Silence Fallen

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

4.5 stars!

“I only get weirder the longer you know me.”

Silence Fallen begins with Mercy being abducted by vampires and brought to Europe. She escapes her captors and ends up in the gothic city of Prague, where she has no clue if the people and supernatural creatures she comes across are friend or foe. As time goes by Mercy discovers there is more than one creature that has her in their sits, it’s just a matter of whether or not she can find a safe place to go.

“I looked like a victim. I was done, really done with being a victim.”

I love this series, it never ever fails to deliver a thrilling story and a smile to my face. Patricia Briggs writes hands down one of the best urban fantasy series ever. I love getting lost in the Tricities realm, the characters feel like friends and family as you read along. This is book ten and the series is still going strong, connecting the previous happenings of the books before while creating a new and unique story.

I was majorly geeking out when reading this book. Why? I studied abroad for a year in the city of Prague, and the majority of this book was based there! And it was all accurate! I felt as if I was walking the streets of that city again and it made me miss it. Briggs very obviously either knows the city well herself, or did some awesome research. Plus the addition of the Prague Golem to the plot? Genius! And amazingly well done.

Anyways, I gave it 4.5 instead of 5 because honestly, Adams bits were kinda boring to me with all the political stuff. But otherwise I LOVED this book. And that twist at the end? I never saw it coming, even though thinking back there were some clues. I just missed them.

This is a series you need to be reading, and if you already are, read this book immediately!

“Where is the glory if there is no one left to tell the story?”

ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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The Lost Codex

The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

4 stars!

“The beauty of free will is that we can choose whether or not to do what we wish.”

A truly epic series, something unique and original that you don’t see very often. Lyons has said this is her ode to literature, and I can see why. From the beginning of the series I was fascinated by the idea of taking characters we know and love from multiple books and stories, and weaving them together to create an action packed adventure, mystery, fantasy series.

I can’t say much about the plot, because that’s one giant spoiler for everything, but know I was riveted from the first page, trying to figure out the mystery of the ending of book three (which was luckily revealed sooner than I expected). From there so much happens, you just have to read it to find out!

I love the different ideas Lyons has for her characters, though they may originally have belonged to other authors, she has respectfully crafted them into her own. Very fast paced and incredibly well written, this series to me was grand time and one I can see myself returning to in the future to reread. I’m sad that this series is over and I will miss these characters.

Every time I read a book in this series, I find myself wanting to return to classic literature. A lot of the references I understood, others I had to figure out. But ultimately it made me want to read more and learn more.

“We are not bound by prophecies, but by choice.”

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Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.

For what is written can still be erased.

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Torn

Torn by Jennifer Armentrout

4.5 stars!!

There will be slight spoilers from the previous book in this review. If you don’t want Wicked spoilers STOP READING NOW!!! Okay? Okay.

Ivy Morgan is a member of The Order, a group with a mission to go out and kill Fae living in the human world. At the end of the previous book she was almost killed by the Fae Prince, until he discovered she is the halfling he has been looking for. This secret throws Ivy and she has no idea who to trust with this information. Because the Prince needs Ivy to create an apocalypse baby, and The Order wants the halfling dead.

Should Ivy tell her boyfriend, Ren, the man she loves? Or keep it a secret and run?

Recently some of the stuff JLA has put out has been quite the miss for me, and I love her books. So I was a bit scared going into this book that I wouldn’t like it, but I needn’t have worried. Reading this book was like coming home. I ADORED this book, so so much. Even more than the first book. It was also easy to read this book despite reading Wicked two years ago.

Ivy’s struggles with who she was and what that meant pulled at my heart, I felt for the girl so much. She was basically put in an impossible situation and I couldn’t even figure out what she should do. The Prince was creepy AF, and honestly gave me the shivers (of ick).

But my favorite part? TINK. That fairy man makes the book. I want him to have his own book, I think it could easily be done.

This book was equal parts suspenseful, angsty, sweet and awesome. I only hope that the next book really does release in summer of 2017.

Fire Touched

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

4.5 stars!

The Mercy Thompson series is one I’ve been reading for years. I love it so much and think we are lucky as fans that the series has not ended yet. It’s also one of the best urban fantasy series out there, in my opinion. So every Spring when a new book in the series is published I get so delighted because I really want to see what happens next in the series.

In this ninth installment, Mercy and her Alpha werewolf husband Adam, find themselves faced with issues surrounding the Fae. The past few books have been building up to this, with mentions of the fae disappearing and much more interesting activity afoot. Here Mercy finds herself battling a troll on a bridge with some members of the pack, and unintentionally speaking for the Pack on the stance they take toward the Fae, and claiming the Tri-Cities as their own territory.

What follows is a series of events of Mercy and the Pack defending themselves and entering into intricate bargains with the Fae and other supernatural species.

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This book took a little bit for me to get into, normally when I read a Mercy book it’s finished in less than 12 hours. Fire Touched took me a while longer mostly because I had a bit of trouble finding the reading rhythm (and binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer didn’t help matters). I loved the bits where we saw the Pack resolving issues that needed to be solved like, 2 books ago. I was sick of the way some members had been treating Mercy and I like that some of that was covered. The introduction of a new and mysterious character named Aiden, the human buy stuck in a Fae world for centuries, turning him into a sort of hybrid. I cannot wait to learn more about him.

Being a romance junkie I would have liked more on Mercy and Adam but I understand that wasn’t a priority. Briggs dropped a relationship bomb in this book and seemed to brush it off very quickly, but we saw that Briggs!!! And it better be talked about in the next book you sly author you! I also cannot help but think there is something going on between Jesse and Ben, or that maybe there will be in the future when she’s not in high school. Nothing obvious is written but I kind of feel that happening.

Anyways, I love this author and this series, so hopefully you take a chance on it and read the first book, Moon Called. You won’t regret it. (And now the year long wait for the next book begins. Grr.)

An Ice Cold Grave

An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly #3) by Charlaine Harris

4 stars!

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This was the best book in the series so far! Harper Connelly was struck by lightning when she was fifteen. Since then she has been able to locate dead bodies and determine their cause of death. Harper and her step-brother Tolliver travel the US using her ability to make a living. Harper and Tolliver are brought to North Carolina on their most recent job in an effort to locate missing teenage boys. Not only does Harper locate their bodies, but it turns out there is a serial killer in this small town and he’s not happy that Harper has ruined his fun.

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An Ice Cold Grave was the best book in the series by far. I felt the mystery was way more interesting in this book and the way it unraveled had a nice flow, compared to the first two novels where it was very all of the sudden. The murders were much more gruesome than previous novels, which was a bit surprising.

But my favorite part was watching Harper and Tolliver FINALLY reveal their attraction to each other. It’s not gross to me because they’re not related, and they know each other better than anyone else. It made sense. Plus it was a bonus knowing Tolliver had been way more aware of it than Harper had. He was just waiting for her to realize it, too.

So if you like paranormal mystery with some romance thrown in, this is the series for you. I’m going to hold off on reading the next book as I don’t want this series to end!!!

Grave Surprise

Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly #2) by Charlaine Harris

3.5 stars!

“I love the South, don’t get me wrong; but it does lag behind the times in social developments.”

The second book in a series of four, you must read Grave Sightbefore reading this book. Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver travel the US, using Harper’s ability to find dead bodies and to know how they died as a means of employment. This came about when Harper was struck by lightning when she was a teenager. Harper and Tolliver are called to Memphis for a grave reading in an old cemetery. While there Harper discovers the body of an eleven year old girl that she had searched for before.

Now the mystery begins as it was obvious someone put the body there for her to find, and instead of a random stranger having taken the girl, it’s someone close to home. Tied up in the case, Harper and Tolliver are stuck in Memphis and are further entwined in the case when another body shows up in the same grave, someone they know.

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I’m going to say this in the nicest way possible, while I like these books and they’re a wonderful urban fantasy guilty pleasure, I think that Charlaine Harris isn’t a very good writer. I’m sorry! But the way she writes almost excludes feelings, skipping around settings in a sentence where I have to go back and reread them because I missed it it was so quick. In fact, a ghost showed up and I had no clue he was a ghost until she explicitly said so four pages later! I guess what I’m trying to say is she isn’t always very clear with her writing.

“Nothing could stop tragedy from visiting your home. The angel of death would not pass over, leaving you unscathed, no matter how large your house was.”

Now here’s a small spoiler I’m not tagging: I went into this series knowing that a romantic relationship developed between Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver. And while it doesn’t bother me I could see how people would be a little creeped out by it, especially since they refer to each other as brother and sister in the books. But since I knew going in I felt it was fairly obvious what was developing since the beginning, and I’m not really creeped out by it because they aren’t blood related. It was interesting to see Harper’s revelation of her feelings in this book and I really want to see how she’ll handle it in the next book.

As for the mystery, it was slow and came together all too quickly at the end. As all of Ms. Harris’s books do. At this point I’m not reading for the mystery, I’m reading for the character development and the use of Harper’s abilities and how they affect her life. That’s the part I enjoy about these books.

So remember everyone, 3 stars means I liked it! Don’t pity the 3 star rating, I still very much enjoyed! I’ll continue the series as I am intrigued by these characters.

Grave Sight

Grave Sight (Harper Connelly #1) by Charlaine Harris

3.5 stars!

Ok, I’m going to be nice and round this up to 4 stars. My reasoning? I LOATHED, HATED Dead Until Dark by this author. I used to be Tru Blood obsessed (the television series) and the book series was a huge let down.

So when my manager/boss who doesn’t read PNR or urban fantasy very often told me that this was a guilty pleasure series, I HAD to read it. Plus this sounded like an adult version of the Meg Cabot (Jenny Carroll) series 1-800-WHERE-R-U, a series I grew up on and loved.

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When Harper Connelly was a teenager she was hit by lightning in a freak accident that should have left her dead. Instead, she is left with the ability to locate dead bodies and can see what happened to them when they die. Harper along with her stepbrother Tolliver, travel the country making a living locating bodies and determining how they died. Most people think she’s a quack or spawn of the devil but they keep coming to her for answers.

In a small town in Arkansas, Harper is asked to find the body of a teen girl suspected to have been abducted or killed after her boyfriend supposedly committed suicide. Through a series of events Harper and Tolliver become entwined in the investigation of the two deaths despite desperately wanting to leave town. As time goes by and things become more twisted Harper cannot help but become curious, and soon she is working on the case herself.

I really enjoyed reading this. It surprised me because I hadn’t liked this author’s previous work, but this series is strong on its own and honestly much better than the Sookie Stackhouse series. I would love to see this book made into a series or film. So for those of you who like murder mysteries with a little bit of a paranormal aspect, this book is for you. Just ignore that godawful cover.

Angelfall

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

First read: 5 stars!
Reread: 4.5 stars!

“My friends call me Wrath. My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name?”

So the third book is finally released and I decided to reread the first book so I could binge read the entire series. Small thank you to Tim for making me read this book back when it came out, I know to listen to your recommendations now.

Angelfall takes place in post-apocalyptic central California in the middle of the Silicon Valley where Penryn is doing her best to keep her sister Paige, and her mom alive.

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Angels have come down from heaven, and they weren’t the good guys. In fact, they decimated much of humanity and its cities. While trying to find shelter Penryn and her family come across a group of angels in a fight and watch as an angel gets his wings cut off. The group of angels take off with Paige and Penryn is left alone with the dying angel.

“Why were the other angels attacking you?”
“It’s impolite to ask the victim of violence what they did to be attacked.”

The angel’s name is Raffe and he and Penryn end up teaming together out of necessity, Raffe so he can get his wings sewn back on and Penryn so she can get her sister back.

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I loved this book the first time I read it and enjoyed it immensely the second time around. Penryn is such a strong female character and the way she deals with obstacles with such determination is amazing. Seriously, she needs to get her sister and deal with an angry angel and her crazy mom popping in all the time? If that were me, I’d need to be medicated from the stress.

The worldbuilding in this book was amazing. The author puts the reader right in the thick of it with a decent explanation and just picks up from there. The author thought of everything that might happen in a situation like this from rebel camps to street gangs to creatures in the scary woods. I myself felt like this world was real when reading it.

And Raffe. Oh Raffe. I hate the way your name is pronounced because it reminds me of the guy who sings children’s songs (if you haven’t heard of Raffi find him on youtube). But the name Raffe is the only thing I don’t like otherwise the character is amazeballs. Fallen angel with a dry sense of humor? And he’s loyal? And he’s hot? And he does his best to protect Penryn in his own way? Raffe, you have earned a spot on my book boyfriends shelf.

Lastly, my favorite part of the whole book? The ending. Those of you who have read this book know what I mean. The anguish, the despair. I. EAT. THAT. SHIT. UP.

So if you haven’t read this series, now is the time. It’s fantastic and all of the books are out. So go and binge read already!!!!

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The Return

The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4 Apollyon stars!

“You’re just…you’re just Seth.”
“And you…you’re just my salvation.”

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***First off, I just want to note that you must finish reading The Covenant series before reading this book. The Return is a new adult spinoff of the young adult series, the first book titled Half Blood and it’s a serious I rated 5 stars across the board so I highly recommend reading it.

The Return is about Seth, the Apollyon who aided in several unforgivable crimes a few years before. In order to atone for all of his actions, Seth agrees to be the bidding boy of the Greek Gods. This changes when Apollo tasks Seth with protecting someone at all costs.

Josie is a college student who is worried about her next test and her unwell mother back home. Upon meeting Seth she is whisked into a new world, one containing Greek gods, demigods, sentinels, titans, furies, daimons and more. After shit hits the fan at her college, Seth must escort Josie to a safe location but they face many obstacles along the way.

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I love that Seth got his own book. There were so many times when reading The Covenant series that I wished we as the readers knew his motivations or his side of things, so I was very grateful to get his perspective in this book. Seth’s main focus is toatone for all of the horrible things he’s done in the past, and the horrible tragedies that his actions ultimately led to. There is an undeniable attraction between Seth and Josie, but Seth cannot believe he would deserve a girl like her, and believes he would not be the man she deserved. Based on all of his baggage, I can see where he is coming from with that.

I really liked Josie as a new character, she had a lot of spunk but wasn’t at all reckless. Her goal was to survive to live another day. I look forward to seeing her development in the next book. I feel like we just scratched the surface with her.

I loved the character cameos we got to see in this book, mostly Apollo, Luke and Deacon. Deacon always seems to put a smile on my face and I hope he’s around a lot more. I would have liked more cameos but hopefully they will come later.

Overall, I really liked this book, but because of some unresolved plot points at the end I can’t say I loved it.

Oh and I’m not normally mean about this, but who the f*** chose this cover?? It is AWFUL! That guy looks like he’s high and he looks nothing like Seth. If you’ve seen the original cover (in my updates below) you can see what I mean, and I strongly wish they had stuck with the old cover. It was much better.

Cursed

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4 Cursed stars!

“You have a soul. You aren’t evil. There’s nothing you can say that will make me think that.”

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Jennifer Armentrout is one of my all time favorite authors. JLA doesn’t write within the typical book formula and marches to the beat of her own drummer, which is refreshing in this day and age of publishing. Whether she is writing young adult, new adult, or thrillers, I have liked or loved everything she’s ever written.Cursed is not exception, coming in at one of her most underrated books, and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

Cursed is the story of teenager Ember. Ember died two years before in a car accident with her dad when her then three year old sister Olivia brought her back from the dead. Olivia wasn’t able to save their father, and their mother seems to have gone into a catatonic shock since then and doesn’t talk to anyone. And the weirdest thing about being brought back from the dead? Any living thing that touches Ember’s skin dies. Plants, animals, and humans. So for two years Ember has lived as the town freak with scars covering her body and doing her best to avoid human interaction.

Suddenly, Ember and her family are abducted by Jonathon Cromwell, a man who claims to have their best interests at heart, and he brings them to a home full of kids with special abilities. It is made clear that Olivia is in fact the only member of the family he wants, and Ember and her mother are expendable. At this house, Ember’s only friend is Hayden, Jonathan’s adopted son. Hayden seems to be the only one on Ember’s team, and she deals daily with the fact that she is in a home where she isn’t wanted.

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Reading a JLA book is a comfort thing for me and even though she’s written a shit ton of books, I’m down to like 2 books I haven’t read by her yet. I’d been putting this book off for a while but decided it was time to give it a shot. I went into this book with fairly low expectations since not many people seem to have read it, and the average Goodreads rating is below a 4.0.

While the character of Ember could be a bit whiny and impulsive sometimes, her struggle was very relatable to readers of this book. I think I can speak for everyone and say we’ve all felt like an outcast at some point in our lives, or even like we didn’t belong somewhere, and this was an issue Ember dealt with every day of her life, and everywhere she went. Constantly second guessing herself, wondering if she even had a soul once she was brought back, not able to have the smallest amount of human contact without fear of hurting someone; I got to say, I’m kind of amazed she didn’t have a breakdown holding herself and her feelings together. To me, this made her strong.

Hayden was such a great book boyfriend. He also proves that JLA has been writing great heroes since the beginning of her published writing career. His faith in Ember was amazing and I kind of wish guys like him existed in my real life world.

“My brain must have felt sorry for me, so it’d created the only type of guy I could touch—a fantasy one.”

There were a few inconsistencies which is why I can’t rate this book a 5. For example, Ember’s change in eye color was never fully explained, and I really would have liked an epilogue to see if certain aspects of Ember’s power worked out or not. Plus, the entire book The Facility was a huge motif and we never even saw it as a reader. But these things did not take away from my enjoyment of the book.

So if you are looking for a fun yet deep young adult paranormal book, this one is for you!

Bound by Flames

Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3) by Jeaniene Frost
4 Dracul-A stars!

“Love cuts deeper than the sharpest blade, cripples more than shattered bones, and leaves scars that can never fade.”

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Yet another fun and action packed novel by Jeaniene Frost! I will say, I had my doubts about this spin-off series, but Ms. Frost has made me fall in love with Vlad and Leila.

In this third (yet not final) book in the Night Prince series, Leila and Vlad have discovered the existance of a once thought dead enemy. I would write his name in the review, but it’s so damn weird and complicated, I would have to look back into my paperback copy for the spelling and then copy and paste that shit because dude, it’s a weird name. Like souvlaki or something.

Anyways, Leila and Vlad are doing their best to find their enemy before his finds them, but this is easier said than done. I can’t say anymore about the plot without giving it away so I’ll stop while I’m ahead.

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Really loved the development of Leila and Vlad’s relationship in this one. It was a giant lesson in marriage being a give and take situation, and both Vlad and Leila did their best to support the other’s beliefs and actions to some extent. Well, kind of.

“Compromise Lesson One: Pull a dick move, and your dick gets denied. Every woman knew that, and now, so did the vampire sitting next to me.”

I will say, this book was HOT. And by hot, I mean steamy, and the fact that Vlad literally melted stone. Thats 2000+ degrees F!!

I don’t think I’ve said it before, but because I am a giant nerd I’m going to say it now. Did anyone else watch the tv show Angel? You know, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff? Well there was a character named Gwen who could electrocute people with her skin. Sounds familiar?
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“You are in my soul, and nothing you did before we met or will do in the future can change that.”

Well there’s not much more to say, this is a weird and short review for me. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book, and now I’m kind of pissed that there’s a fourth one out there in the universe. Now just got to wait patiently.

 

Wicked

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

4 Tink stars!

“I’m a lot of things, but today I’m your fucking saving grace.”

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This one was a nice surprise! After seeing a handful of negative reviews on this one, I went into it with lowered expectations. I came out of this reading experience a very happy girl! And after 2 previous books I DNF’d, I need this gem of a story.

First off, this book is very much New Adult genre, so don’t go into it thinking it’s YA. The fact that in Chapter 1 the MC is discussing getting laid and orgasms is the first giant sign.

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Ivy is a member of an Order that can see fae in our realm. Faeries aren’t the good guys, in fact they feed off of humans with deadly consequences. Living in New Orleans, Ivy has a very tragic past and does her best to keep those around her at arms length. That is, until she’s assigned a new partner Ren, who is hotness come to life and very much interested in her.

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This book had me smiling the majority of the time I was reading it. It’s not the most original plot, but it was enjoyable and it worked for me. Because my brain is a bit fried at the moment, I’m doing a breakdown review.

What I liked:
-Ivy: A great mix of kick ass woman with a little but of a vulnerable girl in her, Ivy wants more than the predicted short life span the Order has to offer. Ivy dreams of a future of moreand I found that admirable.

-Tink: Loved this guy, he was freaking hilarious. Especially that Dobby house elf scene. LMAO!

“You gave Tink a scarf. Tink is free!” He flew out into the hallway like a little cracked-out fairy, screeching, “Tink is freeeeee!”

-Ren’s determination: While he was spewing a bunch of instalust, Ren made the point that in their line of work, they had to chase after what they wanted with no hesitations. And he wanted Ivy and his pursuit of her was so much fun to read.

-Pop culture references: I’m fairly certain that this book is self-published, and I feel because of that JLA was able to include references to Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, Amazon Prime etc, which yes will date this book in the future, but gave the book a unique touch that I rather enjoyed.

“Why couldn’t he say I reminded him of Ariel or something? Then again, Ariel was kind of stupid, giving up her voice for a dude.”

-Setting: I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans, so enough said.

What I didn’t like:
-Pacing: Got a little slow there in the middle and I did have to push myself a bit to keep going. But it soon picked up and remedied itself

-Cliffhanger: Gah! We have to wait until Summer 2015 for answers!! JLA you wound meh!!!

-Predictability: <—that pretty much says it all.

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Bottom line, if you need a quick, unique New Adult read mixed with a little bit of Urban Fantasy, this book is for you!

The Collectors’ Society

The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons

3.5 Binary stars

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“In pages we find worlds. In words, we find life.”

Do you think you know your literary characters? You might not know them as well as you thought.

Locked up in an asylum in Victorian London, Alice is hiding many secrets about her past. Upon a visit from a stranger with a mission, Alice is thrust into modern day New York City with a new purpose in her life. You see, Timelines were created out of our beloved books and tales, and the characters in them brought to life. They can travel in and out of them, and many choose to remain in the modern world as a part of the Collectors’ Society. I won’t get into it too much, but basically the Timelines existence is in peril, and Alice has been drafted into the fight to help save them, so that her Wonderland can be saved before it is deleted forever.

I really loved the concept of this book. I loved the world building. I loved the idea that the novels we read are only one side of the story and the authors’ perception of the events in them. And we all know that perception doesn’t mean truth. Heather Lyons in my opinion is a master at taking well known characters (or in the Deep End of the Sea’s case, mythological characters) and making them her own with their own new personalities.

“Sometimes our pasts are chains we cannot let go of, even if the key is in our hands. They define us in ways we resent, and yet they are somewhat precious, too. Because, logically, we understand that our pasts have made us who we are.”

Alice is incredibly secretive, even keeping secrets from the reader, which at times was infuriating as I was left a bit confused. All events and most secrets did reveal themselves, but mostly near the end of the book. The addition of Mary Lennox was a personal favorite of mine as The Secret Garden is a book I grew up on. And the choice Ms. Lyons made in making her into the nice bitchy girl was a wonderful touch.

Ladies, I am in the minority on the character of Finn. I didn’t care all too much for him. It may sound bad but Finn was too good of a guy, like too good to exist kind of a hero. He literally was perfect, the entire book. Handsome, fit, sensitive, caring, kind, loving. Maybe I’m just reading too much Alpha male’s in my books, but I wanted a little more from him. I honestly could not see how he fell for Alice when she exposed so little of herself to him.

The White King on the other hand, I want a prequel book in Wonderland so we can get his story with Alice! I was honestly rooting for the White King more than I was for Finn! A doomed romance where two people love each other but cannot be together? His passion and despair were so strong, I felt more emotion in the scenes with him and Alice than the ones she had with Finn. So I know it’ll never be, but I’m on Team White King. I shall make buttons and everything.

“Your destiny is not in Wonderland, no matter how much we may wish differently.”

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, but at some points it was slow and a little bit confusing. I feel if more of the backstory behind Alice’s life hadn’t been kept a secret for so long, I would have understood her and her actions a lot more earlier on. I also went into this thinking it was a standalone, but after reading the ending I think there is more to come.

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Magic Bleeds

Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews

4.5 stars!

“I can’t give you the white picket fence, and if I did, you’d set it on fire.”

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I’m a giant fan of urban fantasy. I read all kinds of genres of books, but when I read urban fantasy I get a feeling of being at home. The Ilona Andrews writing team created a universe where when I’m having a bad day or want to have a good time, I can open a paperback, and escape there effortlessly and happily. And that’s exactly what I did with this book. I recently had some crap come up in my personal life, and when I had the chance I transported myself into this world of mercenaries and werebeasts and didn’t want to come back out. So massive kudos to the authors, you did your job right.

In magic flare zone Atlanta, Kate Daniels is stood up. That’s right, she cooked the Beast Lord Curran dinner, and he never showed. Flash forward about a month or so and the two are at each others’ throats. On top of this, there’s a strange shaman who keeps showing up in bars and casinos and trying to magic blast the place with plague and disease. It’s not long before Kate gets called onto the case, and when she does she finds she might be more connected to it than she expected.

This was the best book of this series for me so far. The plot was thrilling, the banter was witty and humorous, and I couldn’t put the darn book down even when my eyelids were slowly closing due to a need for sleep.

My favorite part of the book? The pranks Kate and Curran were playing on each other. When she covered his bed in catnip and he glued her ass to her office chair? Priceless. The addition of the attack poodle to Kate’s daily life only made the story more entertaining.

“….I think a dog is a great idea. I just never pictured you with a mutant poodle.”
“He isn’t a poodle. He’s a Doberman mix.”
“Aha. Keep telling yourself that.”

Also, another reason why this book was awesome? It’s the hook up book! Yes, the Kate and Curran relationship finally comes to a explosive collision in this book and it was all it was cracked up to be.

“I miss you. I worry about you. I worry something stupid will happen and I won’t be there and you’ll be gone. I worry we won’t ever get a chance and it’s driving me out of my skull.”

This was also the book where I finally stopped skimming when it came to the plot. By this I mean the underlying issue or mystery. As much as I love the other books and their stories, there were points when I skimmed. That didn’t really happen in this book. All of Kate’s investigations had me utterly enthralled, and the parts with Kate and Erra was like watching an interrogation between a smart ass and a sociopath (it would make great television, just saying).

And that ending? When they finally got to flip it and Kate took care of Curran when he was injured? Heartwarming. It gave the viewer a small glimpse of what Curran goes through when Kate was injured or sick.

“You don’t pick the family you’re born into. You pick the one you make. I already chose my mate and glued her ass to the chair to make sure she knew it.”

Magic Burns

Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews

4.5 “I’m really starting to love this series” stars

“You don’t cause problems. You cause catastrophes.”

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While investigating a mysterious bowman who killed her mark, mercenary Kate Daniels finds herself in the custody of a pre-teen girl. Turns out the young street girl has some magical powers, the kind of powers that 1 in 10,000 people get and there are creatures coming after her. Kate must go to the last person she wants help from, Curran, and together they fight to help the girl.

Another great installment in this series. The plot thickens with this book but we still have some questions left unanswered. Such as:
-What exactly is Kate?
-Who is Roland?
-What interest does Curran have in Kate?

My favorite part of this book was the interactions between Kate and Curran. Their banter is so much fun to read and I am dying for the two of them to admit they have the hots for each other.

“Not only will you sleep with me, but you will say ‘please.'”
I stared at him, shocked.
The smile widened. “You will say ‘please’ before and ‘thank you’ after.”
Nervous laughter bubbled up. “You’ve gone insane. All that peroxide in your hair finally did your brain in, Goldilocks.”

Ilona Andrews writing duo has done it again and marked a winner in my book. The world building and character development are awesome, and that’s all I ask for in urban fantasy. Well, those two things and the hopes of romance.

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Short review from me, because I’m dying to get to the third book. I keep hearing rumors about a hot tub scene 😉