REVIEW: HEIR OF FURY BY JINA S. BAZZAR // CLOSING THE FOSCH FILES

Title: Heir of Fury
Author:  Jina S. Bazzar
Series: The Roxanne Fosch Files, book 3
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: Ebook
Published: April 29th 2020 by Shadow City
Source: I received an eARC of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Three years has passed since Roxanne left. She’s obeyed and fulfilled Remo’s every wish.His latest command, however, will send her back to Earth. Aware her presence Earth-side is furthering Remo’s plans, Roxanne delves into an impossible chase against time, the preternatural community, and herself.But she might already be too late, and Roxanne experiences firsthand that when desperate people are pressed against a rock, they’re willing to commit just about anything. 


Okay, so… I loved this trilogy. I really did but somehow I was underwhelmed by the conclusion.

We see the consequences of the decisions made by Roxanne in book 2 that led to her present condition. She has become more ruthless and although she is unable to take direct action against Remo, her only goal is to stop him somehow from destroying everyone she loves alongside her world.

This book had a whole lot of action and impending doom kept me on my toes!

However, the pace was a problem for me in this book. I felt it was too slow-paced for almost entirely the book except for the last part of the book. Most of the information was necessary for understanding a lot of aspects of how the world functions in this trilogy. The thing is, it felt like too much info-dumpy in some cases which kinda made me lose interest. I think it was one of the reasons it took me some time to finish the book. Also, I felt that the whole book was a bit stretched and the ending too soon.

Despite this, kudos to world-building! I definitely loved how the author intricately built up these two different worlds.

Roxanna with her new powers is unstoppable, she tries her level best to save her near and dear. Zantry, Mwara and Vicky, I loved each and every one of them. And my heart broke for the characters who did not make it till the end.

Overall, this book was a fun read despite the hindrances and worth a read!

Recommend it?

Yes.


I guess not many people remember moi. I do hope everybody is doing okay and staying safe?

But… do tell me what books have you been reading in the lockdown?

Review: The Way Back to Us by Jamie Howard // Where I was not much pleased with the way

Title: The Way Back to Us
Author: Jamie Howard
Series: Love Unplugged, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 230, Ebook
Published: December 12th, 2017 by St. Martin’s Swerve
Source: I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I’m sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he’s had plenty of opportunities for casual, no-strings fun, which is just the way he likes it.

Dani Winters has had more names than birthdays. On the run with her father for nearly as long as she can remember, she’s lived her life by three rules—always plan for the worst, maintain a low profile at all costs, and never let anyone get too close. Except she broke that last rule once and her heart has never forgiven her.

One chance encounter changes everything. Seeing Dani resurrects feelings in Gavin he thought were long buried, and this time he’s not letting her disappear without getting some answers. But Dani’s life is the definition of complicated and she’s playing with fire by letting Gavin back in. When the time comes to run again, Dani needs to decide if a life without love is worth living, or if it’s time to stop running and fight.


I hoped this book would be more enjoyable than book 2 which was the first book I read by this author. That’s why I decided to give this try. But unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I mean, it had its moments and the romance was the saving grace of this book.

For Gavin, Dani Winters was the one for him. But one day without any goodbye she disappears from his life leaving him shattered. After years, they come face to face with each other and realises their feelings for each other are still buried within. But Dani is still running from her demons. This might be their last chance to build something together or let go forever.

The thing is, the plot was waaay too common. I have read a number of books where the heroine is facing some extreme danger yet some simple communication would uncomplicate the matter but she decides to stay silent throughout the whole book until the end where a solution magically appears. *sighs* This plot has been overused so many times, it simply has lost its charm.

Though I have to say I didn’t see the plot twist coming just before it got revealed. But everything was too anti-climactic. I mean, it the story was following a certain pace but I felt the ending was too rushed and everything just happened all at once. It just didn’t make much sense to leave it like that, it would definitely have been better if some more explanations would have been given for the reason it happened and why it happened. I really wanted the backstory.

Anyway, the characters were the ones who did not let me put the book down. Gavin never got over Dani, for him she was everything and after she suddenly disappeared from his life, he stopped believing in love. A cliche, I know. Though I felt bad for the guy. He never gave up. Dani was a mysterious woman but everything could have been solved as a team but she chose to run away instead. But there were moments which made everything perfectly clear how much she still cared for him. The chemistry between them was electric but I wished there was more plot development.

Overall, The Way Back to Us was an okay read. Although the plot was cliched, I enjoyed the characters and the romance. The writing was smooth and easy to read.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


Sooooo guys, have you read this book? If yes, how was your experience? Or is it in your tbr??

Review: The Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown || Where the rising started off slow but ended with a bang!

   

Title: Red Rising (book 1), Golden Son (book 2), Morning Star (book 3)
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: The Red Rising Saga
Genre: Dystopia, Science-fiction, [Adult]
Format: Paperback
Published: 25th September 2014, 8th January 2015 & 22nd September 2016 by Hodder Paperbacks respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Red Rising:

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

Break the chains. Live for more.

Golden Son:

‘I’m still playing games. This is just the deadliest yet.’

Darrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind’s last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations.

In RED RISING, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It’s a journey that will take him further than he’s ever been before – but is Darrow truly willing to pay the price that rebellion demands?

Hic sunt leones.

Morning Star:

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.


This series has been on my tbr list for a loooong time and it was finally time to tick them off the list. But honestly, I wasn’t that much impressed with Red Rising, I don’t think I would have continued if I already didn’t own the rest of the series. But I’m glad I did pick up because things finally looked up at me from the second half of Golden Son and since then I didn’t have to look back and I thoroughly enjoyed the series.

Darrow is a Red, he lives a world divided by colour and every day is a struggle for survival. He believes he and his mates are doing their best to create a better world for the future generation until he discovers all their efforts were based on a lie. And when the inevitable happens, helped by a rebel group under a nameless leader Ares, Darrow decides to take action by infiltrating the Golds, not by just doing anything but being among one of them. But as time passes Darrow discovers there’s so much more than war, he discovers so much more to life. Will he be finally able to achieve his long lost dream of a better world or will it perish with the uncountable wars?

Interesting Plot!

As I said before Red Rising wasn’t a great read for me. Although things were refreshing and I definitely enjoyed the way things were handled in this book, still it somewhat didn’t feel new. Maybe that’s because I read too much dystopia… Anyway, but as I proceeded onto the next book, things started to look up. The politics were one of the most intriguing parts of this book, this is coming from a girl who loves to stay ten hands away from politics, so yep! In Red Rising, the making of their own houses survival games felt a lot like the Hunger Games but the actual story begins in the second book when Darrow takes command and the actual plan begins to unfold.

“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.” 

Golden Son begins to shape up the plot for what’s about to come in the next book and the author does a pretty good job at building the momentum. Aaaand, Morning Star was actually pretty awesome! It was pretty brutal and bloody too. Although Ragnar’s part felt a lot like the Unsullied in GoT but I did like his character. Some of my favourite characters died, some lived to see another day but the war was epic actually. I enjoyed the last book the most. It was full of action and suspense and I couldn’t put the book down. There were also some chilly and powerful scenes which made me shiver, and Darrow rightfully earned the name of the Reaper.

Complex and layered characters!

This book had a vaaaaast number of characters but it wasn’t confusing which was a plus. I definitely loved Darrow, our lead protagonist and his character growth throughout the series. When we were first introduced to him, only revenge was the one thing that kept him going but as days passed and he understood the whole scenario, he knew things were so much bigger than just a petty revenge. And I loved that he didn’t give up until the very end. There were moments, but he trudged on. Of course, that wouldn’t have been possible if he didn’t have such great friends to back him up which brings me to them.

“A man thinks he can fly, but he is afraid to jump. A poor friend pushes him from behind.” He looks up at me. “A good friend jumps with.” 

Among everybody, I looooved Servo the most. That guy was a nutcase but an adorable goryhell nutcase. His irrevocable loyalty and belief in Servo made me love him even more. And even though the tension between him and Servo reached a notch in Morning Star, I was so glad when they solved it like adults because let’s face it Servo is awesome but he is not a great at being a leader. Not only Darrow but seeing all the characters grow throughout the series made me super happy!! Also, I loved Mustang, I never ever doubted her for a second. I loved the chemistry between Mustang and Servo and how their relationship slowly developed from allies to something much more. 

One of the most interesting characters was the Jackel, Mustang’s stepbrother. That guy felt shady from the moment he was introduced and the web of lies he so neatly arranged was mind-boggling. The other villains were pretty interesting as well but I just wanted to beat the heck out of them with my ever-lasting frying pan!! They stooped so low and the Jackel didn’t even care about the consequences and *spoiler*I was glad to see him getting the deserved “reward” in the end.

And even after everything I somehow didn’t lose faith in Cassius, I knew he would eventually choose the best in the end. I just somehow had that gut feeling and I was overjoyed to see him and Darrow reunite at the end.*end of spoiler*

Freaking plot twists!

Another reason to love this series. It kept on surprising me out of bloody nowhere. This especially happened with the war strategies and stuff and it was pretty interesting and kept me guessing what was going to happen next. And there were so many freaking deaths.

“Justice isn’t about fixing the past, it’s about fixing the future. We’re not fighting for the dead. We’re fighting for the living. And for those who aren’t yet born.” 

The most shocking part was Ares’ identity, I seriously did not see that coming. I was woooooahh!! Hold it right there but oh well nobody listened because of the bloody war. *spoiler*Also, Ares’s death was like out of nowhere but it was Ragnar’s death which gutted me the most.*end of spoiler*

Overall,

The Red Rising Saga was an interesting read and I’m glad I was able to enjoy this series till the very end although the beginning was not very strong. I fell in love with the characters and the plot was complex enough for me to keep reading on. I loved the character growth and the way everything was written made it a pretty smooth read. At first, I thought with Morning Star things would come to an end but as everybody knows by now, the fourth book, Iron Gold is coming out next year, although I still don’t know how I feel about that because the blurb is kinda heartbreaking but obviously realistic, I think I would be picking it up.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this series? Have you read it yet or is it in your tbr? Who’s your favourite character? Are you looking forward to the next book in this series?

Review: Seize Today by Pintip Dunn || An Explosive Conclusion

Title: Seize Today
Author: Pintip Dunn
Series: Forget Tomorrow trilogy, book 3
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 300 pages, Ebook
Published: October 3rd, 2017 by Entangled: Teen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

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Blurb (from Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder’s help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world.


This book was by far the best in this trilogy!!! It was freeeeeaking awesome! The journey throughout the whole book was quite unpredictable and I really, really enjoyed the ride though the ending was unexpected but it was definitely an explosive conclusion to this trilogy. You can read my review of book 1: Forget Tomorrow, here and book 2: Remember Yesterday, here.

*Spoilerish for those who haven’t read the previous books in this series yet.*

Olivia Dresden has mostly lived her life in isolation clinging to the “good image” of her mother of her visions but she has only met the cold-hearted one in reality. But when her mother brings in Ryder Russel, a boy fated in her destiny, she is forced to reconsider her decision about everything before everything goes up in smoke and they fade away. Literally.

One of the interesting fact about this book is the three books of this trilogy has 3 different narrators and we have Olivia, the villain a.k.a the Chairwoman’s daughter as the narrator of Seize Today and I loved her even more than Callie! We have had glimpses of Olivia in the first two books but in this book, we finally got to see the things her way and I immediately loved her and I just wanted to protect that smol baby bean!

The plot of this book was unpredictable and it kept me on the edge throughout the book, especially when the stakes were so high. A new virus is affecting everyone and slowly everyone will simply start to fade away but the Chairwoman’s company has the only solution but it comes at a much higher price and then there’s Olivia has never stepped out in the outside world and with Ryder, she is forced to step out of her comfort zone and I really liked how she handled everything. Olivia is someone who has precognition, that is, she can see the possible pathways one might take in the future but the results often surprised her, she was such a fascinating character. The chemistry between Olivia and Ryder was instant and I loved that connection between them, I seriously loved those two together. The romance was a little whirlwind but I was absolutely in for it!

We have the whole team in this book, Callie is there, even Jessa and together they had to face the Chairwoman. They formed a great team but despite everything, the only one who could make a difference was Olivia and oh she did… I still had a tiny hope for the Chairwoman just like Olivia but her vision was just too twisted. In her way, she was right but she couldn’t see how wrong she actually was. The thing she did that at the end shocked me to no ends, I was not prepared for that but at least it was something. You’ll know what I mean when you read the book. The plot twist was also awesome!! This book was jam-packed with action and there was never a dull moment. 

Overall, Seize Today was a fantastic read. I couldn’t keep the book down and finished it in two sittings. Although the ending was a little bittersweet, but the plot was executed neatly and I absolutely loved the characters! The writing was beautiful and smooth and it was fast-paced throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have you started this trilogy yet? And if you haven’t picked this series up yet, are you interested in reading it? Share your thoughts with me!

Mini Reviews: Contemporary New-Adult 2 Star Edition || The Thing About New-Adult: A Mini Discussion

Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Royally, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 276 pages, Ebook
Published: February 21st, 2017 by Emma Chase, LLC

                  

Henry’s life is a complete mess after his brother Nicholas put the whole king responsibility upon his shoulders. He does not take his royal responsibilities seriously and when he gets to make a choice of his own, he jumps upon it. He gets an offer for a reality tv show where he would get the chance to choose his future would-be-wife but things start to go down the rails when he finds himself falling for Sarah, a contestant’s sister.

I didn’t quite enjoy the first book in this series but I was actually quite looking forward to this one because we were given a glimpse of both Henry and Sarah in the first book which got me intrigued. Anyway, I read a lot of rave reviews for this book but unfortunately, this book failed to impress me in any way. The plot was enjoyable although cliched. Henry is someone who has never taken much responsibility in any matter and he jumps up on the offer for the reality tv show in a whim. As the show proceeds, he finds himself falling for someone who is not a contestant. I, unfortunately, failed to enjoy the chemistry between Henry and Sarah though I did enjoy them together. 

I wanted more depth in the characters. Henry was charming but he failed to sweep me off my feet. Anyway, this book portrayed how actually a reality tv show actually works and in this book it was sometimes quite funny. But I loved when Henry finally manned up! Overall, I somewhat enjoyed this book. However, I did feel this book was unnecessarily long. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.


Title: #1 Crush
Author:  T. Gephart
Series: #1 series, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 316 pages, Ebook
Published: February 20th, 2017 by T Gephart

             

I received this book as a giveaway prize from Raven from Dreamy Addictions! Thanks again, Raven!

This book was weird. Super weird in a non-realistic way. Here’s the gist- Tia has always been in love with Eric Larsson who is actually a famous Hollywood actor. Whatever she does, she can’t get him out of his head so she decides to meet him in person. She’s sure he’s going to turn out an asshole which will help Tia to flush him out of her heart but when reality proves her wrong, she can’t help but fall for Eric more and more.

To meet Eric in person Tia decides to attend the premiere of his newly launched movie. As an imposter!!! She actually pretended to be someone else to get into the premiere. First of all, who freaking does that! This really bothered me. Anyway, her plan fails because Eric actually turns out to be a decent human being as well as quite charming. For this book, I liked the chemistry between the two characters. Eric meets up with Tia after a few weeks again and thus begins their whirlwind romance. But even after everything, she continues to lie to Eric about herself. Their whole relationship started off on a lie and I really hated that. I really enjoyed Tia as an individual but her tendency to not tell the whole truth put me off. She had plenty of choices to come out to Eric but she always pulled back. The plot twist threw me

The plot twist threw me off-guard. I was so not expecting that but instead of cheering, I was actually disappointed. Anybody would be!!! I mean love is blind but not that blind dude. Anybody in Eric’s situation would be offended and I didn’t get why and how he did what he did. Anyway, the writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I would have surely enjoyed the book more if some of the things were more properly addressed.


Title: Ladies Man
Author: Katy Evans
Series: Manwhore, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 299 pages, Ebook
Published: April 24th, 2016 by KT Publishing LLC

                            

Tahoe is a player and Gina is a strong level headed woman who knows what she wants. They are both strictly friends yet the more they become close, the more they can’t avoid the undeniable attraction between them. It’s up to them to decide if taking a risk is worth the chance of losing their friendship.

Frankly, I think I have read too many books that have used this trope. I still enjoy if the execution’s well enough but unfortunately, I didn’t feel that way for this book and as a result, it fell flat for me. After Gina’s previous relationship fell out, she’s not ready to be on the dating front soon again but every time she’s with Tahoe her feelings leave her confused and flustered. Tahoe on the other hand, was on a totally different level, although he feels attracted towards Gina, he doesn’t stop being a player and he’s a painful one at that.

This book was too frustrating to read and I just wanted it to be over. For the majority of this book, Gina has a boyfriend who she didn’t even like very much, and Tahoe was well, still sleeping around. They don’t get together until the very end of this book and everything was just on and off and I just didn’t see the point. I definitely liked Gina as a character when I was introduced to her but being such a strong woman, I would have loved to see a bit more of a mature decision at least from her. Anyway, The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. Overall, I enjoyed this book the least among the three.


The thing about New-Adult-

Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

As these reviews and this topic matched I decided to punch them together. Honestly, I hadn’t even though of writing a discussion about this but while writing these reviews I felt the need to voice out my opinion about New-Adult and ask what you guys felt about it.

That cute Chimchim was basically me when I discovered New-Adult. A whole new world opened up to me!!

I didn’t use to enjoy contemporary until I came across New-Adult books, since then I love NA books and I also give YA contemporary a chance as well. But well, let’s not divert into anything else because I have a tendency to do so… like the way cute Jimin is jumping on and off like that and me obsessing over BTS day and night, especially Taehyung…

*Ahem!*

Anyway,  one thing you might have noticed in these 3 mini-reviews that they didn’t have anything extraordinary to make these books stand out.

The thing is that as much as New-Adult can be enjoyable, they can get tremendously repetitive as well. Most of the time I have seen that NA books seem to focus only on sex when it shouldn’t be the main concern at all. As a hopeless romantic, I’m 100% on the romance train *cho chooo* but seriously that shouldn’t be the only factor!

New-Adult books feature characters usually between the age of 18 to 25. This is the age when one steps into college or is trying out for a job and stuff. Basically, it’s the age where you step into adulthood, so there are numerous routes a New-Adult book take other than only romance because let’s be realistic for a second, this age group is freaking tough and sometimes pretty frustrating. I fall into this age group and there’s a whole lot of other struggles like the tension of getting a job, mental as well as physical. Yup, reality sucks!

I want New-Adult books to be more relatable, I want them to feature the daily struggles one goes through during this age group, the different distractions that they might fall into, the inner struggle, battling the inner demons and striving to achieve one’s dream in such a competitive world. Also on the positive side, as this age is the time for stepping into new boundaries, so naturally new friends should also be in the mixture.

Of course, I have found some gems in this category as well and some of those books were really awesome, like Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster (I really can’t say why because that would spoil the entire book) and The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott which was really emotional and beautiful.


So what do you guys think about the whole New-Adult category? Do you enjoy these books or would you like them more if they were more relatable? Also if you have any awesome NA recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Dual Review: Scala & Acca by Christina Bauer || A pretty kickass and engaging read

Title: Scala
Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Angelbound Origins, book 2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 249 pages, Ebook
Published: September 2016 by Monster House Books, LLC
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis has transformed into Great Scala, the only being with the power to move souls out of Purgatory and into Heaven or Hell. Trouble is, a magical object called Lucifer’s Orb is limiting Myla’s abilities. If she tries to move a soul, the Orb’s forcing her to send that spirit straight to Hell.

So, what’s a girl to do? Send innocents to the fiery down-under?

No way. Myla’s gone on a supernatural strike. No souls go anywhere until the Orb’s history. It’s the right thing to do, but Purgatory’s Soul Storage buildings are turning into time bombs. No spirits are moving out, while millions keep coming in. Myla’s determined to find the Orb and send the innocent to Heaven, but she’s running out of time. Soon, the containment fields will burst, releasing a mob of homicidal ghosts.

With Soul Storage ready to explode, Myla’s got enough on her plate without her old enemy, Lady Adair, causing problems. Adair is launching an ingenious campaign to take away everything that Myla holds dear, including Myla’s Angelbound love, Prince Lincoln.

Between their clever ideas and toe-curling kisses, Myla and Lincoln are fighting back. But will they beat the clock or lose everything to Adair’s devious schemes?


I had read Angelbound a few months earlier and the fourth book was coming this month and those of you have been following my blog for some time now, know I am a fan of binge reading. And this was the perfect time to pick up this series!

*Spoilerish for those who haven’t read book 1.*

After the big fight in Purgatory and sending Armageddon to hell, Myla has finally assumed the role of the Great Scala, the only being who can transfer souls to heaven and hell but her work comes to a standstill until she recovers Lucifer’s Orb. Meanwhile, Adair takes this opportunity to bring Myla down. Even with Prince Lincoln by her side, would Myla be able to stop her in time?

Scala picks up after a few weeks since the last book ended. Myla is still adjusting to her new role of the Great Scala and her family is reunited after such a long time. For all this time, Purgatory was run by the ghouls and the worldbuilding was fantastic in the previous book, here we get to see the consequence of trying to change a decade-long style of ruling. I absolutely loved Myla and her consistent efforts to do what was right. Of course, with her friends and family, it would have been far more difficult. Anyway, the action and the adventure kept me engaged throughout the book.

Cissy, her bff stayed loyal as usual and I just loved the friendship and bond between them, they were so much like sisters and I adored that. Lincoln will always be one of my favourite characters, he is not only swoon-worthy and dedicated to Myla but his amount of trust on her never fails to amaze me. Whenever Myla decides to take a risk, he never becomes a creative barrier to her, instead, he is always a partner in crime! I loved the chemistry between Myla and Lincoln! But Lady Adair still remained my least favourite character. I thought after the last incident in the previous book, she would come to her senses but she got even worse and though I guessed the plot twist, it still managed to surprise me! And I definitely enjoyed how it all played out.

Overall, Scala was an amazing read. I loved each and every moment of it and I enjoyed the character growth, specially Myla’s. The plot was executed neatly and I was not bored for a single freaking second.

Recommend it?

Yes!


Title: Acca
Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Angelbound Origins, book 3
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 250 pages, Ebook
Published: December 13th, 2016 by Monster House Books, LLC
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

In just one week, supernatural warrior Myla Lewis must discover enough evidence to send the evil House of Acca to prison… or she’ll end up in jail herself, along with her fiancé, Prince Lincoln. No pressure.

To gather proof, Myla and Lincoln go undercover at an all-girl’s high school on Earth. Lincoln acts as the new gym teacher; Myla becomes the school’s least popular transfer student ever. To stop them from getting the goods, Acca releases Hell on Earth. Literally. Good thing Myla and Lincoln aren’t afraid of a tough fight. This one promises to be the hardest yet. After all, who ever said high school wasn’t hell?


Acca picks up where the previous book ended. Things got out of hand in the previous book due to Lady Adair’s deal and everything had to end in a bloody mess. But Myla and Lincoln’s trouble does not end there, they have to deal with Adair’s father, the Acca who would love nothing more to see them finished and power being his ultimate goal. To gather the ultimate proof against their enemy, Myla and Lincoln embark and adventure to Earth. If they are successful, everything might finally become okay but if they are not then their’s worst nightmare is about to become real.

This series is seriously epic. There’s not a single dull moment and the characters keep me on my toes. Myla is sassy and such a kickass heroine who knows how to handle quite a few difficult situations like an independent woman. In this book, she and Lincoln are side by side in collecting the ultimate evidence against house Acca so that they might finally go down but Acca is not someone to go without a fight.

I enjoyed the action and the humour in this book. The duo once again did not fail to amaze me, it was so freaking fun and engaging. They had to up their game because now they had to face Earth which was quite different from Purgatory but for those two, nothing’s quite impossible. Still, there were quite a few intense moments due to which I couldn’t stop reading this book. Anyway, I loved the romance between them, it did get a bit of more steamy in this book but I definitely enjoyed it! I loved how things wrapped up in the end.

Overall, Acca was a great read! The plot was interesting from the very start and the pace was fast throughout the book. In fact, both the books are a pretty quick read. The writing was smooth and beautiful and I definitely can’t wait to see how book 4 ends!! I’m already halfway through it!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think about this series? Have you started it yet?

Review: The Infinite Sea & The Last Star by Rick Yancey || Where things boiled down to an underwhelming end

Title: The Infinite Sea
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave trilogy, book 2
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Thriller, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 300 pages, Paperback
Published: September 16th, 2014 by Penguin Books Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

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Blurb (from Goodreads):

For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth’s remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It’s about to get worse.

No one yet knows the depths to which Earth’s conquerors—the Others—will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore—and others will face the ultimate test.


Like I already said in my review of The Selection trilogy, I really want to try and finish the full series that I already own and I was in the mood for some alien drama and hence picked it up! This book picked up from where The 5th Wave had ended. The gang has no idea what happened to Evan and they are trying to stay as low key as possible but it is it ever possible in a world plagued by monsters?

I really enjoyed The 5th Wave and though I already had this book, I really wanted to read the whole series together, so I waited a bit for The Last Star to come out but I was disheartened by the reviews and hence I didn’t pick it up then. But my mood finally stroke and I ended up binge reading book 2 and 3 together. The Infinite Sea started off slow and it kinda mostly stayed stagnant like that but the book was not devoid of actions. Like the previous book, this book is also narrated in multiple POVs but this book is dominated by Ringer’s POVs and surprisingly I didn’t mind that much because I actually enjoyed the story from her view too but wanted more from Cassie’s too.

“When you look death in the eye and death blinks first, nothing seems impossible.”

Anyway, the action kept me engaged throughout the book. Ringer is not someone to sit back and see what happens, so naturally, she embarked an adventure on her own which was pretty interesting and exciting to read about. Poundcake’s backstory really made me sad but he indeed was a brave little guy. A few new characters are also introduced in this book but Razor was the one who intrigued me the most. The one thing I hated the most was Sam’s change of attitude. Like seriously! It gave me a whiplash! His sister did everything for him and instead of being a little thankful and happy she is not dead, he does the complete opposite. Sam went on from being my favourite character to my most hated.

*Spoilery* Over, The Infinite Sea was a good read. The plot was executed neatly and the new POVs were pretty interesting to read. And I also got to seeeeee Evan!! I was seriously worried about him and when he and Cassie were finally reunited, I was happy as hell! *End of Spoiler*

Recommend it?

Yes.


Title: The Last Star
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave trilogy, book 3
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Thriller, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 338 pages, Paperback
Published: May 24th, 2016 by Penguin Books Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.


Everything boiled down to the last book. I was seriously so afraid to start this book but I needed to know the answers as well, I needed to know how everything ended. And I did enjoy this book but unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations.

The 2nd book really set up the pace for this book and things started on an exciting note. Everything was much more chaotic which made the plot confusing at times. This book mostly had Cassie and Ringer’s POV and I enjoyed them both. They both were such badass characters and although they didn’t see eye to eye on most of the things but they were mature enough to side together when it came down to the actual enemy. My hatred for Sam increased in this book. Seriously, how could he treat his own sister like that? Nonetheless, I liked Ben (and I was freaking right who he ended up with in the end!!) but I didn’t care for him as much as Evan and I wish I had got to see more of him and Cassie together.

“Love is forever. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be love.
The world is beautiful. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be the world.”

But I wanted more from the plot. It was like they were moving but still kind of stuck like in book 2. Though the last part was interesting enough to keep me glued to the pages. I enjoyed the actions the most in the book but unfortunately, the plot twist was not as shocking because it was already spoiled for me but I still enjoyed the execution. But the ending! I did not see it coming. Not from far far away! Why?!! Why the hell did it happen that way? When I actually read that part I had to recheck if I was reading it right because it happened all of a sudden! And I was not ready for it.

Overall, The Last Star, although an enjoyable read was underwhelming. The loose ends were tied I did enjoy the overall story but I wanted more and I was not satisfied how everything ended.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, have you completed this series yet? What did you think about this trilogy?

Review: The Elite & The One by Kiera Cass || Where I finally bid goodbye to this series

Title: The Elite and The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, book 2 and 3
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 323 pages, Paperback
Published: April 23rd, 2013 and June 5th, 2014 by HarperTeen respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The Elite:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever- and America is still struggling to decide where her own heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen, who she always thought was the one?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want–and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

The One:

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.


I read the first book in this series back in 2015 and since then the whole series has been collecting dust on my shelf and this year and I really wanted to finish all the unread books/full series from my shelf, so my finally picked this up. Honestly, I’m just glad I’m finished off with this series because it has been one of the most disappointing ones. Anyway, you can read my review of The Selection, here.

“Love is beautiful fear.” 

When America came to participate in the Selections, her heart wasn’t truly in the competition but it was before she came to know Maxon. Now her heart is torn between him and her first love, Aspen who’s a soldier in the palace. The competition’s getting more fierce day by day and then there are the rebel attacks which are getting frequent as well. And when she realises the truth which changes her whole course, which path will America choose?

The Selection failed to make a mark on me because it was way too predictable though it had some good moments. Thr rebel attacks were one of the most interesting aspects of that book and I was really looking forward to more of it but there was seriously nothing in The Elite. Frankly, I didn’t quite understand the purpose of this book. I didn’t hate America like I have read so many reviews but her indecisiveness really irritated me. There is at least some point where one understands what one’s heart truly craves but America couldn’t till the very end of the last book. Seriously! It felt like she was close to deciding whom she wanted but the very next minute she was running away from that. Anyway, the plot doesn’t move anywhere in the 2nd book, it mostly swayed back and forth on the same point. I just wish this book would have more substance than the frustrating romance.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. 

It was only ever yours to break anyway.”

The One was definitely better than The Elite. This book did focus on the rebel sub-plot but just not as much as I would have loved. America’s indecisiveness continued in this book too and by this time, I had kinda already stopped caring but it was still infuriating. Maxon was such a sweet guy and when she asked for space, he gave her that but when Maxon asked for the same thing, she felt hurt and betrayed. Dude, why? She was pretty much doing the same thing behind his back, I didn’t know why she acted like a hypocrite.

Anyway, I didn’t really like Aspen anymore than I did in book 1. He kept appearing wherever I least wanted him to!! Celeste’s character gave me a whiplash but I definitely enjoyed her character but the thing with Kriss was kinda all of a sudden and oh well, it was all weird. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the plot twist but it was kinda already ruined for me and hence didn’t have much impact on me. Though the ending part made me emotional and with everything going on, I was really afraid at one point but the ending was definitely the saving grace of this whole trilogy, all the loose ends were wrapped up everything finally fell into place. And thank freaking goodness, the choosing ceremony finally happened!

“But even now I know this isn't a fairy tale. 
I know that we'll have hard times, confusing times. 
I know that things won't always happen the way we want them to and that we'll have to work to remember that we chose this. 
It won't be perfect, not all the time.

This isn't happily ever after.

It's so much more than that.” 

Overall, The Elite and The One were an okay read. The plot was predictable but neatly executed. These two books were definitely a fast read and the pace was even throughout the two books. I didn’t want to read book 4 after finishing this trilogy and it ended here for me.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, what do you think about this series? Is it one of your favourites or did you not enjoy it as much as you had hoped?

Review: Thieves 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield || Blog Tour || Where best friends steal each other’s heart

Welcome to my tour stop of Thieves 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield hosted by IndieSage PR. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: Thieves 2 Lovers
Author: K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield
Series: 2 Lovers, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 241 pages, Ebook
Published: July 22nd, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Best friends aren’t supposed to kiss.
But these best friends did.

He can’t get the taste of her lips off his mind.
She can’t let go of the guilt from her mistake.

He wants to be good enough for her.
She wishes life were different.

He’s the bad boy reject.
She’s the girl next door.

When opposites attract, they collide and create an explosion that can’t be ignored.
Is it possible to be madly in love with your best friend?

Love follows no rules because love is a rebel.

Her: We should talk about what’s happening…
Him: It’s about damn time.


The 2 Lovers series has been such a fun read! In this book, we finally get the story of Linc, Andie’s brother who made his appearance in book 2 and Ram and Roman’s sister, Reagan Holloway. Like the previous books in this series, this book too didn’t disappoint and it was a pretty enjoyable ride.  You can read my review of book 1: Text 2 Lovershere and book 2: Hate 2 Lovers, here.

Reagan and Linc had been friends from the moment they met in Roman’s office. They have grown closer in time and they are thick as thieves. Linc wants to be more than friends but there’s the douche boyfriend of Reagan whom everybody loves but Linc can see how that guy actually can be. When fate plays a different game and they are forced to reveal their feelings for each other, what will they do?

The plot was pretty enjoyable and laced with humour. We saw glimpses of these two characters aka, Linc and Reagan in the previous book and there was instant chemistry between the two characters and I was eagerly waiting for their story! I can gladly say this book met my expectations. Linc was fun from the very start. Although he came from the wrong side of the tracks but being with Reagan made him want to be a better man. They perfectly balanced each other. On the other hand, Reagan was such a sweet character, she was the CFO of their company and the little sister of Ram and Roman but she always felt she needed to please her family which led to wrong decisions regarding her relationships. I was so glad to see when she finally took a stand and stood up for herself. But there was a part of her which lacked confidence when it came to her family and with the help of Linc she was able to overcome that and be true to herself.

The relationship between Linc and Reagan developed slowly from friendship, then into something more. As much as they had feelings for each other, for them, their friendship always came first and they were always there for each other no matter what and I loved this so much! Things did become repetitive from time to time which was slightly boring but the entire gang from the previous books were present throughout the book which didn’t let this book fall through. Ram and Roman were possessive of their little sister, especially Roman and the pranks that Linc did, incited him more and it was hilarious!

We also get a few glimpses of Roman and Andie’s baby and she was definitely adorable. Drunk Dani is always fun and I was so glad to see her and Ram once again. Roman being the hot-headed brother did plenty of numbers which made me want to smack him in the head but there was Andie for that job! It was so greart to see everybody together as one big family. The epilogues were especially heart-melting and I loved each and every bit of it. This book perfectly wrapped up this series!

Overall, Thieves 2 Lovers was an entertaining read. The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I loved the romance between Linc and Reagan as well as their chemistry together. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read more books by these two authors!

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bios and Links:

K. Webster-

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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J.D. Hollyfield-

Creative designer, mother, wife, writer, part-time superhero…

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life.

Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her Debut Novel. J.D. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s.

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Review: The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley || Imperfectly adorable!

Title: The Perfectly Imperfect Match
Author: Kendra C. Highley
Series: Suttonville Sentinels, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 218 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 10th 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict ” no girls” policy, so be it.

Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.

Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…

Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.


This book was just so freaking cute and adorable!!! I loved it so much, this book was a quick read and it was the perfect mixture of everything I loved! You can read my review of book 1: The Bad Boy Bargain, here and book 2: Swinging at Love, here.

After Dylan’s initial heartbreak, all he wanted to do was focus on his baseball career. But when Lucy Foster enters his life, a lot of things start to happen differently. And after their first meeting, he doesn’t want anything to do with her, despite everything the chemistry between them is undeniable. Both of them are complete opposites, would a relationship between them be ever possible?

The plot of this book was fun and engaging. We first got a glimpse of Dylan in book 2 of this series where he fell for the same girl as his best friend. But now, he’s over that fact and he only wants to focus on his baseball. Dylan and Lucy come face to face for the first time when Lucy comes to drop off her brother for baseball coaching under him. And that’s when their face off starts! This book is not exactly enemies to lovers but quite close to that and I enjoyed every moment of it. The tension between them was quite palpable and I looved the angst! Both Dylan and Lucy were completely different from each other, whereas Dylan was the uptight and career oriented, Lucy was living in the moment kind of girl and hence, they balanced each other perfectly. 

Underneath everything, Lucy had another side other than the carefree attitude. She took care of her mother, did stitches and embroidery in their shop and also took care of her little brother while her father served in te army. I enjoyed the family aspect of this book too. Especially Otis, Lucy’s little brother. He was just so damn adorable! And he reminded me a little of my kiddie brother. His insecurity was understandable when he voiced his opinion why he didn’t want them to date. But when he saw his sister hurt and crying, the way he defended Lucy’s honour in front of Dylan was just damn, too adorable!!! That scene was one of my absolute favourite in the entire book.

Despite all the differences, Dylan and Lucy both wanted to give them a chance. The chemistry between them was the off the charts and even they saw that. Their relationship escalated quickly and I have no complaints in that matter. I freaking loved the romance between them so much! Albeit, Dylan did mess up and to make up for his wrongdoing, the things he did was the sweetest ever and it melted my heart.

Overall, The Perfectly Imperfect Match was a fantastic read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with each and every character! I loved the chemistry between our two main leads, Lucy and Dylan. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read more by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any other book by this author?