Walk Through Fire (Chaos #4) by Kristen Ashley~~~Review~~~

24199806 Millie Cross knows what it’s like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn’t be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie’s chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can’t ignore. And this time, she won’t let him ride off . . .

Bad boy Logan “High” Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she’s just a ghost of her former self. High’s intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn’t want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie’s betrayal, he’ll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .

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Silvana

~~~2.5 Stars~~~
**** ARC PROVIDED BY PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST OPINION ****

This book started so promising, I really thought it was another winner by KA but around the 30% it seemed to fizzle and stayed that way throughout.

High was another appealing alpha hero by Kristen Ashley, she writes strong heroes like no other,  I liked Millie as well, but their connection seemed lacking; their interactions lacked the passion and fun found in her earlier books.

The conflict was resolved too quickly and then nothing much seemed to happen. I loved the appearances by characters from her earlier books especially Tack, unfortunately not enough to love this book.

For me, Kristen Ashley missed the mark with this novel and has been a bit of a hit and miss lately with her latest releases; still looking forward to her new ventures as she’s one author whose books I will always buy. Not every book can be a winner but most of KA’s books have been winners and on my favorite shelf.

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Own the Wind (Chaos, #1) by Kristen Ashley

Fire Inside (Chaos, #2) by Kristen Ashley

A Christmas to Remember (Lucky Harbor, #8.5; Chaos, #2.5; Last Chance, #6.5; Everson, Texas, #0.5; Tallgrass, #1.5) by Jill Shalvis

Ride Steady (Chaos, #3) by Kristen Ashley

Walk Through Fire (Chaos, #4) by Kristen Ashley

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The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World, #3) by Laura Thalassa

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The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World #3)

Synopsis

She’s a martyr.
A myth.
A ghost.
A legend.
She’s my soulmate and my captive, my conscience and my wrath. I love her too much to let her die; I fear her too much to wake her from her slumber.
She’s mine.
And now she’s gone.

He’s unnatural.
Undying.
Unethical.
Unstoppable.
He’s the keeper of lies and lost souls. Mine slipped through his clutches.
I am his wife, his queen, the love of his very long life.
And soon, I will be his executioner.

The Series

The Queen of All that Dies ...

The Queen of All that Dies (The Fallen World, #1)
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The Queen of Traitors (The ...
The Queen of Traitors (The Fallen World, #2)
by Laura Thalassa
The Queen of All that Lives...
The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World, #3)
by Laura Thalassa

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4/4.5 Stars!

AAAH this book is by far my favorite of the three books, only due to the character growth which Montes went through. I rarely keep on reading books which have a hero that doesn’t appeal to me, however the smooth writing by the author, the drama and the heroine kept me engrossed and wanting to read. In this book , Montes managed to make the book, he was the star. In book 1, the king Montes wasn’t my ideal hero, he was weak, vain and selfish. By book 3, Montes was everything a hero should be.

Reading The Queen of All That Lives, nothing went the way I thought it would after the cliffhanger of book 2. By 49% I thought I had everything figured out and was certain of my theories as to the resolution of the conflict, I just kept on reading to see how the author will take us there; however nothing was like I predicted it to be, the author added a few twists that I wasn’t expecting. The second half of the book kept me glued to the pages.

The only reason I didn’t rate this 5 stars is due to the repetitive inner thoughts of our protagonists, I would have liked more dialogue as I really enjoyed the banter between Serenity and Montes. When I first started the series, Montes and Serenity were not a couple I was rooting for, their dysfunctional relationship had me doubting a HEA. The series went on and I fell in love with their dynamics, the mistrust, love, hate and obsession.

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“Serenity?” I glance over at him. “I was lying. You don’t get a choice. I’ll give you five minutes to change, and then whatever state of dress you’re in, my men will bring you to me.” He’s so lucky I don’t have a gun..

 

This has been quite an entertaining series, the journey to the last book has been nothing but fun. I would love a spin-off book about a certain character, just saying!

ARC kindly provided by author in return for an honest review. Thank you.

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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Genre: YA, Retellings, Fantasy

Synopsis

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan tells a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.


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two-stars

A semi-classic fantasy

I got quite bored. Could be because I didn’t get Dickens? The style was written semi-classic. There were sentences like this:

So our holiday at Martha’s Vineyard was a rare and special treat, sweet as only things that come seldom and do not last can be.

And then, not so classic like this

That was also a rare funny one.
I wished there were more like that but alas. I believe it was that style that made the pacing slower than it needs to be. But, on the other hand, it’s a clever way of adding some classic feel to the story. I wouldn’t mind the style if a lot more things had happened. Overall, I just found it not very exciting.

The concept was interesting though. A world divided by 2 groups of people, Dark Magic and Light Magic, one so very scared of the other but couldn’t live without them. I’m a fan of paranormal so I was looking forward to that part of the story. But, that also fell short. I felt that the magic part didn’t have enough meat in it. There were these cages that they basically used them as “guillotine” but I was never sure how they worked. Also, dark magic sounded way stronger, I couldn’t quite understand why they were the underdog. I’m guessing it’s because of their small number? Wouldn’t that make them precious? It’s obvious that the Lights need them.

Character wise, I only knew Lucie. Ethan and Carwyn just didn’t get enough attention, especially Carwyn. It’d be so much more interesting if there were more of his POV.

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Blurb: 

Caleb Stone was raised on the Upper East Side, where wealth and lineage reigns, and “alternative lifestyles” are hidden. It took him years to come out to his family, but he’s still stuck in the stranglehold of their expectations. Caleb knows he has to build his confidence and shake things up, but he doesn’t know how… until Oliver Buckley enters the picture.

Oli is everything Caleb isn’t—risk-taking, provocative, and fiercely independent. Disowned by his family, Oli has made his own way in the world and is beholden to no one. After a chance encounter on New Year’s Eve, Caleb is smitten.

As Caleb sheds the insecurities that have held him back for years, he makes bold steps toward changing his career and escaping years of sexual repression. But for Caleb to take full control of his life, he has to be brave enough to confront his feelings and trust Oli with his heart.

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April 18th, 2016

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Thank you Mr Hassell for a copy of this ARC. 

One day as I was scrolling my Twitter feed I came across a tweet by Hassell that claimed “The Hills” by Weeknd fit with First and First. Now being Canadian this song was played over and over and over and over again cause we rep our own.

But considering the lyrics I was looking forward to this story. And honestly it fits. It fits so much. It fits Oli. Like a Glove…

4

You said keep our business on the low-low
I’m just tryna get you out the friend zone
‘Cause you look even better than the photos

4

And as I was reading this song played a loop in my head. Constantly. I love when a song can fit and make you feel like the words are so intertwined.

4

I’ma let you know and keep it simple
Tryna keep it up, don’t seem so simple
I just fucked two bitches ‘fore I saw you
You gon’ have to do it at my tempo
Always tryna send me off to rehab
Drugs start to feeling like it’s decaf
I’m just tryna live life for the moment
And all these motherfuckers want a real love

4

Book 3 in the Borough’s series is very much different to the 1st two in terms of angst/drama factor. First and First was very much low key. We still had issues that needed to be worked out, we had 2 characters that had flaws, we had degrees of separation btwn all the characters. I liked the way it weaved.

4

I only call you when it’s half past five
The only time that I’ll be by your side
I only love it when you touch me, not feel me
When I’m fucked up, that’s the real me
When I’m fucked up, that’s the real me, yeah

4

It is no mystery that I love the way Hassell writes. I love how he realistically portrays his characters. I love how in sync he is with the times. I love that his characters are older, experienced, flawed, judgmental and  cool.

I really doubt that any of the rest of the characters in this series will get as close to Raymond in my view of best characters ever in a book ha! Except maybe Aiden. As a side character I really really really liked him! I hope Hassell writes his story… A novella? A something!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!

I’m looking forward to book 4 in this series that comes out…. I dont know when…. But I’m pretty confident I know who its about. Well 1 of the characters at least🙂

And with that I’m gonna leave you with the Hills…..

And when you read F&F and then listen to this song you can agree with the author. He knows what he’s talking about🙂

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The Syndicate by Sophie Davis

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The Syndicate by Sophie Davis
Publisher: Sophie Davis Books
Publication Date: Mar 1, 2016
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past. As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 2446-89 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Her job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate’s clientele.

Stassi’s next assignment takes her to Paris in the 1920’s, in search of a lost manuscript by one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. She and her partner, Gaige, are swept up in the City of Light during the height of fashion and culture—as alluring a locale as they’ve ever visited. But a seedier side of life lurks beneath the glamorous façade, and the pair quickly learns this run is more dangerous than any of their previous missions.

Because history isn’t playing out as it should be—a first for the syndicate. When the stakes are raised and it becomes a matter of life or death, Stassi and Gaige must ultimately decide how far they’re willing to go to ensure the future as they know it.

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four-stars

Entertaining

GAH THAT ENDING!! I knew it wouldn’t end simply but I had no idea what had happened. I mean what Charles had said to Cyrus. What could unsettle the founder of The Syndicate? I can’t wait for book 2 to be out!

This book was as good as I’d hoped. Awesome Paris backdrop and it wasted no time jumping right into the story, with Stassi just finishing off an assignment in an unorthodox way, jumping without using the Gate. Eventhough this is just book 1, so many things had happened, the Night Gentlemen and the search of the Blue Canyon. The Night Gentlemen plot was intriguing but I felt the ending was a bit rushed.
Also, the Night Gentlemen felt a little cardboard like. We weren’t offered any other details about him, other than what he portrayed to the public.

The other characters weren’t as cardboard like however, like Stassi and Gaige. I really felt their brother-sister bond. Even the not-so-present Molly, was written very life-like. The writing in general was also really good. I especially liked this paragraph, describing the jumping experience:

A burst of light exploded in my line of vision like a star detonating. Golden white swirls twisted and churned before my eyes, illuminating the murky water with preternatural beauty. At the epicenter, the light was pure gold. It pulled me in as though it was a powerful magnet and I was nothing more than a fleck of metal.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that likes a little Sci-Fi in historic times.

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Earth’s End (Air Awakens #3) by Elise Kova

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A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.

Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.

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five-stars

What an amazing series and writer. May is such a long wait for the next book but it’s so worth it!

I was searching for a book that has librarian and magic in it, what inspired me to do that is a long story, anyway, that search lead me to this series, thank God! It is so so good! Here we have an apprentice librarian, Vhalla Yarl, who is sweet, innocent and smart, turned into a sorcerer and not just any sorcerer, but a powerful one, a windbreaker. Then there’s the prince, Aldrin, the crown prince, a fire lord, whom Vhalla accidentally bonded and later fell in love with. Both have to fight to keep each other and fight for the war they are facing. And so much more!

I love how Vhalla’s character grew, and though she is stronger and has grown into this powerful person, yet her vulnerability remains.

There is so much to say about all the  characters and the storyline, I’ll some it up to just breathtakingly, heartrendingly good. I could not get enough on the awesome action scenes, it’s like I’m there and I want to edge them on, like “go go go, fight, run!” Lol. And the romance, it’s heartbreaking, there is so much angst, specially in this third part of the series. It makes me want to scream “Enough!” specially for Vhal.

Aldrik and Vhal,  together, with such intense feelings and their combined power, it was so beautiful to read I could cry.🙂

I’ll just stop my review here and just leave a sample of one of my favourite action scenes :


“Wind Demon,” the man growled, his sword at her chin. The other Northerner was behind her. He allowed Vhalla to sit, which was his first mistake. He spat a few words at her in a language she didn’t understand, and Vhalla took the opportunity to twist her wrist and magically jerk the sword from his hand. Vhalla turned her head and watched it impale the eye of the Northerner behind her.
A boot met her temple and Vhalla rolled, overcompensating for the man’s second sword plunging into the ground next to her. Vhalla grasped the weapon from the fallen Northerner’s face, then stood on shaky legs. The man took a careful step in a wide arc, and the forest seemed to hold its breath as she stared him down.
The tension quivered, then broke.
Vhalla lunged, letting the man disarm her. He grinned wildly in false triumph and Vhalla’s palm clamped over his mouth. His face exploded with Vhalla’s cry of anguish as she forced every last ounce of power she had in her down his throat and outward. Covered in blood, shaking, Vhalla turned her eyes skyward.
“Run!” she screamed. “Run or suffer the fate of your friends.” The last warrior hovered in the trees above her. Vhalla didn’t know if they understood her words, but she knew what they had seen.
“Run fast, for you will need to outrun the wind!”

And one of my favourite romantic liners: ( a scene where Aldrik presented Vhal with a gift, a pocket watch as a symbol of a promise)


“You wished for time,” Aldrik explained. “I heard each utterance when you beseeched time to stop, for mornings not to come. I want you to know I shared your every sentiment. I wanted to give you the promise of my minutes, my hours, my days.” His long fingers curled around hers, around the watch. “My future is yours, Vhalla Yarl.”

I am officially a huge fan of Ms. Elise Kova, what a treasure to find! One the best fantasy-magic-romance series that I’ve read this year.

 

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Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

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Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: Dec 29, 2015
Genre: YA Mystery, Paranormal

Synopsis

On his own

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

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three-half-stars

One of a Kind

I liked it. It’s a little different than regular paranormal fantasy. In fact, if I didn’t see people shelved this in YA Paranormal in Goodreads, I really wouldn’t have known till the last minute. There was almost no hint that it’s a paranormal, and everything felt like a regular YA mystery. I kept waiting for the light to shed, and it took a LONG time. I hope that’s not too spoilery…

The characters were a little frustrating at times, especially Charlotte. She was quite stupid at times, but I’m giving her a chance to redeem herself given the circumstances. It’s a rather unique situation. She might not be her usual self.

There was some YA romance, all very innocent but quite sweet and believable. It’s not forced and it’s not cheesy, and not exactly the focus of the story. The main focus was the mystery and this unfortunate situation that Thomas found himself in.

The mystery was still a mystery, till the very end. I had no idea how it would turn out because it’s just so different than regular mystery. I’ll definitely read the next one and hopefully it will come out soon enough. Overall, it’s a very good setup for a very interesting series.

NOT recommended for people that can’t handle an “unfinished” mystery!

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