I was drawn to this book by the cover, title and description. I love stories like this and this one didn’t disappoint. The story follows two sisters on their separate paths. The descriptions of the wilderwood were fantastic and there was a real atmosphere or darkness and danger present throughout the whole book. The romance was very well done. There was action and suspense throughout and overall I really enjoyed this book. I’m definitely looking forward to book two! Just can’t get over how pretty the cover is!
Within These Wicked Walls by: Lauren Blackwood
The first thing I read about this book was the description of: An Ethiopian-inspired fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre. That’s all I needed to see and I was in. And what an adventure! This book came complete with a creepy haunted castle, ghosts, romance and of my course, plenty of banter. Andromeda was a wonderful character and I really enjoyed reading her story. Magnus was a very flawed hero and I really liked the way his character was done. There was action and some tear-jerking moments as well and overall this was a wonderful read.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Vespertine by: Margaret Rogerson
Another great book by Margaret Rogerson. I absolutely fell in love with her writing when I read Sorcery if Thorns and this book was just as amazing. She has amazing world building skills and her character development is always great! I loved Artemisia and her story. The revenant was very well written and the story moved at a wonderful pace. There was a wonderful set of side characters as well that kept the story moving. The banter in this book was excellent as well and there was humor laced throughout. This is a world k very much want to read more about and I believe this is going to be a duology, which is awesome! And the cover! Charlie Bowater always does amazing cover art. Love it.
This book was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Storm of Echoes By: Christelle Dabos
This book was so brilliant and such an amazing ending to the series. When I started reading the first book, I knew I would love this series and this final book didn’t disappoint. The story is so wonderfully unique, so incredibly imaginative and creative, I can honestly say I have never read anything like it. I honestly wish it wasn’t over! Ophelia is such a brilliant character, so strong and intelligent but wonderfully human. Thorn is amazing and flawed and very relatable. The story flows so well and the pacing was amazing. I can’t wait to re-read this series once I have the hardcover of this book in my hands. Just a few more months and I’ll be reading these four books again.
Book one: A Winter’s Promise
Book two: The Missing of Clairdelune
Book three: The Memory of Babel
Book four: The Storm of Echoes
This book was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Send Me Their Souls by: Sara Wolf
What an exciting finish to the series! I love these books from the start. The main character is feisty and very sarcastic, which I love. She was strong but flawed and it made her more relatable. The side characters were all amazing as well and wonderfully written. This is a world that clearly shows not everything is black and white. Sometimes people do terrible things for reasons they think are good. I’m looking forward to whatever this author brings to the table next. And that cover! It’s amazing!
Kingdom of the Wicked by: Kerri Maniscalco
This was a great book to read during spooky season. This book starts you off right with a chilling atmosphere and intriguing beginning. I was honestly hooked from the first sentence. This was my first read from this author but I’m definitely going to be starting her Stalking Jack the Ripper series after this. The story starts you off right with the introduction of twin sisters and their amulets, making it clear that both are absolutely important to the story. This book had it all, mystery, intrigue, action, witches and dark powers and a touch of romance as well. Loved it! The end was a bit predictable, but overall this was an amazing read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a quick, purely entertaining read, I would highly recommend this.
I was provided this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Crown of Coral and Pearl By: Mara Rutherford
Firstly, the cover is lovely as is the title. I was intrigued right away and then even more so when I read the description. And I am truly glad I read this one! I was hooked immediately by the characters and the setting. The dynamic between the sisters was wonderfully done and you could really feel their love for each other. The setting was beautifully described, the sun, the heat, the saltiness of the ocean. It was all perfect. It doesn’t take long for the story to really pick up, either, and once it did it was impossible to put down. The story takes a darker turn, but it is well worth the read. Nor is an amazing and strong main character and I liked her a lot. The only thing about this book was that I found the ending to be rather abrupt and felt it could have been fleshed out a bit more, but otherwise this was just a great read! Highly recommend.
A Dangerous Collaboration By: Deanna Raybourn
I’ve been a fan of Deanna Raybourn since her Lady Julia Gray series. She is a fantastic storyteller and this was no disappointment. I devoured this latest Victoria Speedwell mystery, I think it was my favorite so far. The mystery was intriguing, complete with a creepy castle, terrible weather, seances and romance. The chemistry between the characters was brilliantly done. I loved every minute of this book and the only sad thing is, now I have to wait even longer for the next one! I think I will read anything Deanna Raybourn writes and love it.
This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Iron Flower by: Laurie Forest
I loved this book. I enjoyed it more than the first. The characters developed magnificently along with the plot. The author did an amazing job of making everything seem hopeless, but the characters are resilient and strong, doing their best to overcome even the most difficult obstacles. The romance was beautiful and the descriptions perfect. The world was intriguing and what I enjoyed and found a little bit worrying was how relevant this book is. The author shows how terrible the world is when racism is dominant. How everything gets torn apart through prejudice, judgment and assumptions. This book shows the importance of acceptance, friendship and love. It was a thrilling, beautifully written novel and I cant wait for the third installment!
This book was provided to me by Netgalley for an honest review.
Seraphina By: Rachel Hartman
When I picked up this book, I really had no idea what to expect. Part of me thought it would be just another lame dragon book, but luckily I was proven wrong. There was very extensive world building, which I noticed right off the bat. It really added to the overall story line and I quite enjoyed it. The characters were very well developed and I loved Seraphina. She is a strong, brave female character, but she isn’t perfect or whiny. The romance was subtle but sweet and developed nicely with the rest of the story. I really like what Rachel Hartman did with dragons in this story, I found it to be quite unique and thoroughly planned out. Overall, this book was a nice relaxing read without being boring and I look forward to the next one!