Duology Review: Daughter of the Pirate King & Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller || Full of Pirate-y Awesomeness!

Title: Daughter of the Pirate King & Daughter of the Siren Queen
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King duology
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: A bit warm
Format: 320 & 342 pages resp., Ebook
Published: February 28th, 2017 & February 27th, 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Daughter of the Pirate King –

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

Daughter of the Siren Queen –

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.


Okay, wow. This duology was pretty great, especially book 2. All the piratey awesomeness was sooo worth it!

Alosa is sent on a secret mission by her father who is the Pirate King to retrieve the pieces of the map of lost treasures. She allows herself to be captured by the enemy in order to do so but Riden, the first mate of the enemy ship is too clever to fall for her tricks. And when feelings come in the way things start becoming complicated. Along with that when Alosa’s learns a hidden truth, her whole world turns upside down. It’s up to Alosa to choose her destiny and fight for it or give up everything.

*A biiiit spoilerish. Proceed at your own risk!*

The plot of this duology was pretty awesome and kept me on the edge the whole throughout the series. In book 1, Alosa cleverly plans her own capture to fulfil her goal to retrieve the map. Despite her well thought out plan, her journey was not an easy one. She had to face betrayals and plenty of struggles along the way. But the torture at the end of book 1 broke my heart. It was really cruel and disgusting how they made use of her powers of being a half siren.

“I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what we want. Any aspect of ourselves that we do not like can be altered if we make an effort.”

As a character, Alosa was pretty badass and cared a lot about her crew and treated them like her own family. Her faithfulness to her father despite his cruel treatment felt a bit weird but I guess she was brain-washed like that and I was glad when she finally understood the whole truth. She justified her father’s behaviour a lot and that showed how much she was psychologically affected. Sure, it made her a kickass pirate but she didn’t deserve to be treated like that by her own father. The nature of the Pirate King became more clear in book 2 as we get to see him up and close.

I enjoyed book 2 a looot more than book 1. It’s because of the fact that though as a heroine I loved Alosa and her feelings for Riden was only a facade at first which slowly started to become real as they gradually got closer to each other. This was the only factor that bothered me a little because she was basically using him. But this changed in book 2 which made me very, very happy because I basically wanted to bash their heads together. IIt took a little for me to warm up to Ridden but as the book proceeded, he managed to win me over! He was sweet and caring but stubborn like Alosa too!

“I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it.
I am the daughter of the siren queen.”

Anyway, book 2 had a lot of more action than book 1 which I really enjoyed. I enjoyed how the pace was build up and finally executed in such a unique fashion. I seriously didn’t see the twist coming. I thought that there was going to be something like that but not in the exact way it happened and I was glad to see Alosa get closure. IThe final showdown was pretty epic, it reminded me a lot of Pirates of the Caribbean. 🙂

Overall, Daughter of the Pirate King duology was a great read! I don’t think I have read many pirate books or any pirate book in fact and I enjoyed this journey so much! I had a great adventure along with Alosa and I definitely enjoyed the character growth. The plot was executed neatly and it was fast paced throughout the series which made it a pretty quick read!

Recommend it?

Yaaas!


Soooooo guys, have you read this duology yet? What did you think about it? Do you have any good pirate book recs?? Or good siren ones?

K-Drama Review: Romance Edition || Young Love Version

Show Name:  Love Rain
Episodes: 20
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Director: Yoon Seok-Ho
Cast: Jang Keun-Suk, Yoona, Kim Shi-Hoo, Jung Jin-Young, Lee Mi-Sook, Yoo Hye-Ri, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

Suh In Ha is a sensitive artist who falls in love at first sight with fellow college student Kim Yoon Hee. The two of them develop feelings for each other, but before they can do anything, In Ha’s best friend Lee Dong Wook professes his love for Yoon Hee. Not wanting to ruin his friendship, In Ha takes a backseat and watches as the girl he loves gets farther away from him. Fast-forward to the present day Seoul, where In Ha’s son Suh Joon meets and falls in love with Ha Na, Kim Yoon Hee’s daughter. The children are completely different from their parents in personality, but fate pulls them together.

This was suuuuuch a great watch! Oh, my heart. This was indeed a heartwrenching show to watch but I loved every moment of it.

The show starts off with the story of the parents who fall in love with each other but when they confess it’s too late. After quite a few years, their children accidentally meet without knowing their parent’s history and they end up falling in love. But when the truth comes out, everything falls apart. They are left alone to choose their love or return the love their parents couldn’t fulfil all those years ago.

First of all, I was not interested in the parents’ story and so I skipped the first 4 episodes as adviced by one of the commenters and directly started with the present day version. That didn’t affect my views on this show. Seo In-Ha (Jang Geun Suk) and Kim Yoon-Hee (Yoona, she is soooo cute!) accidentally meet when their phone gets exchanged on a trip. And despite their first interaction starts off quite badly, they keep bumping into one another. The romance slowly develops throughout the drama and it’s soooo cute!! My heart melted! They were absolutely perfect for each other and there were quite a few hilarious moments! Especially their first kiss! xD

BUT, the conflict comes in when their parents meet each other after soooo many years and after a lot of convincing from Seo In-Ha’s father, Kim Yoon-Hee’s mom decides to pick up where they left off without knowing their children were in love too. From that onwards, it was soo hard to watch it sometimes and I ended up sobbing seeing my favourite characters suffer.

But the angst was perfectly build up and the way everything was executed, I couldn’t have been more satisfied with this drama. Though I wished the parents’ parts were a bit less because I wanted more of Seo In-Ha and Kim Yoon-Hee.

I really hated Seo In-Ha’s father, he was the thorn in the way though I understood his view too!! But my babies were hurting and I could less about that guy. My… my heart was completely on the edge while watching this drama. Overall, I looved the acting, the chemistry between the two leads were absolutely perfect and I’m so glad I decided to watch this drama.

Recommend it?

Yuuuup!


Show Name: Heartstrings
Episodes: 15
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Director: Pyo Min-Soo, Lee Min-Cheol
Cast: Park Shin-Hye, Jung Yong-Hwa, Song Chang-Eui, So E-Hyun, Kim Yoon-Hye, Kang Min-Hyuk, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is the vocalist of the band “The Stupid” and also plays the guitar. He is known for his good looks and his strong passion for music, but is, in reality, a cold person who is uninterested in non-music related things and has no dreams nor plans for the future. Shin initially likes a dance professor at his university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Kyu Won.

Lee Kyu Won is a bright and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in traditional Korean instruments, especially the gayageum. Kyu Won’s grandfather, Lee Dong Gun, is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age, and his biggest wish is to have his grand-daughter trained to become a traditional music prodigy in 10 years’ time. Trying to live up to her grandfather’s expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing besides traditional music. As Kyu Won’s friends are fans of “The Stupid”, she was forced to go to the band’s concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.

This was another cute watch and it was recommended by Raven @ Dreamy Addictions! This show reminded me a lot of Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan which was one of the best Hindi youth show I had ever watched but as expected they quite messed up the ending. Anyway, before I divert any further let’s come back to this review!

Lee Kyu-Won (Park Shin-Hye) and Lee Shin (Jung Yong-Hwa) are on the opposite ends when it comes to music. It was basically classical versus rock and due to this they often clashed. But when they are forced to work together they find that combining the two music is much more beautiful than they expected. Their feelings also start to change along the same way.

This was a cute and fast watch. Lee Shin originally had a crush on one of his teachers but after meeting Lee Kyu-Won, that slowly starts to change. And I was veeeery glad that teacher didn’t lead him on in any aspect. They start working together for their annual function which is kind of a song-dance-drama. The songs were the best freaking part of this drama!!! I fell in love with all the tracks!

Their relationship starts from hate to love, one of my favourite tropes and I enjoyed how everything was pulled off. But the competition involved a lot of other students and that brought a different dynamic to the show especially Han Hee-Joo’s (Kim Yoon-Hye). I loved her character development but it felt all too sudden, it wasn’t a steady growth I expected. Also, the plot twist during the last few episodes were completely unnecessary but oh well. I’m glad how the ending came out! But, the execution of the actual competition kind of lacked the wow factor. Anyway, I still enjoyed it!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, have you watched any of these two shows? Do you watch K-Dramas or are you interested in watching? (You should if you haven’t, you’ll forget everything else… XD)

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?

Dual Review: Geekerella and Words in Deep Blue || (A Little) Unpopular Opinion alert!

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Ebook
Published: April 4th, 2017 by Quirk Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.


When Elle’s favourite fandom, Starfield is getting a brand new movie, she is over the top excited but it quickly dies down because her favourite character is going to be played by none other than Darien, the rich and spoiled teen star. Despite the fact, she still wants to visit ExcelsiCon where the price money of the cosplay competition might be her way out from her evil stepmother. And on top of that, she can’t stop thinking about the mysterious stranger she has been texting lately. When all goes up in flames, what will Elle finally do?

I really, really enjoyed this book but ultimately there was nothing new. This book was too similar with my all time favourite book Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram (which was soooo good, it even had a sequel which released a couple of months ago) which follows the same theme and even the execution and frankly, it had more depth. That’s why I was kinda disappointed with this book because of the so freaking similarity! That’s why I cut off one star. Anyway, the writing was the saving grace of this book, I loved the voice and the humour in this story and the characters definitely lived up to my expectations. Starfield had a great role in Elle’s childhood, it was her and her dad’s thing and her mother was quite involved too. So, when they announced a new major movie for the franchise, she was over the moon but she didn’t trust Darien to do justice to her favourite character.

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”

Elle and Darien were both so different from each other yet kind of similar. Elle had to face the wrath of her step-mom and step-sisters every single day while Darien struggled every moment to prove himself he was worthy of the role he got and not because of his family background. He was seriously dedicated to his work and he wanted to bring the character of Prince Carmindor to life so that the whole would finally believe he was a different person than what the press led on. Anyway, the actual adventure began on ExcelsiCon which was such a fun adventure. My favourite scene was the entry one where the guard was like get out and then she walked in with the free pass and stuff and he was what the… That was a freaking awesome scene!!

“I’ve met my doom, and it isn’t even breakfast yet.”

The texting between Elle and Darien started accidentally but they continued texting even when they resolved the initial confusion of texting the wrong person. Somehow, they felt connected over their shared love of Starfield. Their first face-to-face interaction started off as hate which slowly melted into something much more. I loved these two together but I wanted more. The ending was a bit (well a lot) unrealistic but I did enjoy it. The grand gesture was indeed really sweet. Among the minor characters, I did enjoy Cal, Elle’s step-sister but Chloe (the other step-sister) was a nightmare along with the step-mother. Elle’s friend (whose name for the love of God, I can’t remember right now) was a major support for her and yay for diversity!

Overall, Geekerella was a fun read. I enjoyed the plot although it was too predictable though the characters won my heart. I enjoyed the banter between Elle and Darien. The writing was beautiful and laced with wit and humour and the pace was even throughout the book. I definitely hope to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Title: Words in Deep Blue
Author:  Cath Crowley
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 254 pages, Ebook
Published: August 30th, 2016 by Macmillan Australia
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Love lives between the lines.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.


Rachel and Henry used to be best friends before she moved away and broke off all contacts with him. She tried to confess her feelings towards him once but when she got no response, she gave up hope. Now, after a few years, she’s back in town but she’s not the same person anymore after she lost her brother. Seeing Henry brings up old memories which Rachel wants to forget but Henry is not ready to let her go again. What will happen when the truth about everything comes out?

“The past is with me; the present is here. The future is unmapped and changeable. Ours for the imagining: spreading out before us. Sunlight filled, deep blue, and the darkness.” 

I had seen mostly glorious reviews of this book everywhere and this book was about books!! So obviously, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. I LOVED the books part of this book but the romance was where it all went down. Henry had always fancied Amy and they always had an on and off relationshipdespite this fact Rachel decides to confess her feelings for him but when her confession letter goes unanswered, she doesn’t try again. I loved Rachel but I honestly didn’t care for Henry, even a bit. I mean, he put Amy first before everything else, even his family’s bookshop when it was pretty clear to the whole world that Amy just cared for herself but his obsession with Amy knew no bounds. I seriously hated how he wined for Amy throughout the entire book and just clearly ignored what was in front of him.

“Words do matter. They’re not pointless. If they were pointless then they couldn’t start revolutions and they wouldn’t change history and they wouldn’t be the things that you think about every night before you go to sleep. If they were just words we wouldn’t listen to songs.” 

Now, onto the good parts. The letter library!! It was seriously such an epic thing. I so wished something like that existed where I lived because it just sounds so intriguing and mysterious. All the different and unique stories conveyed through the letters were just so beautiful. Another part that I loved was the letters between George, Henry’s sister and Cal which was really heartbreaking since we understand from the very beginning that their love story is doomed. Despite everything, Henry had redeeming qualities but it was already too late for me to completely care about him but I was glad he was there when Rachel needed him. I enjoyed the other minor characters too. I also enjoyed the family aspect of this book.

Overall, Words in Deep Blue is a story about love, loss and grief. This book has its moments but it majorly falls short where the romance comes in. Nonetheless, the writing was beautiful and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what are your opinions on these two books? Have you read them yet or are they still in your tbr? What were the best thing and the worst thing you felt about these two books?

Dual Review: July Thunder & July Lightning by Shannon A. Thompson || A bitter-sweet yet strong read

Title: July Thunder
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Series: Bad Bloods, book 3
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 165 pages, Ebook
Published: April 10th, 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name–citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.

Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.

That’s when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who’s attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery–and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.

Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.


This book was a quick read. I really loved getting back to the world of the Bad Bloods again and I really enjoyed the diverse characters.  You can read my review of November Rain (book 1), here and November Snow (book 2), here.

The last book ended with the Bad Bloods finally getting recognised as citizens of Vendona. But equal rights are yet to be totally implied. Violet survived the massacre of her flock a few months ago and she’s not ready to forgive the humans for it just yet but when a new rebellion sparks that might be a danger to the Bad Bloods as well, she figures Caleb is the only one who can help but will he?

The plot was refreshing and easy to read. The Bad Bloods were considered a threat to the society because of their powers but after Serena and Daniel fought for their rights, they were finally granted some freedom but the consequences remained. We got a glimpse of Violet in the previous books but we get to know more about her in this book. I really liked the interesting fact about her age and how everything actually worked for her. I really liked her, from the very start. She was rebellious and brave, she just wanted to be treated like a normal person and not someone to be feared but I liked the fact that she didn’t take shit from others and always stood up for herself.

“Some rumors said she was a demon from another world. Other rumors said she was death incarnate, someone to remind us of our misdeeds. But no one had said how beautiful she was. No one had mentioned her eyes. The ones that showed color only for a second. A hint of beauty in absolute blackness.”

We are also introduced to Caleb’s herd where we get to see so many new characters and each one possessed a unique ability. I especially liked Nuo’s powers, Kuthun was quite a unique character as well. This book dragged a little in the middle but it picked up towards the end. Caleb’s true identity is also revealed and it ended on a pretty interesting note which made me pick up the next book in this series immediately after finishing this one.


Title: July Lightning
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Series: Bad Bloods, book 4
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 267 pages, Ebook
Published: May 1st, 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name- son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won’t be easy. Enemies wait around every corner and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves. Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.


This book was pretty awesome. I was on the edge from the very start and couldn’t put this book down.

The threat that looms over their shoulder is becoming bigger and bigger and when Violet finally learns the truth, she knows she has to do something to save them all. With the help of Caleb, will she be able to stop the impending disaster?

This book was not devoid of politics and it was quite and interesting aspect. So many things happened in this book which kept me interested till the very end. I really enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous Bad Bloods duology as well. The character development in this book was one of my most favourite things about this book. I really loved how Violet handled every situation maturely and protected the ones she dearly loved.

The storm added a violent twist to the story. And along with that, the rebellion played a huge role and when we finally get to know who was behind everything, I was a little shocked. Violet knew she couldn’t stop that person and she along with her friends did everything in their power to save everyone but there were tear-jerker moments as well.

“A heroic act is not always followed by glory and parades and forever freedom,” she said. “It’s often small, disregarded, or forgotten. But it matters.”

Another fact that I loved was that Caleb finally forgiving his family and accepting them. He was a real strong character and it took strength what he had to do in the last moments though it was Violet who stole the show for me. This book was unpredictable and although it ended on a bittersweet note, I was left satisfied with the ending.

Overall, July Thunder & July Lightning were a great read. I enjoyed how the plot was executed and the character development throughout the books. The writing was beautiful and smooth and it was fast-paced, I can’t wait to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think of this series? Have you read any other book by this author?

Dual Review: Clipped Wings and Inked Armor by Helena Hunting

Clipped Wings    Inked Armor

Title(s): Clipped Wings & Inked Armor
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Clipped Wings, book 1 & 2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Pretty Warm
Page Count and Format: 352 pages, Ebook
Published: March 4th, 2014- May 13th, 2014 by Gallery Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Clipped Wings- An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn’t ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley’s past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side…or run?

Inked Armor- In this follow-up to Clipped Wings, the emotional love story continues between Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

In the wake of losing Tenley Page, tattooist Hayden Stryker’s tumultuous past is haunting him. Plagued by nightmares about the murder of his parents, Hayden reaches out again to Tenley. Having run from the man she doesn’t believe she deserves, Tenley finally lays her guilt to rest. Despite their intense physical attraction, Hayden and Tenley struggle to repair their fragile emotional connection. As Hayden gets closer to the truth, he must find a way to reconcile his guilt over his parents’ death in order to keep the woman who finally cracked his armor, and found her way into his heart.


My Thoughts

Both Clipped Wings and Inked Armor were mind blowing. I loved this series so much, it was a whirlwind of a ride and I fell in love with the characters!

Clipped Wings was such an interesting read. Tenley is still overcoming from the tragedy she recently went through when she meets Hayden, a tattoo artist. No one can deny their explosive chemistry. But can two people, so broken have a relationship without destroying one another?

I loved the plot. Although some things were a bit predictable, I loved how everything was executed. Tenley can’t get over the tragedy that wrecked her life until Hayden storms into her life. They had undeniable chemistry and I loved how their relationship slowly evolved.

“Everyone has scars, Tenley.
If we’re lucky, they’re only on the outside.”

My heart broke for both of them. Both of their pasts were so tragic, nobody deserves such pain such pain in their life but nobody could stop fate either. They were both broken yet so perfect for each other.

I loved Tenley’s idea for her tattoo which she wanted to symbolize the pain, anger she went through after what happened to her. Hayden’s cupcake obsession was classic, it was fun to read how he went ballistic when there were cupcakes in front of him. He was a complex character and just as swoon-worthy! 

All the other characters were fantastic as well. I loved how Chris, Lisa, Cassie supported and loved Hayden and considered him their family. And when Tenley came into the picture, she filled the piece which was missing in his life.

Clipped Wings sort of ended in a cliffhanger and I immediately picked the next book!

*A little spoilery.*

Inked Armor picks up from where Clipped Wings left off. Tenley is back but things are not the same between her and Hayden anymore. She understands the depth of Hayden’s problem and how she left him at such a crucial time. Can their relationship survive when secrets from the past arise?

Just like the previous book, I was hooked into the story from the very start. Hayden and Tenley discover more about each other and how the past still continues to haunt them. This book is focused more on Hayden’s fear and nightmares more than Tenley’s because she somewhat got some closure.

Nonetheless, I loved their relationship. I especially loved the character development throughout the book. The raw emotions and feelings felt so real.

“She’d found a way between the cracks in my armor and blew it apart. I wanted to have the same effect on her”

The murder mystery of Hayden’s parents is finally solved. I predicted who the culprits were going to be and I was veeery happy when they got the punishment they deserved, especially Officer Cross because he felt dodgy from the start. Nonetheless, the ending was of this book was perfect and it melted my heart.

***

Overall, Clipped Wings and Inked Armor were fantastic reads! I definitely found a new favourite author. I absolutely loved both the books and the romance was so freaking good! The writing was beautiful and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Sooo, guys have you read this series? Or do you want to? If you already have, how was your experience? Have you read any other books by this author?