Review: Cinder & Ella and Happily Ever After by Kelly Oram // My personal favourite contemporary retelling of Cinderella!

Title: Cinder & Ella and Happily Ever After
Author: Kelly Oram
Series: Cinder & Ella duology
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: 254 & 342 pages resp., Ebook
Published: October 2016 & April 11th 2017 by Bluefields respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Cinder & Ella

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

Happily Ever After

The end of one story is often the beginning of another. Hollywood heartthrob Brian Oliver and his Cinderella princess Ellamara Rodriguez have finally found love outside the digital world. But leaving their anonymity behind creates a whole new set of obstacles for the nation’s new favorite sweethearts. With the stress of Brian’s fame, Ella’s disapproving family, and the pressures of a new relationship weighing down on them, the It Couple quickly begins to wonder if they can hold on to their newfound joy, or if maybe happily ever after is only a fairy tale.


I read Cinder & Ella for the first time in 2016 but never got the chance to write a review despite utterly falling in love with it. Lo, behold! Kelly announced its sequel in 2017 but well I finally got to it this year. I also had a sudden craving to reread the first book, therefore I didn’t give up the chance to binge read it and holy hell, it was fun! When you reread a book after a long time, there is a kind of excitement to go back into the familiar world. At the same time, you wonder if you are going to love it as much as you did before. Thankfully, my experience was quite good, I would say even better than the first! I won’t lie, this book set my standards so high, I wasn’t fully able to love Geekerella or similar books like that because I had already read this. This book was albeit cheeeeesy and fluffy but well it earned a special place in my heart. Well anyhooo, onto the review…

Cinder and Ella had virtually met through Ella’s blog where she posts hilarious books and movie reviews. Cinder a.k.a Brian is a teenage heartthrob who longs for something real. Despite reading “not so awesome” comments about his acting skills in her blog, they strike up an unusual friendship. They also share their love for the Druid Prince Chronicles where Brain is actually playing the role of Cinder. Although they have never met, they share a lot of bond and harbour mutual feelings. However, before anything begins, Ella faces a big accident where she almost becomes a cripple. Losing her mother and sending to live with her dad and her step-family is a cherry on top. The only shining light in the darkness is Brain with whom she gets to reconnects with after a year.

So… I fell in love with the story of Brian and Ella all over again. Ella’s pain and heartache all over made me ache for her again. Although Ella’s a pretty self-dependent person, her injury does not let feel that way. She is left nearly more than half burnt after the accident and hence is forced to live with her step-family. Mostly, the whole family starts up on the wrong foot which creates quite a few misunderstandings between the family members. But thing that I loved the most this duology is the relationship between the sisters. This relationship was particularly not rainbows and sunshine at first but I completely loved how it evolved as the series moved forward. However, the same cannot be said for the father. I mean… he tried to redeem himself but it just didn’t feel like he was trying 100%. I mean even if he did, he always said the wrong things at the wrong time and always questioned Ella instead of being just with her and supporting her.

On the other hand, Brian was a complete sweetheart. He was patient, supportive and loved Ella with his whole heart. However, while reading this for the second time, I basically realised he had no flaw. Neither did Ella. Not much. So yeah, although these characters were outstanding but sometimes they just felt a little too bland. Although I could resonate with Ella a lot since I react pretty much the same way she does in certain situations. Despite these flaws, I enjoyed their relationship right from the very start. Brain definitely had me swooooning! Oh, I also enjoyed the complexity of the situation since they have been online friends forever but in real life, only for a few weeks. I definitely enjoyed how the author handled this situation and it didn’t feel rushed at all. 

I noticed one thing about the dad department in this book. Mostly, both of them were douches and didn’t live up to my expectations. Okay, although Ella’s father was a not a complete douche but he still was… I mean if you get what I mean. In the first book, we get a glimpse of the limelight that Brian is always in due to his career as an actor. This was especially highlighted in the sequel as well since we get to see its impact on Ella. Although there were vulnerable moments, I was so glad to see them fighting for each other along with sharing equal love and respect.

Overall, Cinder & Ella and Happily Ever After were both an awesome read. It was a great duology with a filled with romance, comedy as well as heartwrenching emotions. This book made me laugh out loud on various occasions and even made me cry my eyes out. However, I am so glad I picked up this series, although it was on a whim. All the characters were uniquely distinguishable and I adored each and everyone (mostly) of them. This rhythm of this book was pretty steady and it followed a slowly yet simple writing style. Due to these certain factors, I was able to enjoy this series far more!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, have you duology this yet? Or any other book by this author?

Duology Review: Wolf by Wolf & Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin // Which made me fall in love and then shattered my heart!

  

Title: Wolf by Wolf & Blood by Blood
Author: Ryan Graudin
Series: Wolf By Wolf duology
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 400 & 496 pages respectively, Ebook
Published: October 6th 2015 & November 1st 2016 respectively by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Wolf by Wolf:

Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

Blood for Blood:

There would be blood.Blood for blood.Blood to pay.An entire world of it.
For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.
Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.
But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?


My Thoughts

Okaaay, so I finally read this duology!!!!

In a million times I hadn’t expected it to end like that. Like seriously? How could it end like that?!! I am still pretty much upset about that fact but I cannot deny the fact that this duology was epically fantastic!

First of all, the plot of this duology was fresh and unique.

Sassy heroine? Check.

Full on adventure? Check.

Killing Hitler? Double check!!

I mean, I wanted to read this book for soooo long but for some reason I didn’t pick it up. So one day while going to work, I just started the ebook and I was hooked!!

“These were the names she whispered in the dark.
These were the pieces she brought back into place.
These were the wolves she rode to war.” 

Yael has only one mission and that is to assassinate Hitler. Although Hitler does not make public appearances anymore, but the winner of Axis Tour which is an annual motorcycle race hosted by Germany in collaboration with Japan, gets to meet Hitler in the winner ball. Yael is a face changer which was one of the many projects done under the reign of Hitler. Due to all those experiments she lost everybody but she gained one deadly advantage. Now posing as Adele Wolfe, the winner of the precious year’s race, Yael takes her entry. But Adele’s old flame Luka and her brother Felix pose a major treat to her mission. It’s up to Adele weather she wants to utilize her brain or heart for reaching the end of this mission.

Wolf by Wolf was such an intriguing read. This book depicted the whole journey of the Axis Tour. I didn’t think reading about a motorcycle race would be this interesting actually! But it was so much more than that. This book kinda reminded me of the Hunger Games but this was definitely more fun. The participants in the race had to use various strategies to stay ahead in the race and although violence was not legal, it was definitely allowed as long as it didn’t get capture in the cameras. This definitely added a dangerous element to the book. Well aside from the fact of assassination which was a total suicide mission!

*Major Spoilers*

You can read the highlighted parts though!

*Proceed at your own risk!*

Blood by Blood was much more intense compared to book 1. The major twist at the end of Wolf by Wolf was expected but fairly surprising at the same time. Of course, that was going to happen! But what followed after was unexpected as hell. In book 1, the death of T actually quite shocked me as much as it did to Yael. I didn’t expect to actually feel bad for that guy. He might have sneaky and self-centered but he was just a guy who wanted to win like the others.

Book 2 started with a major bang where Yael broke out after the attempted assassination attempt. I particularly grew attached to Luka in this book, who unlike Felix gave Yael a real chance. Although romance was not a major aspect of this book, but it existed and I loooved the little moments between Luka and Yael. Another one of the major unexpected surprise about her fourth wolf made me tear up!

“Fear is not an excuse,” Yael told him. “Fear is being human.”

Whiiich brings me to Yeal’s past! The experiments done on her made me flinch every time. I couldn’t imagine Yael had to go through so much. But she grew up as a strong woman. Of course, she had her demons from the past but she knew how to fight them. She fought as fiercely as she cared. I loved her character so much. I mean, even after going through hell, how could she be so selfless?

And Aaron-Klaus. I really loved Aaron-Klaus. His death tore me apart too but one of the last revelations gave me some closure. So many deaths. There were too many deaths.

The development of characters throughout the duology was refreshing to read about. I was not a fan of Luka when I got first introduced to him but he slowly won me over. I didn’t think it would get my heart ripped apart in the end. And Felix, I really admired him. He just went from the best brother category to straight in my shitlist!! I mean, did he care about anyone beside his family? Ever? Whatever Yael might have done, she always protected him and Felix couldn’t even trust her this much. And Adele’s a real bitch.

I read Iron to Iron because I wanted to know what went wrong between the two of them. maybe Luka just misunderstood Adele but oh no! That was so not the case. Her shitty character was perfectly revealed in the novella. And on top of that, she added fuel to Felix’s doubts. I wouldn’t have cared if she died. I mean for that shit, Luka had to die!!! Freaking die!!!

I died too along with that.

“The wolves of war are gathering. They sing a song of rotten bones.”

Overall, Wolf by Wolf duology left me into pieces but I do not regret picking it up. This duology earned a place in my heart, forever! The plot was witty and executed in a unique manner. I loved some characters and hated some others with passion. I was really rooting for the resistance the whole way and although their fate was bittersweet, this book ended with hope. Hope for a new world.

Recommend it?
Yes!


Sooo guys, what are your thoughts on this duology? Did it break your heart like it did mine? Or is it still waiting in your tbr?

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?

Duology Review: The Crown’s Game & The Crown’s Fate || Where the Crown lost its Fate in my Heart

Title: The Crown’s Game and The Crown’s Fate
Author: Evelyn Skye
Series: The Crown’s Game duology
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 416 and 427 pages respectively, Paperback
Published: May 17th, 2016 and May 16th, 2017 by Balzer + Bray respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The Crown’s Game:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air.

They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

The Crown’s Fate:

Magic is growing, shadows are rising, and the throne is at stake…

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.


As much as I love the beautiful colour combination of this book, I am disappointed to say that it didn’t live up to my expectations. I did have high hopes for this duology although the premise was unique but it still failed to make an impression.

When Vika is finally called for the role of an Enchanter, she learns there is another one in Russia, Nikolai and she has to fight him. Whoever stays alive until the very end, becomes the Tsar’s Enchanter. But when feelings come into the way, things become complicated and Pasha who is the heir to the tsardom best friend life falls into a dilemma because one is the girl he is falling for and the other is his best friend.

Soooo, the plot was kinda like the mini-hunger games except with only 2 participants and it involved actual magic! We are introduced to the two enchanters Vika and Nikolai, both whose characters I enjoyed individually. But can someone tell me when did the romance happen? Yes, they felt a certain kind of kinship because they both shared a magic which was a burden at that current point but other than how did the love happen, they didn’t even get to spend much time together as they had to plan for the next attack against each other. The romance was a big downfall in this book.

The book takes place in Russia, a different kind of Russia where magic still exists but other than some of the town descriptions, I found the world building very lacking. There was a lot of scopes but it didn’t live up to that point.Though I did enjoy the magic, it was pretty intriguing but I wanted mooore!! The plot twist at the end of book 1 was a little surprising due to which I wanted to continue book 2. But I thought it was going to creepy and stuff! It was but I didn’t feel the chill in my bones.

No, I am not being over-dramatic. Or I might be. It’s just in my DNA!
(Haha… yeah I couldn’t stop without a reference!!)

The pacing of both the books felt a little slow but book 2 was a bit more. The fact surrounding Nikolai didn’t hold much mystery and oh well… Also, unfortunately, Pasha wasn’t an interesting character either. And there wasn’t much character development in book 2 either but I’m glad at least he could hold down the fort. He mostly acted like a puppet like his sister told him to do and he was just, I don’t know he was not a memorable character. He was still okay until book 1 but his decision betrayed me but after that how much he repented didn’t matter much to me.

Overall, The Crown’s Game dulogy was an okay read, I wanted more of the magic stuff. It was there but I needed mooooore of it!! The writing flowed smoothly. And overall it was still engaging enough for me to finish the duology. Although most of the stuff had let me down, I’m still glad I gave it a try.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Sooo guys, what do you think about this duology? Have you finished it or are you still halfway? How was the experience for you??

Dual Review: This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab || Where the Monsters Failed to Grab My Attention

  

Title: This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet
Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity duology
Genre: Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 411 pages & 470 respectively, Paperback
Published: June 7th, 2016 & June 13th, 2017 respectively by Titan Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:  

Blurb (from Goodreads):

This Savage Song:

Kate Harker and August Flynn’s families rule opposite ends of Verity, a grisly metropolis where violent acts summon real monsters: bloodsucking Malchai; clawing Corsai; and soul-stealing Sunai. The truce that keeps the families at peace is crumbling, and August is sent to spy on Kate. But when Harker’s men try to kill her and pin it on the Flynns, August and Kate find themselves running from both sides, in a city where monsters are real…

Our Dark Duet:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.


First of all, I couldn’t stop bawling my eyes out after I finished this duology in the morning. I’m still sad.

Secondly, every time I read August, my mind immediately started playing A to the G to the U to the STD, I’m D’boy because I’m from D.

I didn’t mind though. That song, umm… rap is my jam! I never thought I would love rap, like ever and here I am, all thanks to BTS. Anyway, I should return to the actual review…

I definitely enjoyed this duology but I think my expectations were too high because V.E. Schwab is a pretty hyped author and this dulogy was my first read from her but unfortunately I didn’t fall in love with it. *Black sheep alert!!* Anyway, so I thought I would do a list post review instead of the ones I usually do!

Verity is a city divided into two and they are filled with monsters, the flesh-eating Corsai, the blood-sucking Malachai and the soul-consuming Sunai. Those who follow Harker are protected under him and the South is protected by the Flynns. But they are on the verge of war. When Kate Harker and August Flynn’s world collide, either chaos will break out or peace will finally prevail.

The things I loved-

  • Kate- She made a strong protagonist. I was rooting for her from the very start and I loved her character growth throughout the duology. She was something else when we were first introduced to her, she desperately wanted her father’s approval but as the book proceeded, she learned to stand her own ground. She fought fiercely for what she thought was the right thing to do and I really, really loved that about her.

  • Ilsa- Something about her just made me love her. She was sweet yet fierce. My heart broke after reading her backstory, I so wished a gentle person like that didn’t have to go through so much. And in the 2nd book, I think she somehow knew what would happen to her, that’s why she did that instead of August. That shattered my heart. My poor little heartu…
  • Alice- She was the perfect amount of bad and creepy. I enjoyed her character more than the actual villain. She was sly and only Kate dead. I really hated her but she was a villain I would not forget.
  • The action- The fighting and stuff was pretty awesome. Those scenes were engaging and kept me on my toes. I definitely wanted more of those.

The In-betweens-

  • August (A to the G to the U to the STD….) I liked his character but he didn’t end up on my favourite list. Of course, he had a bigger problem and those were definitely hard to overcome but his resolute always seem to falter and only when Kate urged him to do the right thing, he finally listened. But I loved that he was loyal and wouldn’t leave his friends in danger. He just wanted to experience life as a normal person but for someone like him, life wasn’t exactly a piece of cake.
  • The monsters- They were creative. Definitely creative, I’ll give you that but I thought I was going to be scared a little. It was creepy at times but not that horrifying. Among the Corsai, Malachai and Sunai the last monster, Chaos Eater definitely took the prize. Now that, was indeed terrifying.
  • The plot- Unfortunately didn’t blow me away. I liked it but I just didn’t feel totally invested in the story. I definitely enjoyed the Our Dark Duet more than This Savage Song, although the first book definitely had its moments. But the second book was so much more and things took a more different and violent turn and I loved the unpredictability of it.

The things I didn’t love-

  • Sloan- Eh, shoo you, villain. He was the big bad wolf but every time I read about him, I would just feel meh. I didn’t enjoy his character much. I was not impressed by his villainy. Nuh huh.
  • Pace- The pace was kind of all over the place. The first book started out pretty slow and it mostly focused on Kate and August but the second book was much better regarding pace. They faced a much bigger scenario and I enjoyed how things were executed from there onwards.
  • That ending- Why oh why… *runs away sobbing*

Overall, the Monsters of Verity dulogy was an interesting read but not intriguing enough for me. I enjoyed the plot but I wasn’t 100% invested in it but I definitely enjoyed the characters. Although this series is not a major hit for me, I’m still glad I gave it a try because it definitely had its amazing moments.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what did you think about this duology? Was it a big hit for you or did it fell flat? What was the thing you loved/hated the most in this series?

Review: Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh || A satisfying conclusion || Blog Tour

Welcome to my tour stop of Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: Obsidian and Stars
Author: Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory and Bone, book 2
Genre: Prehistorical, Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 368 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: June 13th, 2017 by HarperTeen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.


Obsidian and Stars definitely was an interesting conclusion to this series, one that I definitely enjoyed. You can read my review of book 1: Ivory and Bone, here.

After the betrayal and the fight with the Bosha clan ended, everything finally seemed at place. Mya is ready to be betrothed to Kol but then the unthinkable happens, Chev, the High Elder of her clan as well as Mya’s brother decides to announce Lees’s, their sister’s marriage with Morsk, someone she despises. Mya sees the only option out is to take her sister’s place or run but when more trouble comes their way, how will she face them alone?

The plot managed to hold my attention from the very start and I finished it in two sittings. Ivory and Bone ended on a calm tone with the two clans, Manu and Olen coming to an understanding. I loved Mya and Kol together and I loved the chemistry between them. But soon enough Mya has to take a tough decision in order to save her sister from marrying Morsk which kick-started another new adventure.

When Mya and Lees run away, the end up on a totally new land where they find Noni, a runaway from the Tama clan. I loved how it didn’t take Mya a second to accept her as her own when she saw how much trouble the little girl was in. She defended her with all her power and proved how much worthy she was off. And I equally loved Kol, who stood by her side no matter what although sometimes it felt Kol wanted their relationship to succeed more than Mya but I was glad to be proved wrong in the end.

This book was indeed a little bitter-sweet but I loved the way everything was executed. The action and the adventure kept me on the edge and I was so eager to know what happened next. And how things ended, I couldn’t have been more satisfied.

“That’s why I like the blackest nights-the darkest, obsidian skies of winter. When the world is coldest and darkest, the stars shine brightest.”

Overall, Obsidian and Stars was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and the characters kept me engaged throughout the book. I loved the romance between Mya and Kol. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast-paced throughout the book, I didn’t feel bored, even for a second. I am definitely looking out to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

JulieJulie Eshbaugh is the author of the upcoming Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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Cover Reveal: Remembering Everly by J.L. Berg

With the release of FORGETTING AUGUST just around the corner (quite literally – it releases December 1st!), we’re thrilled to be able to share a look at the gorgeous cover of REMEMBERING EVERLY, the second and final book in the Lost & Found duet. 

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Isn’t it absolutely stunning? We’re in love with these covers – and the books! Find out more about them below. 

Here’s a note for you from J.L. Berg!

Dear Readers,

I am SO excited to share the second and final cover of the Lost & Found series with you! This cover captures the tone of Remembering Everly perfectly. Fear, desire and so much conflict and tension between Everly and August. I can’t wait for you to read the thrilling conclusion to this beautiful duet!

– J.L. Berg

Berg_Forgetting August_E-BookAbout FORGETTING AUGUST:

She can forgive, but can she forget?

Some days, Everly still thinks she sees him. In the food court at the mall, or in a car speeding past as the light changes. It only lasts a second, but when it happens, she slips back to a time when she was ruled-and nearly ruined-by August Kincaid. And it doesn’t matter that she’s moved on, that she’s about to marry another man. In those moments the only thing she can do to regain control is take a deep breath and remind herself that August can’t hurt her-because he’s in a coma. Except that he’s not anymore.

August is awake. With no memories, he sets out to solve the mystery of his lost life. He unearths a photograph of a beautiful redhead named Everly and knows instinctively that she’s the key. But when he finds her, the August she describes is more monster than man.

Tortured by the thought of having hurt her, August wants only to become the man Everly deserves. As the new August emerges, Everly glimpses the person she first fell in love with. But can she trust that this August is real? When the final secret of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . . .

FORGETTING AUGUST releases December 1st. Add it to Goodreads here!

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About REMEMBERING EVERLY:

After a stunning cliffhanger ending in Forgetting August, USA Today bestselling author J.L. Berg delivers the happily ever after that fans have been waiting for in the sequel, REMEMBERING EVERLY, on sale March 1.

He’s forgotten his past, but it hasn’t forgotten him. After losing two years of his life trapped in a coma, August Kincaid will do anything to win back the love of his life. But his past threatens to destroy his second chance at happiness, it’s Everly who is in danger of paying for his crimes.

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Join us for the FORGETTING AUGUST Release Party!

Forever Romance and J.L. Berg invite readers to join them for a Facebook party on December 9 from 7 – 10 PM EST to celebrate FORGETTING AUGUST, on sale December 1. In addition to fun guests and giveaways, there will be a great discussion about the book as J.L. Berg takes fan questions. RSVP here.

About J.L. Berg:

Author J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South. She is the author of the self-pubbed Ready series, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Married to her high school sweetheart. She and her husband have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you can find her with her nose stuck in a romance book, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.

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