Thursday, July 31, 2014

I Adored a Lord: Review

From Goodreads:
Three very different sisters beguile society with their beauty and charm, but only one of them must fulfill a prophecy: marry a prince. Who is the mystery Prince Charming, and which sister will be his bride?

All that clever, passionate Ravenna Caulfield wants is to stay far away from high society's mean girls.

All that handsome, heroic Lord Vitor Courtenay wants is to dash from dangerous adventure to adventure.

Now, snowbound in a castle with a bevy of the ton's scheming maidens all competing for a prince's hand in marriage, Ravenna's worst nightmare has come true.

Now, playing babysitter to his spoiled prince of a half-brother and potential brides, Vitor is champing at the bit to be gone.

When a stolen kiss in a stable leads to a corpse in a suit of armor, a canine kidnapping, and any number of scandalous liaisons, Ravenna and Vitor find themselves wrapped in a mystery they're perfectly paired to solve. But as for the mysteries of love and sex, Vitor's not about to let Ravenna escape until he's gotten what he desires . . .

My Review:
This was a fantastic book! I really loved it, it was fun, and romantic, and just an awesome historical romance book, which I admit, I don't read as much of as YA, but yeah, this was a prime example of excellence in the genre!

And while it's a romance, it's also a mystery, because there's a dead body, and Ravenna was the sister described as a gypsy in the last book (and the author had a note about that in Duke) and so she wants to be a part of the investigation into the murder, which was just so much fun, because Vitor felt uncomfortable about that!

Seeing as this is the second book and all, we had a bit of an introduction to Ravenna, and the whole "marry a prince, find out about your past" thing, and yeah, Ravenna gets a chance to marry a prince in this book, but it's not like she's after the prestige of being a princess-she was tricked into the whole thing by her sister to fulfil the whole thing, but Ravenna, herself, didn't believe in it. So yeah, now it's just the oldest sister, Eleanor, to hopefully marry that prince!

Vitor, he was a closed off guy. He did his thing, going from incident to incident, to where he could be of help, and now he has to watch over his little brother, the prince, as said brother looks for a wife, but add being trapped with the potential brides, Ravenna, and a murder? Ravenna opened him up, and yeah, that was really great!

I really enjoyed this book (and who committed the murder) and yeah, I can't wait for the 3rd book!

Author: Katharine Ashe
Series: The Prince Catchers #2
Read: July 30th, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded good to do a tour, and it's a Historical Fiction 2014 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Avon
Published: July 29th 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Katharine Ashe writes lushly intense historical romances with a touch of adventure. Her novella HOW TO MARRY A HIGHLANDER is a 2014 RITA® Award Finalist, I MARRIED THE DUKE was nominated for Best Historical Romance of 2013 in the Reviewers' Choice Awards, and Amazon chose her HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY among the 10 Best Romances of 2012. She is the winner of the 2011 Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Historical Adventure and a 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee in Fiction. 

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US. She loves hearing from readers! Please visit her at, or sign up for her monthly news briefs here:

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ARC August 2015

So Arc August is hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat. so go check it out!

Goals: So I want to read at least 20 ARCs. Some of the ones I might be reading are: Unravel, Push, The Dark World, The Perilous Sea, The Taking, After the End, The Murder Complex, Blackbird, Beware the Dark, Brutal Youth, Crystal Fire, Counting to D, Divided, Elusion, Fan Art, Death Sworn, 17 First Kisses, Salvage, Feral, Foretold, Get Even, Anatomy of a Misfit, In a Handful of Dust, In the End, Inbetween, Luminosity, My Last Kiss, Midnight Thief, Nantucket Red, Panic, Passionaries, Played, Queen of Swords, Queen of Wands, Renegade, Rites of Passage, Second Star, Sleep No More, Snow Like Ashes, Stitching Snow, Surnise, Take Back the Stars, Tease, The Half Life of Molly Pierce, The Jewel, The Last Best Kiss, The Legacy of Eden, The Rules for Breaking, The Things You Kiss Goodbye, Top Ten Clues You're Clueless, Unremembered, Viviane Divine is Dead, White Space, Wild, Wicked Games, Witchstruck, Witchfall, Red Queen, Last Time We Say Goodbye, and a few others that I don't know about right now!

Yeah, I have a lot of ARC's to read! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Random Reads #140, July 31st

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, I got 3724 which turned out to be A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava! It's been on my TBR pile since April 16th 2013, and I added it because the series looks awesome! Happy reading! 

Will the Time Come #165, July 31st

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


Violet Eden thought she was getting things under control. Then all hell breaks loose--literally. In the war between angels and exiles, she's about to face the biggest baddie of all time. Except she's not nearly ready. 
The dark exile Phoenix is still messing with her head--not to mention her heart. And her undeniable attraction to Lincoln has gotten downright dangerous. When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing she will face...

Why the time hasn't come yet...
I haven't read the 3rd book, and it's been so while since reading the first two! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #155, July 31st

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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!

"Okay, Spontaneous One. Where to now?" -The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell, page 33.

Ah, Chloe, your mind is very strange! Love it! What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #169, July 30th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
Expected Publication: August 26th, 2014
From Goodreads: 
In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. 

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. 

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
Expected Publication: August 26th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Everything hangs in the balance, and nothing is certain: Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan, imprisoned and awaiting trial, is unable to leave Lankenshire. Separated from each other and their Baalboden comrades, each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One.

Fighting through her pain and embracing the warrior she’s become, Rachel will do whatever it takes to escape her enemies’ clutches and join Logan in his fight. But when she learns a secret that changes everything, she realizes that escaping Ian and his tracker friends is no longer an option if she wants to save the people she loves. Instead, she’ll have to destroy Rowansmark from the inside out—if she can survive the journey through the Wasteland.

Logan needs allies if he wants to thwart Rowansmark’s power grab and rescue Rachel. But securing allies will mean betraying his beliefs and enlisting the help of the man he hates more than anyone: Commander Jason Chase. Driven by his fierce love for Rachel and his determination to make their world safe, Logan may be just the weapon the city-states need to defeat the Cursed One.

But as Rowansmark bears down and uneasy alliances are tested, will Rachel and Logan’s love for each other be enough to surmount the unbelievable odds against them?

Don't Let Go by Michelle Gagnon
Expected Publication: August 26th, 2014
From Goodreads:
In this pulse-pounding final installment of the Don’t Turn Around trilogy, which in a starred review Kirkus called “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens,” Noa and Peter race across the country in their search to destroy Project Persephone before time runs out.

After a devastating loss, Noa Torson is out of options. On the run with the three remaining teens of Persephone’s Army, she is up against immeasurable odds. The group is outnumbered, outsmarted, and outrun. But they are not giving up. 

When Noa and Peter realize they can’t run anymore, and that Noa’s health is failing, they know they must go back to where this began. But when they come face-to-face with the man who started it all, the question becomes, can they win?

This riveting final book in the Don’t Turn Around trilogy ratchets up the action as Noa and Peter confront the evil that has chased them and won’t let them go.

Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan
Expected Publication: August 26th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Beatrice Knowles is a Maid of Honor, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s secret protectors. Known for her uncanny ability to manipulate men’s hearts, Beatrice has proven herself to be a valuable asset in the Queen’s court—or so she thinks. It has been three weeks since the Maids thwarted a plot to overthrow the Queen, and Beatrice is preparing to wed her betrothed, Lord Cavanaugh. However, her plans come to a crashing halt as rumors of a brewing Scottish rebellion spread among the court.

Beatrice’s new assignment is to infiltrate the visiting Scottish delegation using her subtle arts in persuasion. The mission seems simple enough, until the Queen pairs Beatrice with the worst of the lot—Alasdair MacLeod. Beatrice cannot help but think that the Queen is purposefully setting her up for failure. But Alasdair could be the key to unlocking the truth about the rebellion….and her own heart. Caught in a web of ever-more-twisting lies, Beatrice must rise up among the Maids of Honor and prove what she’s known all along: In a court filled with deception and danger, love may be the deadliest weapon of all.

The Aftermath by Jen Alexander
Expected Publication: August 26th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Sometimes, I dream that I'm someone else.

A girl with dark hair who doesn't worry about hunger

or thirst or running from flesh-eaters.

In her world, those sorts of things don't exist.

Since the spring of 2036, when the world changed forever, Claudia and a small clan of survivors have roamed the streets of a very altered Nashville: polluted and desolate, except for the ever-present threat of cannibal Hoarders. Together they must undergo punishing tests of endurance and psychological challenge sometimes with devastating consequences all just to live another day.

With food and water in dwindling supply, and with danger lurking around every corner, no one can be trusted. And as her world starts to make less and less sense, Claudia begins to realize something terrifying: she is just a pawn in some sort of game, and all of her actions are being controlled from afar by a mysterious gamer. So when she meets a maddening and fascinating outsider named Declan, who claims to be a game moderator, she must decide whether to join him in exchange for protection and access to the border.

If they play the game right, they are each other's best hope for survival and a life beyond the only world Claudia's ever known: the terrifying live-action game known as The Aftermath.

Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans
Expected Publication: August 26th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Felicia and Neil have left Level 2 behind, but another level stands between them and Heaven: Level 3. While the purpose of Level 2 is to relive your time on Earth and make peace with your memories, the objective of Level 3 is to completely detach from life and prepare for your divine vocation.

During Felicia and Neil's training period, a series of explosions destroy the portals out of Level 3. Tension is high, and casualties are mounting. Though Neil wants to become either a Muse or a Healer to help, Felicia is drawn to the Seraphim Guard. A rift forms between the pair, one that grows wider when Felicia receives memories from the Morati. The memories cast doubt on the people she loves the most, but Felicia can't stop her curiosity. She has to know the truth about her life before she moves on--if she can manage to evade old enemies long enough to find a way out of Level 3.

Astray by Amy Christine Parker
Expected Publication: August 26th, 2014
From Goodreads: 
Lyla is caught between two worlds. The isolated Community that she grew up in and the outside world that she’s navigating for the very first time. The outsiders call the Community a cult, but Pioneer miraculously survived a shooting that should have killed him. Are the faithful members right to stay true to his message? Is this just a test of faith? One thing is for sure: the Community will do anything to bring Lyla back to the fold. Trapped in a spider’s web of deception, will Lyla detect the sticky threads tightening around her before it’s too late? She’ll have to unravel the mystery of what Pioneer and the Community are truly up to if she wants to survive.

Suspenseful and chilling, Astray is Amy Christine Parker’s nerve-fraying sequel to Gated. This fast-paced psychological thriller is masterfully plotted and sure to leave goose bumps. Perfect for fans of creepy YA thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.

Oh, I can't wait for the August 26th!!! So many freaking great books coming out then! Though I've already read Chasing Before, and I have a copy of the Deliverance and Aftermath. What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #172, July 30th

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 for starting and hosting this meme!

I'm currently reading In Close, and I'm really enjoying it!
I finishing reading Tempting Danger, which was totally different from Only Human!
I'm going to be reading I Married the Duke, which sounds really good, for a tour for the 2nd book!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We Have the Title of The Dark Elements #3!!!!

Yeah, we also have the title for the 3rd book in the Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

We Have the Title of The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3!!!!

Yes, we finally have a title for the 3rd, and probably final, Iron Fey book by Julie Kagawa!

Teaser Tuesday #172, July 29th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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 In Close by Brenda Novak, page 19.

"He'd been watching her for years, hadn't he? And she'd never caught him yet."

Well, that's not creepy at all! Really enjoying this series, must read more!

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #164, July 28th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey 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 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 #163
Teaser Tuesday #171
WWW Wednesday #171
WOW #168
Will the Time Come #164
Third Sentence Thursday #154
Random Reads #139
First Lines Friday #159
The Reward Challenge Round 101 Part 1
Follow Friday #142
LLFL Reading Challenge Update 49

Week 30 Reviews:
Ecstasy in Darkness
Dark Taste of Rapture
The Witch of Duva
Shadow and Bone
The Tailor
Siege and Storm
The Too-Clever Fox
Little Knife
Ruin and Rising

Matt Archer: Redemption: Review and Givaway
A Prescription for Delirium: Review

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OK, so I got 82 posts in 7 days, and yeah, wrote a lot of reviews, made a milestone, and yeah, busy week with that, but not reading! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read nothing but what I want to!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 20 and Wrap Up

Write On Review-a-Thon

I reviewed Rebel Heart. So yeah, I made my goal of 20 reviews! Yeah! Got it! With just minutes to spare, yeah!

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 19

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I reviewed Revelations, and I'll be reviewing Rebel Heart next. That done, now just 1 more, and I've made it, yeah!

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

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I reviewed The Impossibility of Tomorrow, and I'll be reviewing Revelations next. Just 2 more left!

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

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I reviewed The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, and I'll be reviewing The Impossibility of Tomorrow next. Got it! 3 more left! 

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

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I reviewed Sea of Shadows, and I'll be reviewing The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door next. Just over halfway now, 4 left to write. And I have just over 40 minutes in which to do it...

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

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I reviewed Promise of Shadows, and I'll be reviewing Sea of Shadows next. Oh, 5 in 1 hour? I don't know if I can do it!

Reviews Written: OverbitePoisonProphecyLinkedLet the Sky FallTumble & FallIndelibleTime Between Us and Time After TimeViciousWhen We WakeUndone and UnbreakableThe Queen's ChoiceAltered, The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

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I reviewed The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, and I'll be reviewing Promise of Shadows next. 6 left now!

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts.

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I reviewed Altered, and I'll be reviewing The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts next. 3 down, 7 to go! 

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 12

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I reviewed The Queen's Choice, and I'll be reviewing Altered next. Another one done, if I keep up at this pace, I just might make it!

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I reviewed Undone and Unbreakable, and I'll be reviewing The Queen's Choice next. Ok, I hope to get another 9 reviews more done today, but I only have 2 hours. Can I make it? We'll see!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 10

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I reviewed When We Wake, and I'll be reviewing Undone and Unbreakable next. Now to, like, sleep!

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 9

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I reviewed Vicious, and I'll be reviewing When We Wake next. Just 1 more, then I can read till I have to go to sleep!

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I reviewed Time Between Us and Time After Time, and I'll be reviewing Vicious next. Another written, just 2 more, and then I have half my goal in half the time that I have, yeah!

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I reviewed Indelible, and I'll be reviewing Time Between Us and Time After Time next. 3rd done! And some of these are NetGalley books, so yeah, improving that average! 

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I reviewed Tumble & Fall, and I'll be reviewing Indelible next. 2nd one done, 2 to go!

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I reviewed Let the Sky Fall, and I'll be reviewing Tumble & Fall next. Another one done, now to do 3 more!

Reviews Written: OverbitePoisonProphecyLinked, Let the Sky Fall.

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I reviewed Linked, and I'll be reviewing Let the Sky Fall next. Another one done, and another whose sequel I want to read this week!

Reviews Written: OverbitePoisonProphecy, Linked.

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I reviewed Prophecy, and I'll be reviewing Linked next. Yeah, another one done. I hope to read it's sequel Warrior, soon, because I've been meaning to for a while!

Reviews Written: OverbitePoison, Prophecy.

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I reviewed Poison, and I'll be reviewing Prophecy next. Another one done! Now to finish reading book, and I'l review 2 more!

Reviews Written: Overbite, Poison.

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For my first review, I reviewed Overbite, and I'll be reviewing Poison next. 1st one done, and I hope to get at least 10 reviews today, so I have to do at least 1 review an hour to make that! I can do it!

Reviews Written: Overbite.

Week 30 Reviews: The Witch of Duva, Shadow and Bone, The Tailor, Siege and Storm, The Too-Clever Fox, Little Knife, Ruin and Rising

From Goodreads:
There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls...or so the story goes. But it's just possible that the danger may be a little bit closer to home.

From Goodreads:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. 

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. 

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

From Goodreads:
New scene from Shadow and Bone told from Genya's point of view.

From Goodreads:
Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

From Goodreads:
In Ravka, just because you avoid one trap, it doesn't mean you'll escape the next. 

From Goodreads:
In this third Ravkan folk tale from Leigh Bardugo, a beautiful girl finds that what her father wants for her and what she wants for herself are two different things. 

From Goodreads:
The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she's fighting for.

My first review of Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm
My Review:
This was one of the best trilogies that I've read. It was fulfilling, sad, but what it's supposed to be. And the end brings everything together, explains things, and there's no real lose end, but how did Morozova make the first 2 amplifiers, amplifiers. I mean, did he kill them, and bring them back, or what?

I noticed the covers actually have the 3 creatures that they were hunting. I had thought for a long while that it was just the 2nd, and 3rd book, but nope, the 1st has the stag horns, which I didn't recognize at first, and yeah, that's just awesome, and I wish I'd seen it before, it really links them more together! Because they are all beautiful covers!

Loved how The Too-Clever Fox folk tale was mentioned in Siege and Storm, and how The Witch of Duva was mentioned in Ruin and Rising (I think) so it's only Little Knife that didn't get a mention in the full length novels.

I loved all the lines in this book, they were just hilarious, and the bantering, and the grousing, the teasing, and yeah, dealing with hard situations, like with the boy that lost his arm, looking at the pool of blood that he left, and saying that he didn't have to clean up because he couldn't use a mop. Good choosing laughing instead of crying! And it came up with a few hook ups, including Tamar and Nadia!

Things came together in this book. Like how she explained Mal's tracking as finding a rabbit in a rock, and how they found each of the other amplifiers, that Mal himself is an amplifier. And we find out what Morozova was wanting to do with the amplifiers because it happens! And how Mal is connected to both the Darkling (whose true name we got) and Morozova!

This was just an amazing series, and I absolutely loved it, especially since I know her next series is based in Kerch, so excited for that!

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Geisha Trilogy #0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 2.6, 3
First Read: January 1st, 2012, May 2nd, 2012, June 8th, 2013, March 16th, 2013, June 8th, 2013
Read: July 23rd, 23rd, 23rd, 25th, 25th, 25th, 25th, 2014
Source: Online, Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books! And Ruin and Rising is a End of Series 2014 Book, LLFL Book, Reward Challenge Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Tor, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Holt Children's/Macmillan, Tor Books,
Published: June 5th 2012, June 5th 2012, May 23rd 2014, June 4th 2013, June 4th 2013, June 24th 2014, June 17th 2014

The Witch of Duva:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Shadow and Bone:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

The Tailor:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Siege and Storm:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

The Too-Clever Fox:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Little Knife:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
/55 Stars

Ruin and Rising:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars