Review: Divined by Emilly Wibberley!

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I’ve been obsessed with this trilogy ever since I read the premise of book one and my obsession has only multiplied. This trilogy promised brutality, adventure, star crossed lovers, and so much more.
And boy did it deliver.
It makes me sad to be typing this review considering this is the conclusion to this epic trilogy.
In the first book, we meet Clio, one of the daughters of an Oracle. We follow her as she grows into her role as one but, we soon find out that most of the world surrounding her isn’t too fond of Oracles, especially a particular Emperor. She has to live her life with the weight of it on her shoulders and things pick up rapidly after that. The pace doesn’t let up until the last page of the trilogy.
We see Clio grow from a child in doubt of her role in the world, into a woman to be reckoned with. Fighting until her last breath. She’s, by far, one of my favorite female protagonists ever. I love how her mind works and the actions that she takes, with no hesitation, in order to save those she loves. If I was ever in doubt of her, I don’t remember it. She puts others before herself and the supporting characters aren’t any less amazing.
Like I said, this is a fast-paced series and it kept me on my toes from the first cover until the last. I was easily transported into this world from the very first page, even after months of being out of it. I couldn’t put this down and managed to read it in one day. And that’s saying something considering this is a 400 page book but I didn’t even feel any of it.
Can we talk about how perfect Riece and Clio are for a second?! They are one of my favorite couples to date and with good reason. The chemistry between both of them was palpable and there were no cracks in their foundation where any form of doubt could seep in. I believed their love as if it were my own and I absolutely loved their banter. They kept me laughing hysterically and crying whenever they were apart, physically and emotionally. I loved watching them grow as individuals, as well as a couple. Their love and strength was tested time and time again but their loyalty towards each other knew no bounds and I couldn’t help to but root for them every step of the way.
I loved how Emily wasn’t afraid of adding cringe-worthy elements in the story. She didn’t pull back any punches and I bow down to her for it. It made the story line that much more believable since the world isn’t sugar coated and Emily brought that into play in this phenomenal world. Some minor things that happened were predictable but that wasn’t the case where it mattered. Especially with that ending!!! That ending… was the most beautiful ending to a trilogy I’ve ever read. Or like I told Emily, the most beautiful beginning. I couldn’t stop crying as soon as a particular something was revealed, until after I had finished the book. I was left giddy and my heart swelled to massive proportions with pride and love for these characters. I’m pretty surprised I didn’t choke on it. I’m devastated to see this trilogy go but I’m just happy that I got to read about in the first place.
Thank you Emily for creating such an unbelievable world, with intense and memorable characters!

5/5 stars!

ARC Review: Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova!!

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This book… (No. This SERIES!!) left me a hollow shell. No surprise there.
I was an absolute mess before the book was even in my hands, now imagine when it was? (Non-stop ugly crying) As soon as every one of these books are in my hands, I drop everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) that I’m doing in order to read it. My review queue list goes out the window where Elise is concerned. This series is my life and it keeps earning the number one spot in my heart over and over again.
Why, you ask?
Because it breaks me beyond repair but it also makes me cherish the rays of sunshine with a selfishness so intense, that I scare myself. Elise Kova’s characters are… the most phenomenal and complex ever, for lack of better words. They aren’t perfect but I love them with my entire being, as if they were.
This book is, hands down, the most devastating book out of the series. (So far) It takes place 2 months after the heart-breaking cliffhanger that was Earth’s End and we see a change in Vhalla that made me feel unbelievably proud. Her character development is one of my absolute favorites because it feels as genuine as they come. The hardships she has to go through in order to grow in this power-hungry world is terrifying. It makes the reader feel utterly helpless. You are rooting for her to succeed but sometimes, the world isn’t, which she pays for dearly.
I was crying from the very first page (no exaggeration there) and the tears didn’t stop. I actually wrote down, “Please stop, this hurts” on my notes. If that doesn’t tell you how much I hurt inside, I don’t know what will. Anyway, it was complete torture to get through this book. Not because it was awful… far from it. It was torture because things, irreparable things, were happening to my adored characters and I couldn’t close my eyes to them. I couldn’t reach in and fix everything. I also couldn’t be in denial because the situations were as clear as day and they ripped me apart at the seams. My wounds from previous books were torn apart again and made worse.
The plot line of this series is one of the most devastating I’ve ever read and the sadist in me loves Elise for it. It’s what makes a series as memorable as this one. This series keeps tearing pieces out of me and there’s no hope of ever getting them back. Writing this review is its own form of torture as well for making me relive all the emotions I went through in this book.
I absolutely loved how we got a closer look into the backgrounds of other beloved (and not-so-beloved) characters. There were some resurfacing wounds from book one and we got to see both of Vhalla’s worlds collide. Not only do we see a phenomenal character development in our amazing Vhalla, but we also see it in everybody else. I loved how Elise keeps us on our toes through it all. Just when you think you know who somebody really is, they remind you that you should never assume you’re right.
The pace was slower in this one but the world-building more than made up for it. We keep learning new things about this beautifully devastating world and I devoured each detail like it was the last.
This book was full of tragedy, betrayal, growth, heart-break, tenderness, and chaos. It was so intense that my heart was frantically beating out of my chest from cover to cover. I was put through the mother of wringers and my eyes hurt from crying excessively. I can feel the phantom pain with the release around the corner and it’s not fun.
A word of advice: Have tissues at the ready. I definitely needed them.
Also, I gave up on rating these books. All you need to know is that this series is worth at least a million times more than the measly 5 stars you see on here. Elise Kova is the queen of fantasy, in my opinion, and I will treasure the ground she walks on even after the end of time. I devour her words with the intensity and loyalty that no other author has sparked from me. (Sarah J. Maas is close)
I can honestly say that as much as these books have destroyed more and more in their own way, Crystal Crowned will add up all of those feelings and multiply them tenfold… I am unbelievably and utterly terrified to read the conclusion to this beautiful and epic series.. but I am ready.
…I think.

More than 5 stars/5 stars!

Review: Curses & Ash by Tiffany Daune

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This is the long-awaited sequel to Coral & Bone and I have to say, it didn’t disappoint!
It took me a while to get through this book because I was battling one of the worst reading slumps I’ve ever been in. It lasted about two months and it was torture. It wasn’t this book’s fault at all, my mind just couldn’t focus on reading when all it wanted was to go out and socialize. Thankfully, I seem to be leaving that slump behind so I made myself sit still and finish this book. And now I have mixed emotions over finishing it so soon after my slump. I’m happy that I now know what adventures this book encompasses but I’m also restless because it ended.
From the second his character was introduced, I’ve been wanting to dig deeper into Asair’s past like no other… and I got my wish!!! We get to see more of Asair that had me begging for this book to never end just so I can see more. I don’t think I will ever be sated where he’s concerned. I feel like he’s one of the most well-thought out characters in this series. In my opinion, he outshone everybody. And I’m not complaining because I love him to pieces. I also ship him with a particular character so hard. I will not name her due to spoilers (her gender is all you get). Let’s just say, Tiffany, you have made me believe the chemistry between them to my very core and I’m so happy!!! They are so perfect and adorable together. I want them to end up together so bad and I will not accept another outcome!
Ezra’s character development was pretty amazing and took me by surprise. It was also insanely heart-breaking and it was difficult to swallow it all. I loved this guy since book one and I can’t believe the things he went through in this book.
There were some things that were pretty predictable but that last third of the book was absolutely captivating. I couldn’t even blink because I was so enthralled with everything that was going on. It definitely made up for how long it took me to get there and I need more!!
The reason why I couldn’t give this 4 stars was because Halen, our main character, was pretty irritating for the first half of the book. She didn’t make this journey easy for me and I wanted to tell her to keep her emotions in check too many times to count. She was impulsive and it wasn’t fun to watch. She definitely started to redeem herself with that last third of the book because I didn’t catch myself getting irritated at her anymore. In the contrary, I started to root for her.
Also, I want to point out that Tiffany KNOWS how to end a book in the best possible way. That cliffhanger made my heart hurt and I couldn’t help but tear up. I’m not happy with how things left off and I just hope the next installment doesn’t break my heart. I don’t know if I can make it another year of waiting to see what happens next!
I’m already having Asair withdrawals…

3.5 stars

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens #5) by Elise Kova!!

 

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I have been waiting for this cover for SO long, that it feels surreal to see it out in the world already. I tear every single time I look upon this perfection. If you love these characters as much as I do, then you know why!

It’s just so overwhelming to think back on how far these incredible and beloved characters have come. They continue to grow with every step they take and it makes me so unbelievably proud! The covers do an amazing job at depicting said developments and they will forever be my favorite covers in the history of covers because of that.

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This cover promises an epic and brutal last installment in this to-die-for series and I don’t think I will ever be ready for what’s in store for us!! Either way, I will continue to count down the days until we can all have the physical book in our hands!!

I think it goes without saying that this cover is my ultimate favorite out of all of them… And that’s saying something considering water is my obsession…



Crystal Crowned Synopsis

Long live Solaris.

One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?

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Release Date: July 12, 2016

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Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter and Facebook.

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Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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“It was deceptive, the sunshine- it promised more than it could actually deliver.”
The hype around this book has been non-stop lately and I never actually knew what it was about until I watched the trailer for the movie. After that, I was hooked and put it on hold at my library immediately. Weeks later, I saw that it was waiting for me for pickup (two days ago) and I read it as soon as I got home. I read it in one sitting and I enjoyed it for the most part.
The main character, Lou, had her funny moments but most of the time, I was just rolling my eyes at her and every single one of her mistakes. I didn’t really see a monumental character development in her, if at all. I did relate to her a couple times though, mainly her struggle with moving out and finding a job. (That is me at the moment.) I massively dislike her family and the way they treated her for most of the book. In my eyes, they did not redeem themselves. With that said, I have no idea how I would live with the things she had to go through. I don’t think I would have been half as strong as how she took it all.
Will, Lou’s charge, was fine. Nothing about him stood out to me and I wish I could have seen more of his personality shine through. I felt like he was too quiet and broody for me, not enough to keep me entertained. His situation is not something I would wish upon my greatest enemy and although I do not agree with most of his decisions, I still respect him for them.
This book had me smiling a lot but I was expecting so much more from it. The trailer for the movie made it out to be something that it wasn’t and I’ll keep the ‘what’ to myself due to spoilers. In the end, let’s just say I wasn’t a fan of the pacing, mainly. I wasn’t satisfied whatsoever when I reached the last page. Also, I saw many things coming a million miles away and added that corny factor into it.
The extra POV’s weren’t really necessary for me, with the exception of Will’s mother. Her POV was the first thing to make me cry. Her pain as a mother was excruciatingly evident. Seeing things from her perspective was utterly heart-breaking. Her having to bear the weight that was inflicted upon her and her family… My heart went out to her the most.
Now, the main thing that knocked off that last star for me wasn’t anything about the book itself, but the community. The hype has been surreal and as hard as the readers were trying not to spoil the outcome directly, they were providing ’emotional hints’ instead that were completely and irritatingly obvious. I saw right through them and already knew how this book was going to end before the book was even in my hands. Because of those ‘hints’, I couldn’t make myself care about the outcome as much as I would have if it were a complete surprise.
After that epilogue, I decided that I won’t be reading the sequel to this. I’m fine with the way things wrapped up in this one and have no interest in any more of this story.

4/5 stars

ARC Review: When the Time Comes to Light a Fire by Nicole Campbell!

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
I feel awful for how long it took me to read this book. It wasn’t this book’s fault at all, I have been dealing with a massive slump where I start books but can’t bring myself to finish them because I want to be doing something else besides read. But, at long last, I forced myself to sit still and finish this book. Which turned out to be not so hard to do, as soon as I picked it up again, I was enamored with the events that played out.
This is the third book in the series but it can definitely be read as a standalone due to it being a prequel to previous two stories and focusing on completely different characters.
We follow our main character, Vanessa (V, as she likes to be called), while she’s in high school and goes through mostly normal teenage experiences. My heart went out to her a couple times and I actually teared up after a certain confrontation; her pain was raw enough to make my heart ache. I seriously loved her passion for design. It was incredibly believable and it filled my heart with warmth. I don’t read many characters with this passion but I could relate to it completely. An interior designer is one of the many things I wish I could be and I enjoyed being in V’s head whenever the topic came up. Some of the things she did irritated me to no end but it’s to be expected since characters aren’t perfect. Those moments didn’t impact the growing respect and pride I had for her in the end. V wasn’t afraid to speak her mind for the most part and I loved that about her.
Then there is Luke. This book made me see Luke with an entire different appreciation than I used to. Before this book, he was just a good character I knew about but he has become an absolute favorite of mine. He’s respectful, loyal, hilarious, flirty, and so many other things that made me wear an almost-permanent smile on my face whenever he appeared. He made me giddy with the things he said and my respect for him kept soaring to new heights. He isn’t the type to let others walk all over him, even if he loves them, and he’s upfront about what he knows is right or wrong.
I loved how I didn’t just relate to the main character, but to both of these two. This rarely happens but I am so glad it did. With Luke, I could relate to simple things, such as his love for chips over candy and to heavy things, like his refusal to be walked all over. I could not love the chemistry between these two any more than I already do. I felt it to my core from the very beginning and it’s one of the fictional couples I completely stand behind. I was rooting for them from day one and will be until forever. Their banter was phenomenal and made me cry from laughing so hard. And yes, they do have their flaws, they aren’t as perfect as they might sound, but that is why I loved them so much.
After reading this couple’s origin story, I swear I can NOT choose who was my favorite out of the two in this series. I loved each one in their own way and they each brought their own unique experiences into the mix. I miss both of these relationships so much already, I just hope Nicole never stops writing about them… I can dream!
This story was an incredible and perfect blend of humor, heaviness, love, betrayal, happiness, and so much more. Nicole succeeded in creating characters that made me completely forget they were fictional and felt as genuine as they come. I will always sport a smile when I look back to these books.

4/5 stars!

Review: Life, As Is by Brenda Thornlow

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The sequel had lots of potential with its time-traveling premise that I didn’t see reached in this one. I really liked the first book but with this one, I felt many things were lacking. For example, I wasn’t a fan of the guys (or girls) in our main character’s life this time around. Yes, I grew to dislike Jim quite a bit in this one. Some of the things revealed were also really obvious from the start and that bummed me out.
I was not a fan of our main character, Brianna, this time around either. She didn’t feel genuine to me and neither were the things she said. I could tell that her character’s developing but something was preventing me from believing it.
I’m still not a fan of the amount of exclamation marks used throughout the story. This is one my greatest pet peeves when it comes to reading and it kills all the fun of the story for me. I don’t like it when almost all of the dialogue ends in one, no matter which character is supposed to be speaking. This makes them all sound the same to me.
This book was pretty easy to get through but it felt too rushed for me. The question still stands that I would love to see answered soon: Why is this happening to her? I have a theory but I feel like if it turns out to be right, it will be too easy of an explanation. Let’s hope I am wrong because I really need to know!

2.5/5 stars.