Fiction Friday: Book Review- Blood Vow by J.R Ward (Black Dagger Legacy #2)

Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2)Blood Vow by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just got out of a book slump and this book was everything that I didn’t know I was looking for. There’s romance, action, drama, suspense and vampires (which if you didn’t already know, I absolutely love). The world-building was incredible and I loved that even though this was the first book that I read in the series I still understood the culture and rules of this society. “Blood Vow” has several stories combined in it. The main story focuses on two couples: Axe and Elise and Rhage and Mary. Axe and Elise have a fierce attraction between them but Axe has sworn off any kind of relationship. Also there’s the not-so-tiny problem about him being her bodyguard. On the other hand, Rhage and Mary are a happily married couple who are in the process of adopting a little girl. Their lives are seemingly perfect until a threat appears that could tear them apart (sorry, I’m trying not to spoil anything and it’s pretty difficult for me). I didn’t feel like this book had much in terms of plot. Like I expected there to be a great big evil force that everyone would come together and fight. However I still really enjoyed this book and the characters. I’m going to be following this series. I love how the characters were like a family. This is a great read for anyone who loves fantasy.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- What Would Emma Do by Eileen Cook

What Would Emma Do?What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emma lives in a small town with a bunch of crazy people who twist the Bible for their own needs.
Okay so maybe I’m exaggerating a little but this novel hit a bit too close to home. I’ve seen people use religion to justify things or do or even worse seen religious people do bad things and be okay with it.
And that’s precisely what happens here. The popular girls at school suddenly start falling ill. The town believes it to be the work of the devil…except Emma has seen the goody-two-shoes Queen Bee and her bestie taking drugs. Does Emma risk speaking out?
Like I said before I loved that I could relate to this book. It felt like Eileen Cook had taken my life and written about it. I was not too happy with the ending but like most Eileen Cook endings it’s realistic

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(A Very Informal) Review of The DIMILY Series

“Did I Mention I Love You” is a series by Estelle Maskame that follows Eden and her on-again-off-again relationship with her step-brother. Now I don’t know about you but that description just makes the series sound cliche and odd. Here’s the thing though- Eden and Tyler meet when she goes to visit her estranged father and his new family. Eden and Tyler have never known each other before and now they’re expected to behave as family. I hated Tyler’s bad boy behaviour in book one (“Did I Mention I Love You) but unlike most bad boys, Tyler actually had a reason for his behaviour. I really enjoyed this book and was devastated when it ended-and I say that as someone who had all three books ready to read. This is a series that NEEDS to be binge-read.

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The second book follows Eden and Tyler during a holiday in New York. Tyler is trying to be a better person and it is such a great thing to see. I honestly expected him to be a bad boy throughout the series. It was refreshing to see such great character development.

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Eden irritated me in this book since she *SPOILERS AHEAD READ AT OWN RISK* kept expecting Tyler to still have feelings for her even though she was dating his best friend. I was also annoyed when she kept getting jealous over Tyler. Um, you’re dating his best friend and you don’t seem to want to end the relationship. Stop being such a selfish cow *END SPOILERS*

The ending was totally unexpected and took me by surprise and just like the first book, I was desperate to read on.

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The last book, “Did I Mention I Miss You” is a blur of feels and so enjoyable. It is far lighter than the first two books and really makes up for all of the previous sad parts.

I enjoyed this series immensely and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. Just remember that this is a series that is best enjoyed as a binge-read.

 

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Glided Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)Gilded Cage by Vic James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a review copy of this book on Netgalley.
Abi and her family go to work as servants for a wealthy and powerful family. But while their job is considered safer and better than working in the slave town, it still has its own horrors. Meanwhile Abi’s brother, Luke is in the brutal slave town where he is subjected to abuse. I spent the first half of the book wondering who got the worse job. Sure Abi’s job was mainly administration but the family she serves, the Jadines, are absolutely terrifying. While Luke has to work under uncomfortable circumstances, he atleast has some sort of solitude at the end of the day.
But then everyone seemed like a friend and then everyone seemed like a foe so I was just confused. Can anyone be trusted? Should no one be trusted? This book had me second-guessing every character and I loved every second of it. The writing is flawless, the plot moves quickly and the twists are unimaginable.
This is one of those books that leave you with a thousand questions. Just give me the rest of the series already. I NEED MORE!!! Go read this book. You won’t regret it.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

The Duke (Victorian Rebels, #4)The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cole and Ginny spend a night together when he pays for her “services”. Years pass and the two of them are unable to forget each other.
However Cole remembers Ginny as a dark-haired lady of the night and not as Imogen, the blonde nurse who helped to save his life. As time goes on, Imogen ends up living in the house next to Cole and Cole sees her as nothing more than a gold-digger.
But a secret from Imogen’s life as Ginny is about to tear her new life apart and Cole may be the only person who can help her.
There isn’t much romance in this book but it was natural which I enjoyed. The focus of this book is on Cole’s past and Imogen’s past as well as how it affects their lives now.
I loved the supporting characters from other books in this series and can’t wait to read the precious books.
This was a fun read with entertaining characters that I enjoyed immensely.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora BanksThe One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. Since this was dubbed “the debut of the year”, I was really excited to review it. This was everything I didn’t know I wanted and needed in a book. Seventeen-year-old Flora has amnesia and forgets things after every few minutes. Her only memories are from before she was ten.
But then Flora kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend (or ex-boyfriend but they broke up like two seconds before Flora and Drake kissed. This reminds me of Rachel and Ross’ “we were on a break argument” but never mind). When Flora wakes up the next day, she remembers that she kissed Drake and decides tracks him down because she is convinced that a) she is in love with him and b) she is convinced that he holds the key to her memory.
Honestly the first part of the book doesn’t have much in the way of plot but it’s oddly intriguing to watch Flora go through her daily life. I think she does pretty well for someone with amnesia especially when she decides to travel on her own- something her parents definitely don’t want her to do.
This book exceeded my expectations and was so different. I loved that I was unable to predict the ending. This was incredibly well-written and I finished it in one go. I couldn’t stop reading.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys YA.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake 

Three Dark CrownsThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So many questions. So many twists. So many characters. I have no idea what I’m going to do with my life now that this book is over. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I’ve been obsessed with this book ever since I’ve heard what it was about and was so glad to finally be able to read it.
However I found the first 50 pages difficult to get into. Each of the three sisters have a separate love interest, friends, foes and family which made it very confusing for me. There was far too much new information all being introduced at once and I hated it. But like I said before, I waited ages for this book and I was determined to see it to the end no matter what. So I pushed through and I was glad that I did.
“Three Dark Crowns” tells the story of three sisters with three different powers. The sisters need to fight to the death in order to win control of the crown. This is a book with betrayal, deception, corruption, politics, lies and secrets. It was amazing!
I loved how different each sister was and even though I tried my hardest not to get attached to them, it broke my heart whenever I thought of any of them dying. This story left me with several questions and I need the sequel ASAP to give me answers. I think that this is a book that anyone who appreciates YA fantasy and strong female characters will enjoy.

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Blog Tour Review: Ready Set Rogue

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I’m so thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for “Ready Set Rogue” by Manda Collins. I loved this book and couldn’t read fast enough (full review below).

READY SET ROGUE  by Manda Collins

From the bestselling author of The Lords of Anarchy series, comes the exciting first installment of Manda Collins’ new Studies in Scandal series: READY SET ROGUE (St. Martin’s Paperbacks; January 3, 2017; $7.99; 978-1-250-10986-6). Collins is back in the Regency era with a passionate, yet unexpected romance that comes in the wake of a thrilling murder mystery.   

 

When scholarly Miss Ivy Wareham receives word that she’s one of four young ladies who have inherited Lady Celeste Beauchamp’s estate with a magnificent private library, she packs her trunks straightaway. Unfortunately, Lady Celeste’s nephew, the rakish Quill Beauchamp, Marquess of Kerr, is determined to interrupt her studies one way or another…

Bequeathing Beauchamp House to four bluestockings—no matter how lovely they are to look at—is a travesty, and Quill simply won’t have it. But Lady Celeste’s death is not quite as straightforward as it first seemed…and if Quill hopes to solve the mystery behind her demise, he’ll need Ivy’s help. Along the way, he is surprised to learn that bookish Ivy stirs a passion and longing that he has never known. This rogue believes he’s finally met his match—but can Quill convince clever, skeptical Ivy that his love is no fiction?

Don’t miss Ready Set Rogue, the first in Manda Collins’ new series set in Regency England!

 

AUTHOR BIO: Manda Collins is the author of The Lords of Anarchy series, which includes Good Earl Gone Bad and A Good Rake is Hard to Find, as well as several other Regency-set romances. She spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she’s not writing, she’s helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.

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MY REVIEW:

Quill is furious when he learns that his beloved aunt, Celeste has bequeathed her home to four blue-stockings. Convinced that the women are nothing but con-artists, Quill rushes to the estate to somehow save the property that he considered his home. However sparks fly when Quil encounters one of the blue-stockings, Ivy. Ivy soon discovers a letter from the late Celeste in which she shares her suspicions that she may have been murdered. Quill and Ivy need to work together to find Lady Celeste’s killer before he/she strikes again.

I’ve never read a historical mystery novel so this was something new to me. I usually find myself skipping to the end of mystery novels because I’m too impatient to wait to see how everything plays out but this wasn’t the case. I was too captivated by the plot to even consider skipping to the end and I was glad I did. The ending was totally unexpected and I was left shocked.

I really liked the characters of Ivy and Quill. Their chemistry is tangible and I loved their scenes together. The characters in this book are incredibly well-written and real but I strongly felt like the character of Daphne  stole the show. I can’t wait to read a book about her. I actually can’t remember the other blue-stockings and I just felt like they were background characters while Ivy and Daphne dominated their little group.

This is an incredibly well-written book that I couldn’t put down or read fast enough. I recommend this book to all fans of historical romance and mystery novels. I’ve never read a book by Manda Collins before but now that I have I can’t wait to read more!

 

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book and was incredibly sad when it ended. This story begins with Cath moving in to her dorm at college. Things are frosty between her and her twin sister, Wren. While Cath is freaking out about leaving her father alone and all of the changes that college may bring along with it. Wren simply moves on with her new life at college. And Cath is not a part of this new life. While Wren parties and makes new friends, Cath refuses to leave her room and buries herself deeper in her fanfiction writing.
I could relate to this story as I also struggled with college at first. I especially enjoyed how much Cath and I were alike. Cath is a fangirl and it is her fanfiction that gets her through life. Atleast that is how it has always been until now. I loved the character of Levi. If I was the kind of girl who swooned, he would definitely make me swoon.
This was a cute light read that I would definitely recommend. I thought the characters were well-written, the writing was funny and I really liked the illustrations displayed on the inside cover of the book.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Raven (A Creepy Hollow Story) by Rachel Morgan

Raven (A Creepy Hollow Story)Raven by Rachel Morgan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had my doubts about this book since a) I couldn’t really remember Raven from the Creepy Hollow series and b) I didn’t think any other character in Creepy Hollow would make a impact on me the way that Chase did. I decided to just read a few pages to see what I thought of the book and I was instantly sucked in.
Raven comes from a very wealthy family and is “practically royalty” according to her mother. What Raven’s parents don’t know is that Raven has a close (and forbidden) friendship with Flint, one of the guards.
When Raven is caught in the middle of a dangerous murderous plot, Flint is the only one around to help her.
This is a really fast read and I loved getting a look at a completely different part of Creepy Hollow. I would love to see more from the upper classes of Creepy Hollow.
I didn’t like Flint as much as Chase (will I ever like anyone as much as Chase? Doubtful) but I thought he was a great character nonetheless. I especially enjoyed seeing Tora as a kid. I would love if the next Creepy Hollow novella was about her.
This is a quick but entertaining read that fans of Creepy Hollow will love!

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