Book Review: Break Me Like A Promise

Break Me Like A Promise by Tiffany Schmidt 

Series:  Once Upon A Crime Family Book 2

Rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: June 7th, 2016 

Source: NetGalley 


How often do I like a sequel better than the first one? Almost never, which is why this book was so suprising. I usually don’t like it when the main character  changes to someone else in a series. This book also has a lot more to do with the criminal and political aspect of the Families and the  Organ Trade. 

Maggie is SO different from Penny. I’ll admit, she wasn’t very likable in the beginning, but giver her some time, the girl’s been through ALOT. 

She is so strong and determined, the only girl in an all male business. She has to work for every little bit of respect she has. She’s business minded and focused on profits rather than the patients. She doesn’t understand that people die without transplants. Her grief over Carter so real, and no one understands because her relationship with Carter was a secret. The fact that she’s able to overcome it is so inspiring. 

The romance is better than the first book’s, were it  just seemed to happen too fast. In Break Me Like A Promise it’s a nice slow burn, and even better, a hate to love  story. 

You do need to have read the first book to really understand this one. It’s fun to see how Penny and Char have ended up, and I like how even though they’re secondary characters they still grow and overcome even more challenges. 

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read. 

Book Review: Invision

Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Series: 7th book in Chronicles of Nick

Rating: 4.5 stars

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

Source: Review copy from publicist

WARNING: This review may contain spoilers to the previous books in the series, so GO READ THEM!!!



Sherrilyn Kenyon, I can not begin to describe what an amazing author you are. I absolutley ADORE this series. I discovered it sometime last year, before the 6th book came out. I was definitely not expecting to binge read 5 of these in one weekend and then die because I realized the next one wasn’t out yet.  If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend you check it out. It’s EPIC, and you get so caught up in it. It’s like Shadowhunters crossed with Percy Jackson, with a whole lot of  Supernatural thrown in. 

OMGOMGOMG ITS GONNA BE A MOVIE!!! [insert excited squeal here]  More details on that later. 

I swear, nothing ever goes right for Nick. This book is no exception. I would feel sorry for him if I didn’t enjoy this series so much. He’s so dang funny and he just takes it all in stride. 

It did a pretty good job recapping, but you might wanna skim through the last book if it’s been a while. I love how it’s so complex but kinda simple at the same time. It’s like Supernatural, with a bunch of mythologies and lore that just somehow seamlessly fit together. 

In this book we get to find out more about Caleb and Xev, and what happened to Zavid. There’s a couple new characters, and some really wonky shtick is going down. Demons, hell-monkeys, and the like (basically it’s like every other Tuesday).  

 I like Kody, but Caleb is definitely my favorite after Nick.  

Ugh, but I also love Xev. And Simi. And Acheron. And Kyrian. And Cherise. And Bubba. And Mark. And Tabby. 
Basically, everyone. 

I read this wayyyy to fast, and THAT ENDING. Like, I think the epilogue might’ve actually killed me. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE NEXT ONE?!?!  

(There’s already a cover and synopsis though!!!! Cannot wait!!!!! )

This book was a solid 4.5, definitely a must read. Although if you’ve already gotten this far into the series you know all of them are like that. This series is just AH-MAY-ZING!!! I’ll never get enough of good ol’Nick.  

Now,

 WHATCHA WAITING FOR?!?! 

GO READ IT!!!

Book Review: The Madman’s Daughter

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Rating: 3.5 stars

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

This book was nothing like I expected (in a good way). I was bored and I thought that I might as well give it a go, and DANG. This book was pretty interesting and I liked Juliete though I wasn’t sure about either Montgomery or Edward. Really did not expect that ending. 
The characters where nicely developed, and I was so mad at Juliet’s father for what he did. Out of Edward abd Montgomery I liked Edward more, thought only by a little bit. I was kinda confused as to who she liked though the tension between Montgomery and Edward was amusing. OMG and Balthazar, I loved him! He was that little puppy character that you just wanna shield from the horrible world, the sweet  and innocent one. 

I wanted to know more about the island, but mostly the world building was pretty good. I really did not see that ending coming, and the plot was enjoyable. 

I liked this book overall, but I didn’t love. it. It was a good read though I’m probably not going to continue this series, at least not right now. If your looking for something to pass the time then this book is a nice option. 

Book Review: Truthwitch

Truthwitch  by Susan Dennard

Rating: 4.5/5 starst

I was super excited when I first heard about this book. It was on my TBR list months before it was even published. Susan Dennard is a spectacular writer, and BFFs with my favorite author, Sarah J. Maas, so I knew this was going to be an amazing book.

Safi is a Truthwitch, the first in over a century. Her  powers allow her to discern whether anyone directly in front of her is speaking the truth, making her extremely valuable to the struggling nations, poised on the brink of war.  Iseult is a Threadwitch, the extent of her powers unknown to even herself. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.  All they want is freedom, but danger is what they are served instead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch

This book was REALLY good. The beginning was kinda heavy, so I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I was soon immersed in the amazing world Susan Dennard created. Safi is an orphaned heiress, bright and headstrong. Her big mouth and recklessness can often lead to trouble, but it is usually driven by her need to protect Iseult. I liked her, but Iseult was my favorite. She is a total badass with an  troubled past and some extremely wicked mojo. She’s the yin to Safi’s yang, the calm to Safi’s chaos.

“Safi had her title to protect her, and Iseult had her heritage to damn her.”

Iseult has never felt like she truly belongs anywhere, except for when she’s at Safi’s side. I really liked how this book was focused more on friendship rather than romance.

While the relationship between Merik and Safi is swoon worthy, I really ship Iseult and Aeduan (who doesn’t love an villain turned anti-hero?).  I really hope there’s more of him in the next book and that they get together.

“My life-debt is paid, Threadwitch. If our paths cross again, make no mistake: I will kill you.”
“No, you won’t,” she whispered as the door clicked shut.
Aeduan forced himself to stay silent. She deserved no response—it would be her mistake if she thought he would spare her.

I liked the magic system in this book, it kind of reminded me of Grisha, but with it’s own unique twist. A lot of reviews said it had no world building and that it didn’t make sense, but I disagree. You just have to pay attention in the beginning to understand what’s going on. This is definitely not something you can quickly skim through. (Also, Safi and Merik isn’t insta-love.  It starts off with sparks that become a slowly but gradually burn until the end, were it blazes, bright and true. )

Merik ignored her, and with a free hand, he yanked a cloth from his coat and wiped down his engraved scabbard. “On this ship, my word is law, Domna. Do you understand? Your title means nothing here.”

Safi nodded and fought the overwhelming urge to roll her eyes. 

“But I am willing to offer you a deal. I won’t lock you in chains if you promise to stop behaving like a feral dog and instead behave like the domna you’re supposed to be.”
“But Prince”–she lowered her eyelids in an indolent blink–“my title means nothing here.”

Over all, this book was amazing, one of the best so far this year. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Throne of Glass or the Grisha trilogy!

 

 

 

Book Review : Rebel of the Sands

 
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rating: 4.5 stars
I was really surprised to find out that this book was a debut. I didn’t expect much when I first got this and when I read it, it blew me away completely! This book is amazing!

“You are this country, Amani.” He spoke more quietly now. “More alive than anything ought to be in this place. All fire and gunpowder, with one finger always on the trigger.”

           -Alwyn Hamilton 

Amani is a girl of the dessert. After the death of her mother she is forced to live with her cruel aunt and uncle, treated as though a slave. Quick and lethal with a gun, Amani enters a shooting contest disguised as a boy, hoping to escape her uncles hold on her with the prize money. There she encounters Jin, a mysterious and charming foreigner wanted for treason, and possibly her only ticket out of Dustwalk. But Jin has an agenda of his own, and soon they find themselves diving headfirst into trouble. 
I loved this book so much! Amani is a spitfire heroine, wild and dangerous. She’s not some irritatingly perfect character, she has flaws makes mistakes, and that’s what makes her real. With her smart mouth and blazing personality she quickly endeared herself to me. The secondary characters were actual people, not just flat puppets filling in roles. They were each unique in their own way, and really added to the plot. 

The storyline was brutal, honest, and beautiful. In the beginning I thought it was a western book, but it quickly evolved into an amazing fantasy, filled with magic, monsters, and enemies at each turn. This story was fresh, a nice change from your usual fantasy books.  

I still can’t believe this was Alwyn Hamilton’s first book. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book. Fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and Grisha will love this book. It’s definitely going on my list of 2016’s Top Books!

Book Review: Firstlife

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Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis:
Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

 

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.
In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

 

My Thoughts:

This book had me hooked from the start. It’s REALLY unique, and I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like this before. The world Gena Showalter created is amazing  and complex.

Your “firstlife” is merely a prequel, and it really begins after your “firstdeath”. Before you die you’re supposed to sign on with either Troika or Myriad, the two realms in which your soul will go to after your firstdeath. One  is light and the other, dark, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that one is good and the other bad. In Troika,  everyone is treated equal without any exceptions. It’s known for its structure and conformity. Everything is black and white, right or wrong. Myriad, on the other hand, is  all about indulgence and bliss, willing to negotiate covenant terms and basically bribe you into choosing them. They believe in fate and destiny, that everything happens for a reason. The catch is, once you choose one realm, there’s no going back.  You can’t switch sides after you’ve pledged yourself, even if your still alive. Tenley Lockwood, unknowingly thought to be he ultimate weapon by both sides,  is unsure about which to pick and chooses to stay as an Unsigned, meaning that if she doesn’t pick before her death, she will end up in Many Ends, a place of your worst nightmares come to life. On top of that, both realms are willing to kill her just so that she doesn’t pick the other.

I can understand why she is hesitant to choose. She’s  being forced to decide were she will spend the rest of her existence and can’t change herr mind once she does. I’m a pretty indecisive person, and I don’t think I be able to pick either until the very last-minute.

The character’s are intriguing , eccentric, and very well-developed. I loved Ten’s character. She was strong-willed and brave, not taking being easily persuaded or bribed. She was very determined throughout the whole story, even when the odds were stacked heavily against her.  Both Archer and Killian are unique, with something different to offer.  They are enemies, both trying to overcome the other and convince Ten to join their side, creating all sorts of interesting and amusing situations.(I’d like to point out there is NOT a love triangle, and that there’s  more kinds of love than  just romantic interest).

The plot is pretty different from your average fantasy novel, full of twists and turns. I honestly don’t know what to even compare it to, never having read anything even remotely like this. It made me laugh at times, and it made me cry at times.

Over all this was an amazing book, and I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.

Book Reveiw: Starflight

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Starflight by Melissa Landers

Rating:  3 stars

Synopsis: Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

 

My Thoughts:

I don’t like many sci-fi books, but I really enjoyed reading this one. It was a quick read, fast paced and entertaining. The characters were my favorite part of this book. Each was interesting and well-developed. Solara is clever, tough, fearless, and a very hard worker. She is determined to escape her past and make something of herself. Solara doesn’t let anyone put her down, and continually stands up for herself. Doran is portrayed as a jerk in the beginning, but changes dynamically as the plot unfolds. He is a smart, calm, and sensitive guy, focused on reaching the Obsidian Beaches to find out what his father wanted. He is haunted by his past but doesn’t let it stop him from achieving his goals. This book is packed with  highstakes action, witty banter, and hilarious moments.

All in all, there wasn’t really anything that I didn’t like about this book, but it didn’t wow me either. It’s a good read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves  sci-fi novels like Lunar or Under the Never Sky.