As April comes to an end and May quickly approaches, I say with deep, deep sadness that It hasn't been much of a reading month (that's what you were thinking I was going to say, right?). I'm finally approaching the finish line, almost done with the marathon of sleep deprivation and cramming that comprises your freshman year of college... as well as your sophomore, junior and senior year.

 With that being said, school comes first and therefore, reading must unfortunately come second but even with that, I managed to squeeze in a couple of really fun and enjoyable reads in the spare time that I did have. So, without further ado, let's get into this month's wrap up!


  • Slammed by Colleen Hoover
    • Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

      Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

      Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.
    • Rating: 4.7/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought  
    • Final Thoughts: Absolutely loved this book and flew through it within a few hours! Somewhat light contemporary read and really easy to get into for those days when you're in a reading slump (I say "somewhat" because it does have some heavy moments that may or may not have left me in tears).  
  • Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
    • A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

      She flees on her wedding day.

      She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

      She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

      She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

      The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

      Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
    • Rating: 4.7/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought
    • Final Thoughts: Review (May or may not have left me an emotional train wreck)
  • Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson
    • On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

      Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

      But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.
    • Rating:3.9/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought
    • Final Thoughts: I think my issue with this book was that my expectations were far too high after reading the synopsis. DO NOT GET ME WRONG, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and loved the plot and where it's going after finishing this book. It is a little slow in the middle and may get a little info-dumpy.
  • A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
    • With her brother dead and her mother on the verge of insanity, Eleanor Fitt is utterly alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters - Joseph, Jie and the handsome, enigmatic Daniel - have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor begins to hear the vicious barking of hounds and see images of haunting yellow eyes, she fears the worst - that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are coming for her.

      To escape and search out the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. Though friendly, Oliver entices Eleanor with necromancy and black magic, yet as long as she can resist his powerful temptation, she'll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over the city...and there's a whole new evil lurking. With the body count rising, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

      In Paris, there's a price for this darkness strange and lovely...and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.
    • Rating: 4.5/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought
    • Final Thoughts: I am working on a review for this one! (it's just taking a while because I'm still really busy with school) Overall, I loved this book just as much, if not more, than the first. The storyline was energetic and mysterious and kept me on the edge of my chair...er.. bed.
Hope you guys had a fantastic month of April and on to May we go! (how cheesy can I get...).  Let me know what you guys read this/last month and what you're looking forward to reading in May!

xoxo,
Jana

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April Book Wrap Up!

April 28, 2015





As April comes to an end and May quickly approaches, I say with deep, deep sadness that It hasn't been much of a reading month (that's what you were thinking I was going to say, right?). I'm finally approaching the finish line, almost done with the marathon of sleep deprivation and cramming that comprises your freshman year of college... as well as your sophomore, junior and senior year.

 With that being said, school comes first and therefore, reading must unfortunately come second but even with that, I managed to squeeze in a couple of really fun and enjoyable reads in the spare time that I did have. So, without further ado, let's get into this month's wrap up!


  • Slammed by Colleen Hoover
    • Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

      Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

      Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.
    • Rating: 4.7/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought  
    • Final Thoughts: Absolutely loved this book and flew through it within a few hours! Somewhat light contemporary read and really easy to get into for those days when you're in a reading slump (I say "somewhat" because it does have some heavy moments that may or may not have left me in tears).  
  • Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
    • A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

      She flees on her wedding day.

      She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

      She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

      She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

      The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

      Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
    • Rating: 4.7/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought
    • Final Thoughts: Review (May or may not have left me an emotional train wreck)
  • Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson
    • On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

      Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

      But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.
    • Rating:3.9/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought
    • Final Thoughts: I think my issue with this book was that my expectations were far too high after reading the synopsis. DO NOT GET ME WRONG, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and loved the plot and where it's going after finishing this book. It is a little slow in the middle and may get a little info-dumpy.
  • A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
    • With her brother dead and her mother on the verge of insanity, Eleanor Fitt is utterly alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters - Joseph, Jie and the handsome, enigmatic Daniel - have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor begins to hear the vicious barking of hounds and see images of haunting yellow eyes, she fears the worst - that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are coming for her.

      To escape and search out the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. Though friendly, Oliver entices Eleanor with necromancy and black magic, yet as long as she can resist his powerful temptation, she'll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over the city...and there's a whole new evil lurking. With the body count rising, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

      In Paris, there's a price for this darkness strange and lovely...and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.
    • Rating: 4.5/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought
    • Final Thoughts: I am working on a review for this one! (it's just taking a while because I'm still really busy with school) Overall, I loved this book just as much, if not more, than the first. The storyline was energetic and mysterious and kept me on the edge of my chair...er.. bed.
Hope you guys had a fantastic month of April and on to May we go! (how cheesy can I get...).  Let me know what you guys read this/last month and what you're looking forward to reading in May!

xoxo,
Jana

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We all have authors that we love and then there are the author's whose feet we practically worship at (that may be a bit of an exaggeration but let's be real; how many times have we been willing to perform sacrificial offerings to get a snippet, a teaser, or maybe even an update on how our favorite characters were holding up... that's what I thought).

I have so many authors that I love and adore and I would add them all on here if I could but alas, it is late and I am slightly sleep deprived from final's coming up (which I should be studying for... oops). Therefore, I have decided to comprise a list of some of my absolute favorite authors to date and fear not, these are not the only ones but simply, those whose books I have read past and present and essentially, cannot live without.

  • Cassandra Clare (author of The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Magisterium, and oh my goodness... the list goes on)
    • Yup... it would not be a proper post without mentioning one of my all time favorite authors out there. I've been reading her books ever since my awkward, middle school stage (and awkward it was) and the last book in The Mortal Instrument series came out only weeks before my high school graduation so her books do hold a very special place in my heart. If you're looking for an  EPIC read and do not mind getting you're heart shattered and stomped on several times, then a Cassandra Clare book is the one for you! Not only is she an amazing author but also incredibly interactive with her readers (if you want to follow her on twitter, you can do that here). Best known for her books in the shadowhunter chronicles, she is also co-authoring another series with author Holly Black called The Magisterium!
  • Sarah J. Maas  (author of the Throne of Glass Series and her new upcoming NA series A Court of Thorns and Roses... EEEP)
    • a.k.a The Queen of Ultimate Badass Heroins and should also be referred to as queen of character development (seriously... have you read her books?). I'm not gifted enough with words to even begin describing the plethora of feels, tears, and just overwhelming roller coaster ride of emotion and unworldly hot guys (*sigh* I want them all) that make up her books. Of course, that makes it sound like her books are just over crawling with men and rivers created by my own tears but that's not what I meant... I'll be honest with you guys.. I have never read a book whose writing is so beautifully descriptive and filled with emotion like these books. I swear the world building in itself just blows your mind. When you read these books it's not just your brain (yup, I'm getting really technical here...fasten your seatbelts) processing the words and creating a mentally visual representation, the story glides like a paintbrush on a canvas, creating this beautiful and dark realm that you can't help but get lost in. Seriously, you get lost in her world and it is so well done (you'll need a map to find you're way back to reality).
  • Susan Dennard (author of Something Strange and Deadly series and upcoming Truthwitch )
    • If you're looking for an author with not just amazing, kickass books but also a lot of inspirational and helpful advice for future, aspiring authors, then I give you Susan Dennard. I fly through her books and love them so much (and not just because the MC is from Philly...or well, 1800's Philadelphia but same thing ). If you're looking for a fun and definitely adventurous ride, then I highly recommend you check out her books. Her books are so unique in style and context, I mean... it's not every day you read about a strong female protagonist from the 19th century that just so happens to kick ass when it comes to fighting the walking dead...yes, I did just say "the walking dead" along with her trusted and adorably stubborn squad (I'm batting my eyelashes at you, Daniel). She also co-authors with Sarah (as seen above) in The Starkillers Cycle which is something you should go check out if you haven't yet (it's free and super fun to read, especially if you're into sci-fi) and you can subscribe or see it here ! And side note: whose excited for Truthwitch because I can't remember the last tine I was this excited for a book to come out... January, please come quick. 
  • Stephanie Perkins (author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After )
    • Anytime I think about a book I've read by Stephanie Perkins I cannot help but get this very strange feeling of warmth in my stomach with a mix of adrenaline... oh wait, that's called happiness. These books are just pure, exulting happiness and while they do of course have problems in them (what's a book without conflict, right?) you can't help but be almost giddy with joy after reading one of her books because they're just an absolute joy to read.
  • Alexandra Bracken (author of The Darkest Minds series and upcoming Passenger )
    • jfhd <--- this was not me but my keyboard which goes to show that even my computer knows Alexandra Bracken's books are fantastic (I'm not kidding). If you are not familiar with The Darkest Minds series, then I recommend you familiarize yourself with them because Oh mY Goodness....YOU GUYS... these books are fantastic and so action packed and adrenaline inducing that you might just find yourself pulling an all-nighter trying to finish one of these puppies (maybe wait till school's over??) Once you pick them up you won't be able to put them down and if you LOVE and CRAVE character development in books like yours truly then well... consider yourself warned.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout (there's simply too many to list but a couple are the Lux Series, The Dark Elements Series, Don't Look Back, etc.)
    • Whether you're new or old to the YA genre, chances are you've crossed paths with one of Jennifer's works of ART. She's written something for everything; humans, aliens, demons, and even gargoyles (and by written for I mean written about, although if you are an alien or gargoyle reading this, I'm sure you'll love these books as well ). Another fantastic author who dominates an entire shelf on my bookshelf simply because there's so many books and they're all incredible that I can't not own them.
  • Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series )
    • Oh my words... I don't even know where to start but all I'm going to say is if you have not read Outlander then you need to stop what you're doing and go out and get it because Outlander is Life...okay? okay.
  • Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles)
    • While I do admit being relatively new to this author, that does not mean that I am not REALLY excited for her current and future books. *sigh* How do I even begin to describe Mary E. Pearson's books? Well, there's definitely a kickass protagonist, some, again, very hot guys with at times indiscernible motives and OH... that one time she threw a plot twist at us so hard it practically knocked me back into the year 1995... yup, that happened. She definitely keeps you on your toes but that is one of the reasons why I love her books and what makes it such an intriguing read.
Thank you so much for reading guys! I Hope that you've found some of your favorites on this list or that I've introduced you to a new author.... whatever it is, I hope you enjoyed this! Tell me your favorite authors in the comments below or any recommendation you have.

Jana

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Authors You Need in Your Life

April 25, 2015

We all have authors that we love and then there are the author's whose feet we practically worship at (that may be a bit of an exaggeration but let's be real; how many times have we been willing to perform sacrificial offerings to get a snippet, a teaser, or maybe even an update on how our favorite characters were holding up... that's what I thought).

I have so many authors that I love and adore and I would add them all on here if I could but alas, it is late and I am slightly sleep deprived from final's coming up (which I should be studying for... oops). Therefore, I have decided to comprise a list of some of my absolute favorite authors to date and fear not, these are not the only ones but simply, those whose books I have read past and present and essentially, cannot live without.

  • Cassandra Clare (author of The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Magisterium, and oh my goodness... the list goes on)
    • Yup... it would not be a proper post without mentioning one of my all time favorite authors out there. I've been reading her books ever since my awkward, middle school stage (and awkward it was) and the last book in The Mortal Instrument series came out only weeks before my high school graduation so her books do hold a very special place in my heart. If you're looking for an  EPIC read and do not mind getting you're heart shattered and stomped on several times, then a Cassandra Clare book is the one for you! Not only is she an amazing author but also incredibly interactive with her readers (if you want to follow her on twitter, you can do that here). Best known for her books in the shadowhunter chronicles, she is also co-authoring another series with author Holly Black called The Magisterium!
  • Sarah J. Maas  (author of the Throne of Glass Series and her new upcoming NA series A Court of Thorns and Roses... EEEP)
    • a.k.a The Queen of Ultimate Badass Heroins and should also be referred to as queen of character development (seriously... have you read her books?). I'm not gifted enough with words to even begin describing the plethora of feels, tears, and just overwhelming roller coaster ride of emotion and unworldly hot guys (*sigh* I want them all) that make up her books. Of course, that makes it sound like her books are just over crawling with men and rivers created by my own tears but that's not what I meant... I'll be honest with you guys.. I have never read a book whose writing is so beautifully descriptive and filled with emotion like these books. I swear the world building in itself just blows your mind. When you read these books it's not just your brain (yup, I'm getting really technical here...fasten your seatbelts) processing the words and creating a mentally visual representation, the story glides like a paintbrush on a canvas, creating this beautiful and dark realm that you can't help but get lost in. Seriously, you get lost in her world and it is so well done (you'll need a map to find you're way back to reality).
  • Susan Dennard (author of Something Strange and Deadly series and upcoming Truthwitch )
    • If you're looking for an author with not just amazing, kickass books but also a lot of inspirational and helpful advice for future, aspiring authors, then I give you Susan Dennard. I fly through her books and love them so much (and not just because the MC is from Philly...or well, 1800's Philadelphia but same thing ). If you're looking for a fun and definitely adventurous ride, then I highly recommend you check out her books. Her books are so unique in style and context, I mean... it's not every day you read about a strong female protagonist from the 19th century that just so happens to kick ass when it comes to fighting the walking dead...yes, I did just say "the walking dead" along with her trusted and adorably stubborn squad (I'm batting my eyelashes at you, Daniel). She also co-authors with Sarah (as seen above) in The Starkillers Cycle which is something you should go check out if you haven't yet (it's free and super fun to read, especially if you're into sci-fi) and you can subscribe or see it here ! And side note: whose excited for Truthwitch because I can't remember the last tine I was this excited for a book to come out... January, please come quick. 
  • Stephanie Perkins (author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After )
    • Anytime I think about a book I've read by Stephanie Perkins I cannot help but get this very strange feeling of warmth in my stomach with a mix of adrenaline... oh wait, that's called happiness. These books are just pure, exulting happiness and while they do of course have problems in them (what's a book without conflict, right?) you can't help but be almost giddy with joy after reading one of her books because they're just an absolute joy to read.
  • Alexandra Bracken (author of The Darkest Minds series and upcoming Passenger )
    • jfhd <--- this was not me but my keyboard which goes to show that even my computer knows Alexandra Bracken's books are fantastic (I'm not kidding). If you are not familiar with The Darkest Minds series, then I recommend you familiarize yourself with them because Oh mY Goodness....YOU GUYS... these books are fantastic and so action packed and adrenaline inducing that you might just find yourself pulling an all-nighter trying to finish one of these puppies (maybe wait till school's over??) Once you pick them up you won't be able to put them down and if you LOVE and CRAVE character development in books like yours truly then well... consider yourself warned.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout (there's simply too many to list but a couple are the Lux Series, The Dark Elements Series, Don't Look Back, etc.)
    • Whether you're new or old to the YA genre, chances are you've crossed paths with one of Jennifer's works of ART. She's written something for everything; humans, aliens, demons, and even gargoyles (and by written for I mean written about, although if you are an alien or gargoyle reading this, I'm sure you'll love these books as well ). Another fantastic author who dominates an entire shelf on my bookshelf simply because there's so many books and they're all incredible that I can't not own them.
  • Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series )
    • Oh my words... I don't even know where to start but all I'm going to say is if you have not read Outlander then you need to stop what you're doing and go out and get it because Outlander is Life...okay? okay.
  • Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles)
    • While I do admit being relatively new to this author, that does not mean that I am not REALLY excited for her current and future books. *sigh* How do I even begin to describe Mary E. Pearson's books? Well, there's definitely a kickass protagonist, some, again, very hot guys with at times indiscernible motives and OH... that one time she threw a plot twist at us so hard it practically knocked me back into the year 1995... yup, that happened. She definitely keeps you on your toes but that is one of the reasons why I love her books and what makes it such an intriguing read.
Thank you so much for reading guys! I Hope that you've found some of your favorites on this list or that I've introduced you to a new author.... whatever it is, I hope you enjoyed this! Tell me your favorite authors in the comments below or any recommendation you have.

Jana

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Well, I'd be lying if I said that I have a single coherent thought about this book because GUYS....THIS BOOK...I experienced feelings that I had not experienced in a while when reading but it was a welcome surprise. So, as I mentioned, I apologize if that by the end of this review you won't have understood a single thing you just read. That's exactly what the inside of my brain feels like right now...frazzled.

Kiss of Deception (lets call it KoD for short) is the first book in a series by Mary E. Pearson and man... OH man, am I excited for where this series is headed. This book incorporates everything I had hoped it would and so so SO much more. Before I begin my ramblings about how badly I want you guys to read this book, here's a description from our ever dependable friend Goodreads:

                          
 She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love

 If that didn't convince you of how badly you need this book in your life, well I'm going to try.

In case you did not guess, I loved... and I mean LOVED this book. I heard so many amazing things about it and finally decided to buy it for it to only sit on my shelves while I tried to get out of my terrible reading slump *sighs* After several reading-less months, I finally decided to give reading a try again with this one and I was not disappointed. This book had me screaming and crying and laughing and confused and feeling every single emotion on the emotional spectrum. In other words, it left me a complete mess lying in a puddle of my own tears. What else is new?

So, this book follows our main protagonist, Lia, who flees on her wedding day in order to avoid being bound to a man whom she does not love and has never met. Mary Pearson has an amazing talent of really making you feel for her characters. Immediately, we see what her life is like and why she does the things that she does and so, when she decides to flee, along with her trusted friend Pauline, we are more than happy to say goodbye to life as we know it and follow her into the wilderness...quite literally. She may have been born into royalty but she is far from a princess. She is everything you look for in a badass heroin and that is exactly what she is. She really steps up to the plate when she needs to and her loyalty to her best friend knows no bounds. I loved the friendship between these two and made me realize that everyone should have a Pauline or Lia in their life.

Now... going into this book, I was made aware of several things: 1. How great it is 2. There are several very hot guys that we come across and one may or may not be an assassin and the other a certain...prince? 3. Plot Twist... and MF PLOT TWIST IT WAS. I personally love plot twists because I enjoy being surprised especially when I think I've got the whole story thought out but even though I...sort...of... saw this one coming, I DID NOT SEE IT COMING and I applaud *insert clapping hands emoji here* Mary because this one was either so painfully obvious that it hurts to admit that I was fooled or it wasn't obvious at all and it was brilliantly done. All I'm saying is don't trust anyone you think you can trust in this book.

Gah, okay what else...the world building! There was definitely quite a bit of world building in this book because it does not take place in our own universe and therefore, it was necessary but while sometimes, first books can be quite info-dumpy when it comes to a fantasy realm, this book was not overwhelming. In short there are three kingdoms: Kingdom of Morrighan, where our main protagonist beings her story, Kingdom of Dalbreck, where her would-be betrothed resides, and the mysterious kingdom of Venda, home to the ruthless and uneducated barbarians. It was interesting to learn about the traditions in this world and to see our characters let loose and have some fun (even if it's only temporary). Throughout the story, we learn about the conflicts between the kingdoms and I'm sure we'll learn much more in books to come.

The ending had to be one of the most heart and gut wrenching endings/cliffhangers that I have ever come across and...well... you'll have to read it to find out...yup..I dare you. I'm so excited for where this series is heading and I cannot wait to read the next installment The Heart of Betrayal and see how our characters fair in very different setting from what they're used to.

Jana


Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

April 22, 2015





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Well, I'd be lying if I said that I have a single coherent thought about this book because GUYS....THIS BOOK...I experienced feelings that I had not experienced in a while when reading but it was a welcome surprise. So, as I mentioned, I apologize if that by the end of this review you won't have understood a single thing you just read. That's exactly what the inside of my brain feels like right now...frazzled.

Kiss of Deception (lets call it KoD for short) is the first book in a series by Mary E. Pearson and man... OH man, am I excited for where this series is headed. This book incorporates everything I had hoped it would and so so SO much more. Before I begin my ramblings about how badly I want you guys to read this book, here's a description from our ever dependable friend Goodreads:

                          
 She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love

 If that didn't convince you of how badly you need this book in your life, well I'm going to try.

In case you did not guess, I loved... and I mean LOVED this book. I heard so many amazing things about it and finally decided to buy it for it to only sit on my shelves while I tried to get out of my terrible reading slump *sighs* After several reading-less months, I finally decided to give reading a try again with this one and I was not disappointed. This book had me screaming and crying and laughing and confused and feeling every single emotion on the emotional spectrum. In other words, it left me a complete mess lying in a puddle of my own tears. What else is new?

So, this book follows our main protagonist, Lia, who flees on her wedding day in order to avoid being bound to a man whom she does not love and has never met. Mary Pearson has an amazing talent of really making you feel for her characters. Immediately, we see what her life is like and why she does the things that she does and so, when she decides to flee, along with her trusted friend Pauline, we are more than happy to say goodbye to life as we know it and follow her into the wilderness...quite literally. She may have been born into royalty but she is far from a princess. She is everything you look for in a badass heroin and that is exactly what she is. She really steps up to the plate when she needs to and her loyalty to her best friend knows no bounds. I loved the friendship between these two and made me realize that everyone should have a Pauline or Lia in their life.

Now... going into this book, I was made aware of several things: 1. How great it is 2. There are several very hot guys that we come across and one may or may not be an assassin and the other a certain...prince? 3. Plot Twist... and MF PLOT TWIST IT WAS. I personally love plot twists because I enjoy being surprised especially when I think I've got the whole story thought out but even though I...sort...of... saw this one coming, I DID NOT SEE IT COMING and I applaud *insert clapping hands emoji here* Mary because this one was either so painfully obvious that it hurts to admit that I was fooled or it wasn't obvious at all and it was brilliantly done. All I'm saying is don't trust anyone you think you can trust in this book.

Gah, okay what else...the world building! There was definitely quite a bit of world building in this book because it does not take place in our own universe and therefore, it was necessary but while sometimes, first books can be quite info-dumpy when it comes to a fantasy realm, this book was not overwhelming. In short there are three kingdoms: Kingdom of Morrighan, where our main protagonist beings her story, Kingdom of Dalbreck, where her would-be betrothed resides, and the mysterious kingdom of Venda, home to the ruthless and uneducated barbarians. It was interesting to learn about the traditions in this world and to see our characters let loose and have some fun (even if it's only temporary). Throughout the story, we learn about the conflicts between the kingdoms and I'm sure we'll learn much more in books to come.

The ending had to be one of the most heart and gut wrenching endings/cliffhangers that I have ever come across and...well... you'll have to read it to find out...yup..I dare you. I'm so excited for where this series is heading and I cannot wait to read the next installment The Heart of Betrayal and see how our characters fair in very different setting from what they're used to.

Jana



 *SPOILER WARNING* This review DOES contain spoilers about Heir of Fire and MAY contain spoilers about Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight
*Takes deep breathe* Writing this review is nerve wracking for two reasons because not only is it my first review I’ve written…ever, but also because this book has left my emotions in such a tangled mess that, even a week later, I’m still trying to make sense of what I’m feeling.

Heir of Fire is undoubtedly one of my favorite books that I have ever read, especially this year. Going into this third installment, you’d assume, from the first two books that you know most of what there is to know about Celaena. NOT (and I repeat NOT) at all the case here. If you experience constant cravings for buckets of character development, this book is a Tiramisu on top of your chocolate sundae. We see her tear down every wall, every shield, every fortress she has built to protect herself from the pain she experienced when she was so young and had her whole life ripped from under her and it was, for lack of a better word, heartbreaking. You see all the guilt and pain, threatening to tear her from the inside out and how it leads to what I believe to be the turning point of her character. We finally learn the story about her past and how it eventually lead to her becoming one of the most notorious assassin in all the land. At the end of the book, I think it’s pretty evident that she is a completely different person from the one she has been in the past two books and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for what’s to come.

I loved and thoroughly enjoyed Sarah’s use of flashbacks to illustrate for us what happened in Celaena’s past. Whether it be through dreams or the super creepy Valg Princes, we finally got all the puzzle pieces we needed to learn how she got to where she was. I recently went back and skimmed through Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight and it’s funny to see how many subtle hints were being left out in plain sight that hinted to who Celaena was and her past.
She just stared at him, willing her fingers to unclench, willing air into her lungs. If it were true… No, it wasn’t true. If these people actually claimed to have met the heir to the throne, then she had to be an imposter – Crown of Midnight (85)
I just never thought much about them. She gradually but finally embraces all the pain and sorrow and uses it to finally make a stand. She’s slowly becoming a more powerful and deadlier than you could ever imagine queen (something she wanted nothing to do with in the beginning) and she’s finally ready to fight and stand for her people and her kingdom.

As I have mentioned before, the character development in this book is phenomenal. By the end of this book, she’s still the same stubborn, witty, brave young women we met in the beginning but she’s also wiser, stronger and fiercer than we’ve ever seen her and ready to fight for her people. Throughout the book, while in the beginning she wanted no part of being queen, we see that she is not proud of who she is becoming or for turning her back on and abandoning her kingdom for ten years. Yet, at the final battle, she’s finally ready to win back her land and the life she had lost that terrible night many years ago.

Now, onto the subject of NEW CHARACTERS, Celaena could not have made the transition from assassin to queen without a little help from Rowan Whitehorn, a Fae prince and also loyal servant to his and  Celaena’s manipulative aunt, Queen Maeve. While, he himself is not too eager to be helping Celaena harness her power and making her worthy of entry to her Maeve’s domain, Doranelle, so that she can get the answers she needs about the Wyrdkeys, they eventually grow on each other and share a bond so powerful I was on the floor hyperventilating for a good ten minutes. He’s the alpha male with a very strict no-nonsense attitude and I’m glad he didn’t put up with Celaena’s occasional (excuse my language) bullshit. She attacks him verbally? He throws one that will give her a black eye all the way into next week. And in the end, it’s his persistence with her that gets her to realize the full scale of her power and potential and how far she can go with it. By the end, they develop a bond so intimate (and no, not romantically) that there are literally no barriers between them, nothing. As a team, they are both fascinating and terrifying.

We are also introduced to a new awesome warrior, Aedion Ashryver, who just so happened to be Celaena’s cousin and childhood best friend. To be honest, I completely hated the guy in the beginning when we were made to believe his alliance was with the king. However, once he was found to be with the rebels, I grew to love him with all his deadly smiles, muscles, and sporadic behavior. He’s dead set on taking down the King once and for all and to see his true queen reclaim her rightful place on the throne. I firmly believe and hope that there is a reunion coming up between Celaena and Aedion.

Back to our lovely Prince and Captain back “home”, their relationship was falling apart at the end of book two and certainly did not improve in this book. Chaol is still as hesitant as ever about his position throughout the whole book and where his loyalties lie. I found myself often growing frustrated at his indecisiveness and inability to accept that Dorian and Celaena have magic. Even with that indecisiveness, his loyalties and protection lie to Dorian and Dorian only in the end. With all the events that took fold at the end, even with all the frustration, he finally chose the side he should have picked from the beginning but now, with Dorian being taken to some magic prison and Aedion in the dungeons, he and the rebels have a big task ahead of them.

Now, aside from the characters, another reason this big was a big win for me was because of the deeper in-depth view we got to see into Sarah j. Maas’s world. After the first two books, we’re used to being, strictly, within the confinement of Rifthold but this particular book was not just told from multiple characters but also multiple settings, taking us literally deeper into the darker shadows of the this epic, high fantasy world. We get to explore Wendlyn and briefly, Doranelle, as well as get clued in to the King’s darker and even more sinister plans going underway in the Ferian Gap. There we are introduced to another interesting character, Manon Blackbeak, heir of the Blackbeak Coven of the Ironteeth Witches. Other, more secondary characters also played an integral part in the story’s plot and our beloved main character’s character development. To me, the writing overall in this book, was a good step up from the last two books. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the previous books (I loved them just as much) but I feel the writing matured in this installment and was more realistic, making it more enjoyable.

The overall atmosphere in this book is dark and thrilling with a pace so fast you’ll be clinging to the edge of your seat. I could not put this book down and when I had to, only to do necessary mundane functions like going to the bathroom, it was not without difficulty. This book grabs you from the moment you open the first page so be prepared for a roller coaster ride you won’t want to get off of

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


 *SPOILER WARNING* This review DOES contain spoilers about Heir of Fire and MAY contain spoilers about Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight
*Takes deep breathe* Writing this review is nerve wracking for two reasons because not only is it my first review I’ve written…ever, but also because this book has left my emotions in such a tangled mess that, even a week later, I’m still trying to make sense of what I’m feeling.

Heir of Fire is undoubtedly one of my favorite books that I have ever read, especially this year. Going into this third installment, you’d assume, from the first two books that you know most of what there is to know about Celaena. NOT (and I repeat NOT) at all the case here. If you experience constant cravings for buckets of character development, this book is a Tiramisu on top of your chocolate sundae. We see her tear down every wall, every shield, every fortress she has built to protect herself from the pain she experienced when she was so young and had her whole life ripped from under her and it was, for lack of a better word, heartbreaking. You see all the guilt and pain, threatening to tear her from the inside out and how it leads to what I believe to be the turning point of her character. We finally learn the story about her past and how it eventually lead to her becoming one of the most notorious assassin in all the land. At the end of the book, I think it’s pretty evident that she is a completely different person from the one she has been in the past two books and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for what’s to come.

I loved and thoroughly enjoyed Sarah’s use of flashbacks to illustrate for us what happened in Celaena’s past. Whether it be through dreams or the super creepy Valg Princes, we finally got all the puzzle pieces we needed to learn how she got to where she was. I recently went back and skimmed through Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight and it’s funny to see how many subtle hints were being left out in plain sight that hinted to who Celaena was and her past.
She just stared at him, willing her fingers to unclench, willing air into her lungs. If it were true… No, it wasn’t true. If these people actually claimed to have met the heir to the throne, then she had to be an imposter – Crown of Midnight (85)
I just never thought much about them. She gradually but finally embraces all the pain and sorrow and uses it to finally make a stand. She’s slowly becoming a more powerful and deadlier than you could ever imagine queen (something she wanted nothing to do with in the beginning) and she’s finally ready to fight and stand for her people and her kingdom.

As I have mentioned before, the character development in this book is phenomenal. By the end of this book, she’s still the same stubborn, witty, brave young women we met in the beginning but she’s also wiser, stronger and fiercer than we’ve ever seen her and ready to fight for her people. Throughout the book, while in the beginning she wanted no part of being queen, we see that she is not proud of who she is becoming or for turning her back on and abandoning her kingdom for ten years. Yet, at the final battle, she’s finally ready to win back her land and the life she had lost that terrible night many years ago.

Now, onto the subject of NEW CHARACTERS, Celaena could not have made the transition from assassin to queen without a little help from Rowan Whitehorn, a Fae prince and also loyal servant to his and  Celaena’s manipulative aunt, Queen Maeve. While, he himself is not too eager to be helping Celaena harness her power and making her worthy of entry to her Maeve’s domain, Doranelle, so that she can get the answers she needs about the Wyrdkeys, they eventually grow on each other and share a bond so powerful I was on the floor hyperventilating for a good ten minutes. He’s the alpha male with a very strict no-nonsense attitude and I’m glad he didn’t put up with Celaena’s occasional (excuse my language) bullshit. She attacks him verbally? He throws one that will give her a black eye all the way into next week. And in the end, it’s his persistence with her that gets her to realize the full scale of her power and potential and how far she can go with it. By the end, they develop a bond so intimate (and no, not romantically) that there are literally no barriers between them, nothing. As a team, they are both fascinating and terrifying.

We are also introduced to a new awesome warrior, Aedion Ashryver, who just so happened to be Celaena’s cousin and childhood best friend. To be honest, I completely hated the guy in the beginning when we were made to believe his alliance was with the king. However, once he was found to be with the rebels, I grew to love him with all his deadly smiles, muscles, and sporadic behavior. He’s dead set on taking down the King once and for all and to see his true queen reclaim her rightful place on the throne. I firmly believe and hope that there is a reunion coming up between Celaena and Aedion.

Back to our lovely Prince and Captain back “home”, their relationship was falling apart at the end of book two and certainly did not improve in this book. Chaol is still as hesitant as ever about his position throughout the whole book and where his loyalties lie. I found myself often growing frustrated at his indecisiveness and inability to accept that Dorian and Celaena have magic. Even with that indecisiveness, his loyalties and protection lie to Dorian and Dorian only in the end. With all the events that took fold at the end, even with all the frustration, he finally chose the side he should have picked from the beginning but now, with Dorian being taken to some magic prison and Aedion in the dungeons, he and the rebels have a big task ahead of them.

Now, aside from the characters, another reason this big was a big win for me was because of the deeper in-depth view we got to see into Sarah j. Maas’s world. After the first two books, we’re used to being, strictly, within the confinement of Rifthold but this particular book was not just told from multiple characters but also multiple settings, taking us literally deeper into the darker shadows of the this epic, high fantasy world. We get to explore Wendlyn and briefly, Doranelle, as well as get clued in to the King’s darker and even more sinister plans going underway in the Ferian Gap. There we are introduced to another interesting character, Manon Blackbeak, heir of the Blackbeak Coven of the Ironteeth Witches. Other, more secondary characters also played an integral part in the story’s plot and our beloved main character’s character development. To me, the writing overall in this book, was a good step up from the last two books. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the previous books (I loved them just as much) but I feel the writing matured in this installment and was more realistic, making it more enjoyable.

The overall atmosphere in this book is dark and thrilling with a pace so fast you’ll be clinging to the edge of your seat. I could not put this book down and when I had to, only to do necessary mundane functions like going to the bathroom, it was not without difficulty. This book grabs you from the moment you open the first page so be prepared for a roller coaster ride you won’t want to get off of

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