The Fifth Petal (The Lace Reader #2)

29741905

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Genre: Historical Fiction // Fiction // Witches
Published: January 2017

And once you start demonizing groups of people, when you make the other, you can justify doing just about anything you want to them, can’t you?  Look at history if you don’t believe me.

Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again? (Summary from Goodreads)

Continue reading

The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1)

26156203

Rating: 2.5 Stars
Published: May 2016
Genre: Young Adult // Fantasy
Favorite Quote

“Oh, where to begin?”
“At the beginning?”
“Of time?”
“How about the beginning of today?”
“Oh, yes, today, that’s a good place to start.”

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. (Summary from Goodreads)

Continue reading

Lumberjanes, Vol 3: A Terrible Plan

25761329

Rating: 5 Stars
Published: April 2016
Genre: Graphic Novel // Young Adult // Fantasy-Adventure
Favorite Quote: 

Things go bump in the night, it’s basically the best time to go bump if one had to choose a timeframe.

In this collected edition of Lumberjanes #9-12, things have calm down a little bit for the Lumberjanes.  It’s a free day which can only mean trouble for the campers.   Mal and Molly go on a picnic together but of course, nothing goes as planned, especially when they run into the Bear Woman!  Meanwhile, April, Ripley, and Jo are trying to get some of the more mundane badges.

Written by: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Illustrated by: Carolyn Nowak (chapters 10-12)

Continue reading

Double Down (Lois Lane #2)

27818091

Rating:  3.5 Stars
Published: May 2016
Genre: Young Adult // Superheroes // Mystery// Contemporary
Favorite Quote

Courage doesn’t mean never being afraid.  We’re all afraid sometimes.  Bravery means dong the right thing anyway.  That’s true strength.

Lois Lane has settled in to her new school. She has friends, for maybe the first time in her life. She has a job that challenges her. And her friendship is growing with SmallvilleGuy, her online maybe-more-than-a-friend. But when her friend Maddy’s twin collapses in a part of town she never should’ve been in, Lois finds herself embroiled in adangerous mystery that brings her closer to the dirty underbelly of Metropolis. (Summary from Goodreads)

Continue reading

Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)

20643052

Rating:  4 Stars
Published: July 2015
Genre: Young Adult// Fantasy-Paranormal // Alternate History

Always remember the words of Descartes: The reading of all good books is like conversion with the finest men of the past centuries.

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn… (Summary taken from Goodreads)

Continue reading

The Rose & The Dagger (The Wrath & The Dawn #2)

23308084

Rating: 5 Stars
Published: April 2016
Genre: Young Adult // Retelling // Fantasy
Favorite Quote

“It was because they were two parts of a whole.  He did not belong to her.  And she did not belong to him.  It was never about belonging to someone.  It was about belonging together. “

Shazi is now in the desert with her sister, Irsa taking care of their father Jahander after the havoc that was caused when the city burned.  Meanwhile, the Caliph of Korosan, is torn apart with Shazi’s absence while he starts to rebuild Rey. Shazi and Khalid will find their way back to each other, no matter the costs. After all, there’s a curse to break, a kingdom to save, and a war to stop before it begins.  

Continue reading

The Wrath & the Dawn: Short Stories #s 0.25, 0.5, and 1.5

I decided to review all the short stories in The Wrath & The Dawn world by Renee Ahdieh together because they’re so short, I don’t have too much to say about them.  But they’re all worth the read.  I really hope she writes more in this world because I could really get into an entire book of short stories.

The Moth & the Flame (#0.25): 4 Stars

Jalal al-Khoury, the Captain of the Guard, has met his match.  Despina works hard trying to be more than just a handmaiden and  never gave Jalal a second glance… until she realized there might be more to him than meets the eye.  It’s a battle of wits and of the heart. 

Gimme more Despina & Jalal.  Now, please.  Gimme.
I fell in love with them.  This one is my favorite because these are too characters you don’t get to see too much of.  And it’s super important to read it before you read The Rose & The Dagger.

The Crown & the Arrow (#0.5): 4 Stars

The moment Shazi walked in the room, Khalid knew she was different.  He could see it in her eyes.  There was hatred.  Khalid didn’t know how many more deaths he could take.  Shazi marked his 72nd bride but why wasn’t she afraid? 

This was way too short. It did remind me how much I forgot from the first book.  I loved this little look into what Khalid thought as his bride was brought before him.

The Mirror & the Maze(#1.5): 4 Stars

Khalid is rushing back to help the city of Rey as it’s burning but that’s the only thing he’s running towards. Little does he know, what he’s racing back to is gone… 

I loved reading Khalid’s reaction to what he finds when he comes home. It’s the perfect prelude to reading The Rose & the Dagger.

 

I highly recommend these little glimpses into different characters in The Wrath & the Dawn universe.  I have to say, the only reason I didn’t give them all 5 stars was because they were too short! I wanted so much more!

Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells #1)

23220

Rating: 4 Stars
Published: Decemeber 2005
Genre: Adult Fiction // Contemporary // Mystery

Heather Wells Rocks!
Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two — and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather’s perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York’s top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather’s residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft.
The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knows teenage girls . . . and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen — not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives — even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective!
But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who’s sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong ... Summary from Goodreads.
Continue reading