Saturday, January 2, 2016

Week 1 Reviews: The King's Games, Ice Kissed, Crystal Kingdom

From Goodreads:
In this novelette set five years before the events in the Kanin Chronicles, Bryn Aven is struggling to find her place in the secret kingdom of the Kanin—a realm as beautiful as it is treacherous. 

Born of mixed heritage, fourteen-year-old Bryn has never felt like she completely belonged. Now, with the summer sun thawing the frozen province, the yearly King's Games are about to begin, and an opportunity has arisen to squire the popular guard, Konstantin Black. Bryn can finally prove herself and earn the respect she craves. 

From Goodreads:
In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It's a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that's been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it's also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

From Goodreads:
The kingdom she loves has turned against her. Can she save it before it's too late?

Bryn Aven—unjustly charged with murder and treason—is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the gorgeous and enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?

As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers' darkest secrets are coming to light…and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she's ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holms and the Trylle kingdom? Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is under way—and when it's over, nothing will ever be the same…

My Review:
It was just fantastic to be able to read these books! It's been a little while since I read Frostfire, but I got into this series pretty quickly, and it was just so enjoyable to read it! Just so enjoyable, and made me even more thankful that we got this spin off series!

These books were a bit of a roller coaster. There were so many ups, downs, twists and turns and it was such an incredible ride. Even with the hurtful bits, they were just so great, tempered with the really awesome stuff!

We didn't really get to know Konstantin Black until Crystal Kingdom, which is when he gets the most time "on screen." And there's so much there, things that we didn't know, that were pretty important to learn, and just so enjoyable!

The ending was a bit bittersweet. It was a win for the good guys, but there were some pretty significant losses. But they were heading for a better future. I really enjoyed Bryn and Riley together, that they're going to continue on!

Such a fantastic series, so enjoyable-we even got a Wendy and Loki scene!-and I can't wait to read more by Amanda Hocking!

Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Kanin Chronicles #0.5, 2, 3
Read: December 29th, 30th, 31st, 2015
Source: Free, Bought, Tuebl
Reason Why: Love her books, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Books, Ice Kissed and Crystal Kingdom are WoW Books and Crystal Kingdom is a End of Series 2015 Book!
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: June 24th 2015, May 5th 2015, August 4th 2015

The King's Games:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Ice Kissed:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Crystal Kingdom:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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