Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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I had this book in my Kindle for months, and my thought when I finally cracked it open was: Why did I just start this now?

But better late than never.

NEVERNIGHT is a compelling, surprisingly delightful novel about assassins (is there an oxymoron there somewhere?). The author painted a sympathetic picture of the heroine, who though she trained to be an assassin to avenge her family, never quite lost her humanity.

The worldbuilding is superb, the story intricately plotted–the twist at the end totally took me by surprise. Love it!! The footnotes are a nice touch; they added history and depth to the world. And humor/comic relief, though Mister Kindly had that job, too. Or…could it be…that he’s the narrator? Continue reading

Review: Bachelor Games by Daire St. Denis

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It’s no secret that I love geeks, and heroine Becca Evans is a brilliant scientist.

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BACHELOR GAMES is a fun and sexy romp. I thought I knew how the story’s gonna go (based on the blurb), but I’m glad to see the author prove me wrong. I love the unpredictable twists and turns (and it took me awhile to guess at the secret about Grace), the exciting chemistry between the couple, and the hot, hot sex scenes.

I love that Becca and Calum met at the airport and that they had that delightful and exciting interlude in the airplane before they arrived at the island. I love how they connected on the plane, and I believe that’s the basis for their relationship. Where they started, definitely. Continue reading

Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

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And here’s my review of the second book…

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THE GIRL IN THE TOWER continues the story left off from The Bear and the Nightingale, where Vasya decided to go off adventuring into the world, to avoid the villagers at home who accused her of being a witch and perhaps because she also felt guilt at what had happened to her father. This is still a coming-of-age story, where Vasya tries to find her identity in a world that would suppress her movements and desires, just because women have a “place” in society–either marriage or the convent. Yet, for Vasya, who is wild and spirited and clever and brave, either of these wouldn’t have been enough for her. They were traps she wanted to avoid, especially when she holds her independence so dearly. Continue reading

Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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I blogged about the stunning cover of the 3rd book in this series, and I think it’s apt that it be entitled “The Winter of the Witch”. After all, we’re dealing with winter in the books and her romantic interest is Morozko, the frost demon. But will they have an HEA? I guess we’ll know in August. In the meantime, here’s my review of the first book in the series!

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THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE is a captivating, edgy tale of growing up and finding one’s self and beliefs. It has been recommended for fans of Uprooted (by Naomi Novik), but I thought fans of Wintesong (by S. Jae-Jones) would also enjoy this as well. There’s the same coming-of-age heroine and a supernatural “hero”, though Wintersong is a tad darker and more intense. More than a romance though, both of these stories chronicle the heroines’ journey into self-actualization. Needless to say, I enjoyed both books thoroughly and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend either one. Continue reading

Review: Defenseless by Elizabeth Dyer

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DEFENSELESS started out with what I thought was info dumping about Georgia’s life, but I’m glad I didn’t give up because the story picked up when she met Parker at the end of Chapter One. Oooh, Parker!! Parker is a geek, and he’s super brilliant, but he doesn’t have the typical geek profile. He’s charming and can communicate like a normal human being. I find him refreshing due to the role reversal here, where Georgia (the bodyguard) is the badass and Parker (the tech guy) the damsel. It’s also the first time where I read how the hero is “intimidated” and “deferred” to someone else, because he’s not “physical” as the rest of the spec ops guys and also because his expertise is based on his brain. While it’s disconcerting to read, we also really see Parker’s growth here, both in his relationship with Georgia and individually as a person. Continue reading

Review: Zero Hour by Megan Erickson

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Think geek heroes are boring? Let ZERO HOUR change your mind. It’s a gritty, pageturning, thrilling ride into the world of cyber romantic suspense with hackers and high-octane action!

Roarke gathered a crew together to avenge his brother’s murder, but he never wanted to involve Wren, the woman who had the power to tie him up in knots. But Wren got an in with the villain, and it would’ve saved them work and time if she used that connection, so Roarke reluctantly allowed her to join them, not that he could’ve stopped her. But what he didn’t know was that Wren had a personal revenge mission of her own…

Roarke and Wren are unbelievably hot together! Continue reading

Review: Cinderella by Mike Klaassen

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This reimagining of a well loved fairy tale is amazing! I love how the author breathed life into the cardboard characters in the fairy tale. Even the prince has some sidekicks that we didn’t know about and Cinderella’s fairy godmother is of a different sort. I enjoyed this revisit into my childhood, and I believe every kid should know this version of the tale as well.

However, and it may be the adult romance junkie in me speaking, but I wish we could have seen more of Ella’s interaction with the prince, instead of her um…(spoiler) to know his thoughts and intentions. If they had talked more, it would’ve strengthened the bond and connection between them. She could’ve opted not to use her ability when it comes to the prince. Also, how Ella got the prince to fall for her? Romance readers all over the world would revolt. On the relationship development side, it’s definitely not recommended for it to happen that way. I wouldn’t have believed in their relationship or that it would even last, unless through sorcery. That said, fairy tales are not known for in-depth character and romantic development (if there’s any romance at all), so perhaps this story is merely staying true to its origins. Continue reading