Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Forsake by Andrea Pearson

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: Andrea Pearson
Title: Forsake
Published: October 17th 2017
Genre: magic, ya
Goodreads: Forsake
Amazon: Forsake(Affiliate link)

Received from Author in exchange for honest review.


I've read Discern (first book in Mosaic Chronicles) a while ago and really enjoyed it. I loved diving back to this world. I especially love magic system in these book. Only fourth child in the family has magic, that is elemental in nature, and are called Aretes. There is even a university for Aretes.😊  Forsake is set before the events of Mosaic Chronicles.




Nicole is in the last year of high school. She has one really good friend Lizzy. They are friends in the true meaning of the word and would do anything for each other. The whole book is like a testament to that.




Just before the ball for her Restarting, she actually Restarts. She trows up and faints in class. On the actual ball she is approached by women with little piece of metal to protect in order to save her friends, the woman ends up dead and the real adventure begins. :) I loved why she does it all, it's just so sweet to see that kinds of friendship and loyalty. she does everything in her power to protect Lizzy, even giving up her memories in the end. 




She has a boyfriend Conor, they started dating about two weeks ago. I gotta say I hate that guy. I just disliked him in the start, more with every chapter Her family life is really sad, she her parents are cold and distant (she flies across the world and they are like whatever... I mean...ahh) 


I LOVE this book. Story is full of action, it pull you in from the very first page. There is magic, friendship, adventure, kick ass fighting...just amazingπŸ˜ƒ. It made me want to read Discern again.:)

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,

Anie

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah Oomerbhoy

Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Title: The Rise of the Dawnstar
Series: The Avalonia Chronicles #2
Published: April 24th 2017
Genres: fantasy, ya

Goodreads: The Rise of the Dawnstar
Amazon:The Rise of the Dawnstar (Avalonia Chronicles)(Affiliate link) 

Synopsis:

Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes. 

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world. 

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen. 

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

Excerpt:


Prologue
“Why is the girl still alive, Lucian?” said a woman’s voice from a shadowy corner.
“I’m working on it, my queen.” The Archmage of Avalonia swept into the darkened room, his black mage robes, bordered with gold, billowing around him as he walked. Broad-shouldered and regal in his bearing, he raised his right hand and the damp fireplace flared to life, warming the cold stone floor.
Morgana sat in a red velvet chair, staring into the flames that suddenly appeared before her, illuminating her heart-shaped face. The windows were shut against the cold wind that had started blowing down from the north and a dark mist swirled outside as the wind howled, racing through the kingdoms of Avalonia, heralding the coming of winter.
“Then why does she still live, Lucian?” Morgana snarled, rising slowly from her high-backed chair and turning to face the Archmage. Her obsidian hair was loose and tangled and her emerald eyes were bloodshot red.
“We have no idea where she is.” Lucian bowed before the queen of Illiador. His eyes narrowed as he addressed Morgana. “It is proving impossible to find her with magic. As long as she wears the Amulet of Auraken, I cannot determine her whereabouts.”
“Yes, I know that.” Morgana waved her hand, dismissing the thought. “But surely there are other ways to find her?”
“Not with magic.”
“Then find her without magic,” Morgana hissed.
“I have spies everywhere, looking for the princess,” said the Archmage, his jaw tightening. “The last we heard, she left the Summer Palace in the dark of night. That was days ago – by now she could be anywhere in the seven kingdoms.”
Morgana clasped her hands together and started pacing in front of the fireplace. “She won’t get far on a normal horse; at least she doesn’t have the added advantage of a pegasus anymore.”
Lucian coughed and looked down.
Morgana’s eyes widened and her eyebrows rose. “What are you not telling me, Lucian?”
“There was an incident in the ruins, after you, um, left. My sources say that the princess healed the pegasus.”
“How is that possible? The pegasus was dead, I saw it with my own eyes.” Morgana paused as she assessed the Archmage. “Is her healing power so great?”
“I believe it is. She has the blood of the immortal fae running through her veins. You know how powerful their healers are, and she is stronger still. My sources say that the healing she performed on that day was something no one has ever seen before.”
“The Shadow Guard were supposed to kill the pegasus and the princess, but they failed.” Morgana looked utterly unimpressed.
Lucian looked down.
“Why did they fail, Lucian?” Morgana’s green eyes narrowed. “I thought you had trained them all personally? How can a little chit of a girl defeat the deadliest warriors of Illiador?”
“She is too strong,” the Archmage said, his face almost feral at the thought of the girl who had evaded them for over fifteen years. “The more she uses her magic, the more her power grows. There is no mage who can stand in her way now.”
“Rubbish!” The flames in the fireplace leapt and danced as Morgana’s anger flared. “There is always a way.”
Lucian bowed his head, not so much as blinking an eye. “Whatever you say, my queen.”
Morgana flashed him a glare. “And what news is there from Eldoren? Are you sure your sister and her husband know what they’re doing?”
Lucian nodded. “The Blackwaters will take over the throne of Eldoren as you have commanded. The plans are already set in motion.”
“That is not enough,” Morgana snapped. “I want Prince Rafael dead as well. The Ravenswood dynasty supports Aurora, none must be allowed to survive. We will strip her of all her allies and all her friends; she will have no one to turn to, no one to help her. Without proper guidance the girl is likely to destroy herself. Then we will strike when she is at her weakest.”
“What about Izadora? The fae queen will never bow to your rule, and you know that.”
Morgana’s eyes narrowed. “Izadora will have no choice, once I am done with her,” she gave Lucian a pointed look. “My plans concerning Elfi are already underway. You just make sure that Aurora never reaches her grandmother’s kingdom.”
Lucian shook his head. “Forget her, Morgana.” He came closer and put his hand on her shoulder. “She is weak and foolish. She doesn’t have it in her to be queen. Like you said, she will eventually destroy herself. Concentrate on taking over the other kingdoms first. Once you are crowned High Queen of Avalonia, Aurora Firedrake will become just a memory.”
“I want her dead, Lucian.” Morgana moved away from him, and turned to face the flames. “I should have called for the Drakkar assassins much earlier,” she said quietly, dismissing the Archmage with a wave of her hand. “They will find her and they will destroy her, even if you can’t.”
“But, Your Majesty.” The Archmage’s spine stiffened. “The Drakkar are not to be trusted. They will extract a high price for this – remember what happened after you hired them to kill Azaren.” He paused and took a step closer, lowering the tone of his voice. “Morgana, let me find the girl. I will not fail, just give me more time.”
“There is no more time,” snarled Morgana, turning back around to face him. “The people have already heard that she is alive. You told me yourself that rebel factions have sprung up all over Illiador and they are searching for her too. We have to find her before those troublemakers who call themselves the Silver Swords do. They are the last remnants of Azaren’s supporters, and I want them gone as well. Burn the forests where they take cover, and scorch the villages and towns that conceal them. If anyone is found supporting Aurora, they must be made examples of. My niece must have no place to go, nowhere to hide, then we will strike and make her wish that she had never been born a Firedrake.”
The Archmage bowed, his eyes like shards of cold steel. “It will be done, my queen.”

“See that it is.” Morgana turned to gaze into the dancing fire. “If I want to become High Queen over all the seven kingdoms, Aurora Firedrake must die.”

Happy reading,

Anie
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Chosen by R. S. Broadhead

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: R. S. Broadhead
Title: Chosen
Series: The Urban Legends Series
Published: October 24th 2017
Genres: new Adult, supernatural, thriller, horror
Goodreads: Chosen
Amazon:Chosen (The Urban Legends Series Book 1) (Affiliate link)

Received from Xpresso Book Tour in exchange for honest review

Synopsis:


Black eyes. No emotion. No sympathy. Only emptiness.

Piper McAdams’s life was normal. Career? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Friends? Check. One unsettling run in with a homeless man turns everything from normal to terrifying. She begins seeing…things.

Things she can’t seem to explain or make any sense.

As if things aren’t already getting out of hand, Piper receives news that the only family member she has is dead. She thinks maybe a trip across the country to her hometown will get her away from all the strange events happening.

After a late night accident, Piper isn’t in her hometown burying her loved one. She’s in a town called Hell. All she wants to do is leave, but the people seem to be holding her there for some reason.

A reason she feels threatens her life. Around every corner things become darker and scarier.

Can she escape what is coming for her?

Review:


Wow, this was one of the spookiest books I've read this year. It's one of those stories, that stick with you. Book was on my mind a lot, and it's definitely one of those book, you have to read during the day. :) Especially the end...

Piper had a really ruff childhood. She was abused by her father and after closed in small closet. She heard voice there, talking to her, from the darkness. One day, when she was in the closet again, someone came to the apartment and her father disappeared. She spent rest of her childhood with her grandfather, living on the countryside in Alabama. When she turned 18, she moved to New York, where she got her degree, job and a boyfriend.

One Friday night, at her snooty boyfriends family dinner, she notices homeless guy. Before she knows it, he is grabbing her and then he leaves without a trace.

She sees things in the dark, shadows moving. It gets a lot worse, when her grandfather dies and she goes back home. After creepy accident, she ends up in town called Hell, where all gets a LOT worse.

There is a reason for all the thing she sees and experiences.

The ending though... it was perfect and soo scary. :) I really liked reading it. Pace it's quite fast, except for the middle part, where it dragged a bit.

Perfect for Halloween. :)


Happy reading,

Anie


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Goblin Fruit by S. E. Burr

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: S. E. Burr
Title: Goblin Fruit
Series: Gobbled #1
Number of pages: 198
Published: December 10th 2012 by Createspace
Genre: ya, fantasy, paranormal
Goodreads: Goblin Fruit
Amazon: Goblin Fruit (Gobbled Book 1)(Affiliate link)


So there is this drug, called Goblin Fruit. No one is sure, how they make it. After few uses, or just one, if you have genetic disposition, you get catatonic. Even after few years, people can't touch users or catatonic people, there is still enough drug in the sweet, that will make you crave it.

Story is mostly told from two perspectives. Clarity lives in one of the centres, that houses such people. Her mother is catatonic. Audrey and her brother had a band and were touring, getting quite known. Until he become catatonic too. He is house at the same centre at Clarity's mom. Audrey comes to visit her brother one day, and the girl meet.

They become friends, helping each other and try to find clues to save their loved ones in old song.

I love the story, it's about drugs, friendships and family. I couldn't put it down. It's a bit spooky at times. :)

Happy reading,

Anie


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Title: Obsidian
Series: Lux #1
Number of pages: 299
Genre: aliens, sci-fi, paranormal, urban fantasy, romance, ya 
Published: November 2011
Goodreads: Obsidian
Amazon: Obsidian (Lux - Book One) (Lux 1)(Affiliate link)

One of my favourites, another re-read.:) I love Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing. It just flows effortlessly. As with any book of hers, the story grips you from the start and doesn't let you go till the end.

The characters really came to life. I really love Katy, she loves books, is snarky and doesn't put up with Daemon. And than there is Daemon, hot and mean. :) I love the dynamics between them, the banter and fights, it's was just so entertaining.

The side characters are great too. Especially Dee, I love the friendship between them.

OK, I will admit, it has few issues. But as I said with Twilight, I didn't think about it, when I read it, only after. Because when I read it, I was totally immersed in the story. And that is what makes a good book for me.

Happy reading,
Anie

Friday, October 13, 2017

Wolves by C. Gockel

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š πŸ’š 
Author: C. Gockel
Title: Wolves
Series: I Bring the Fire #1
Number of pages: 254
Published: January 1st 2012
Genre: Norse Gods, urban fantasy
Goodreads: Wolves
Amazon:I Bring the Fire Part I : Wolves (A Loki Series) (affiliate link)

Loki is my favourite Norse god, so I was really happy to read a book featuring him. The story is perfect blend of mythology and modern world. I really liked it.

So, Amy is driving to her grandmother's house and has an accident. There is guy driving down the road, about to kill her, when she is saved by Loki. Loki wakes up in a cell, where he is contained, and finds out, that his sons are about to be killed. He escapes (with style :) ) and is transported to Earth in the middle of saving his sons. He saves Amy and she helps him (somewhat reluctantly) in return. 

It's such a great story of adventure and unlikely friendship, with flashback to the past, where we learn more about Loki.

I flew thought he book and really enjoyed reading it.


Happy reading,

Anie



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Evlon by Maia Starr

Rating: πŸ’š πŸ’š
Author:
Maia Starr

Title: Evlon
Series: Zenkian Warriors
Genre: romance, alliens
Published: October 6th 2017 
Goodreads: Evlon

Received from Author in exchange for honest review


Zenkians are alien special, that is invading Earth, stealing women and resources. Because they are stronger and more advance, the Earth can't defend itself. IN order to save Earth, Miranda and few of her teammates go on mission to their planet, to talk about peace. Instead they are tricked and secretly abducted.

Evlon is second in command, ruthless warrior, with no regard for anyone. Against her best judgement, Miranda falls for him. 

Idea behind the story is good and has a lot of potential to develop, the world and characters. I didn't like the writing style and have a hard time connecting to the story or care for characters.

Happy reading,

Anie




Forsake by Andrea Pearson

Rating: πŸ’š  πŸ’š  πŸ’š  πŸ’š  πŸ’š Author: Andrea Pearson Title: Forsake Published: October 17th 2017 Genre: magic, ya Goodreads:  Forsake ...