Thursday, September 29, 2022

Greek God-a-Thon Update 3

So I've read my next book for Greek God-a-Thon, and it was Sign Here which is for the prompt Unleash its Evil, and I'll be reading Deadline next! 

My Reading Journey:

Go Hunt Me by Kelly deVos
Prompt Fulfilled: The Beauty of the Box
Started On: September 23rd
Finished On: September 23rd, 4:32 PM
Pages Read: 304

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Prompt Fulfilled: Turn the Key
Started On: September 23rd
Finished On: September 23rd, 8:13 PM
Pages Read: 400

Sign Here by Claudia Lux
Prompt Fulfilled: Unleash its Evil
Started On: September 29th
Finished On: September 29th, 6:14 PM
Pages Read: 416

Deadline by Mira Grant
Prompt Fulfilled: Redemption
Started On: September 30th
Currently On: Page 0 of 584

Prompts Left: Surrender
Books Read: 3
Pages Read: 7720



Book Battle October 2022 TBR

Well it's time to choose my Octotber TBR for Book Battle. So here are the books that I've picked this month: 

5pts-Book that kept you up at night-Pimiko and the Uncharted Island by Forthright 
5pts-Short story-Crossroads by Honor Raconteur
5pts-Book with a name in the title-I Am Margaret Moore by Hannah Capin
5pts-Dark Book-Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan
5pts-Book with a secret in it-A Trip with Trouble by Diane Kelly
5pts-Author who shares a name with Poe-The Faerie Path by Allan Frewin Jones
5pts-CRITERIA CHOICE 1-Nonhuman main character-The Aleski by Dianna Duvall
5pts-CRITERIA CHOICE 2-Book with murder in it-A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones
10pts-CLUB READ 1-Belladonna by Adalyn Grace
10pts-CLUB READ 2-What Moves the Dead by T Kingfisher
10pts-Unreliable narrator-A Familiar Stranger by A.R. Torre
10pts-Set in a house-Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox by Forthright
10pts-Book that's a message for someone
15pts-Inspired by Poe-Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
20pts-Book with your team in it*-Sea-Fateful by Claudia Gray, Masque-Masques by Patricia Briggs

How did I do last month?
5pts-First person POV-Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland-Read
5pts-Fall book-First of Tomes by Honor Raconteur-Read
5pts-Magical main character-Tomes Apprentice by Honor Raconteur-Read
5pts-Student POV-The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik-Read
5pts-CRITERIA CHOICE 1-Book set in a fictional place-The Chariot at Dusk by Swati Teerdhala-Read
5pts-CRITERIA CHOICE 2-NA book-The Mistake by Elle Kennedy-Read
10pts-CLUB READ 1-Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson-Read
10pts-CLUB READ 2-Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson-Read
10pts-Set in an academy-A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik-Read
15pts-Book that's about a magical school subject-You Should Have Seen This Coming by Shani Michelle-Read
20pts-Book with your team in it*-Necromancer-Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir-Read

I had a great time with this month, I read some really fantastic reads, and I had a few days before September's round ended when I finished all these books, so that's great. Can't wait to read these October reads! 

SeasonAthon Academy Update 17

So I read my next book for SeasonAthon Academy, and it was The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina which was for the prompt HIST 2820, and I'll be reading Deadline next! 

My Reading Journey:

The Chariot at Dusk by Swati Teerdhala
Prompt Fulfilled: CLAS 3960 
Started On: September 1st
Finished On: September 1st, 11:24 AM
Pages Read: 432

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Prompt Fulfilled: PHIL 2260
Started On: September 1st
Finished On: September 1st, 4:43 PM
Pages Read: 340

Roomies by Christina Lauren
Prompt Fulfilled: COMM 2200
Started On: September 2nd
Finished On: September 2nd, 1:02 PM
Pages Read: 368

Tomes Apprentice by Honor Raconteur
Prompt Fulfilled: PHIL 2210
Started On: September 3rd
Finished On: September 3rd, 10:26 PM
Pages Read: 254

Master of Tomes by Honor Raconteur
Prompt Fulfilled: PHIL 2010
Started On: September 4th
Finished On: September 4th, 7:50 PM
Pages Read: 268

Desperation in Death by J.D. Robb
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 2450
Started On: September 7th
Finished On: September 7th, 10:22 PM
Pages Read: 368

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
Prompt Fulfilled: PHIL 2350
Started On: September 9th
Finished On: September 9th, 10:00 PM
Pages Read: 331

Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty
Prompt Fulfilled: PHIL 1110
Started On: September 10th
Finished On: September 10th, 3:53 PM
Pages Read: 336

Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Prompt Fulfilled: ENGL 1010
Started On: September 10th
Finished On: September 10th, 9:30 PM
Pages Read: 384

Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Prompt Fulfilled: MATH 1010
Started On: September 15th
Finished On: September 15th, 8:17 PM
Pages Read: 416

Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
Prompt Fulfilled: FLNG 1020
Started On: September 18th
Finished On: September 18th, 8:36 PM
Pages Read: 378

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 2440
Started On: September 19th
Finished On: September 19th, 8:41 PM
Pages Read: 368

The Scoundrel Falls Hard by Sophie Jordan
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 1011
Started On: September 20th
Finished On: September 20th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 384

Go Hunt Me by Kelly deVos
Prompt Fulfilled: FLNG 1010
Started On: September 23rd
Finished On: September 23rd, 4:32 PM
Pages Read: 304

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 2850
Started On: September 23rd
Finished On: September 23rd, 8:13 PM
Pages Read: 400

Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 1030
Started On: September 26th
Finished On: September 26th, 8:22 PM
Pages Read: 432

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 2820
Started On: September 29th
Finished On: September 29th, 1:55 PM
Pages Read: 336

Deadline by Mira Grant
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 2510
Started On: September 30th
Currently On: Page 0 of 584

Prompts Left: MLNG 1050
Read: 17
Pages Read: 6071

Random Reads #567, September 29th

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got 1805 which turned out to be The Last One Home by Victoria Helen Stone! It's been on my TBR pile since September 17th, 2020, and I added it because I enjoyed her other books! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #581, September 29th

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

"She grimaced and set down the porcelain cup." -The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova, page 20.

That doesn't sound great! Must read more now! What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Will the Time Come #591, September 29th

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

Jayne Erixour believes she knows everything about the universe. As a bounty hunter and assassin, she's seen the worst dregs of humanity and every sentient species ever spat out of a hell realm. To her, there is no truth outside of her blaster’s recoil and her resolve to let no one get too close.

Hadrian Scalera is on the run from the same brutal assassins who slaughtered every member of his family, both birth and foster. He has no refuge and no one he dares to call friend, as it will mean the end of them. He expects no mercy from anyone, until the day one assassin hesitates to pull the trigger.

An assassin’s code is simple: Kill or be killed. No prey, no pay. Every life has a price.

If Jayne doesn’t fulfill her contract and kill Hadrian, she’ll be the next target on the League’s menu. But as old enemies return to hunt them both, they quickly learn that neither will survive unless they can learn to trust each other. Yet things are never so simple and survival means only one of them can be left standing . . .

Why the time hasn't come yet...
This book just came out, and I need to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Becca's BookoplAthon Update 17

So I read my next book for Becca's BookoplAthon, and it was Stealing Infinity which was for the prompt TBR Game 1, and I'll be reading A Duel With the Vampire Lord next! 

My Reading Journey:

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Prompt Fulfilled: Colour Wheel
Started On: September 1st
Finished On: September 1st, 4:43 PM
Pages Read: 340

You Should Have Seen This Coming by Shani Michelle
Prompt Fulfilled: Summer 1
Started On: September 2nd
Finished On: September 2nd, 8:07 PM
Pages Read: 368

The Graveside Bar and Grill by Darynda Jones
Prompt Fulfilled: Poll Pick
Started On: September 3rd
Finished On: September 3rd, 4:04 PM
Pages Read: 118

Tomes Apprentice by Honor Raconteur
Prompt Fulfilled: Winter
Started On: September 3rd
Finished On: September 3rd, 10:26 PM
Pages Read: 254

First of Tomes by Honor Raconteur
Prompt Fulfilled: Features a Romance
Started On: September 4th
Finished On: September 4th, 1:53 PM
Pages Read: 289

Master of Tomes by Honor Raconteur
Prompt Fulfilled: Third Person
Started On: September 4th
Finished On: September 4th, 7:50 PM
Pages Read: 268

Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty
Prompt Fulfilled: Emoji
Started On: September 10th
Finished On: September 10th, 3:53 PM
Pages Read: 336

Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Prompt Fulfilled: Lowest Rated 1
Started On: September 10th
Finished On: September 10th, 9:30 PM
Pages Read: 384

Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Prompt Fulfilled: Favourite Setting
Started On: September 11th
Finished On: September 11th, 9:20 PM
Pages Read: 386

Secrets of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Prompt Fulfilled: People 1
Started On: September 12th
Finished On: September 12th, 9:12 PM
Pages Read: 320

Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Prompt Fulfilled: People 2
Started On: September 15th
Finished On: September 15th, 8:17 PM
Pages Read: 416

The Fate of Tearling by Ericka Johansen
Prompt Fulfilled: Becca Rec
Started On: September 17th
Finished On: September 17th, 4:36 PM
Pages Read: 496

Nona the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir
Prompt Fulfilled: TBR Game 2
Started On: September 17th
Finished On: September 17th, 11:32 PM
Pages Read: 496

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
Prompt Fulfilled: Lowest Rated 2
Started On: September 19th
Finished On: September 19th, 8:41 PM
Pages Read: 368

The Scoundrel Falls Hard by Sophie Jordan
Prompt Fulfilled: Pub/Set 1999 or Earlier
Started On: September 20th
Finished On: September 20th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 384

These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall
Prompt Fulfilled: Summer 2
Started On: September 22nd
Finished On: September 22nd, 9:11 PM
Pages Read: 365

Stealing Infinity by Alyson Noel
Prompt Fulfilled: TBR Game 1
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 10:34 PM 
Pages Read: 497

A Duel With the Vampire Lord by Elise Kova
Prompt Fulfilled: Big Book
Started On: September 
Currently On: Page 0 of 536

Prompts Left: None Left!
Read: 17
Pages Read: 5985

Waiting on Wednesday #594, September 28th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!
 
Ocean's Echo by Everina Maxwell
Expected Publication: November 1st, 2022
From Goodreads:
Ocean's Echo is a stand-alone space adventure about a bond that will change the fate of worlds, set in the same universe as Everina Maxwell's hit debut, Winter's Orbit.

Rich socialite, inveterate flirt, and walking disaster Tennalhin Halkana can read minds. Tennal, like all neuromodified “readers,” is a security threat on his own. But when controlled, readers are a rare asset. Not only can they read minds, but they can navigate chaotic space, the maelstroms surrounding the gateway to the wider universe.

Conscripted into the military under dubious circumstances, Tennal is placed into the care of Lieutenant Surit Yeni, a duty-bound soldier, principled leader, and the son of a notorious traitor general. Whereas Tennal can read minds, Surit can influence them. Like all other neuromodified “architects,” he can impose his will onto others, and he’s under orders to control Tennal by merging their minds.

Surit accepted a suspicious promotion-track request out of desperation, but he refuses to go through with his illegal orders to sync and control an unconsenting Tennal. So they lie: They fake a sync bond and plan Tennal's escape.

Their best chance arrives with a salvage-retrieval mission into chaotic space—to the very neuromodifcation lab that Surit's traitor mother destroyed twenty years ago. And among the rubble is a treasure both terrible and unimaginably powerful, one that upends a decades-old power struggle, and begins a war.

Tennal and Surit can no longer abandon their unit or their world. The only way to avoid life under full military control is to complete the very sync they've been faking.

Can two unwilling weapons of war bring about peace?

Seasparrow by Kristin Cashore
Expected Publication: November 1st, 2022
From Goodreads:
The fifth novel in the bestselling and award winning Graceling Realm series focuses on Hava, Queen Bitterblue's spy, and her harrowing journey back to Monsea after the events of 2021's Winterkeep.

In the immediate aftermath of the events of Winterkeep, Bitterblue and her entourage begin the journey back to Monsea with the only copies of the formulas for the zilphium weapon. Bitterblue must decide what she will do with her world-shaping power. But before they've even made it halfway home, storms drive their ship off course and then wrecking them in the ice far north of the Royal Continent. The survivors must make a harrowing trek across the ice in order to make it back to Monsea.

Seasparrow is told entirely from the point of view of Hava, Bitterblue's personal spy and secret half-sister. And while Bitterblue grapples with how to carry the responsibility of a weapon of mass destruction, Hava must decide what she will do with herself in the new world Bitterblue will make.

Bonds of Passion by Larissa Ione
Expected Publication: November 1st, 2022
From Goodreads:
He was an assassin. She was his lover.
And his victim.
Now, years later, she’s back from the dead and looking for vengeance.

Thanks to an unexpected and fortuitous disaster, Tavin’s contract with the underworld’s Assassin Guild was broken decades early. But instead of freedom, he’s suffocated by guilt and regret. In many ways, he’s more trapped than he was before. In an attempt to numb his pain, he works at Underworld General Hospital, saving people instead of killing them. But nothing can diminish the memory of assassinating the female he loved…not even the knowledge that he’d done it to spare her an even worse fate.

Deja remembers all of her dozens of former lives, and she knows that she only found love in one of them…until her lover murdered her. As a soul locked inside the nightmarish boundaries of demon hell, she stewed in hatred until a single, fateful event gave her one more shot at life.
And at revenge.

Now another specter from the past is threatening them both. Can two damaged people overcome their history to save not only themselves, but a second chance at love?

A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Expected Publication: November 1st, 2022
From Goodreads:
'Tis the season for a Bromance Book Club matchmaking mission! This time, they're pulling out the mistletoe for everyone's favorite country music star, Colton, and his second chance at love.

Country music’s golden boy Colton Wheeler felt the most perfect harmony when he was with Gretchen Winthrop. But for her, it was a love him and leave him situation. A year later, Colton is struggling to push his music forward in a new direction. If it weren’t about to be the most magical time of year and the support of the Bromance Book Club, he’d be wallowing in self-pity.

It’s hard for immigration attorney Gretchen not to feel a little Scrooge-ish about the excess of Christmas when her clients are scrambling to afford their rent. So when her estranged, wealthy family reaches out with an offer that will allow her to better serve the community, she’s unable to say no. She just needs to convince Colton to be the new face of her family’s whiskey brand. No big deal…

Colton agrees to consider Gretchen’s offer in exchange for three dates before Christmas. With the help of the Bromance Book Club, Colton throws himself into the task of proving to her there’s a spark between them. But Gretchen and Colton will both need to overcome the ghosts of Christmas past to build a future together.

The Luminaries by Susan Dennard
Expected Publication: November 1st, 2022
From Goodreads:
From Susan Dennard, the New York Times bestselling author of the Witchlands series, comes a haunting and high-octane contemporary fantasy, about the magic it takes to face your fears in a nightmare-filled forest, and the mettle required to face the secrets hiding in the dark corners of your own family.

Hemlock Falls isn't like other towns. You won't find it on a map, your phone won't work here, and the forest outside town might just kill you.

Winnie Wednesday wants nothing more than to join the Luminaries, the ancient order that protects Winnie's town—and the rest of humanity—from the monsters and nightmares that rise in the forest of Hemlock Falls every night.

Ever since her father was exposed as a witch and a traitor, Winnie and her family have been shunned. But on her sixteenth birthday, she can take the deadly Luminary hunter trials and prove herself true and loyal—and restore her family's good name. Or die trying.

But in order to survive, Winnie enlists the help of the one person who can help her train: Jay Friday, resident bad boy and Winnie’s ex-best friend. While Jay might be the most promising new hunter in Hemlock Falls, he also seems to know more about the nightmares of the forest than he should. Together, he and Winnie will discover a danger lurking in the forest no one in Hemlock Falls is prepared for.

Not all monsters can be slain, and not all nightmares are confined to the dark.

Honor and Shadows by Jessie Mihalik
Expected Publication: November 1st, 2022
From Goodreads:
Captain Octavia Zarola needs an infusion of credits—fast—if she’s going to keep her close-knit bounty hunting crew paid and fed. Tracking down an escaped embezzler on a backwater planet should be a piece of cake, but bounties are rarely as easy as they seem.

As the crew closes in on their quarry, the hunt becomes entangled with a local criminal overlord, and Tavi will have to decide what’s more important: money or honor, and how much she’s willing to risk for either one.

Silver in the Mist by Emily Victoria
Expected Publication: November 1st, 2022
From Goodreads:
Eight years ago, everything changed for Devlin: Her country was attacked. Her father was killed. And her mother became the Whisperer of Aris, the head of the spies, retreating into her position away from everyone… even her daughter.
 
Joining the spy ranks herself, Dev sees her mother only when receiving assignments. She wants more, but she understands the peril their country, Aris, is in. The malevolent magic force of The Mists is swallowing Aris’s edges, their country is vulnerable to another attack from their wealthier neighbor, and the magic casters who protect them from both are burning out.

Dev has known strength and survival her whole life, but with a dangerous new assignment of infiltrating the royal court of their neighbor country Cerena to steal the magic they need, she learns that not all that glitters is weak. And not all stories are true.

The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix
Expected Publication: November 1st, 2022
From Goodreads:
Love and duty collide in this richly imagined, atmospheric young adult debut about a witch whose dark powers put her at the center of a brewing war between the only family she’s ever known and the enemy who makes her question everything.

Monster. Butcher. Bloodwinn.

Ranka is tired of death. All she wants now is to be left alone, living out her days in Witchik’s wild north with the coven that raised her, attempting to forget the horrors of her past. But when she is named Bloodwinn, the next treaty bride to the human kingdom of Isodal, her coven sends her south with a single directive: kill him. Easy enough, for a blood-witch whose magic compels her to kill.

Except the prince is gentle, kind, and terrified of her. He doesn’t want to marry Ranka; he doesn’t want to be king at all. And it’s his sister—the wickedly smart, infuriatingly beautiful Princess Aramis—who seems to be the real threat.

But when witches start turning up dead, murdered by a mysterious, magical plague, Aramis makes Ranka an offer: help her develop a cure, and in return, she’ll help Ranka learn to contain her deadly magic. As the coup draws nearer and the plague spreads, Ranka is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her power, her past, and who she’s meant to fight for. Soon, she will have to decide between the coven that raised her and the princess who sees beyond the monster they shaped her to be.

But as the bodies pile up, a monster may be exactly what they need.

Cruel Illusions by Margie Fuston
Expected Publication: November 1st, 2022
From Goodreads:
Caraval meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this deliciously dark young adult fantasy about a girl who makes a deal with a magical secret society to enter a potentially deadly competition for the chance to avenge her mother’s death.

Ever since a vampire murdered her mother, Ava has been determined to get revenge. This all-encompassing drive has given her the fuel she needed to survive foster home after foster home.

But it’s been ten years since anyone’s seen a vampire, and Ava has lost hope that she’ll ever find one…until she stumbles across a hidden magic show where she witnesses impossible illusions. The magicians may not be the bloodsuckers she’s hunting, but Ava is convinced something supernatural is at play, so she sneaks backstage and catches them in acts they can’t explain.

But they’ve been waiting for her.

The magicians reveal they’re part of an ancient secret society with true magic, and Ava has the same power in her blood that they do. If she joins them, they promise to teach her the skills she needs to hunt vampires and avenge her mother. But there’s a catch: if she wants to keep the power they offer, she needs to prove she’s worthy of it. And to do so, she must put on the performance of her life in a sinister and dangerous competition where illusion and reality blur, and the stakes are deadly.

Yeah, the start of November has some really great books, authors, and series coming out! Can't wait for them! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #598, September 28th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme! And thanks now to Taking on a World of Words for reviving it! 

I'm currently reading Stealing Infinity, and I'm really enjoying it! 
I read The Golden Enclaves, and it was such an amazing read! 
I'm going to be reading The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina, and I can't wait, it sounds really great! 

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Teaser Tuesday #598, September 27th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik, page 12.

"The truly awful part of this one was that I didn't want to stay in it. I turned over and went back down."

Yeah, that is awful! Must read more now! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, September 26, 2022

SeasonAthon Academy Update 16

So I read my next book for SeasonAthon Academy, and it was Blood Scion which was for the prompt HIST 1030, and I'll be reading The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina next! 

My Reading Journey:

The Chariot at Dusk by Swati Teerdhala
Prompt Fulfilled: CLAS 3960 
Started On: September 1st
Finished On: September 1st, 11:24 AM
Pages Read: 432

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Prompt Fulfilled: PHIL 2260
Started On: September 1st
Finished On: September 1st, 4:43 PM
Pages Read: 340

Roomies by Christina Lauren
Prompt Fulfilled: COMM 2200
Started On: September 2nd
Finished On: September 2nd, 1:02 PM
Pages Read: 368

Tomes Apprentice by Honor Raconteur
Prompt Fulfilled: PHIL 2210
Started On: September 3rd
Finished On: September 3rd, 10:26 PM
Pages Read: 254

Master of Tomes by Honor Raconteur
Prompt Fulfilled: PHIL 2010
Started On: September 4th
Finished On: September 4th, 7:50 PM
Pages Read: 268

Desperation in Death by J.D. Robb
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 2450
Started On: September 7th
Finished On: September 7th, 10:22 PM
Pages Read: 368

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
Prompt Fulfilled: PHIL 2350
Started On: September 9th
Finished On: September 9th, 10:00 PM
Pages Read: 331

Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty
Prompt Fulfilled: PHIL 1110
Started On: September 10th
Finished On: September 10th, 3:53 PM
Pages Read: 336

Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Prompt Fulfilled: ENGL 1010
Started On: September 10th
Finished On: September 10th, 9:30 PM
Pages Read: 384

Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Prompt Fulfilled: MATH 1010
Started On: September 15th
Finished On: September 15th, 8:17 PM
Pages Read: 416

Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
Prompt Fulfilled: FLNG 1020
Started On: September 18th
Finished On: September 18th, 8:36 PM
Pages Read: 378

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 2440
Started On: September 19th
Finished On: September 19th, 8:41 PM
Pages Read: 368

The Scoundrel Falls Hard by Sophie Jordan
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 1011
Started On: September 20th
Finished On: September 20th, 5:02 PM
Pages Read: 384

Go Hunt Me by Kelly deVos
Prompt Fulfilled: FLNG 1010
Started On: September 23rd
Finished On: September 23rd, 4:32 PM
Pages Read: 304

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 2850
Started On: September 23rd
Finished On: September 23rd, 8:13 PM
Pages Read: 400

Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 1030
Started On: September 26th
Finished On: September 26th, 8:22 PM
Pages Read: 432

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova
Prompt Fulfilled: HIST 2820
Started On: September 
Currently On: Page 0 of 336

Prompts Left: HIST 2510, MLNG 1050
Read: 16
Pages Read: 5735

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #590, September 26th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!
What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #589
Teaser Tuesday #597
WWW Wednesday #597
WOW #593
Will the Time Come #590
Third Sentence Thursday #580
Random Reads #566
First Lines Friday #593
Book Blogger Hop #259
The Reward Challenge Update #575
Wheel of TBR #122
How Well I Stuck to It #427
Wrote that Review Update #424

Week 38 Reviews:
The Fate of Tearling

Becca's BookoplAthon: 

SeasonAthon Academy:

Greek God-a-Thon: 

Random:
Wacky Witches Readathon October 2022 Sign Up

OK, so I got 33 posts in 7 days, and it was a pretty good week, things have settled down, my kitchen isn't finished yet, but the countertop has to be ordered, so things are on pause for right now. But it was nice to take things a bit easier. There's some really amazing books coming out tomorrow that I'm dying to read, eek! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read After the Bite and The Golden Enclaves.

The Argeneaus are back! New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands returns with another sexy, passion-filled romance about everyone's favorite vampires.

Immortal Enforcer Valerian just wants to relax. His last assignment had been more grueling than he'd care to admit, and golf has always helped him unwind. If golf course owner Natalie thinks it's a little odd for him to tee off at sunset every evening, she's keeping it to herself. The single mom is sexy as hell, and her little daughter Mia only adds to his delight. He knows Natalie is wary of a relationship of any kind...what will she think when she discovers he's an Immortal? His best course of action is to woo her the old-fashioned way.

But the course of true love never did run smooth--especially for a vampire and a mortal. And when danger stalks Natalie, Valerian realizes he's playing a game of life and death and if he loses this round, he risks losing her forever.
Saving the world is a test no school of magic can prepare you for in the triumphant conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate.

Almost singlehandedly--although backed by an increasingly large cadre of genuine friends--El has changed the nature of the Scholomance forever. But now that she is back in the real world, how will the lessons she learned inside the school apply? Will her grandmother's prophecy come true? Will she really spell the doom of all the enclaves forever?

As the quest to save her one true love ramps up, however, El is about to learn the most significant lesson of all--the dire truth on which the enclaves and the whole stability of the magical world are founded. And being El, she is not likely to let it lie....

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Wrote that Review Update #424, September 25th

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for The Fate of Tearling, Nona the Ninth, Baptism of Fire, We Are the Wildcats, The Scoundrel Falls Hard, Walk on Earth a Stranger, Like a River Glorious, Into the Bright Unknown, These Fleeting Shadows, Go Hunt Me, Iron Widow, so I have 9 of 9 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #427, September 25th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 39:
After the Bite by Lynsay Sands, The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik

Tour Books: #. Check.

Review Books: #. Check.

NetGalley: #. Check.

Edelweiss: #. Check.

Rereads: #. Check.

New Books: 2. Check.

Two new books, but I'm dying to read the both of them! 

Week 38:
Nothing Planned! 

vs.

The Fate of Tearling by Erika Johansen, Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski, We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian, The Scoundrel Falls Hard by Sophie Jordan, Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson, Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson, These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall, Go Hunt Me by Kelly deVos, Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

I had a free week to read whatever I want, and I read some really amazing reads! Can't wait for next week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Wheel of TBR #122, September 25th

I saw Codie's Book Corner doing the Wheel of TBR, and I thought that sounded like a great way to pick what to read from your TBR. So thanks to her! I'll only do 3 spins, because I'm doing this every week, and so it won't make up my total TBR of the week, but it'll be a start!

Rules:
1. For each week of the month, I'll do 3 spins each week to read each week though I do have the rest of the month to read them. Once a prompt is used, I'll randomly choose one from the list, keeping track of how often a colour comes up. If colour comes up 3 or more times in month, I'll do another spin once it comes up 3 times.
2. If I don't read a book that week or at least start it before the end of the month, then for my next week of spins, I have to add a punishment for each book unread. I'll roll for each unread book, and have to apply each and every punishment chosen to the week.
3. Each month I'll get a prompt from my Binge Read Wheel (either specifically picking the prompt, or spinning the wheel) and I have to read at least 9 books, though I can read more!

Of the books from the last week, I read The Scoundrel Falls Hard by Sophie Jordan, These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall, The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa, and Little Wrecks by Meredith Miller.

Binge Read Wheel:
For this month, the wheel picked meme. I read Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson, Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson, Go Hunt Me by Kelly deVos, so I've read 8/9+.

For this coming month, the wheel picked Dying to Read.

Prompts Used This Week:
ARC To Be Published, Stand Alone, Short Book.

ARC To Be Published-Green-Somebody That I Used to Know by Dana L. Davis-This book is going to be published October 18th, so that works! 

Stand Alone-Blue-Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan-This is a stand alone, so that works! 

Short Book-Blue-Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire-This book is 208 pages, so that works! 

Colour Totals:
Red: 2
Orange: 3
Yellow: 1
Chartreuse: 0
Green: 2
Spring Green: 1
Cyan: 0
Azure: 2
Blue: 2
Violet: 1
Magenta: 3
Rose: 0

Prompts for Next Week:
Spine-Red
2020 Purchase-Orange
A-Z End Author-Yellow
Series Number-Chartreuse
A-Z Reading Challenge-Green
End the Series-Spring Green
Trope-Cyan
Start the Series-Azure
Short Book-Blue
2022 Purchase-Violet
For Fans Of-Magenta
WTC Book-Rose

So those are some of the books I'm going to try to read this week. What about you guys? Happy reading!

The Reward Challenge Update #575, September 25th

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read The Fate of Tearling which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, Nona the Ninth which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book and a WoW Book, Baptism of Fire which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, We Are the Wildcats which counts 3 times as a SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book, The Scoundrel Falls Hard which counts 4 times as a Historical Fiction 2022 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book and a WoW Book, Walk on Earth a Stranger which counts 3 times as a Historical Fiction 2022 Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, Like a River Glorious which counts 6 times as a Edelweiss Book, Historical Fiction 2022 Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, WoW Book and a WTC Book, Into the Bright Unknown which counts 5 times as a End of Series 2022 Book, Historical Fiction 2022 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book and a WoW Book, These Fleeting Shadows which counts 3 times as a SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book, Go Hunt Me which counts 3 times as a SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book, Iron Widow which counts 3 times as a DAC Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book. 

So I have 37 counts which translates to $18.50 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Wacky Witches Readathon October 2022 Sign Up

So I'm signing up for Wacky Witches Readathon, hosted by Pris at Pris Peruses, and you can find the announcement video here. It takes place October 10th to 16th. I'll pick my TRB a little bit closer to when this stars. 

Potions: Fire title/title or Revenge
Candles: Read at night or Moon/Stars
Crystals: Beautiful Cover or Foiled Cover
Herbs: Green Cover or Nature
Tarot Deck: Determination/Yellow
Cauldron: Black Cover
Wand: Magic
Witch's Hat: Witches
Broomstick: Mythical Creatures
Spell Book: Book about Books

Week 38 Review: Iron Widow

The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn't matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.

When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it's to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister's death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​

To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia​. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed. 

My Review:
Wow, this was an incredible read! I loved this world, with the ability to use qi to power these mechanical suits. It's such an epic idea, and adding to that that it's a boy girl combo that powers it, and the girl somewhere down the line loses her life it? Intense, and so incredibly unfair! 

This is a book about a girl who is angry-and rightfully so. Girls are meant to be chattel, basally, sons are preferred, and girls lives to be spent to save boys. And the foot binding! And that girls are supposed to be grateful for this? Zetian is so very right to be this angry! 

That she survives, is  because of her strength of will, and her spite. This world has hurt so much, and now she has the power to hurt it back in return. I loved her journey, and watching her deal with all the politics of her surviving, and being partnered with Shimin. I loved how their relationships progressed, loved the rep, and I couldn't put it down, I had to know what was going to happen next! 

There were so many outrages, from the way her family treated her, to the way the army treated her and Shimin. And that one reveal? That was just devastating, and horrible! I was so anxious for how their plan would go, that something was going to go wrong! 

And oh, that last bit of the ending? Ten to one, the odds are that this is some mining operation, since they give them the spirit metal, that humans that were put on this planet, and the "Gods of the Heavenly Court" are just others collecting it, or something along those lines. I don't know how long this series is going to be, but I'm pretty certain I'm right, and I want to find out more! I'm dying for Heavenly Tyrant! It has a release date of January or June 2023, but no cover yet, so who knows how long the wait will be! 

Absolutely loved reading this book, it's a top read of 2022 for sure, and the wait for book 2 will be evil, no matter how long or short it is since I can't read it now!

Author: Xiran Jay Zhao
Series: Iron Widow #1
Read: September 23rd, 2022
Source: Ebook.bike 
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a DAC Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book! 
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Published: September 21st 2021
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 38 Review: Go Hunt Me

From Goodreads:
For Dracula lovers and fans of Diana Urban's All Your Twisted Secrets, this spine-tingling thriller follows seven horror buffs as their dream trip to a remote Romanian castle turns into a nightmare when they begin to be killed one by one.

Alex Rush is ready for the trip of a lifetime.

She and her friends have made some creepily awesome films together throughout high school, so with only a few months left before they go their separate ways for college, they're determined to make the best one yet: an epic short film that reimagines the story of Dracula, filmed on location at a remote castle in Romania.

But when they get there, it's not quite the majestic setting they planned for. Menacing weapons line the walls, the twisted halls are easy to get lost in, and with no connection to the outside world, the group is unexpectedly off the grid. After just a few hours spent under its roof, Alex and her friends have no trouble imagining how this dark, terrifying castle inspired one of the most enduring horror novels of all time.

Only soon they no longer have to use their imaginations to understand the location's terrifying history—just as they get the film's first shot rolling, one of Alex's friends disappears, and she's nearly certain she saw a cloaked stranger lurking in the shadows. As more members of the group begin to meet an untimely demise, Alex is desperate to stop the bloodshed, even if it means facing a monster she never thought would be let loose.

My Review:
This book was spooky and fantastic! I've enjoyed Kelly deVos's books before, and I was excited what she would do with a mystery, and she didn't disappoint! Set in the backdrop of the house where the inspiration for Dracula lived, this book had all the atmosphere it needed to make an amazing book!

We meet this group of friends who are making a short film, all of them in some way aiming to use it to get into college. But only some of them do. But when a go fund me and a famous actress come together, they get a chance to lengthen their film for a better chance to get into college. But things start going wrong as soon as they arrive in Romania. 

A big part of this book was of monsters, of the guys in the movie industry and the power that they have, and how the girls who have to work twice as hard to accomplish half as much. How Jax got in with a recut version of her movie, and she didn't, since he cut the monologues that pointed out this power dynamic out. 

Almost all of these characters were holding secrets, some more deadlier than others. And as the bodies started to pile up, some questionable choices were made, and I loved watching the chaos unfold, I had to know what was going to happen next! 

That final reveal? That was stunning, and I loved how that turned everything that we thought we knew on its heels. I would've really liked more details about how it was all done, and how things worked out, but loved that ending! 

Loved reading this book, and I can't wait to read more by Kelly deVos! 

Author: Kelly deVos 
Read: September 23rd, 2022
Source: Ebook.bike 
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book! 
Publisher: Penguin Teen 
Published: June 14th 2022
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 38 Review: These Fleeting Shadows

From Goodreads:
The Haunting of Hill House meets Knives Out in a bid for an inheritance that will leave Helen Vaughan either rich...or dead.

Helen Vaughan doesn't know why she and her mother left their ancestral home at Harrowstone Hall, called Harrow, or why they haven't spoken to their extended family since. So when her grandfather dies, she's shocked to learn that he has left everything—the house, the grounds, and the money—to her. The inheritance comes with one condition: she must stay on the grounds of Harrow for one full year, or she'll be left with nothing.

There is more at stake than money. For as long as she can remember, Harrow has haunted Helen's dreams—and now those dreams have become a waking nightmare. Helen knows that if she is going to survive the year, she needs to uncover the secrets of Harrow. Why is the house built like a labyrinth? What is digging the holes that appear in the woods each night? And why does the house itself seem to be making her sick?

With each twisted revelation, Helen questions what she knows about Harrow, her family, and even herself. She no longer wonders if she wants to leave…but if she can.

My Review:
This was a dark and creepy and amazing read! I've really enjoyed Kate Alice Marshall's writing before, and this one sounded fantastic, and it was! It was great to get to know Harrowstone Hall, and the mysteries surrounding it!

This house has a lot of secrets, and a lot of mysteries. I loved following along Helen as she learns them, of the vile acts that the Vaughns have done, why Harrrow is so important to them. I really enjoyed her story, that of her Vaughn cousins Desmond and Celia, and the Harrow Witch, Bryony! 

And oh, that reveal? That was stunning, the planning, the execution, that was top notch, on Kate Alice Marshall's part, and the characters! I loved watching it go down, after everything that happened, it was so cathartic! 

The one thing that gets me, is that her last two books were connected. And maybe the black stars thing in this one is, as well, but my memory of the last book is a little hazy, so I'm not sure. I'm still really hoping for at least those two to become a series! 

This was another great read, and I can't wait to read more by Kate Alice Marshall! 

Author: Kate Alice Marshall
Read: September 22nd, 2022
Source: Ebook.bike 
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book! 
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Published: August 9th 2022
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 38 Reviews: Walk On Earth a Stranger, Like a River Glorious, Into the Bright Unknown



Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? 

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. 

Includes a map and author's note on historical research. 

From Goodreads:
After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn't given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he'll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

The second epic historical fantasy in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson, the acclaimed author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. 

The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson's New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy

Leah Westfall’s journey has been one of ever-present peril, hidden magic, harsh realities, loss, life, determination, and love. She has searched for a place to belong and a place to call home, and people who can accept a girl with magical powers that prove to be both blessing and curse.

Rae Carson has been lauded as one of YA's best writers of fantasy, and fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, and Westworld will be riveted by the conclusion of this remarkable historical fantasy trilogy.

Leah is poised to have everything she ever dreamed of on the long, dangerous journey to California's gold fields—wealth, love, the truest friends, and a home. Thanks to her magical ability to sense precious gold, Leah, her fiancé Jefferson, and her friends have claimed rich land in California Territory. But their fortune makes them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Leah and her friends must fight back with all of their power and talents.

Leah's magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter California's history forever.

With a distinctive heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure.

My first review of Walk on Earth a Stranger
My Review:
Oh, these were such amazing reads! I read the first book a while ago, and then just never continued, so I had to reread before continuing, and I'm so glad that I did because boy, this series is so fantastic! I enjoy these characters and their stories so much! 

I forgot a lot about Walk On Earth a Stranger, which is why I needed the reread. I loved getting to know these characters and their struggles again, though oh, there are some really heavy losses! I loved the family that they became, and that Glory was what they built! 

A big part of this series is about women's rights, and slavery. Of how those who aren't white men are treated terribly, from African Americans to Native Americans to Chinese. Of course slavery is the worse, but being a women in those times, they were considered property, of their family, or their husband, and they couldn't own anything. So I really enjoyed those discussions, they really brought up some emotions! 

The villains in these books, it was oh, so satisfying to watch them go down! The fact that what they were doing was almost always technically within the law, was infuriating, so it was really great to see them being taken down, they were just so awful! 

Loved reading these books so much, and I can't wait to read more by Rae Carson! 

Author: Rae Carson
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy #1, 2, 3
First Read: December 12th, 2015
Read: September 21st, 21st, 22nd, 2022
Source: Own/Library, Edelweiss/Bought/Library, Own
Reason Why: Rereading, and they're Historical Fiction 2022 Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, And Like a River Glorious and Into the Bright Unknown are WoW Books, and Like a River Glorious is a WTC Book! And Into the Bright Unknown is a End of Series 2022 Book!
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: September 22nd 2015, September 27th 2016, October 10th 2017

Walk On Earth a Stranger:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Like a River Glorious:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Into the Bright Unknown:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 38 Review: The Scoundrel Falls Hard

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan is back with the enchanting third book in the Duke Hunt series about a marriage of convenience between a fierce female blacksmith and a handsome scoundrel.

A devil's bargain burns the hottest....

For years, fiercely independent Gwen Cully has worked as the village blacksmith, keeping her family's business going. But when a local rival threatens her livelihood, Gwen has nowhere to turn ... until a devastatingly handsome fugitive takes shelter in her shop and sparks fly.

Unrepentant rogue Kellan Fox's entire existence has been a dangerous game of deception that leads him into a fight for survival--and straight into the arms of a tall, fiery beauty. When Gwen protects him from an angry mob of villagers, Kellan sees the perfect solution to both their troubles. A marriage--in name only--that will last a single year.

Only a marriage of convenience can't hide their searing attraction. It glows hotter than Gwen's forge and reaches deep below the tempting mask Kellan wears for the world. With every sizzling glance and scorching kiss, Gwen surrenders more of herself to the molten passion she finds in Kellan's strong embrace. But can she ever truly trust her heart to a scoundrel?

My Review:
This book was so much fun to read! I really enjoy this series! We got the barest start of this book in the previous one, and I had a great time reading about Blacksmith Gwen, and the guy who pretended to be the Duke's son. It was a really great read! 

It's an interesting situation, that the town wanted to hang him for deceiving them, and she says that she's in love with him to save his life. They'd only just met when he was hiding from the mob, and her reputation is on the line. I really enjoyed their dynamics and their relationship! 

I do wish that the ending was a little bit longer, and that there was a bit more communication. I didn't realize that there were teasers at the end, so seeing that there were over 20 pages left, I thought there was more story, and it ended. It just seemed a little abrupt, no talking about their problems.

I'm wondering if the real Duke's story is going to be told. Because we finally get to met him in this book, and the interactions that he had with his housekeeper, I could see something happening between the two of them,, that'd be a great story!

This was another great read, and I can't wait to read more by Sophie Jordan! 

Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: The Duke Hunt #3
Read: September 20th, 2022
Source: Ebook.bike 
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Historical Fiction 2022 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book and a WoW Book! 
Publisher: Avon Books
Published: August 23rd 2022
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars