stepchildren of the leprechaun world and then there are the late-night throw-downs at his bar. What he wants, however, is to protect the dainty little mom who ogles him when she thinks no one’s looking. He knows she’s fighting overwhelming odds, but she’ll need more than bravery when the conflict between the King and Queen of the Fairies becomes outright civil war!

Review:

Carla has had a tough week.  After being fired from her job, she is forced to make decisions about her life that are scary.  But, not as scary as choosing to finally act on her feelings toward the very sexy barkeep.  Carla has a lot of beginnings and must find her way to push through, but when the world of the Faeries comes to almost destroy he upcoming wedding planning business she takes it upon herself to fight for everyone she loves by coming up with a way to prevent civil war between the King and Queen of the Fairies.  Will this strong mom be able to pull it off or will her world and everyone elses crumble around her?

This was a wonderful journey.  This is one novel that you won’t want to put down until your turning the final page.  Carla is an extremely relatable character.  A single mom that is worried about making poor choices that will impact her children is a character that many women can relate to.  Murphy is the sexy barkeep that any woman would love to have some couch time with.  His description truly allows the reader to know exactly why Carla stared at him for so long.  Though this is set in the same town with the same characters as Restless Spirits you do not need to read it to enjoy this book.  Kathy Bryson weaves a fantastic story. Her ability to bring the faery creatures into the real world and not make it too unbelievable is a talent that she definitely has.  I can’t wait to read what she has coming up next.

Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Welcome to the second installment of the Red Queen series.  The Glass Sword takes off from where Red Queen left us.  Cal and Mare are now with the rebel front but only one of them is trusted and wanting to participate. For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul

Review:

Mare and Cal have now found themselves with the rebel front. Cal is reluctant to participate but he feels he has no other choice.  Mare is now fully committed.  She knows what Maven has planned and now her goal is to stop him and save people like her.  As she goes deeper into the rebellion and saves more people she will start to question how her choices have begun to affect those around her.  When her biggest risks costs more than she expects will she be able to pull herself out of the darkness or let it consume her? Will her heart let her accept and trust Cal or will Maven win in a way that can destroy Mare?

I must say this sequel out did all of my expectations.  It left me with a horrible book hangover and a broken heart.  In the Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard takes the reader further into Mare’s world.  With the rebellion and the new mission to find more of her kind this story becomes intrigal to the world itself.  The characters of Cal and Maren become more complex as does their relationship.  Though with this book the reader will really experience heart break on many levels.  The writing and story is told so well that you will forget that most of these characters are only teenagers and not the adults that they must act like.  In all, this book has solidified the world of the Red Queen and will leave you sad, heart broken and dying for the next book in the series.

Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I must share this fantastic series I just started.  The Red Queen series is a phenomenal world where the lower classes have red blood are looked down and forced to fight in a war that only loses their lives and the distinguishing upper classes have silver blood and all the power. That is until one girl changes it all.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to check back later this week for the second book in this series.

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

Review:

Mare has only ever had a real talent for pick pocketing.  But, as the time draws nearer to her conscription into the war and her best friend’s likely conscription she becomes desperate to change her station and those around her.  When an unlikely meeting with a stranger lands her a job serving the royal family she sees hope.  But her appearance becomes more.  An unexpected ability spills from her.  Something red bloods aren’t supposed to be able to have.  Suddenly, Mare is swept up into intrigue, rebellion and two princes who compete for her heart.  In Mare’s new world will she be able to survive to help those who need her and fight for what she wants? Or will she be swallowed up in so many lies she doesn’t know which way to turn.

This book was phenomenal.  From the first moment in this book I was pulled into a world that was fighting to be more than what it was.  With a character like Mare Barrow you are lead from the poorest of villages to brightest of castles.  Through Mare we see and feel the losses of war, rebellion and betrayal.  Victoria Aveyard has created a world that is both relatable and fantastical.  Her heroin of Mare is not perfect but very flawed.  But its the emotions she feels about her flaws that make her so phenomenal.  In this book, you will find yourself engrossed in a fictional world that has the reader crying, cheering and screaming with each page turn.  If you haven’t picked this book up yet,  believe me when I say you need to.

 

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