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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)
by Laura Thalassa
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!

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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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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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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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Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

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Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: Expected February 23rd 2016
Genre: Mystery Thriller

Synopsis

Charmingly murderous antihero Joe continues his twisted quest for the perfect love in this thrilling follow-up to the “deeply dark yet mesmerizing” You. When Joe follows the woman he wants to marry to the West Coast, he never imagines that his obsession will lead him to such tragedy…

After the heartbreak of losing his girlfriend, Beck, Joe Goldberg thought he’d never love again. But when mysterious Amy Adam begins working for Joe at Mooney Books, he finds himself obsessed with his new employee. Amy is Beck’s opposite—she hates Twitter, she doesn’t even have an email address, she’s completely unsearchable online—and she quickly captures Joe’s heart. But just before Joe can ask Amy to marry him, she disappears, leaving a trail of clues in her wake.

Joe is then forced to do something so vile, so awful that he nearly loses his mind: he moves to Los Angeles to find Amy. He is tortured by a series of aspiring Angelenos—an insufferable stand-up comedian, philistine booksellers, a money-hungry nanny, and a slutty ghostwriter—before meeting his ticket to a more luxurious world: a surgically enhanced, social media–savvy heiress named Love Quinn. But Joe can’t stop stalking Amy, despite the world opening up to him with Love on his arm. Will Joe finally escape his sordid past? Or is Love just the latest casualty in Joe’s unrelenting search for the perfect match?

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five-stars

TEN BRILLIANT PLUS STARS

Thus I’ve met my SECOND favourite book of the year!!!

I thought nothing NOTHING could top Six of Crows, but I was wrong! I felt so lucky that I was wrong.

This was in a totally different genre and I was glad that I crossed over. Sometimes, you just had to take the leap. I was so glad that I stuck with the series. I had almost given up because of the gritty style of writing in book one, but no such problem with book two. This completely surpassed book one, in terms of character development and plot twists.

The twists, they just kept on coming! I had lost count of them at the end. They’re in the range of ten, I think. A lot of the stories I could guess where it’s going to go, but not this one. Other than the brilliancy of Caroline Kepnes, it might have to do with the fact that I’d never really read a story that had villain as its protagonist.

Joe had grown so much as a psychopathic killer. He’s definitely not as slick as Dexter, and definitely EVIL. There was no “legit” reason for him to go killing around, really, other than to serve his own. But, in the end, he changed. I hope that’s not too spoilery…

It’s such a brilliant brilliant story and it had depth at the same time. LOVE, love was all that matters.

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Pre Release: Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon

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Blurb: 

Fresh out of college and recently dumped by his long-time girlfriend, shy and bookish Jefferson Blythe is touring Europe using an inherited vintage copy of Esquire Magazine’s Europe in Style.

Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is about old maps, new adventures, getting lost, getting found, getting drunk, and being mistaken for an international criminal. In other words, normal summer vacation when you’re in your twenties.

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Expected Publication Date: November 16th 2015

Mare's Review

3.5 This is so Josh stars

So Jefferson Blythe, such an easy read really. And truly it is very much a JL Book.

Did I view it as a NA contemporary? No I didn’t really.

It was definitely not heavy on the romance.

It reminded me a bit of Jake & Adrien…..

Or Adrien as a young man.

I find JL’s writing to be so poetic. It flows so well, and makes you feel so many things all at once. To me it is heart wrenching, her words, which is why I find I love to read her. I can re read her books and fall in love over and over again and each re read I learn more or I see things differently because I read it in a different mood.

“I kissed him with all the skill and experience I had, and though the shape of his mouth was different and the line of his jaw was harder and the taste of his tongue was most definitely male, it simply made it easier, sweeter, more right.” 

I will have to re read Jefferson at some point and see if I view it differently than I did the 1st time around.

The mystery wasn’t JL’s best and it was funny how silly the villain’s were.

And then there was George. He was tough nut to crack, I couldn’t get a read on him and I wanted him to wake the hell up and see what was in front of him.

I hope that we can get a short or something for Jefferson and George so we see a glimpse into the future, I would like a glimpse. Something? Anything?

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Mare~

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Pre-Release: Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs #1) by Santino Hassell

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Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.

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*** Thank you Mr. Hassell for a copy of the e-book ***

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He could be a stranger you gave a second glance
He could be a trophy of a one night stand
He could have your humour, but I don’t understand
‘Cause he’ll never love you like I can, can, can

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From the moment I got this book I was hard pressed to put it down. I’ve had a book hangover for dayzzzz after devouring this. Dayzzzzz.

I don’t even think it was 1 moment or 1 phrase, a word or a paragraph that stuck out to me. It was just overall badassery that Mr. Hassell knows how to bring alive on the pages.

It was the realness and the rawness and the chemistry that “contemporary romance” has been lacking something serious of late. The sexual attraction, the chemistry, the UST, the raw depths of emotion. The hey I’m not fuckin perfect. The no one is angle. All of this has been missing from the up and coming contemporary romances that have passed my e-reader by, So it was refreshing. And gritty. And so perfectly imperfect.

The characterization, the flaws, the struggles. It made it hard to read and not reflect on personal entities. The European parentals, the upbringing, nationalities, the meshing, and the people who helped you make it through.

I mentioned Badassery right. Well if Mr Hassell writes good badassery he also wrote some seriouzzzzzzzly amazing dirty talk & delicious sex scenes, So delicious that, I kid you not, broke my e-reader.

I can’t pimp this book more. I would give you quotes and teasers of the delicious sex but I figure that would just be really mean.  So if all I can give you is my word, well you have it.

Refreshing, gritty, real and raw. Also delicious.

Add it, read it, love it. Cause you will.

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Why are you looking down all the wrong roads?
When mine is the heart and the salt of the soul
There may be lovers who hold out their hands
But they’ll never love you like I can, can, can
They’ll never love you like I can, can

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AND. There’s 5 books in this series. And book 2 is going to be so so so good..,, Because Raymond.

PS. Mr Hassell if you any way feel bad about breaking my e-reader you can just make it up to me by giving me book 2 ok. We’ll call that even right?!?! Right?!?!?

Mare

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