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“There is such a thing as wanting something too much- waiting so long and so fiercely for it that when it finally arrives, it cannot satisfy the hole its absence created.”
This was my second novel by Lexa and it starts off right where Spindle Fire ended. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it do be the conclusion to this. I didn’t even find out the truth until after I finished reading it. Nothing specified it to be a duology so I was more than ready to finish this book with a feeling of wanting more.
Lexa’s writing is so imaginative and poetic, it blew me away how beautifully she wove each word to the next. Sadly, this sort of backfired on me since I never really got used to her storytelling. Something prevented me from being fully immersed in it. I felt like I couldn’t follow it most of the time so I am still confused about many things yet I can’t pinpoint them.
I was extremely excited to delve deeper into these characters in the beginning. Unfortunately, I took a long break to read other books and it turned out to be a huge mistake. The break made me forget all the excitement I had for the plot and once I went back, I was just going through the motions without really connecting to anything anymore.
This wasn’t Lexa’s fault of course but I still really enjoyed all of the character developments. It’s the reason why this was a 3.5 star read for me instead of just a 3 star. All the character developments, even those other than Aurora and Isbe, were amazing to witness. Especially Aurora’s. Holy moly. I never saw that one coming. It has easily become one of my favorite character developments ever. It was brutal and it left me awestruck beyond words.
I am pretty disappointed that I didn’t get more POV’s about a certain character that goes by the name of Vulture though. It was one of the things I most excited about after reading Spindle Fire and the little morsel I received left a lot to be desired.
“Truth is like that, she thought. A trim and effective dagger- it fit, well hidden, inside even the daintiest palm.”
One of the things I really regret is supporting some relationships a little too much. This book wove and unraveled a lot of relationships and I felt like the characters changed love interests was too quickly. This made my reading experience a little tedious. I didn’t feel like it was very realistic in the relationship department, and not just the romantic ones. The only constant was the affection between the two sisters and it was beautiful but I still would’ve loved to have at least one other constant in the novel. Yes, I loved the diversity but I wish it would’ve started there to begin with instead of introducing it out of nowhere. Hopefully I make sense because I don’t know which other way to put it. The fact that a lot sounded unrealistic made me shrug everything away and just read for the sake of finishing the novel.
I don’t even know how to feel about this book as a whole. The story went NOWHERE I wanted it to go. Usually this is a good thing, the best thing because of angst, but it didn’t work out quite that way on this one. I also thought that the ‘resolution’ came too easily. I was expecting something a lot more epic and mind blowing but again, it left A LOT to be desired.
“There is no art more blessed than to form what is both beautiful and fragile… what could be undone at a whim by the same hands that made it.”
Leaving this on a more positive note, I may need some getting used to Lexa’s writing but I can’t deny the fact that she made this fairytale her own. It was one of the most unique novels I’ve ever read and it makes me pretty excited to read more retellings of Sleeping Beauty.
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I already lost count of how many books I’ve read by Katana Collins but I can honestly say that she never ceases to amaze me. The books may come from the same mind but they don’t resemble each other in any way. They are fresh and completely different from its predecessor and it makes me fall in love with her writing all over again. Is there nothing she can do? She’s a mastermind in my eyes and I would love to delve deeper into her brain, for completely selfish reasons. I’ll never get tired of Katana Collins and this book has officially won her a spot on my all time favorite authors list.
HOLY. SMOKES. THIS BOOK WAS EPIC.
This book follows Marly, who is auditioning for the lead role in an upcoming BDSM movie. Jude is going to be the main male lead in the film and ends up helping Marly by teaching her all she needs to know about the lifestyle. Of course, things pick up from there and I won’t say anymore about that.
I’m not going to lie, Jude drove me completely insane. He ensnared me into his web and refuses to let me go. (Even if he did let me go, I wouldn’t leave. No thank you.) The things he said and did had me eating out of the palm of his hand. The way he made his feelings shown had me swooning to no end. He wasn’t afraid to show his vulnerability and boy did I admire that in him. So lovable, ugh! He acted nothing like other male characters I’ve read about and I can only hope we meet again… Maybe in real life too. That would be great.
Marly has turned into one of my favorite female characters ever. (Of course, Jude owns most of me but she has her share too.) Granted, I didn’t think this was going to be the case in the start. At first, her naivete made me want to apologize profusely on her behalf. I’ve never had a character make me feel so ashamed of the things they were spewing. Thankfully, her character development was so beautifully done that it made me toss away my first impressions of her and fall madly in love instead. She became a feisty thing that I couldn’t get enough of and she had me eating out of the palm of HER hand in no time.
This book was the perfect blend of humor, heart, and steaminess. It had me laughing out loud more times than I could count and smiling like crazy. The chemistry between these two was so palpable that it had my heart racing wildly. I was so scared it was going to beat out of my chest and splatter into the pages but only because it would’ve interrupted my reading and I wasn’t having any of that. These two were adorable together and they’ve become one of my favorite couples ever.
I’ve never read a love story like this one. I’ve read books about this taboo subject before but Katana’s writing made me experience it in an entirely different way. My world was blown away by these 300+ pages and I can’t stop thinking about it. I fell deeply and madly in love with every word. It wasn’t even about the fiery hot and sizzling chemistry between these characters but about the fact that Katana made this a pleasant learning experience for me. I didn’t even notice that Kat was teaching me things until I finished it with knowledge that I didn’t have before. She wove it into the story in the most subtle way and I can’t appreciate it enough. As far as I know, which is not much, she made this lifestyle justice.
I desperately needed this novel in my life. I was tired of so many brutally devastating reads that this book was heaven sent. Jude and Marly made me feel so calm and secure, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever experienced before. I loved being immersed in their world so much that I found myself feeling hollow inside after reading the last page. I was actually at work when it hit me that I was depressed over the fact that I wasn’t with Jude and Marly anymore. It was an extreme loss for me and it still is. This is a book I’m going to be rereading a lot in the future for sure. I can’t wait to own this one in physical format so I can sleep next to it and pretend it’s Jude… haha.
The sequel is a super highly anticipated read for me now especially after reading that tease at the end of this novel. AH! I need it now!