November 21, 2018

The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek by Mari Macusi: A Rockstar Book Tour

Welcome to the The Camelot Code book tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I don't have a review for you today due, but I do have some pretty great info about the book! Plus, scroll down and you will find a pretty nice giveaway!

Title: The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek
Author: Mari Mancusi
Pub. Date: November 20, 2018
Publisher: Disney Hyperion 
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 346

Young King Arthur accidentally time travels to the 21st century and googles himself, discovering the not-so-happily ever after in store for him once he pulls the sword from the stone. He decides he'd much rather stay here--and join the football team instead.

Now modern day gamer geeks Sophie and Stu, with the help of Merlin, find themselves in a race against time to pull a Camelot-size caper--get that sword pulled from the stone and the stubborn once and future king back to the past where he belongs. While Arthur takes on the role of wide-receiver in an attempt to save the football team from a losing season, Sophie and Stu sword-fight, joust, and horseback ride their way through Camelot as they fight to save the timeline. If they fail, the world as they know it (not to mention the existence of pepperoni pizza!) will cease to exist forever.

Arthur watched, enraptured, forgetting he was supposed to be looking for Lucas’s brother. There was nothing more exciting than a joust.
The blue knight struck the green and managed to unmount him, and now they were both on the ground, circling each other, armed and ready to strike. Arthur’s heart pounded with excitement. The two knights seemed very evenly matched. Who would win?
The blue knight’s sword crashed into the green knight’s shield and sparks flew at the impact. The green knight fell backward, dropping his mace. The blue knight took his advantage and a split second later the tip of his sword was at the green knight’s throat.
The crowd went wild.
The knight set down his sword and approached the dais, bowing low to his master. Lord Medieval rose from his throne and declared him victor of the evening. Everyone cheered.
But suddenly, to Arthur’s horror, the green knight rose to his feet, grabbed the discarded sword, and unceremoniously drove it into the blue knight’s back.
Arthur gasped along with the crowd at this display of treachery. The blue knight staggered for a moment, his expression shocked and horrified as he fell to the sand.
What had once been a friendly tournament had now become a murder scene. The blue knight’s men took the field, armed with maces, swords, and poles. But the green knight dispatched them quickly—slaying each and every one of them where they stood.
Arthur steamed with fury. The evil knight should not be allowed to get away with this. But what could he do?
It was then he noticed movement from the blue knight. His heart fluttered with excitement: the man was attempting to stagger to his feet. Arthur looked around, praying someone would notice and help him—give him a weapon to defend himself before the green knight realized he lived. But no one came. They were all on the field. Dead.
It was up to Arthur. The only trained squire left in the place.
Without regard for his own safety, he jumped the barrier, grabbing the nearest sword from the sidelines and diving onto the field. The green knight turned, a shocked look on his face, but Arthur nimbly dodged him and headed straight for the blue knight. Another knight tried to stop him, but he darted away. Finally he reached the blue knight and thrust the sword in his direction.
Use this!” he cried, panting heavily from his run. “Defend us from the evil that plagues this hall.”
Arthur waited for the knight to take the sword—to smite his enemy where he stood.
Dude, what are you doing?” the knight whispered instead.
Arthur cocked his head in confusion. What? He tried again to give the sword to the knight. “Take it. He will kill you otherwise!”
The knight awkwardly took the sword, an uncertain expression on his face. “Um,” he stammered. “Hey, Luke, did George change the choreography and forget to tell me again?”

Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small--so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys.

When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys traveling, cosplay, snowboarding, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their two dogs.

Mari is pronounced like the name Mary. Mancusi is pronounced man-COO-see.

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3 Winners will receive a finished copy of THE CAMELOT CODE: THE ONCE AND FUTURE GEEK, US Only.

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Week One:
11/12/2018- BookHounds YAExcerpt
11/13/2018- Texan Holly ReadsReview
11/14/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert- Review
11/15/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
11/16/2018- Christen Krumm, WriterReview

Week Two:
11/19/2018- Feed Your Fiction AddictionReview
11/20/2018- Books a Plenty Book ReviewsReview
11/21/2018- Jump Into BooksReview
11/22/2018- Such A Novel IdeaReview
11/23/2018- Two points of interestReview

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend: A Rockstar Book Tour

Welcome to the Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow book tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Today I have a review for you and also have some pretty great info about the book! Plus, scroll down and you will find a pretty nice giveaway!

Title: Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow
Author: Jessica Townsend
Pub. Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 544

The captivating and heart-pounding sequel to the New York Times bestselling and #1 Kids' Indie Next Pick Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, as heroine Morrigan battles a new evil.

Morrigan Crow and her best friend Hawthorne Swift are now proud scholars in the elite Wundrous Society, but life is far from perfect. Does Morrigan have what it takes to prove that she belongs in the Society?

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was an instant New York Times bestseller, an IndieBound bestseller and a #1 Indies Introduce Pick, with movie rights sold to Fox.

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This is the sequel to Nevermoor, Morrigan is now at WunSoc and learning about her knack. She is in a group called 919 and they all have promised to keep the secret that Morrigan is a Wundersmith. Lots of trials incur almost like Harry Potter when they are doing the Goblet of Fire and have to learn to trust and work together. In this sequel we get a lot more glimpses of the town of Wondermoor and I think my favorite part was the class where they learn all about the ins and outs of this great town. The way different alleys can have special circumstances when you enter them. The scary ghastly market which kind of reminds me of the evil part of Diagon Alley. There is a train in this series as well but it called the Hometrain and leaves from platform 919 in the Wondersect part of the town. There is lots of action in this second book and I really got involved so much that I read it in two days. Your in for treat if you pick this up and remember that “For one shining moment you became a dragon because Wunder grew tired of you being mouse”

Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her pet fascinations include public transport, ancient cities, hotels, opera singers, Halloween, secret societies and gigantic cats - all of which have weaselled their way into Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, her award-winning first novel released in 2017. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, the second book in this record-breaking series, will be released in 2018.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was the biggest-selling Australian children's debut since records began. It has won the 2018 ABIA for Book of the Year, Book of the Year for Younger Readers and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year; the 2018 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year and Children's Category; the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Children's Fiction; the 2018 Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Younger Fiction and was named a CBCA notable book.

Find Jessica: Twitter | Instagram |  Goodreads

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Week One:
11/12/2018- Between the PagesReview
11/13/2018- To Be ReadReview
11/14/2018- Maddie.TVReview
11/15/2018- The Pages In-BetweenReview
11/16/2018- Bri's Book NookReview

Week Two:
11/19/2018- Do You Dog-ear?Review
11/20/2018- Jump Into BooksReview
11/21/2018- Two points of interestReview
11/22/2018- The Reading Corner for AllReview
11/23/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

July 2, 2018

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So, I'm sure some of you have been wondering:

I have actually been here, but taking a much needed reading vacation. I went into a major reading slump. I started out strong this year reading and then I started doing other activities. I recently started crocheting again. I hadn't done that since I was a teenager (20 years ago, shhh). I have got so engulfed in that, that I just haven't picked up a book since February. So far, I have made 2 blankets (for each of my kids birthdays), working on 2 for christmas gifts for my husband and friend and have 3 more planned out, one being for my parents anniversary next year. So, needless to say, that has been occupying a lot of my time.

Now you may be wondering, where does that leave the blog? Well, I have been toying around with ideas for it. I have been thinking of multiple ideas to bring it back to life. So bare with me on this. I would also love to hear your input in the comments section.

1. Bring in a co-blogger (which is a bit of a challenge because everyone that I know that loves reading like me already have their own blogs.)

2. Review at my own pace. I already know that I can't keep up with other bloggers out there being that I am a full time mom to a 8 year old and a 2 year old going through his terrible two stage. Also being a full time wife and mom is hard work. I have not only all the wonderful joys of staying home with my two wonderful kids, but starting this coming school year, we are exploring home schooling for the first time. We plan on traveling more this year, at least we are hoping to. I already have one trip planned out for going mining this year at the Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas. So not only will this be fun, but it will be educational. I am also planning a Thanksgiving trip to Arizona to see my snow-bird parents this year. SO, we will be very busy.

3. Not only blog about books, but the joys and mishaps of being a stay at home parent.  I could blog about book reviews (picture all the way to YA to cookbooks again), clothing, home school, crocheting projects, art projects and more. This would be fun, and it may take time to get used to running this type of blog, but I think it may be manageable.

Now, with these options, I would be updating the page itself. It would be a major over hall, the name would change, the background, colors, etc. So, weigh in your responses and let me know if you would be along for the ride, or if you still want strictly books or if it doesn't matter, let me know too.

Thanks everyone!

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March 31, 2018

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir: A ARC Review

Title: The Final Six
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: March 6th 2018
Pages: 345
Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository | iBooks

When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.

For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.

As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.

This was a fast paced sci-fi dystopian book. It roped me in from the beginning and had me page turning every step of the way to find out what happens next. I really enjoy this authors writing style and I can't wait to read more of her books, as this is the second book by Monir that I have had the chance to read.

In this one we have two perspectives, but it wasn't confusing, which was a nice change. Leo and Naomi. Leo seems very genuine and Naomi is head strong. And they both embark on this mission for different reasons. While Leo is gun hoe about going since he has nothing left for in his flooded Rome, Naomi is resistant and a bit hesitant about going due to leaving her ill brother behind. These two unlikely teens share a bond and you can see that right from the start.

I really enjoyed this book and I'm hoping for a sequel as this ended on a cliffhanger. If you like dystopian and science fiction and space travel, then this book is just for you.

Alexandra Monir is an Iranian-American author and recording artist. Her debut, Timeless, was a Barnes & Noble Bestseller and an Amazon Best Book of the Month and was followed by its sequel, Timekeeper, as well as Suspicion, The Girl in the Picture, and The Final Six. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Find Alexandra: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Disclaimer: *I received a copy of this book for free from Miss Print to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

**Book info obtained through Goodreads. 
***Book Cover Obtained through Goodreads. 
****Author photo obtained through author website.

February 12, 2018

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce: A Rockstar Book Tour

Welcome to the Tempests and Slaughter book tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I don't have a review for you today, but I do have some pretty great info about the book! Plus, scroll down and you will find a pretty nice giveaway!

Title: Tempests and Slaughter
Author: Tamora Pierce
Pub. Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 480
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook 

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair SalmalĂ­n came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

Tamora Pierce is a bestselling author of young adult fantasy books that break past the traditions of the fantasy genre to feature teenage girls as knights, wizards, and above all: heroes. A #1 New York Times bestseller and the recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards award, Tamora has written over 30 books, including the upcoming TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE (Oct. 31, 2017) and TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER (Feb. 6, 2018).

Tamora was drawn to books from a young age. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, the child of a "long, proud line of hillbillies," her family never had much. "We were poor, but I didn't know it then. We had a garden where my folks grew fruit and vegetables and our water came from a well," she explains. But one thing they did have was plenty of books. So Tamora read.

A self-proclaimed "geek," she devoured fantasy and science fiction novels, and by the age of 12 was mimicking her literary idols and writing her own action-packed stories. It was thanks to her father that Tamora began writing. "He heard me telling myself stories as I did dishes, and he suggested that I try to write some of them down," Pierce says.

But Tamora's novels had one major difference: unlike the books she was reading, her stories featured teenaged girl warriors. "I couldn't understand this lapse of attention on the part of the writers I loved, so until I could talk them into correcting this small problem, I wrote about those girls, the fearless, bold, athletic creatures that I was not, but wanted so badly to be."

Seventeen years later, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, a brief career in teen social work and some time spent writing for radio, Tamora Pierce held true to her childhood crusade, and published ALANNA: THE FIST ADVENTURE, the first in a quartet about a valiant, young, female warrior. Pierce's heroine struck a chord with readers across the country and quickly earned her a loyal following.

Now, with over 30 critically-acclaimed books to her name, Pierce lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim and their menagerie of nine cats, two birds, a flock of pigeons, various raccoons and squirrels, and one opossum. "It's a pretty good life, if I do say so myself. Struggling along as a kid and even through my twenties, it's the kind of life I dreamed of but never believed I would get. Yet here I am, after a lot of work, a lot of worry, a lot of care for details, and a massive chunk of luck, the kind that brought me such strong friends and readers. Pretty good for a hillbilly, yes? And I never take it for granted."

Find Tamora: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Week One:
2/1/2018- Fiction Fare- Review
2/2/2018- herbookstacks- Review

Week Two:
2/5/2018- Here's to Happy Endings- Review
2/6/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Review
2/7/2018- Book-Keeping- Review
2/8/2018- Eli to the nth- Review
2/9/2018- LILbooKlovers- Review

Week Three: 
2/12/2018- Jump Into Books- Promo
2/13/2018- BookHounds YA- Review
2/14/2018- Jessabella Reads- Review
2/15/2018- YA Bibliophile- Review
2/16/2018- Nerdophiles - Review

Week Four:
2/19/2018- Book Briefs- Review
2/20/2018- Smada's Book Smack- Review
2/21/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Excerpt
2/22/2018- YA Books Central- Excerpt
2/23/2018- The Book Nut- Review

Week Five:
2/26/2018- A Backwards Story- Review
2/27/2018- The Book Shire- Review
2/28/2018- Falling Down The Book Hole- Excerpt

February 11, 2018

Never Apart by Romily Bernard: A Book Review

Title: Never Apart
Author: Romily Bernard
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publish Date: October 3rd 2017
Pages: 400
Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

How many times would you die for love?
What if you had to relive the same five days over and over?

And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed…

And you have to watch. Every time.

You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare.

But you do know that these are the rules you now live by:

Wake Up.




Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run.

Combining heart-pounding romance and a thrilling mystery Never Apart is a stunning story you won’t soon forget.

I love Romily's work. I really loved her series, Find Me. When I was sent this for review, I was so ecstatic and then I shelved it and forgot about it, whoops. But then I picked it up to read. I actually had to put it down because I didn't know if I was going to like it. At first, this was way confusing and irritating, going back and forth between the past and present. I mean, literally, each chapter went back and forth. One chapter was the present and the next it was the past. I actually put this down and starting working on other projects (like my crafting) for a few weeks. I read some reviews and every review I read was raving about it. So, because I absolutely loved her other work, I decided to give it a try again. I was really glad that I did. This story moved quickly and I read it in 2 days, which is not an easy feat for me since I have 2 kids and a new dog that requires my full attention haha. 

So we have 4 main characters. Grace, Jem, Ander and Finn. It starts off with Grace and Ander running through a swamp, trying to get away from Finn because they think he's trying to kill them again. Yep, you heard that right, again. Then we are thrown into a past/present type telling. We hear about the past which coincides with the present and what Grace is going through at present. Throughout the book, we learn of her different "falls" and we get to see what everyone is like. I, myself, wasn't too fond of Ander from the beginning, he just felt kind of shady and just not good for Grace. But of course, as the saying goes, you can't help who you love. I really want to go into more detail on this, but I really don't want to spoil the book for everyone.

This quickly turned into a fast paced thriller/love story/mystery. I really enjoyed it. I suggest that you go pick it up and find out for yourself.

Romily Bernard graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, she’s worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.
So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.
Her YA thrillers FIND ME, REMEMBER ME, LIE FOR ME, AND TRUST ME are now available.

Find Romily: Website | Instagram |  Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Disclaimer: *I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

**Book info obtained through Goodreads. ***Book Cover Obtained through Goodreads. ****Author photo obtained through author website.

January 30, 2018

Zenith by Lindsay Cummings & Sasha Alsberg: ARC Review

Title: Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)
Author: Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publish Date: January 16th 2018
Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Ok, so I am really on the edge for this. I really really wanted to love this book. I have heard great things about it and when I had the chance to review through Miss Print, I jumped on the chance. This one just intrigued me from the start, but once I started to read this, it fell by the wayside and my interest was elsewhere very quickly. I had to put this one down very early on, which I don't normally do. And, if I do, I usually pick it back up and try try again, but sadly, it wasn't the case for this one.

I hope others out there enjoyed this more than me and I urge everyone to pick it up and try to read it for themselves and form their own opinions. But as of right now, its not for me. The only reason for the 2 star rating is because I really liked the idea behind this. But it's very confusing for me.

Lindsay Cummings is the #1 NYT Bestselling co-author of ZENITH, along with her duology, THE MURDER COMPLEX from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. She is represented by Pete Knapp at Park Literary in NYC.

Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, writes full time from her home in the deep woods in North Texas, and loves to chat with fellow book nerds. Lindsay created the #booknerdigans hashtag.

She's still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts--it was probably just lost in the mail. You can follow Lindsay on twitter @authorlindsayc or on instagram @authorlindsaycummings

Find Lindsay: Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Website | YouTube

Sasha Alsberg is the #1 NYT Bestselling Co-Author of ZENITH: The Androma Saga.

When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland she is making YouTube videos on her channel Abookutopia. She lives in Northern Texas with her dog, Fraser.
For her writing, she is represented by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary and is represented on YouTube by Brian Lieberman at Studio71.

Find Sasha: WebsiteTwitter | Goodreads | YouTube

Disclaimer: *I received a copy of this book for free from MissPrint to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

**Book info obtained through Goodreads. ***Book Cover Obtained through Goodreads. ****Author photo obtained through author website.

January 26, 2018

A Poison Dark & Drowning by Jessica Cluess: A Book Review

Title: A Poison Dark & Drowning (Kingdom On Fire #2)
Author: Jessica Cluess
Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: September 19th 2017
Pages: 432
Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

The magicians want her to lead. The sorcerers want her to lie. The demons want her blood. Henrietta wants to save the one she loves. But will his dark magic be her undoing?

Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the bloodthirsty Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own.

So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients’ past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

This one took me a bit longer to read due to the holidays and all the chaos, but when I was finally able to sit down and give it my full attention, it was completely worth it. 

So this one picks up where we left off in first book. We have about the same amount of romance, if not a little more as revelations come to pass about feelings and you just end up with a love square instead of a triangle. New ships are made or destroyed. And new characters are introduced. As well as discoveries being made about Henrietta’s parents. 

I will not hide my feelings toward Rook. He wasn’t in this book that much, and that was perfectly fine with me. To me he is more of a burden and should just be counted as a friend and not someone that could be a love interest. He seems to hold Henrietta back from a lot of things. I realize that they were childhood friends and probably the only friend each had, but there comes a point where you need to move on from one another. I really think he was used more as bait from the beginning and as you read this book, you will understand my feelings toward that. 

Magnus was one of my favorites in both books. He had proclaimed how he feels towards Henrietta, and I think that if he wasn’t betrothed in the first book we would have seen the relationship bloom a bit more in this one. But as he was and he swore he would not talk about his feelings with her, we see their friendship grow and possible feelings as well. 

Blackwood is my other favorite and he proclaims his feelings toward Henrietta in this book. I think it was just building up to it in the first book, and how Henrietta was so oblivious to his feelings in the first place was beyond me. I’m glad they explored this relationship possibility in this book. And while I secretly hope for them to end up together in the next, I’m afraid that it might be doomed to fail. 

As for discoveries about her parents, you’ll just have to read this to find that out as I don’t want to give too much more away. While we find out about her father in this one we are still trying to figure out her mother and her connection to Sorrow-Fell with her stave. I have some theories about her mother, but will stay tight lipped about it until I read the next book to confirm or deny my theories.

Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.

Find Jessica: Website | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads 

Disclaimer: *I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

**Book info obtained through Goodreads. ***Book Cover Obtained through Goodreads. ****Author photo obtained through author website.

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