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Review of At Graves End by Jeaniene Frost

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Night Huntress, #3

Pages: 342

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Some things won’t stay buried . . . at grave’s end
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and vampire lover Bones are caught by Patra, the wife of his sire Menchares, skilled in black magic and thousands of years old. Her name honors her mother Cleopatra. Patra unleashes a storm against their allies and families, ghouls and vampires. But Menchares still loves her.

You arrogant, overpublicized, showy old bat, what are you waiting for? Aren’t you the king of all bogeymen? The legend children fear will devour them if they misbehave? Come on Vlad, live up to your reputation! If you can’t burn to death one Egyptian vampire chained to a wall how did you ever drive the Turks from Romania?”

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Review

I had heard that Vlad AKA Dracula made an appearance in this novel. considering there is an entire series based off of him, I was super excited for him to show.

The reviews on Goodreads are a mixed bag, and it had me slightly worried when I began reading this.

The story begins where One Foot in the Grave left off. Bones is still helping Cat with her band of merry Vampire Killers. Justina, Cat’s mum hates the ground bones walk on and Cat still puts herself in dangerous situations.

None so dangerous as a family reunion. Cat’s Father is back, and just as brutal. There is a particular torture scene that was immensely gripping I was almost late back from lunch!!

But he’s not even the main antagonist, of this story. An Ancient vampire, wife of Mencheres, Patra is out to kill Cat and Bones.

Bones smiled. “Oh, grand. Going to make me beat the truth out of you? My favorite way to work.”

***Slight Spoiler Alert***

Basically, a premonition stated that Bones would kill Patra in order to protect Cat. Patra wants to Kill Bones before that happens. She is a vampire who was around when The Pharaohs of Egypt were around.

Conflict

Once again the wacky hierarchy between the vampire’s with their Master lines baffled Cat. Which made for some great conflict. Can anyone say pyramid scheme?

The usual Torture, maiming and a big battle made for some truly gripping storytelling.

“He’ll learn that many women can satisfy for a short period of time, but when he falls in love, only one will sustain him forever.”

Paranormal/supernatural elements

What does Jeaniene Frost bring to the vampire Myth?

  • Glowing Green eyes; when aroused or angry
  • Fangs ( A Given)
  • Can see Ghosts and Ghouls
  • Can direct where blood goes in the Body (yes, south!)
  • Stake by silver or beheading will kill
  • sunlight doesn’t really effect vamps
  • Creation: Cain & Abel. The first Murderer received the mark of Cain: The first Vampire.

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Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by S J Maas

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Pages: 228

Genre: Paranormal & Fantasy,

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Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court..

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“Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.”

I grinned so much during this book, my jaw hurt. I loved the friendships and the Christmassy feel, plus Rhysand!!

Not to brag, but I read it in one sitting…

“Dangerous words, Rhysand,” Amren warned, strutting through the door, nearly swallowed up by the enormous white fur coat she wore. Only her chin-length dark hair and solid silver eyes were visible above the collar. She looked— “You look like an angry snowball,” Cassian said.”

It was funny, Heart warming, and at one point I got a little choked up. This story to me what very much a ‘what happens after a war novel’

“To the blessed darkness from which we are born, and to which we return.”

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Review: A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3

Pages: 699

Genre: Ya Fantasy

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With the release of A Court of Frost and Starlight within the next 24 hours, I thought I’d post my final thoughts on the previous book, ACOWAR.

I was super excited about this book. I even booked the day off work when it was released. With the cliffhanger from ACOMF, I wanted answers…

“A Shadow slammed into the eath before us, cracking the ice toward every horizon.
Not a shadow.
A Illyrian warrior. ”

From that point on I couldn’t stop smiling, and then when Rhysand came back on the page, I SQUEALED… Needless to say, the neighbourhood dogs started barking.

He leaned down, nuzzling my throat. “Don’t you want to comfort your mate, who has missed you terribly these weeks?”

In the previous books, War has been brewing between the King of Hybern, and the rest of Prythian. The Inner Circle are reunited, and it’s fabulous!! I love the way SJM has written the friendship; it is stunning.

Only you can decide what breaks you

Tamlin the tool is back, and earlier in the book, I felt nothing but anger to him, and by the end, I guess he made amends, a little.

The pace of the book was uneven but in a captivating way. the scenes of war were fast as expected, and the family comforting and almost warm.

“Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.”

There was just no point in the book where it lulled for me. I never got bored, I never skipped pages, I just kept wanting more.

There are a few things I had wished that the SJM had answered, like relationships within the Inner Circle, her sister full gifts, and the outcome of other characters within the series, such as other High Lords.

I am sooooo pleased that there is a next book coming out, and maybe some answered.

In my opinion, these books are pure perfection, and SJM will have a fan for life…

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Review: A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J Maas

To the Stars that Listen and the Dreams that are answered..

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2

Pages: 626

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling

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Synopsis

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

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This Book is the best out of the trilogy. There’s a lot in this book, and I can’t say much with creating spoilers, which will simply not do.

That being said…

Rhysand is the most handsome High Lord. Rhysand is the most delightful High Lord.Rhysand is the most cunning High Lord

 

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Next Tuesday, A Court of Frost and Starlight is releasing, number 3.5 in the Court of Thornes and Roses series. So I thought in the lead-up, I will post my reviews of the previous books ( No spoilers!!)

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1

Pages: 416

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairytale retelling

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Review:

WOW!!!

I was about a year late for the hype of this book. I read this book, the first time in January 2017, and it blew me away.

Firstly, the woman on the cover is wearing a very decorative feather outfit, and of course THAT tattoo (if you don’t know what I’m talking about -read it) IMHO, the cover is simple and tells you very little of the story until you have read it.

Prior to this, I hadn’t read any books with Faes in, and what the author calls Fae, I would think elves- like Lord of the Rings.

When you open the book, the first thing I notice is a Map of the magical realm called Prythian. It looks a little bit like The British Isles, with Hybern looking like Ireland. Prythian is broken up into courts, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, day and night courts, with a wall dividing them and the Mortal Realm.

The story begins with Feyre, a Human who kills a ‘Beast’ to ensure her family survive the winter. Her punishment lies on the other side of the Wall. She is brought to the Spring Court, by Tamlin- The High Lord.

Let me make this clear for you, girl: you can either come live at my home in Prythian- offer your life for the wolf’s in that way- or you can walk outside right now and be shredded to ribbons. Your choice. – Tamlin

Feyre is introduced to the cruel, but beautiful world of Prythain, with its strange dreamlike creatures, and curses. But can Beauty survive falling in love with the Beast?

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

Recommended to: Everyone!!!

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Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: No

Pages: 384

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairy Tale re-tellings

Synopsis

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronesses…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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Once again, this was a book that was hyped up on Bookstagram. The cover is beautiful and the chapter headings have this wonderful snow and forest theme. Throughout the book, when the beast’s monologue/letters are written with splashes of blood.

“She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything.”

The beginning of the book was slow. REALLLY slow. I thought for sure at some point I would abandon the book. The ending did feel kind of rushed to get the story to a conclusion, but overall I really did enjoy the book.

It wasn’t a book I would have stayed awake all night reading, because it didn’t hold my interest enough. That being said, between the dedication and the below Quote, I did fall in love with the author a little. Her descriptions of the forest and of the beauty were incredible, and I loved the imagery her words brought up.

It did have a Historical Fiction sort of feel, as the magic in the story was very nondescript which I did enjoy immensely, but I wish there were a bit more actions in the story.

The ending was OK. I know there are a lot of negatives about the ending, and it’s not your typical HEA, but it was interesting and for me probably the best part.

“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest—and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. she reminds us of what we used to be.

She reminds us of what we could be.”

Recommend for those who love Fairytale Retellings, and brutal heroines…

“if you’re reading this book, then you’re also that child reading by flashlight and dreaming of other worlds. Don’t be scared of her, that inner Beauty, or her dreams. Let her out. She’s you, and she’s me, and she’s magic.

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Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: The Folk of the Air, #1

Pages: 384

Genre: YA Fantasy

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I received this as part of January 2018 Fairy Loot subscription Box. It was a book I was already super excited for because there was this HUGE hype about it.

Accompanying the book, Fairy Loot also included a candle called Prince Cardan, and very talented artwork of said Prince.

So, here I was Fangirling already because I thought YES– A book to fill the space between Sarah J Maas Novels– more Fae Warriors.. whoop whoop!.

Nope…

I had never read Holly Black before, I thought her novels were usually a bit young for my taste, but I had heard great things about her writing.

The Cruel Prince is about three sisters, taken by Fae’s and forced to live with the one who murdered their parents. The story mostly focuses on Jude, the middle sister. Brought up by the Fae, she is often bullied especially by Price Carden – The Cruel Prince.

Basically, the King is due to step down, a new prince to take his place, but with rivalries between his sons, the court is deadly. Jude is caught in between when she agrees to become a spy, in order to save her sisters.

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

I’ve given the book five stars because I loved it; I really did. It wasn’t Sarah J Maas, and I was right that Holly Black appeals to a much younger audience than YA.

The only issues I had was that the book was called The Cruel Prince because he was barely in it. I really hope his character improves in the next novel – The Wicked King which is due out 8th January 2019.

Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.

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Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Daughter of the Pirate King, #1

Pages: 320

Genre: YA Fantasy

Okay, before I just explode from fangirling… I’ll explain what the book is about…

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Princess Alosa is the Daughter of the self-titled Pirate King Kalligan. He has sent her on a mission to find one of three maps that show the location of Isla de Canta. An Island full of untold riches and treasure. The Pirate King wants the treasure to ensure he stays King for a very long time…

Alosa is ‘kidnapped’ by the captain of the Night Farer Ship, looking for a ransom from her father. Alosa is on a mission to find map.. but the intriguing first Mate -The captain’s Brother- is a little too tempting…

This is a debut book for Tricia Levenseller, but it doesn’t show. She made me completely envious of the world they lived in, even with the violence and thievery. Her descriptions of the sea and the world were vivid.

“I live on the cusp of two worlds, trying desperately to fit into one.”
I loved Alosa. She was strong, and enough of a Pirate to know she wasn’t a pretender ( I hate those) She had enough fierceness without being a bitch, and I loved it.

She had some of those bizarre eccentricities that Jack Sparrow had that I love for example:

“If you’re sorry, that means you want forgiveness. Is that what you’re asking for? If you want forgiveness, that means you want to make things right. And if you want to make things right, that means that you don’t intend to put me in harm’s way again. So, if you are saying you’re sorry, I don’t think you understand what that entails.”
Riden’s allegiance to his nauseous inducing brother was commendable. Even, when he did not agree with his brother’s actions he remained faithful.

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The Romance between the two was even paced, steady and a bit slow, but it was clear the feelings were manifesting over the course of the book. Alosa & Riden were cut from the cloth, but there is much more that can be developed between the characters.

I checked out Tricia Levenseller GoodReads page which says that the series is a duology, and the final book is out in February 2018. Definitely, pre-order!!!

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Review: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Rating:🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Harry Potter #8??

Pages: 309

Genre: Play, YA Fantasy,

Harry Potter is back!!

The Cursed Child starts 19 years later with Harry saying goodbye to his youngest son, as he makes his way to Hogwarts for his first year. – Okay, I have to say ‘ I open at the close’

After all his adventures, Harry is now a ministry employee, and as such steals a Time-Turner from Theodore Nott. He keeps it, instead of handing it into the Ministry- Still breaking the rules- I love it.

Harry then gets a request from Amos Diggory- Cedric’s Dad- to use the Time Turner to bring back Cedric from the dead. Harry, refuses, but his son, Albus Severus, overhears, and along with his best friend Scorpios Malfoy, decide to make sure Cedric survives the Tri-wizard Tournament. What they don’t realise is that changing such a seemingly small thing, can alter the fate of the entire wizarding world.

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Review:

Where to start… it’s a play.. At first I didn’t like it. The format, to me was not what I wanted from the long awaited sequel. I’ve read plays before, and I feel that emotions are never really explored, and that connection you feel to characters cannot possibly be there. I was right. – Don’t get me wrong, I loved the story and the overall feeling of the book. It felt as magical as it should, but I couldn’t connect with Albus or Harry.
To me it felt like really really good Fanfiction.

The character were really OOC, in some cases this was a bad thing. Except for one of my favourite characters- Draco Malfoy. The Malfoys, Scorpios and Draco made this play better for me. Draco was the most OOC person in it, but he seemed to be the character at the end of Deathly Hallows that had changed the most, so he was perfect.

Hermione was flat, Ron was a joke, and Harry was really a tosser. Ginny barely had a personality, Snape was nice, and why the HECK wasn’t Neville in it.. and there wasn’t enough Hagrid..

Ugh.. all these things sound like I hated it- I didn’t, I loved it!! I smiled all throughout the story. It was a great story- just not a great Harry Potter Story.. Maybe I’ll think differently after I read the whole lot again..