Oooooh boy I have a lot to say. So, buckle up and hold on tight because there is a thought bomb coming at ya.
Here’s the thing, I really liked this book. BUT I also had a lot of issues with it. Let’s start there.
Issue #1: This is an ADULT fantasy and yet Bryce, who is in her 20’s, acted like a spoiled brat of a teenager. She drank and did drugs like no one’s business. She swears ALL THE FRIGGIN TIME. Y’all the f-bomb is on every page. Swearing doesn’t usually bother me, but GIRL GET ANOTHER WORD. So annoying. Bryce was freaking annoying. Get over yourself, Bryce.
Issue #2: This one is a double sided coin. The Plot. It was predictable. It was VERY SJM which is hard because I at once loved it and was like oh, it’s the same plot line as the other of her books.
Issue #3: Usually SJM handles depression/ mental illness pretty well… Bryce just totally ignored hers and didn’t get the help she needed.
Whew, still with me? Let’s talk nicely now because I did, in fact, really enjoy this book.
Here’s what I loved:
Loved #1: The Plot. See? Told you it was double sided. It was intense with A LOT of elements to keep me entertained. There were deaths, destruction, and mysterious characters and plot lines.
Loved #2: RUHN. Oh my gosh I loved him. He was way more responsible than Bryce and tried to be the best brother ever. He is adorable. And I love his POV and the romance plot line SJM is clearly setting him up fore.
Loved #3: The Romance. Hunt and Bryce fit each other perfectly! They had great chemistry and were both messed up but helped each other rather than bring each other down.
Loved #4: The World. Oh my gosh! It was SO cool to see a “modern” world mixed with magic, witches, fae, werewolves, mer people (Tharion!! More of him please!), angles, demons, shifters, and more (like cute little messenger otters)! It was perfect and made for lots of story telling!
Loved #5: The Writing. SJM does have really good writing, just like, stop using the f-bomb. We get it. It’s an adult fantasy. Congrats, you can use the word, now STOP.
See? I had way more loves than issues! It was a behemoth book so I just had a lot to say.
Let discuss! If you have read it, what did you think?!
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I tried my hand at another inspo board. If you are looking for something dark and horror related, I would definitely read this! It is written beautifully with a unique style. However, I will give you some warnings; if you at all are triggered by self harm or suicide, this is not for you. BUT if you are looking for a dark atmospheric read, read away!
This was a fast paced, fun read! I love historical romance so I was super happy to receive the e-arc for this book!
I really loved Lady Crystal’s personality. She was feisty while still being a Lady. I loved her passion for teaching young girls! I also liked Lord Aaron, he was very kind. They had perfect chemistry, and clearly belonged together.
While I enjoyed the Scottish scenery, I think I wanted a bit more of that and a bit less of the sex scenes. It was A LOT of scenes for a short book. I think I would have liked it a bit better if the book was longer and had more of the intense drama of Lady Crystal and Lord Aaron not being able/ not wanting to marry.
“Can I ask why you asked me to dance with you? Or is that information confidential?” His pale eyes sparkled as they searched her face. “Why, because I haven’t noticed you participating in any of the dances this evening,” was Melody’s excuse. She tried to keep from looking into his face, so she gazed beyond the ballroom to the gardens outside. The sun cast rays of warm light in through the windows, bathing the ballroom in orange light. “You are a terrible liar, my lady.” He drew her attention back to him. He twirled her in a circle then brought her back to himself. “What is the real reason?” Melody bit her lip as if pained. She looked back over her shoulder and found the prince standing alone near the edge of the dance floor. “Ah. Avoiding the prince, are we?” Her gaze snapped back to the stranger. “Sir, that is not the reason-” she started. “You don’t have to make excuses with me, Princess. I saw you talking to him right before you asked me to dance.” Melody watched her partner with eyes narrowed as they moved in beat with the slow song. “Were you watching me?” He considered her a moment before answering. “Only a little,” he admitted with a smile. “You’re quite intriguing. First you run away from a prince. Then I find you hiding out in the gardens, and you run away from me. Sometime later, to avoid dancing with the prince, you ask a perfect stranger to dance with you.” He quietly chuckled, and Melody’s cheeks heated as she stared at the buttons of his black shirt. “What is your name, then?” she asked to cover up her embarrassment. He only looked at her, and she tried again, “You said I asked a perfect stranger to dance. What, then, is your name, sir?”
I love happily ever after. Really, really love happily ever after. My passion is writing and creating stories that bring a smile to the face of the person reading it. If my book makes you smile at least once during the story, I consider it a success.
I live in a small town in Missouri USA. If I’m not sitting at my computer, putting off doing any sort of real work, you can find me in my kitchen baking cookies, spending time with my family, or binge-watching a newly discovered television series.
I publish books both on Wattpad and on Amazon Kindle. Check me out on both sites for different collections of fun stories that I hope bring a smile to your day.
So, I randomly, as of yesterday, decided to join in my first ever Magical Readathon: O.W.L.s! To find out more information click HERE!
I was a bit overwhelmed BUT it so cool how in depth everything is! You can even enter your reading as points for your Hogwarts house! I don’t read as much as everyone else it seems like, so I chose a relative easy path as a Magizoologist, because it’s only 4 books to read this month.
And then here are all of the prompts!
Here is what I am choosing:
Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: Creature with a beak on the cover
Book choice – Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood (I’m counting this because there is in fact a crow on the cover.) by Sarah J. Maas
Charms – Lumos Maxima: White Cover
Book choice – A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
Herbology – Mimbulus mimbletonia: title starts with an ‘M’
Book choice – A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn
Potions – Shrinking Solution: Book under 150 pages
Book choice – Monstress Vol. II: The Blood
And for additional training and courses:
Dragon Tamer – Read a book with dragons
Book choice – House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess
Let me know if y’all are joining in and what house you are participating under!
“Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has given up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers in order to save everyone she loves from imminent death. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must journey to the wild sea cliffs of Iwagoto in a desperate last-chance effort to stop the Master of Demons from calling upon the Great Kami dragon and making the wish that will plunge the empire into destruction and darkness.
Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil — the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko and their companions to stop a madman and separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that had trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.
But even with their combined skills and powers, this most unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existed… until now.
Master storyteller Julie Kagawa concludes the enthralling journey into the heart of the fantastical Empire of Iwagoto in the third book of the Shadow of the Fox trilogy. As darkness rises and chaos reigns, a fierce kitsune and her shadowy protector will face down the greatest evil of all. A captivating fantasy for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas and Marie Lu.“
*Thank you so much to Netgalley and Inkyardpress for the e-arc and for having me on the tour!*
Did you notice the dead flowers in my photo? Yes? Because that’s how my heart is after reading the end of this book. Dead. It hurt and then it died. What. An. Ending. Kagawa. Wow. This was my reaction to the ending of this series:
Anyways, moving on from the shocking ending, I loved this book! It held the same magic that book one did so I am one happy reader. This was my first Kagawa series, so I will DEFINITELY be reading everything by her. This series reads like an anime.
Yumeko becomes soooooo freaking cool, y’all. She really grows into her own leader. She faces some TOUGH decisions. She also finally finds out answers to many mysteries of her life. And they are some big answers! I do not envy her. She goes through some stuff, man.
I LOVED Tatsumi/ Hakaimono. Their mashup still makes me chuckle sometimes. They do well together. Their evolution is probably my favorite to read about. It was super interesting to see how they share a body and feelings and memories.
The other side characters were great to read about too. How they all functioned as a unit was fun to see. They all worked well together.
The premise of the book was EPIC. It went from like, a cute, fun story in the first book to this huge climax in the last book. It was crazy! And of course, I loved the adventure going on.
I thought this was a perfect end to an amazing series! I literally tell everyone to go read this. Especially if you love anime. It just gives me those vibes!
Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, Talon, and Shadow of the Fox series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.
Julie now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two obnoxious cats, and a pair of Australian Shepherds that have more Instagram followers than she does.