Review: The Twelve Days of Seduction by Eva Devon & Maire Claremont

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Book Details:

120 Pages

Published: December 30, 2013

Author: Eva Devon & Maire Claremont

Synopsis: Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward’s governess misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he’s quite displeased, even if she is one of the most intelligent women’s he’s ever met. His ward deserves a reputable governess, so he threatens to give Adriana the sack mere days before Christmas.

Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she’s grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to prove she’s not the reputable governess he believed he hired. If he can seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, she will leave without protest.

But when they find the challenge more difficult than either imagined, can they face the consequences of their decisions?

Opinion: This was the Christmas short story that put all the other Christmas short stories that I read this holiday season to rest. It was cute, heartfelt, touching, and just absolutely wonderful all around story.

I think the author gave the characters a lot of depth in just 120 pages. We got to learn about them as we went and what all they have been through. We didn’t focus on the romance entirely, which is a wonderful break from some over produced Christmas romances.

I definitely think the introduction to the child helped mold the story into what it was, as well as the main character having a horrid back story. It wasn’t all, “Everyone is a billionaire and has too much money to be happy and blah, blah, blah.”  Definitely worth your time! Give it a read.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Who’s Ready?!

Who’s ready for the 24in48 Readathon?! I know I am!

What are you reading this weekend? Let me know down in the comment section.

Personally, I’ve got a list of NetGalley galleys to start and I’m finishing up First They Killed My Father.

This will be my first year participating so leave me some tips down below as well!

Happy reading everyone!

Review: The Tailor (Grisha Verse #1.5) by Leigh Bardugo

Book Details:

18 Pages

Published: March 23, 2013

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis:  New scene from Shadow and Bone told from Genya’s point of view.

Opinion: I really enjoyed reading this short story. It helps give us more insight into Genya and what she is dealing with before and during Shadow and Bone.

Genya was one of my favorites from the series, along with Nikolai. Genya, in my opinion, is severely misunderstood. She is used on all sides, any which way she turns. While reading the trilogy I felt like I didn’t have enough information on her so I’m really happy Bardugo released this.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Tailor (Grisha Verse, #1.5)

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24in48 Readathon

Hey guys! This weekend I am participating in the 24in48 Readathon. Basically, you read as much as you can for 24 hours total starting Saturday at 12:01 AM and ending Sunday 11:59PM. You can read for 24 hours straight or break it up however you want, just make sure to keep track! Make sure to check in and use hashtag #24in48 in your posts across social media.

If you want to participate, you can still sign up here!

Review: And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White

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Book Details:

475 Pages

Published: June 28, 2016

Author: Kiersten White

Synopsis:  No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Opinion: I just want to admit that I fell prey to other people’s reviews before reading this book. I bought it a few months back and then when I decided to start reading it, I read some reviews first. WORST IDEA EVER. I changed my outlook to match other people’s and it influenced my take on this book until I realized they’re opinion is just that, an opinion. But at least I can admit it.

The beginning is slow and uncaptivating. I felt like I was just a sitting duck wait and waiting for something to happen. Honestly, I felt like that the majority of the time I was reading this novel. The story just kind of flows, which is nice, but I found myself asking where’s the drama? Where’s the action? There are wars in this book but we don’t really get to actual be in them. We just hear about them.

A lot of people said that Lada’s character sort of wilted in her violence and anger. I don’t agree with that. I think she grew as a person and, although she did let go of some of that bitterness and rage, she still held true to herself. Where as her brother is a whiney sack of potatoes. I could have done without Radu completely. Mehmed wasn’t as bad as everyone made him out to be. I think he played a major part in the growth of Lada’s character.

One thing that kind of threw me off were the ages of the characters and the years. Lada was born in 1435 which means in 1451 she was 16 years old. Radu was born in 1436 so in 1451 he would be 15. A few chapters later after we see the initial 1451, we see 1451 again and it says Radu is 18. I calculated their age from this first 1451 because it was hard for me to follow along with what was happening with Lada and Mehmed without knowing how old they were. So, error that was never caught or my eyes playing tricks on me? Not sure, but if you noticed this as well, let me know.

Obviously this isn’t the most positive review I have ever made, but as you can see I still gave And I Darken four stars. I am really interested in Now I Rise and I can only hope that it will blow And I Darken out of the water.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★


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Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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Book Details:

400 Pages

Published: January 3, 2012

Author: Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:  Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Opinion: So, Cinder. Another one of those books that came out and I said oh that looks dumb, I’m not paying for that. I finally made the purchase here five years later, almost six years later, and I’m super happy I did.

Usually I’m not a fan of sci-fi, futuristic type things, but I really liked it here with Cinder. Cinder is a cyborg, part robot part human (or is she?). She has a metal arm and leg and a little bit more than that, as we find out later in the story.

It’s set post WWIV (World War Four) in New Beijing. So, another nice twist there. I like how it is set somewhere other than New York or Chicago. Sometimes I think authors forget to add some cultural diversity/variety into their stories. I really admire Meyer for mixing it up.

The story is a unique and a very intriguing twist on the classic Cinderella. But there are also other stories intertwined with each other as you will see.

In my opinion, the plot twist was easy to see coming. It was one of my first guesses at the very beginning of the novel. I don’t think Meyer hid it very well. There was no surprise factor for me. But the cliffhanger, talk about a cliffhanger. I’m really glad that Cinder’s story isn’t over, which if you’ve read it its very obvious it isn’t over, and I can’t wait to continue on with Scarlet!

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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2018 is Starting Off Weird…

I just felt the need to warn y’all…..for about two weeks y’all are going to be bombarded with Christmas love story reviews. There are only four total but I’m putting them up back to back.

After those we jump into some new releases in 2018! Who’s excited? I know I am.

We also have a guest post going up soon that I am super excited to share with y’all!

Class started back up this week so as the semester progresses I may fall a little behind on review posts. As of right now I am scheduled out through the beginning of March and am hoping to get us to the beginning of April before class really kicks my butt.

Side note and squirrel moment: I’m making stew for dinner and I’m super excited to go home and make it.

Hope your 2018 is starting off as awesome as mine is!

Let me know down in the comments what you are currently reading. I finished Reign the Earth about an hour ago and my next to-read is The Hazel Wood. Both release on the 30th of this month. If you can’t wait for my Reign the Earth review, click here to go over to my Goodreads and check it out.

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Review: Shadowfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning

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Book Details:

608 Pages

Published: January 18, 2011

Author: Karen Marie Moning

Synopsis:  “Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.” — MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. — Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh — a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.

Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

Opinion: I don’t have a lot to say about this book, I’ll be honest. I did rate it five stars because it is an amazing book. But personally, this book/series drained me. It overwhelmed me. It left me frustrated in more ways that one. Unfortunately, that became very apparent to me while trying to finish this novel.

It took me a lot longer to finish this one than the first four. Not because it is any less than they are, in fact it is better, but because I felt like I wasted over 1,000 pages worth of my time to get to this book. This was what I wanted from the beginning. Not exactly this anyway, but more. I wanted more from this series.

This book has loss, betrayal, romance, adventure, lust, love, a little erotica, it has it all. And if I could recommend that you read this book without reading this first four, I would. But I can’t confidently say you would know what all was happening without reading from the beginning.

Watching the characters grow and become someone completely different from who they are in the beginning is one of my favorite things about reading. Mackayla stays true to herself, but discovers this dark and twisty, powerful part to herself that she didn’t know was there. Barrons opens up in ways that he never had before. We lose that secretive, crazy manipulative guy and get someone you can actual picture, if that makes sense.

After everything this series has put me through, mentally and emotionally, I have decided to take a break from the Fever series. I’m not sure if I will continue reading or if I will let a good thing go while it is still good.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: His to Take (Out of Uniform #3.5) by Katee Robert

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Book Details:

129 Pages

Published: December 7, 2015

Author: Katee Robert

Synopsis:  A sexy category romance novella from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Truth or dare…

Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space.

Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can’t have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent–something neither of them wants. But now that they’re both back in town and she’s right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he’s never been able to resist, he’s questioning everything.

That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin’s sure she’s got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren’s dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there’s no way either of them can win…

Opinion: I really enjoyed reading this short story. It was marketed for free through Goodreads deals so I decided, why not try it? It can be read as a stand alone. I have never read anything by this author before and I wasn’t confused as to what was happening in the story line.

It definitely made me have interest in reading more works by Robert. I think it was written extremely well and in a way that will appeal to many readers, not just military spouses. I can’t wait to read the first books in this series!

My Overall Rating: ★★★★


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