Saturday, April 30, 2016

Week 18 Review: Fire Bound

From Goodreads:
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sea Haven novels returns to the circle of the six sisters of the heart, bound by the elements—and to one who possesses the power to inflame the most dangerous passions of all.

Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa's real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.

Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit—something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned. 

My Review:
Loved reading this book! Another amazing Christine Feehan book with characters that I loved getting to know! We learned a bit about Lissa in Earth Bound, but this was her story, and Casmir, and yeah, I just thoroughly enjoyed them!

The cover! Oh, I like the cover, but I wish that it had some fire in it! Sure it's red, but that's not fire, and that's her element, and it breaks the pattern of the series covers! There could've been candles, or her chandelier could've been pictured more prominently. It just is a little disappointing that fire is missing to my eye!

There were a ton of twists! Like what her uncle did, and his bodyguard. And when we were in the bad guy's POV, that was hard to read, they were pretty vile, and thought horrible things about women. But they got what was coming to them!

Oh, the feels! The good and the bad, but I want to focus on the good! The suprise wedding that he planned! That his brother, Viktor, was able to be there! That he married Blythe, and then went deep under cover for 5 years, and hasn't let her know he was all right? Oh, yeah, that was a really great feeling, and I was beaming reading that scene!

One thing that I thought was really great, was the build up for Forever Bound and the 3rd Sea Haven series. One that I'm really excited about, because that means we get more time with all these characters that we've been getting to know and love, from Sisters of the Heart and Drake Sisters!

One thing I'm wondering about, is the direction of this series, and the next, because the two main bad guys since the beginning-the Sorbacov's are dead now. Well, there is Evan Shackler-Gratdsos and his biker gang which fits with biker gang series! I can't wait to read those books!

So fantastic to read this book, and I can't wait for more!

Author: Christine Feehan
Series: Sisters of the Heart #5
Read: April 29th, 2016
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Love her books, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Jove
Published: April 26th 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 18 Review: A Bite to Remember

From Goodreads:
Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won't be there for you when the sun comes up.
Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn't going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she's ever met, living or dead, but she's here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him.

Rule #2: Never kiss a can be a pain in the neck.

Okay, so Vincent's had four hundred years to perfect his kissing skills, and he does look rather tempting when he runs around the house shirtless. He's also charming, protective...did we mention he can kiss? Jackie needs to be on her guard, or else she'll have to come up with a new rule: If you're going to fall in love with a vampire, make sure it's a bite to remember.

My Review:
This book was really fantastic book! The past two books haven't had a villain, they've had the whole vampire situation. But this book, like the first two, has both main characters knowing, being, or finding out about vampires in the beginning vs. later on in the book.

We first met Vincent really in the past book, and that was really interesting, and he was funny and enjoyable to read about! And the play that he was in, the Dracula musical, and all the cast members being fed upon, was a part of this book!

I really enjoyed Jackie, she's known about vampires for a while, works for them as a investigator-and had a bad experience with one of them when she was young, that tainted her view of most vampires until Vincent helped open up her eyes.

There were little things through this book that didn't mean much, little throwaway details, that as it turns out, weren't all that throwaway. That they meant something, and were part of the story of why this was happening, not that we knew it at the time!

Such a fantastic book to read, so enjoyable, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #5
Read: April 28th, 2016
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Loving this series and her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book!
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published: June 27th 2006
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 18 Review: Oblivion

From Goodreads:
Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it. 

And trouble's the last thing I need, since I'm not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there's one thing I know, it’s that humans can't be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. 'Cuz they are. 

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I'm the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game. 

Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that's one thing I'll never let happen...

My Review:
I absolutely loved reading this book! I mean, I loved the whole series and I love Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing so yeah, I knew that I would love this book, but I didn't expect how much because her books just keep getting better!

Ive read this series more than once. And even the synopsis gives away that Daemon was Luxen. Bu still I didn't think of what that would mean to the story when Katy didn't know that, to consider his POV. So like the stolen car keys thing, I didn't consider at the very least that he didn't need a car to get around, or that Dee hadn't taken them in the first place. It was things like that that made me need to read more!

Watching Daemon fall in love, hat was really sweet. We knew his reasons why he acted like he did, but that was t seeing his thoughts in real time. So yeah, that was just incredible to read and I just absolutely loved it!

I really enjoyed that last scene in this book, because it meant that we got more of this world! Which is always a good thing! But oh, that Luc had known that they all wouldn't get out of Mount Weather but that it was part of his plan so they could bring him the new serum for Nadine. Oh, that revelation hurt!

Loved reading this book, it was absolutely great, I enjoyed it so much and I can't wait to read more Jennifer L. Armentrout books!

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1.5
Read: April 27th, 2016
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Sounded great, love her books, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: December 1st 2015
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 18 Review: What's Broken Between Us

From Goodreads:
Alexis Bass's heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive, perfect for fans of Gayle Forman and of Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything.

A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart's brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he's coming home from prison.

Amanda's been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother's recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he's a monster. Still, she loves him. It's her dark secret, until she starts getting close to Henry again--whose sister is paralyzed from the accident. 

A year and a half ago, her brother destroyed his life. Now Amanda has to decide if she'll let his choice destroy hers.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book so much! It was a great story about family and about guilt, and dealing with loss after a difficult situation. It wasn't easy, and there were some complicated relationships, but it was really fantastic to read!

The book started off-and ended with her brother doing an interview from prison, and what he showed wasn't all that pretty to hear from someone who only got a year in the drunk driving accident that killed his best friend and caused his girlfriend to become paralyzed. And of course by the end of the book, he's back in prison. Yeah.

This book showed how Amanda has been dealing with this, that she should be sympathetic, but she can't cry or they might think it was for her brother or for herself, not the victim. And the way our society is, she is partially right. Not all people judge that way, but others do.

I really enjoyed Amanda and Henry's relationship, they had this intense loathing for each other, this conflict that was a spark, that led to them falling in love. And then the accident happened, and they pushed their feelings aside. But now it's harder to do that, and those feelings came bubbling  back up, and they dealt with them in interesting ways! And I enjoyed reading that!

This was a really fantastic and enjoyable book, and I really loved reading it!

Author: Alexis Bass
Read: April 26th, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2016 Book and a Sophomore Challenge Book!
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: December 29th 2015
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 18 Reviews: Hit, Strike

From Goodreads:

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.

Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy's past, she's horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren't strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy's list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.

From Goodreads:
The hit list was just the beginning.

Time to strike back.

After faking her own death to escape her term as an indentured assassin for Valor Savings Bank, Patsy is on the run with her boyfriend, Wyatt. All she wants to do is go home, but that's never going to happen—not as long as Valor's out to get her and the people she loves.

Left with no good choices, Patsy's only option is to meet with a mysterious group that calls itself the Citizens for Freedom.

Led by the charismatic Leon Crane, the CFF seem like just what Patsy has been looking for. Leon promises that if she joins, she'll finally get revenge on Valor for everything they've done to her—and for everything they've made her do.

But Patsy knows the CFF has a few secrets of their own. One thing is certain: they'll do absolutely anything to complete their mission, no matter who's standing in their way. Even if it's Patsy herself.

My Review:
Well, this was a really fantastic series! I thought that I had already reviewed them, but oh, well, I can do that now! I absolutely adored the world building-and hated that these people had to live in this world! It's a fantastic series!

I can totally see something like this happening in real life. What with the economy going up and down, the crash that was in either '05 or '08, I believe, or both, one the housing market, the other Wall Street. But having a bank take over as the government, and using people with so much debt as killers or recruiters? Yeah, terrifying but possible!

I really enjoyed Patsy and Wyatt! They're tied together by all that's happening, and by what they felt for each other! Of course, things couldn't be that simple, but I enjoyed that the did work things out! Because yeah, they're facing a pretty big bad guy, and good guys usually work better when they work with others, especially their love interests!

The way that they fought back, in both books, was really great! They have very little to lose, but that little is the most important stuff. And that the supposedly good guys aren't so good, well, that sucks, but they did what they could!

This series was absolutely fantastic, and I can't wait to read more by Delilah S. Dawson!

Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Hit #1, 2
Read: April 25th, 26th, 2016
Source: Bought, Publisher for Review
Reason Why: Sounded really awesome, and they're 2016 Dystopia Books, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books and Hit is a Sophomore Challenge Book!
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: April 4th 2015, April 12th 2016

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 18 Reviews: Tristan's Escape, Rogue Belador

From Goodreads:
TRISTAN'S ESCAPE is a Novella from the Belador paranormal series from New York Times bestseller Dianna Love. 

Holidays rate just above Tristan having his fingernails ripped off. He was a fool once over a woman, a human no less, and that little moment of insanity got him imprisoned for four long years. He's never had someone special to share s with and doubts he ever will, but December does matter to the other half-blood-Belador Alterants stuck alongside him on Treoir Island. To help his friends, Tristan has been secretly teleporting them to Atlanta for short visits. Sure, the Belador goddess warned him not to teleport in and out of Treoir's hidden realm without her permission, but she ranks below holidays for Tristan. Screw her. His secret trips are going great until Elaine "Mac" Mackenzie, the five-foot-six, red-haired genius Tristan vowed to pay back for the four years he lost, steps between Tristan and a powerful sorcerer with a deadly agenda. If Tristan exposes his preternatural abilities in the human world, he'll forfeit his freedom forever.

Saving her may destroy his world, but once he has Mac back in his arms, no one else is going to touch her.

From Goodreads:
Immortals fear little … except a secret in the wrong hands.  

While searching for a way to save Brina of Treoir's failing memories, Tzader Burke discovers someone who can help her if Tzader is willing to sneak into the heart of his enemy's stronghold—TÅμr Medb. He'll do anything to protect the woman he loves from becoming a mindless empty shell, but his decision could be the catalyst for an apocalyptic war.  The deeper he digs for the truth, the more lies he uncovers that shake the very foundation of being a Belador and the future of his clan. 

Tzader's ready to execute his mission.  Alone.  But the minute his best friends Quinn and Evalle, plus her Skinwalker mate Storm, find out about his suicidal plan they organize a black ops team around him. While battling on every front, one secret surfaces that two immortal powers have spent thousands of years keeping buried.  Tzader and his team have no choice but to fight for what they believe in, because the world as they know it is never going to be the same again.

My Review:
Yeah, it was utterly fantastic to read these books! I loved being in this world again, and it was so great to read these books so soon after reading Witchlock, the details were more readily accessible to my mind to remember, yeah!

We learned more about Tristan, and why he was captured and in that prison in South America when Evalle meets him. And yeah, it's kinda sad, that they both thought the other betrayed them, basically, but they were both wrong! But I'm wondering what's going on with her family, and I want to see more of that!

Rogue Belador took the threads of the previous books, and wove them closer together, so it was almost like Rise of the Gryphon, but not quite there. So yeah, that was really great to read, all these things that have been happening, finally starting to come together! This was Brinda and Tzader's book, and it was so great to watch them finally get their happy ending!

This book marked a significant change for the series. The coalition is falling apart, and the war that has been going on for thousands of years is heating up again. Oh, and Macha is proven to be false, all those times that she didn't help, or made things worse, they finally strip the excuses away and see her for what she really is, and that is looking out for herself, along with a bunch of lies. But now she's gone, at least for now, so yeah, finally!

Oh, and some other things happened, like the bad guy after Lanna comes and is a bit of a baddy, like those two in the previous book, but is stopped in this book, pretty easily by one of the characters, so yeah, that was another great end to that part of the story, though there's still much to learn about Lanna!

With the Dragon King and stuff, and that ending, the wait for January for the next book is going to be pure evil! I need more!

Author: Dianna Love
Series: Belador #6.5, 7
Read: April 24th, 25th, 2016
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Love her books and this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books!
Publisher: Silver Hawk Press LLC
Published: December 15th 2015, April 12th 2016

Tristan's Escape:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Rogue Belador:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 18 Reviews: Hard Fall, Bad Break

From Goodreads:
59 days ago FBI Special Agent Lucy Guardino had a perfect life…and almost lost it all.

There comes a time in every hero's life when they fall harder and father than ever before and they face a choice that changes everything: to give up or claw their way back again. Lucy thought she'd made her choice two months ago when she sacrificed everything to save her family, but now she has to decide whether or not she can save herself…

When honor, duty, and family collide…who would you save?

From Goodreads:
Vacations can be deadly… 

NEW! From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons: 

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Lucy Guardino is ready for a well-deserved break from chasing the worst of the worst. She's hunted serial killers, violent child predators, and vicious psychopaths but nothing has prepared her for spring break alone with her teenaged daughter in a secluded beach resort in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. 

When Megan befriends a local boy who is accused of a brutal crime, it's up to Lucy to soothe the ruffled egos of the well intentioned but ill equipped local police, prevent Megan from playing amateur sleuth, and track a cunning killer before Megan or her friend become the next victim. 

BAD BREAK is the sixth novel in the Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers series. If you enjoy captivating suspense, intelligent storytelling, strong and vulnerable characters, and a freight-train pace, then you'll love this adrenaline rush of a heart-pounding thriller. 

My Review:
Yeah, these books! I just loved reading more about Lucy Guardino and her friends, family and co-workers! It was really great and enjoyable, and I just really loved it! There were such great mystery thrillers, and yeah, I need more!

I went in reading this series knowing that after these two books, Lucy would no longer be with the FBI, because I started reading this series in preparation for being a part of the Last Light review tour. So when it happened, I was more interested in the how and why then the what?

There were some tough decisions to be made in Hard Fall, not so much Bad Break, but still a few. There was dealing with what's happened previously in the series, which includes several momentous moments that are carrying on in these!

Really enjoyed those high notes! They brought everything together, and while they hurt sometimes, they were basically the best case scenario that was offered to her. So yeah, really enjoyed that, they were really great endings!

Yeah, really enjoyed and loved these books, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: C.J. Lyons
Series: Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers #4, 4.5
Read: April 23rd, 23rd, 2016
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: I got the first book in the spin off series for a Review Tour, and I had to read these books first! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books! And Bad Break is a End of Series 2016 Book!
Publisher: Edgy Books
Published: September 6th 2014, July 9th 2015

Hard Fall:
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Bad Break:
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Friday, April 29, 2016

Follow Friday #233, April 29th

Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Follow Friday is hosted by 2 hosts, Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! For more rules and how to participate, visit one of the hosts. Now for this week's question:

The Post Prompt: 3 favorite heroines, books they're in, and why you love them.

Clary from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. She becomes part of this pretty violent world, and she doesn't falter, and still manages to have a sense of a humor while learning to be kick ass!

Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, a bookworm, smart and who made pretty great use of her magical abilities!

Celaena/Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, a woman of contradictions, a fashionista, an assassin, and the things that come out of her mouth!

What about you guys? Happy reading! 




Any or all. I'm not too picky, there's options!

The Reward Challenge Update #241, April 29th

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 Hard Fall which counts 3 times as a End of Series 2016 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book, Bad Break which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book,  Last Light which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book, Tristan's Escape which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book, Rogue Belador which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book, Hit which counts 4 times as a 2016 Dystopia Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book and Sophomore Challenge Book, Strike which counts 4 times as a 2016 Dystopia Books, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book and a Review Book, What's Broken Between Us which counts 4 times as a Edelweiss Book, SAC 2016 Book and a Sophomore Challenge Book, Origin of the Sphinx which counts 3 times as a 2016 Retelling Reading Challenge Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book, Curse of the Sphinx which counts 3 times as a 2016 Retelling Reading Challenge Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book, Demigods and Monsters which counts 4 times as a 2016 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, Tour Review Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book, Oblivion which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book and a WoW Book, A Bite to Remember by which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book, Fire Bound which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book and a WoW Book.

So I have 41 counts which translates to $20.50 this week! I'll use it to buy two books!

First Lines Friday #250, April 29th

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

"The sound of laughter echoed throughout the house. Women's voices rose and fell. Soft. Happy. Loving." -Fire Bound by Christine Feehan

Well that's a pretty nice and sweet opening! I can't wait to see where it goes from here! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

We Have the Cover of Chronicles of Nick #8!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Intensity by Sherrilyn Kenyon! It's so great!

We Have the Title of Lords of the Underworld #13!!!

Yes, we have the title of the next Lords of the Underworld title, Cameo's book, by Gena Showalter! So excited!

Random Reads #231, April 28th

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 6498 which turned out to be Death's Rival by Faith Hunter! It's been on my TBR pile since April 1st, 2016, and I added it because I really enjoyed the series! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #246, April 28th

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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!

"Jackie scowled at the man." -A Bite to Remember by Lynsay Sands, page 52.

Yeah, guys tend to do things that cause that reaction!

What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Will the Time Come #256, April 28th

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

Welcome to Stranje House.

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle them in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…

Why the time hasn't come yet...
I don't know, it only came out last year, so that's not a lot of time to have gotten around to have read it! But I want to! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Origin of the Sphinx, Curse of the Sphinx, Demigods and Monsters: Reviews

From Goodreads:

From Goodreads:
How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?

Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she's traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she'll have to keep it that way. It's safer.

When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope's life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo's curse, murder from the shadow monsters of the Underworld, or have the demigods finally found her? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there's no one to teach her who to trust—or how to love.

Set in a universe where mythology is alive and well in the modern world, Curse of the Sphinx irresistibly blends action, suspense and romance. 

From Goodreads:
Can Apollo's curse be broken?

Seventeen-year-old Hope Nicholas is done running. Apollo's curse has ruled her entire life, limiting her choices and robbing her of the things that matter most. But she refuses to live in fear any longer. In fact, she's ready to do whatever it takes to break the god's power over her existence. 

When the goddess Artemis instructs Hope to impersonate a demigod and infiltrate a conservatory to get access to the Olympian library, she doesn't hesitate. As she sees it, there's nothing left to lose. 

But once inside, Hope discovers the only way to get what she needs is to work with her sworn enemies. As the lines between demigod and monster are crossed again and again, Hope has to dig deep for the courage to accept her fate or fight for the freedom to save herself.

My Review:
It was so great to read these books! There are quite a few books on Greek mythology, but these ones dealt with Sphinxes and Apollo's curses and yeah, that was different, and I just wanted to know more about what was going on!

This was a really interesting world! There were so many little details to learn, and I wanted to know them, how things worked, why they were happening, all those kinds of things! And we did get details, but I still want more!

Hope was a really great character to read about! She's been living this life that has not been easy at all, and yet, she's still going strong, and still fighting for herself, and basically for all those that have been under this curse, however too late it is for them!

Really enjoyed where this series is heading, because it can't be over now! There were two cliffhanger endings, one per full length book, and yeah, they both made me want more, though I was lucky with Curse because I already had Demigods!

Loved these books, and I really can't wait to read more!

Author: Raye Wagner
Series: Sphinx #0.5, 1, 2
Read: April 26th, 26th, 26th, 2016
Source: Bought, YA Bound Review Copies
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and they're 2016 Retelling Reading Challenge Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books!
Publisher: Studio Opolis LLC, Raye Wagner
Published: June 6th 2013, August 10th 2015, April 25th 2016

Origin of the Sphinx:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Curse of the Sphinx:
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4.5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Demigods and Monsters:
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4.5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars
Raye Wagner grew up in Seattle, the second of eight children, and learned to escape chaos through the pages of fiction. As a youth, she read the likes of David Eddings, Leon Uris, and Jane Austen. Inspired by a fictional character, Raye pursued a career in nursing, thinking to help the world one patient at a time.

One summer afternoon, when her then young children were playing in the pool, a plot dropped into her head, and she started writing.

She enjoys baking, puzzles, Tae Kwon Do, and the sound of waves lapping at the sand. She lives with her husband and three children in Middle Tennessee.

Origin of the Sphinx, a novella detailing the story leading up to the creation of the mythological creature, is her first publication. It is the beginning of the Sphinx series.

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