Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10)Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book ten in the Mercy Thompson series! I can’t believe how far these books have come. I’m so glad I discovered Moon Called all those years ago!

Anyhoo, in Patricia Briggs latest installment, Silence Fallen, we find Mercy Thompson kidnapped by some very old and powerful vampires to be used as leverage against her alpha werewolf husband, Adam Hauptman and the Tri-Cities vampires. Mercy finds herself in Europe, naked and unable to contact the pack. But Mercy can take care of herself and her kidnappers are going to discover she has more than a few tricks up her sleeve.

In Silence Fallen, the point of view changes between Mercy and Adam. At the beginning, Briggs notes that chapters aren’t linear and to pay attention to what Mercy writes at the start of each chapter. The “time jumps” if you want to call them that, don’t impact the story enough to confuse the reader because of the changing pov.

I loved that we got to see inside Adam’s head! His relationship with Mercy has grown so much and in this book we really see how far they’ve both come since Moon Called.

What I loved and hated was the vampire, Bonarata. He’s introduced as the “villain” of the story and throughout the book I couldn’t figure out this vampire. I hated that I couldn’t because I like to believe I’ve become quite proficient at solving little mysteries, but I also loved it because it was exciting to be surprised. More than halfway through, I did feel at times being pulled in too many directions as more happened in the story and the pov changes didn’t help in that aspect.

And of course, what is a Mercy book without some badassery? Mercy delivers like always as she pushes her walker abilities just a little more to save the day. I love how Briggs digs a little deeper into Mercy’s walker abilities in each book. Since Moon Called, Briggs writing has captured me with her ability to unfold stories within stories.

If you’re a fan of the series this is a must read! If this is the first time you’re hearing about this series, then I highly recommend you go out and pick up the first book, Moon Called.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

More than halfway through Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, I was pleasantly surprised. I say pleasantly because the surprise was happy and unexpected. Of course I had heard of this book with its colorful cover and five-star reviews, but I never picked it up and I’m glad that I finally did.

Everything, Everything tells the story of eighteen-year old Madeline Whittier who is literally allergic to the world. In all her eighteen years she has never been outside, but that changes when all-black wearing Olly moves in next door. Soon Madeline finds herself answering to Maddy, falling in love, and wanting a life she can’t have.

I thoroughly enjoyed Yoon’s storytelling from start to finish. The illustrations within Everything, Everything helps the reader to discover who Maddy is and are fun to read. Maddy herself is a likable and fun character even though she’s sick. Yoon’s writing is solid as she takes you on a journey of love and risks.

Representation matters, and it’s wonderful that there’s such a popular book by a woman of color about a woman of color. Yes, this book had me a bit teary during some chapters but I still recommend this book to everyone. Now that I’ve completed Everything, Everything, The Suns Is Also a Star is definitely on my tbr list.

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Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1)Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Daughter of the Forest is a magical tale of a girl who is willing to take on an impossible task to save her brothers and herself.

Using elements from The Six Swans, Juliet Marillier combines romance, magic and adventure to create her own fantasy tale. Marillier’s story follows Sorcha, the youngest and only daughter of Lord Colum, Ruler of Sevenwaters. More in tuned with nature and running barefoot than embroidery lessons and marriage prospects, Sorcha soon finds she is her brothers only hope as they are placed under a witch’s enchantment. Sorcha must sew six shirts from the nettle plant that is painful to touch, all while staying mute. Her task is further complicated when she finds herself falling in love.

Marillier’s detailed writing lends to wonderful character development that pulls the reader in emotionally. A more romantic fantasy tale, Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest is a must read. As the first book in the Sevenwaters series, it sets the stage for later books. While I enjoyed Daughter of the Forest,I did not feel compelled to read more as they tell the stories of later generations.

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The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles #1)The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I was browsing through the young adult section in the library, the cover of Farah Oomerbhoy’s The Last of the Firedrakes caught my eye and so I added it to my book haul.

The first in Oomerbhoy’s Avalonia Chronicles, it tells the story of 16-year-old Aurora Darlington who gets kidnapped through a portal to a land of magic. Okay, right away this book grabbed my attention as I spent the night reading half the book before falling asleep. But I admit that picking this book back up wasn’t easy.

In the first half of Oomerbhoy’s novel, Aurora is introduced as a young girl who is bullied and her family’s treatment of her rivals that of the Dursley’s. Right away I’m rooting for Aurora because in my mind there’s no place but up for her to go in gaining self-confidence. As Aurora explores this new land, forms friendships and discovers who she really is, its easy to become annoyed with her. I often found myself asking “why” to her actions as I couldn’t understand her feelings/motives throughout most of the book. It isn’t until the end that Aurora finally seems to gain confidence and come into her own but by then its into someone who the journey doesn’t necessarily reflect.

As this is only the first book in Oomerbhoy’s Avalonia Chronicles I do look forward to reading more. Oomerbhoy’s writing is solid and she does a great job getting right into the action. I do hope her second book plunges right into action! I recommend this book to anyone looking to start a new light YA fantasy series.

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Green Rider by Kristen Britain

Green Rider (Green Rider, #1)Green Rider by Kristen Britain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While looking for my next great epic fantasy read I came across Kristen Britain’s Green Rider series! Again, a great book I found when I wasn’t even looking. Green Rider is the first book in the series and I should have known that I would love this book because of three things. First, the series follows a woman named Karigan G’ladheon. Second, there’s action and I’m not talking about a few sword fights but life and death type of situations. (fyi, there’s no such thing as too much action) And third, there’s magic involved!

The Green Rider is an excellent book if you’re looking to follow a woman through a perilous journey she didn’t ask to take. Britain does a great job of creating a female character who acknowledges her faults but still perseveres through the face of danger. Though I was looking for my next epic fantasy when discovering Green Rider, I wouldn’t classy this first book as high fantasy or what I refer to as epic fantasy like The Lord of the Rings or the Sword of Truth series, which was the type of book I was looking for. This book was lighter in its mood and simpler in writing.

No matter what type of genre/style you’re looking for in your next book, I definitely recommend checking out Green Rider by Kristen Britain!

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Throwback Thursday Review: In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks

In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #1)In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re looking for a period romance featuring a sexy Highlander, then this is a great book! I zoomed through this book in a day! A satisfying story,  it featuring great chemistry between the two main characters. Paired with solid writing, the pace produces an urge to finish the story asap. After finishing this book I found out it’s part of a trilogy and it left me wanting more. I look forward to reading the next book!

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Throwback Thursday Review: Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey

Dragonswood (Wilde Island Chronicles, #2)Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting YA book that hooked me with the mention of dragons. I enjoyed the characters, especially Tess and Bash but would have liked to see the author go deeper into their characters. While reading I felt the author only touched the surface of the characters and could have fleshed them out more and in doing so would have made this a solid unforgettable YA book.

I really do recommend this book if you’re looking for a quick fantastical YA read. This book only took me six hours to get through.

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Enchanted, Inc Series by Shanna Swendson

Damsel Under Stress (Enchanted, Inc., #3)Damsel Under Stress by Shanna Swendson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I came across the Enchanted Inc. series by Shanna Swendson because the title was really cute and I was looking for a fairy tale-esque story.

Swendson’s Enchanted, Inc. series is a cute, light and fun magical romance series that follows Katie Chandler who is immune to magic. Her immunity makes her an asset to the corporation that maintains order in the magical community. Add in a blushing hottie named Owen, the one and only Merlin as your boss and an evil former employee who really isn’t evil, and chaos is sure to follow.
As I am only three books into the series, I gave Damsel Under Stress a 3.5 out of 5.

This book is a fun light read, but I kept wanting more. Reading scenes that were funny I smiled but never laughed and in the more serious scenes there still was always a lightness to them. The mood in Damsel Under Stress and the previous books always stays in a happy medium and because of this stable mood throughout the books I was always left wanting more and not necessarily in a good way.

I do recommend the Enchanted, Inc. series to anyone looking for a light magical romance story! I quickly consumed the first two books,Enchanted, Inc. and Once Upon Stilettos! If you’re a quick reader you will have no problem consuming at least the first two books in one day. I will definitely be finishing this series!

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Throwback Thursday Review: Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout

Opposition (Lux, #5)Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout blew my mind! I stumbled across the series on a Friday with intentions of only reading the first page to see if it’s something I’d put on my tbr list. By Monday morning I had read the entire series and spent the weekend in my pajamas, overdosed on coffee. Halfway through the first book I thought, “this is Roswell meets Twilight but better.” By the second book, I knew I had to finish Katy and Daemons story! There was no putting down these books until I finished and I am so glad that I did.
Armentrout delivers a fascinating story with great character development where the girl doesn’t straight away fall for the hot alien next door. In the Lux series you never know who’s going to stay alive and that just adds to the mystery behind the Luxens and the secret government branch that keeps them in check.
A great series to check out and easy to read, I recommend to everyone!

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Throwback Thursday Review: Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis

Wedding GirlWedding Girl by Stacey Ballis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great chic lit book with mouth-watering recipes! This is a light chic lit book that’s a fast read and best for a rainy Sunday. I liked the pace of the book, but felt left out of the main characters thought process sometimes because of the authors writing style.

There were one or two events in the book where the reader could have gotten a closer look into Sophie’s character if it were written out and not explained in past tense. This would’ve developed Sophie more, made her more tangible and closer to the reader.

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