Book Review: Shadow Wings (Darkest Drae #2) by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare

Shadow Wings (Darkest Drae, #2)5/5 Stars 

Title: Shadow Wings

Author: Raye Wagner and Kelly St. Clare

Published date: February 8, 2018

Format: Paperback 

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I will never be controlled again.

A manipulative dragon shifter. A sexy phaetyn prince. Me? I shouldn’t even exist.

With peace established in Verald, I should be free; Lord Tyrrik is liberated from his blood oath, after all. But the freedom in Verald is an illusion. If I remain, destruction will surely follow.

As soon as I come into my powers, the blood-thirsty emperor of Draecon will know. Even now, he is hunting me.

When a Phaetyn prince arrives promising safety, the solution seems perfect. A little too perfect. But is the objective of our group security or something more? Because everyone is telling me what my goals should be.

Who do you trust when everyone has lied to you?

Should I listen with my head – or my heart?

I might not get a choice.

 

Holy drak and pancakes!

For me, Shadow Wings was definitely one of my favorite reads of the year.

I was  a bit disappointed that Tyrrik was unconscious 3/4 of the book. Seriously, i was so excited to find out more about Tyrrik and read more about him. Anyways, it does not matter, I still love this book.
This second installment, dare I say was better than the first book. We see more of Tyrrik and the quirkiness of Ryn. With less violence, more  adventure and the introduction of the Phateyn lands it  honestly exceeded my expectations.

Ryn has come such a long way since  she was  trapped in the castle. With a new purpose, she sets out to find safety in the Phateyn lands.
She meets Kamoi the Phateyn prince. *Thankfully, Ryn  had no interest for  that arrogant bastard. *
She finds out secrets, walks through betrayal and conquers  it like a boss.
Honestly when she discovered Tyrrik was being drained she demolishes the Queen. And then the king.

I whipped my tail, lashing it across his torso.                                                                               He was thrown across his dead queen, landing with a cry of pain.                                               Using my talons, I swept at the rubble and the dipped weapons mixed in, launching them at the Phaetyn King. 

Damn girl. From a soap making human girl to a goddamn  scary dragon.

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Usually it takes me four hours to read a book straight without interruptions, but this book took me a day. Why you may ask? Bloody hell, it was a good book.

There were so many priceless scenes in Shadow wings.

Ryn’s infatuation with stones and gems was hilarious.

I strode down several empty halls before i realized i was alone.                                                Alone. With my knife. And a bajillion precious jewels.                                                              Conditions were perfect.

Apparently so did Tyrrik because the scenes with him bribing her to learn to fly with gems was priceless.
I was upset  when I got to the end of the book but ecstatic when I learned Tyrrik and Ryn  finally mated! I have literally never read anything quite captivating as that scene.

Closing my eyes, the threads of our bond drifted into focus.                                                        So little black the plainness of my blue threads was heartbreaking.                                            I wanted the contrast of his onyx black wrapped with the blue of my Drae energy.               The beauty of our bond was in the contrast and compliment of colors…

Overall Shadow Wings was immensely different than Blood Oath. In a good way. Ryn is more knowledgeable about her world and  herself in general.

With a combination of Magic, Fantasy, Betrayal, Love, and my favorite: Dragons! Shadow Wings truly is a book I will forever treasure.

Annie

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Book Review: Avenged by Amy Tintera

313714853.5/5 Stars 

Title: Avenged 

Author: Amy Tintera

Published by: HarperTeen

Published date: May 2, 2017

Format: Hardcover

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A war that will fuel her. A bond that will destroy her.

Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister, Olivia, from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together vow to rebuild Ruina to its former glory.

But just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn’t mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they are now targets of retaliation. Olivia will destroy everyone who acts against Ruina. Em isn’t as sure.

Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. Lera may have destroyed the Ruined for decades, but Em knows that Cas is different. And now that he’s taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em’s romantic feelings for Cas are just coloring her judgement.

Em is determined to bring peace to her home. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, she faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies—and her blood—before she’s the next victim in this battle for sovereignty.

 

I have a series of emotions going through my head.

Avenged was overall a good book. This is the second installment in the Ruined trilogy.

Avenged focused on Olivia. Olivia Flores, remember her? Emelina Flores’s little sister, the girl that got captured by Lera due to her ruined powers, which was considered “dangerous.” Ring a bell?

Not really?

Exactly, If you did not read it immediately after the first book, it WILL get confusing .

The characters were too complicated, the plot and the general setting will be confusing if you do not read the first book again. So therefore I read the first book again. If you don’t want to bother reading the first book, let me give you a brief summary. 

Spoilers**

Well, so the first book was mainly based on Emelina impostoring Mary to marry Prince Casimir, hopefully gaining information about Olivia’s whereabouts. Her plan was to kill the Royal family afterwards.

Well, about that…. She fell in love with Prince Casimir (who by the way was definitely a guy worth swooning over) , found where her sister was, almost killed Cas in the process, rescued Olivia…who with a year pent up in the cells were filled with anguish and hate toward people that hate the ruined, as well as humans in general. Which is not good. 

So yea, OH,  and Casimirs’ mother and father died, in a gruesome way thanks to Olivia ripping off their body parts with her power. Cas almost dies but survives, and runs into Emelina, they talk…blah blah blah.
Okay, got it?

Avenged was a surprising second book. It revolved completely around Olivia. Her and Emelina, building a better world for the Ruined. And oh my goodness, how much I hate Olivia. Olivia’s powers expanded, and was able to control them  and cause bigger damage. It was not a likable characteristic of her. THIS GIRL ENJOYS RIPPING THE HEARTS OUT OF PEOPLES BODY!!  

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Nope, definitely not my favorite character. Olivia was crazy and out of control. I mean, at first I get it, she is taking the revengeful path due to her past and everything. But then she started to kill innocent people, using them as practice dummies. Not cool, Olivia.

Anyways, Avenged had three perspectives. Aren, Emelina, and Olivia. I really was hoping to see more of Emelina, but unlike the first book she did not appear strong, her logic was muddled with her feelings. For example, she knew Olivia was going crazy, but her excuse for not doing anything was, oh she’s my sister…oh its not that bad…until it was too late. Until she witnessed Olivia become truly a monster at the end of the book. She devises a plan…and the end.

The book made me want to tear my hair off. Olivia was annoying, so was her thoughts. Quite disturbing honestly. Here, let me represent her thoughts 24/7 with a iconic gif.

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EXCEPT SHE’S KILLING THEM OFF WITH HER BRAIN….SHE IS 16 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!!

Anyways, Cas and Emelina barely got any screen time. Aren and Iria…were just present but not all present. 

What I did enjoy was the rush of surprisingly weird twist, which in my opinion is a factor that makes a good book. Emelina and Cas were just adorable and I liked to see the different groups unite. Somewhat. You’ll understand. 

This book was not quite as good as the first book, but I was still hanging on every word. It was really interesting to read and I might admit, a pretty original book.
I am super excited to read the next installment, and I’m hopimg to see Olivia dead, and Aren, Iria, Cas and Em deserving more screen time. Really curious to see the final book for the Ruined series. 

 

Annie

ARC Review: Lucky In Love by Kasie West

302855624/5 Stars 

Title: Lucky In Love

Author: Kasie West

Published by: Scholastic

Published date: July 25th, 2017

Format: Hardcover

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In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

 

Amazing cover? Check.
Kasie West? Check.
Girl wins 50 million dollars? Sign me up!

Wow. This book was seriously loads of fun. This book was straightforward, a little predictable but still kept me on my toes.

An ordinary high school girl, Maddie stresses about college and family problems.  Working at the zoo and working really hard in school will help lessen college fees for her.

So imagine her surprise when on her 18th birthday she won the lottery!! Not one million. Not five million. Not ten million….a whopping fifty million dollars!! ( If I had this much money, I would spend most of it on books and food…)

Maddie believes with this money everything will work out for her. Soon, she becomes the next new popular girl, the coolest best friend, and the best party thrower.  Instead of thinking with her brain, Maddie thinks with her money, causing her to be the victim of people who took advantage of her.

Whenever she spends money on expensive attire, I inwardly cringe at how many money is being used. (I mean who rents a yacht for a party?) Then I have to remind myself I’m just reading a book. 

Throughout the book, there was a lot of the shock factor for Maddie, and she begins to doubt the people she spends time with.

Oh yeah, then there’s Seth. Seth, her co-worker at the zoo made appearances throughout the book in small pieces.

I was actually really hoping that Seth and Maddie would have great chemistry. Out of all Kasie West’s book, this book definitely took a wrong turn at the romance part. The romance was not all that great. Seth really just didn’t seem realistic or there for her.

Nevertheless, the book focused on realistic subjects, and obstacles that Maddie faced before and after her luck. There was definitely character development.

I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy YA contemporary. Lucky in Love was fast paced and a fun read.

Worth reading and well done!

ARC is generously provided by the publisher in exchange for honest review.

Annie

Book Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

303128605/5 Stars 

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Author: Jenny Han

Published by: Simon and Schuster

Published date: May 2, 2017

Format: Hardcover

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Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

 

I wasn’t expecting a third book! Nevertheless, I feel like the third book wraps up Lara Jean’s story very nicely. 

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is a heartfelt story full of things I easily relates to. I can’t believe Lara Jean’s high school journey is finally over! This is a coming of age story. In To all the Boys I’ve loved before, Lara Jean witnessed the struggles of being the oldest while her sister is away at college. 

Now, Lara Jean faces the difficulty of leaving home, building a relationship, and finding herself.  I love that this book comes in a full circle in Lara Jean’s journey. While I am the oldest, I still relates to Lara Jean’s life. The sweetest moments in the book would be her moments with all her sisters and Peter K. 

This book is full of laughter, love and cookies! Even though Lara Jean’s high school journey ends, it’s the beginning of a new story.  Always and Forever, Lara Jean is definitely a book to be remembered. 

“At college, when people ask us how we met, how will we answer them? The short story is we grew up together. But that’s more Josh’s and my story. High school sweethearts? That’s peter and Gen’s story. So what’s  ours, then? I suppose I’ll say it all started with a love letter.”

Lara Jean

Rachel

Waiting on Wednesday #4: Warcross by Marie Lu

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Title: Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Published by: Penguin Young Readers

Published date: September 12, 2017

Format: Hardcover

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.