Book Review: Empire of Dust

Empire of Dust  by Eleanor Herman 

Series: Blood of Gods and Royals

Publication Date: June 28 2016

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 4.5 stars

In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust 

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demandsโ€”but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat. 

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt. 

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing. 
And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsomeโ€”and deadlyโ€”captor. 

New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world’s most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

  Now, the first book in this series was alright, but hot diggity dang, this was wayyy better than the Legacy of Kings
  It’s told through 6 main POVs, and usually I don’t like books that have over 4, but it worked pretty well here since they overlap.  I’m still not entirely sure how Zofia’s story ties in with the rest of them (besides the betrothal to Alex, though we know that’s so not happening), but it’s still pretty interesting. 

 My favorite POVs  were Heph and Cynane (I’m still not sure if I love or hate her, though it’s definitely one of the 2).  I found Cynanes story really interesting, and she can be badass, though sometimes I really want to slap her.  I also liked Zofia’s POV, and I ship her very hard with Ochus. 

  BUT OMG YOU KNOW WHAT I REALLY REALLY REALLY SHIP?!?!?

Alexander and Kadmus

I know, you’re thinking I’m crazy but hear me out. Just read the book and you’ll see where I’m coming from on this. This may or may not become my OTP depending on what happens in the next book (Pleaaassseeeeeee Eleanor Herman make this happen *bats eyelashes*).

Anyways, I like how all the stories intertwine and come together to  paint this huge masterpiece. There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on in this book, and I so can’t wait for the next one. 

OHMYGOSH and the ending(s)!!! How many bombs and one person drop in just the last few chapters? A lot, it seems. Just as the shock begins to fade, something else happens/is revealed and boom my mind explodes AGAIN. Especially the very last chapter. The wait for bk 3 is gonna be a tough one. 

DEFINITELY reccomend this book! Seriously, if you DNF the first book, pick it up again just so that you can read this one. 

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.