Monday, June 26, 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Review

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

By: Sarah J. Maas 

Published: May 2, 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Children's

707 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
It's always a rush to be able to binge read a series once all the books are out! This final book does not disappoint!

The heat and passion between Rhys and Feyre I felt sometimes was lacking after book 2's sizzling scenes. So I missed that a lot in this book. I have to admit also, given my personal dislikes in stories I read, is the very late addition of some gay characters. To wait till book 3 to throw that in there had me like "meh". I realize this is a very unpopular opinion but since I don't enjoy or want to read books in the LGBTQIA genre, I'm cautious about where some future books may take some of these characters and if I'll want to read those. That has me feeling bummed.

This book has Rhys, Feyre and the rest of the Night Court's inner circle, planning and preparing for war against the King of Hybern and that wicked cauldron he wields the power of. As long as this book is (just over 700 pages!) there is so very much that happens. So many struggles and trials they still have to face until that final battle scene. But man, these are people who overcome! They aren't fearful of death. They have a strong moral compass of what's right and wrong when it comes to the treatment of humans and leaving the world a better place. They are fiercely loyal to each other. When they come together as a family unit and show their true selves to the other High Lord's, it's amazing what they accomplish.

The ending to the story had me RAGING in parts and then after seeing the reveals along the way I am in awe of writers like Maas who can weave stories like this and keep the reader on their toes not anticipating and guessing every detail. It's incredible! I'm listing this one as a series ender because after researching the series, according to what I could find, this was meant to be a trilogy and there will be more in the world but it will be a spin-off following other characters.

As with the other two books, I give a warning to younger readers as this series is mature in content and language.

I absolutely can't wait to see which characters Maas writes about in more books to come in the Prythian world! For that reason, 2018 can't come soon enough! There are so many questions still to be answered surronding other characters. To name a few I hope we learn more about: Azriel, Cassian, Nesta, Elaine, Lucien, Amren, Tarquin, Tamlin, Morrigan and more of the High Lords. Seriously, there are so many stories yet to be told in this world!!

If you're new to this series, check out my other reviews:

Book one, A Court of Thorns and Roses (4.5 stars)
Book two, A Court of Mist and Fury (5 stars!)

Top 5 (plus a bonus) non-spoilery Favorite Quotes:
"I missed you. Every second, every breath."

"I need you. As an option. In my future."

"You are selfless, and brave, and kind. You are more than I ever dreamed for myself..."

If Rhysand was Night Triumphant, I was the star that only glowed thanks to his darkness, the light only visible because of him. 

If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.

"I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have ... The wait was worth it."

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4.5 stars

Sunday, June 25, 2017

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge: June Wrap Up

Time for our sixth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the May Wrap Up, Holly finished A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J Maas. Sandy also finished After the Game (The Field Party, # 3) by Abbi Glines.

We have a couple of announcements/reminders that we mentioned last month but want to keep up for a couple of months.
  1. Please make sure we have a valid email address or other means of contacting you if you choose to participate. Linking up to Goodreads is perfectly fine, but we have found that Goodreads is not a reliable source for contacting someone should you be selected as one of the monthly giveaway winners. This could be due to your Goodreads notification settings or Goodreads themselves could be at fault. We're not sure which. And since we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible for one of the giveaways will receive their prize should they win one month or the grand prize at the end of the year, it is up to you to ensure that we can contact you and that you respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually stated in the email notifying you of your winning).
  2. While the challenge and giveaways are open internationally, please make sure that you can receive e-gift cards via or Again, we want to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and to receive the prizes. Please remember that Holly and Sandy are funding the giveaways out of our own pockets as something that we want to do, and we would like to continue to do so.
Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the June giveaway runs from June 25th - July 25th. On July 25th we will use and the linky entries to pull a winner.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

*ARC* Until It Fades - Review

Until It Fades

By: K.A. Tucker

Published: June 27, 2017 by Atria Books

368 pages

Source: ebook, Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?
K.A. Tucker has written another great love story that fans of hers are sure to eat up! If you're new to her books, then trust me when I say that they are filled with emotion, sometimes intense tension between the male and female leads until they finally give in to what they KNOW is there and then BAM, it gets goooooood.

Catherine is a young, 24 year old single mom, working in a truck-stop diner to make ends meet for herself and her daughter. At the age of 18 she leaves home due to a tumultuous relationship with her mother. Learning from her own mistakes she "womans-up" and makes a life for herself. A good, simple life. She hasn't dated in 5 years and basically is very gaurded with her heart and her inner circle of close friends. It's not just her to consider she has Brenna to think about. One night on the way home from a blind date gone horribly wrong, she comes across a horrific single vehicle accident. Being the caring human being she is, she stops and attempts to help save the passenger in the vehicle before the car explodes.

Cath's story is told first from alternating between past and present events. Her past in high school is one that caused her and her family a lot of hatred from the very small town and grief. She's done with being in any form of limelight....and then she discovers who exactly the man she saved is. This man is so genuinely grateful to her that he MUST meet her in person. What develops from there is a beautiful relationship that the reader can see coming from miles away.

Oh, Cath....she irritated me at times. I yelled internally at her several times! From her (metaphorical) blindess, to her unwillingness to truly move on from her past, to her struggle with trusting and realizing she IS enough....even for someone like Brett Madden. But I suppose, despite my irritations with this part of her character, I could somewhat understand the journey through which she goes through over a period of 5 years, prior to meeting Brett, and afterward what he helps her to (too slowly) see, that causes her to be insecure and question herself. She needed a big boost in self-confidence and Brett was the man to bring that back out in her.

This book was just what I love in contemporary romance. A happily-ever-after ending with loads of steam mixed in. For the genre in which this one falls (New Adult) I would say this is a bit lighter on the graphic nature....though still mature in content, the descriptiveness of the graphic scenes is slightly less. Language too, though I'm still giving it a medium score, is MUCH less in F-bombs than other books in this same genre.

Top Favorite Quotes:
"If my life depended on your skill with flirting, then hand me a shovel because I may as well dig my own grave."

"Give me at least a shred of hope before I start dropping cats off on your doorstep."

"Life is too short to do what other people think you should do."

"...take advantage of what's in front of you us today, because it might not be there tomorrow, right?"

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cover Reveal - The Sound of Light by Claire Wallis

The Sound of Light

By: Claire Wallis

Published: July 17, 2017

320 pages

(Goodreads / Amazon - preorder the ebook now!)


My littlest girl has always been a bit peculiar. It was nothing I could ever put a finger on, but I always knew there was something inside her that made her a different kind of special. A deeper kind. 

K'acy's got a light around her, one that'll just about knock you over, especially if you don't see her coming. She's got music in her soul, too. Deep, resonating music that echoes and hums, just like the notes that come from the bass guitar she's had attached to her hip since the day she turned thirteen years old. 

She's got a hell of a secret, yes, but she does what she's got to do to make it one worth having. She takes care of people. She changes their stories. I spent my life telling both of my girls that you always gotta do what's right, even when it hurts, and it makes me proud to know she was listening.

I saw the way she looked at that boy on the day they met, and I knew right then that things were going to change. Two different people from two different worlds is nothing but a recipe for heartbreak, and when the lies pile higher and higher, it can change a person into something they're not. 

It took me dying all those years ago to finally figure out just exactly how special my K'acy really is, and even though I'm not with her anymore, I don't want that boy and his family to change her. I want her to keep doing what's right, even when it hurts. 

Because that's who she is inside. That's her deeper kind of special.

**This stand-alone novel from Claire Wallis is intended for readers age 17 and up.**
***Release Date: July 17, 2017*** The Sound of Light will be released in print format via Amazon and in digital format from Amazon, Nook, iBooks, and Kobo.

For more information visit

A Court of Mist and Fury - Review

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

By: Sarah J. Maas 

Published: May 3, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Children's

626 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
In two words this book was frustrating and delicious! One thing is certain, this book made me FEEL a LOT! Let me explain.

The story picks up about 3 months after the ending of book one. If you're new to the series this isn't a super big deal in a time gap because book one doesn't end in a cliffhanger. The first 20% of the book though had me all kinds of frustrated both at Feyre and at Tamlin. Yes, Feyre is dealing with some demons and depression after the events of what occured in book one. But, Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court, doesn't SEE her anymore through the potential threat of violence to her. He is blinded by his desire to protect. With little communication between them about the horrific pain and damage of what happened to them, this causes a downward spiral of events. Feyre, seemingly too lackadaisical about it all, turns into this quiet, obedient mouse of a person, too willing to go along with his overbearance and the orders and wishes of everyone around her. This causes her depression to spiral out of control and her physical wellbeing to suffer. So yeah, the first 20% of the book was hard to get through. But I just KNEW there had to be a reason. What Feyre needed was a true partner, someone that could help her harness her new body and her new powers. Someone that could fulfill her new desires as the new being she was.

I could see a love triangle forming and I wasn't sure I could get on board with that at first. Being the excellent writer and storyteller that Maas is though, and experiencing something similar in her Throne of Glass series, she had me wringing with frustration to near panting with desire for more, more, more! At times it felt like I was on a roller coast of emotions! I was twisted with pain, reeling with frustration, squealing with excitement, drooling with desire, shocked with revelations, surprised at tricky turn of events, and every feeling in between! This increases the heat by a hundred percent! There were parts where I said "oh, this is a re-read section!"

Enter Rhysand. A major side player from book one, the High Lord of the Night Court, he now has a link straight to Feyre through a bargain she made with him in book one. That bargain: a week every month with him at his court. Being terrified to be taken away from Tamlin, Feyre is at first cautious of his intentions and fearful. The connection between Rhysand and Feyre is like a slow ember burning. It was agnonizing at times to watch their flirtatious interactions remain only that. They are both stubborn and strong-willed and damaged. When we finally see behind the mask of the High Lord of the Night Court, woah man! I could not get enough!!

I'm upping my mature content rating for this one because the scenes are more graphic than most YA books. I'm not entirely sure if this is even considered YA....the publisher having "Children's" in the name is very deceiving if one were to assume it's for children. Not that many readers look at that sort of thing. This is definitely more in the NA realm not just in content but also in the ages of the characters. Yes, Feyre is only 20 but the rest of the major players are hundreds of years old - in the lives of Immortal Faeries. There are also quite the number of F-bombs for any potential younger readers, so beware. I don't recall not even one F-bomb in book one so that was increased exponentially.

To go on about the story itself would give away more than I believe the reader needs to know ahead of time. Believe me when I say there is so much that happens in this book! It's a wild ride of emotions and one I will need to re-read one day. For now though, I'm moving on to book 3!

Top 5 Favorite (non-spoiler) Quotes:
"You do what you love, what you need."

"Don't let the hard days win."

"To the stars who listen - and the dreams that are answered."

"I'm thinking," he said, following the flick of my tongue over my bottom lip, "that I look at you and feel like I'm dying. Like I can't breathe. I'm thinking that I want you so badly I can't concentrate half the time I'm around you..."

"Truth is deadly. Truth is freedom. Truth can break and mend and bind."

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 3 (high)
Final Rating: 5 stars!!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday: Enrage

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Wishful Endings.
Each week bloggers participate to spotlight and discuss a book they have yet to read, generally one that hasn't released yet. Can't Wait Wednesday is based on Waiting on Wednesday, previously hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

This week I'm waiting on:
Enrage (Eagle Elite #8) by Rachel Van Dyken
Expected Publication: July 31, 2017
Preorder Buy Link: Not available yet (Will be $.99 on release day only!)
Part of a world I loathe.
Part of a family who hates me more than I hate myself.
Living with a girl who reminds me of my darkness.
I'm. In. Hell.
Also known as the Cosa Nostra.
My life was over the minute I stepped off that plane.
Son to a murdered mob boss.
Heir to a throne of murder and lies.
My name is Dante Nicolasi.
And there will be blood.
I have long enjoyed the Eagle Elite series. I just can never get enough of these guys!

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Court of Thorns and Roses - Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

By: Sarah J. Maas

Published: May 5, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Children's

432 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
This was my second series to begin of Maas. The first being the Throne of Glass series. I have come to expect great things with her writing in the fantasy genre! Borderline between Young Adult and New Adult due to mature content, this book pulled my imagination right in from go. As any new series starts off, the beginning is world building as told through the point of view of the main character, a human 19 year old girl named Feyre. World building is important especially when the characters are as colorful and numerous as these Fae are.

Let me start briefly with the name of Feyre. In the Kindle copy I was reading there is a pronunciation key but it's at the very back, after the acknowledgments! So for the first 3% or so (less than 13 pages into the book) I was saying her name like "Fey-ER" much like these words in the English language: pasture, acre, puncture. Phonetically this is what her name should sound like. A friend of mine pointed out the correct pronunciation explained by the author and thankfully around page 13 of my Kindle copy the MC explains how to say her name. "Fay-ruh". I had a hard time getting on board with this at first because it didn't jive with English grammar. Minor frustration.

I highlighted a lot! But it wasn't for the purpose of favorite quotes. It was because there is so much rich information being given that I didn't want to forget anything.

Oh the feels! I was feelin' alright! From the cloud of darkness the human girl literally finds herself in, the confusion of this new world she's forced to live in, to the friendships that develop, and later the sexual tension that's formed between Feyre and Tamlin which leads to passion and loyalty. I even experienced a couple teary-eyed moments.

Here's what you need to know if you're interested to read this story. Feyre is the youngest daughter of three living with their widowed father. Having once been wealthy and now the poorest among their village, she alone goes out to hunt for food to keep them alive. She has reached the point where she will do anything it takes to feed herself and her family. One night hunting she kills both a deer and an extremely large wolf. She sells the pelts for coin and they now have enough food to last a week or two and money to buy more supplies as needed. What she doesn't realize is that the wolf she killed was no ordinary wolf. A massive beast comes demanding payment for a life debt. Feyre being the one to have killed the wolf, the beast offers her two choices. She can either be killed by him, or come to live beyond the wall with him. But what lies beyond the wall is Prythian, a land extremely dangerous to humans as it is ruled by faeries and other creatures. Due to a battle some 500 years ago, there is a treaty in place to keep the Fae and the humans separate so each can live in relative peace. As Feyre comes to live with and get to know these Fae she develops friendships and feelings for them all. What she had always heard in childhood stories to keep humans away from the wall, is not at all like what she is experiencing first hand. She also learns of a curse that has taken over the Fae lands and it threatens to spread over the wall and harm her family as well.

Feyre is strong-willed, sharp-tongued, determined and stubborn. She's a fighter! She is definitely someone to root for!

Part of the story had me reminiscing of Beauty and the Beast. Don't be mistaken though, it's only a few similarities, not actually a retelling.

I can't write up my review without mentioning the side characters that I thoroughly enjoyed! Lucien and Rhysand are at the top of that list and I'm very curious to see what more happens with them.

The somewhat surprising thing to me is that the book doesn't end in a killer cliffhanger. I would say it's a small taste of a happily-ever-after before the next major obstacle hits. I actually sort of liked this and that I wasn't strung along to wait to know what happens next. I enjoy the occasional cliffhanger but it was nice for this one to not end like I was used to the Throne of Glass books ending.

Fans of YA/NA fantasy with romance will definitely want to give this series a read! I owned book one for longer than I realized before I got around to reading it...about a year. I should NOT have waited that long!

Top Favorite Quotes:
"Against slavery, against tyranny, I would gladly go to my death, no matter whose freedom I was defending."

"Because I'd want someone to hold my hand until the end, and awhile after that. That's something everyone deserves, human or faerie."

"Because when the legends get written, I didn't want to be remembered for standing on the sidelines."

Language Rating: 1 (light)
Mature Content Rating: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4.5 stars
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