Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Published: November 10, 2015
Genre: YA Dystopian/Science Fiction
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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Guest Review of Love at the End of Days by Tera Shanley

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Title: Love at the End of Days
Author: Tera Shanley
Published: October 14, 2014
Series:  Dead Rapture Series #2
Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance
Format: Ebook
Source:  Publisher Review Copy

Romance and zombies collide in the riveting sequel to Love in the Time of the Dead.

Four years into the Dead outbreak that ended the world, Vanessa Summers has been so burned by love, she swears she will never trust a man again. But Sean Daniels, guard leader of Dead Run River, isn’t just any man. When past lovers return to the colony, things get complicated. Desperate to rid herself of the heartache, Vanessa signs up for a supply run that will test her mettle as a guard in training. Sean volunteers to lead her team, and his hungry looks say it’s more personal than professional.

Danger comes from all sides as they scavenge Dead-infested cities, and as her attraction for Sean deepens, Vanessa finds her head and heart at war with each other. He clouds her judgment, and the slightest misstep could spell disaster outside of the safety of colony gates.

A race back to Dead Run River could save a teammate’s life, but trouble has been brewing back home. Laney Landry, the woman who broke Sean’s heart, is in trouble, and Vanessa must decide whether to take back the Denver colony beside the man she’s falling in love with, or bow out of an attraction that terrifies her.

*I received a copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings on this book.*
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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen Trilogy #1
Published: February 10, 2015
Genre: YA High Fantasy
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? Continue reading

Guest Review of The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

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Title: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
Author: Kim Harrison
Published: January 25, 2005 (1st edition Mass Market Paperback), October 13, 2009 (ebook)
Series:  The Hollows #2
Genre:  Adult Urban Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Source:  Purchased

It’s a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night.

She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pressing the limits.

Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child’s play—and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.
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The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

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Title:  The Vault of Dreamers
Author:  Caragh M. O’Brien
Published:  September 16, 2014
Genre:  YA Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there. Continue reading

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title:  Sinner
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Published:  July 1, 2014
Series:  Wolves of Mercy Falls #4
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret—his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved? Continue reading

Guest Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

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Title:  The Beautiful Ashes
Author:  Jeaniene Frost
Published:  August 26, 2014
Series:  Broken Destiny trilogy #1
Genre:  New Adult Paranormal Romance
Format: Ebook
Source:  Purchased

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

The Beautiful Ashes is the first in the Broken Destiny trilogy and Jeaniene Frost’s first New Adult novel. I have been a long-time reader of the Night Huntress series and all the spin offs that came from it, so when I heard Ms. Frost was starting a new series I had to give it a try.

My first impression was that I really enjoyed the story. This book has all the wonderful characters and world-building that any fan has come to expect. It’s a great take on the good vs. evil ultimate fight. Both Ivy and Adrian were well-written, and the reader can really relate to them and understand their choices.

Ivy is on the hunt to find her missing sister and ends up discovering that all the visions she’s seen her entire life are not only real, but put her and her loved ones in danger.

Adrian is as mysterious as he is stubborn, and I wanted to shout at the book every time he refused to give Ivy any information. As frustrating as that was while reading, getting the information in the smaller tidbits was much more interesting and the ending was satisfactory for the first of three.

The chemistry between Adrian and Ivy is sizzling and gets you rooting for them right from the first meeting. Fans of the the Night Huntress series will love this book as this world is just as intriguing as the others, but if you’re expecting the kind of steamy scenes you get with Cat and Bones, you will be disappointed.  Anyone looking for a  angels and demons, good vs. evil story with well rounded characters, a good story and a great budding romance should pick up this book.

I really enjoyed the introduction to this story and very much look forward to the next installment! My ranking of The Beautiful Ashes: four out of five stars!

4 Stars

 


Jess KJessica is a married mother of two children and a yellow lab. She spends every spare moment she can reading any paranormal or historical romance or urban fantasy she can get her hands on. In real life she tests weather apps for mobile devices and daydreams of being a writer herself one day.