To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

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Review

It’d been awhile since I’d read fantasy novel and this was a great way for me to get back into the genre.

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Don’t Expect Magic (Magic #1) by Kathy McCullough {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Don’t Expect Magic
Author: Kathy McCullough
Series: Magic #1

Synopsis:
Delaney Collins doesn’t believe in fairy tales. And why should she? Her mom is dead, her best friend is across the country, and she’s stuck in California with “Dr. Hank,” her famous life-coach father—a man she barely knows. Happily ever after? Yeah, right.

Then Dr. Hank tells her an outrageous secret: he’s a fairy godmother—an f.g.—and he can prove it. And by the way? The f.g. gene is hereditary. Meaning there’s a good chance that New Jersey tough girl Delaney is someone’s fairy godmother.

But what happens when a fairy godmother needs a wish of her own?

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Review

This wasn’t entirely a romance book but there was a tiny bit!

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Chantress Alchemy (Chantress #2) by Amy Butler Greenfield {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Chantress Alchemy
Author: Amy Butler Greenfield
Series: Chantress #2

Synopsis:
Lucy races against time and magic in this compelling sequel to the “richly and thoughtfully written” (Publishers Weekly) Chantress.

Lucy is the last Chantress, the only remaining girl who can sing magic into the world. Since she defeated the evil Lord Scargrave, England has changed – and not for the better. With crops failing and the people rebelling, Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry’s court. His Inner Council is convinced that making gold through alchemy will save England. But a critical element to the alchemical process has been stolen. Lucy is tasked with finding it with her magic… or else. And until she succeeds, the castle is on lockdown.

Court too has changed. Scargrave’s brutal Chantress-hunter has become King Henry’s closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues. Their romance means trouble for both of them. Worst of all, something goes wrong with Lucy’s magic. The palace is a labyrinth, and there’s a monster at its heart – a monster who may have the power to defeat Lucy once and for all.

Amy Butler Greenfield returns to the beguiling world of Chantress for a suspenseful tale of courtly intrigue, music, and magic in Chantress Alchemy.

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Review

This is another one of those books that you get so caught up in, you forget what’s happening around you. A perfect way to block out reality.

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Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #2
Format: Hardcover purchased from Amazon

Synopsis:
A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

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Review

I. Am. Reeling.

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Hope warms the coldest night.

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 far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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Review

Note: This review the wrought with A Court of Thorns and Roses/Mist and Fury/Wings and Ruin spoilers, so if you haven’t read any of those books yet, skip this review.

If you haven’t read this book, however, no worries.

I keep wanting more Rhys and Feyre and the thought that this is the last book from their POVs is heartbreaking, but understandable.

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{Review by Kayla} Fated Loss by Claudia Caren (Red Rose and Black Ash #1)

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Fated Loss
Author: Claudia Caren
Series: Red Rose and Black Ash #1
Format: eBook Recieved in Exchange for an Honest Review

Synopsis:
For two years, her memories were lost.

For two years, she believed a lie.

For two years, thousands of lives rested in her hands. But she didn’t even know.

Because she can’t remember her past, Rose Kristal thinks she is an ordinary girl until her sixteenth birthday. On that day she discovers she is far beyond ordinary. On that day she remembers what she had forgotten. Now with thousands of people in peril, Rose needs to take back what has been stolen from her.

Second by second, time ticks down and challenges pile up as Rose struggles to reclaim her kingdom from a vile tyrant. One who is determined to vanquish her. And to make matters more complicated, she is falling for a kind guy with a deadly secret.

But Rose’s biggest fear—losing the one she loves to the prophecy.

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Review

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!

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That Touch of Magic (Nodaway Falls #2) by Lucy March

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: That Touch of Magic
Author: Lucy March
Series: Nodaway Falls #2
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Stacy Easter has seen better days. Being a librarian is a labor of love—if only paying her bills were half as much fun. What’s a single, bookish beauty in sleepy Nodaway Falls, New York, supposed to do?

To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions—until a few of them go awry. Meanwhile, her own life has just taken a storybook turn: Leo North, the official One Who Got Away, is back in town.

Stacy’s best friends, Peach and Liv, are more concerned about the state of her heart than the side effects of a few rogue magic spells. But someone with dark intentions is crossing magical wires all over Nodaway Falls, and those closest to Stacy are at risk. Can Stacy conjure up a way out of this mess with her life—and maybe even her love life—intact?

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Review

I’m so glad that I found out about the rest of this series, it’s been so fun following these characters around… and being introduced to new ones along the way.

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A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Little Night Magic
Author: Lucy March
Series: Nodaway Falls Book 1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he’s never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories.

Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends… but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed.

As Liv’s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side… and in the cross fire.

Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?

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Review

I actually read this book several years ago, on a complete whim, and it has been on my favorites list ever since.

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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Though this book took a little while for me to get in to, once I finally got over the hump, I was thrown into another one of Laini Taylor’s beautiful fantasies and loving every second of it.

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Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

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Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

I vaguely remember SJM saying that this book was supposed to be a novella and, after reading it, I have no idea why she ever would’ve thought she could tell this story in so few pages.

I think part of the “issue” (and it’s not really an issue because I love this about SJM) is that it seems like every single one of the characters, no matter how briefly mentioned, in all of her books seem to have elaborate and interesting back stories.

I find that I want to know so much more about every freaking character that walks by! That’s how interesting she makes them and that is how well thought-out her novels are.

Speaking of which, I would love to see/hear how SJM maps out stories, because there are always so many bits and pieces that link together no matter how insignificant or far away it may seem in a previous book, somehow these things come up again later.

Like all of the books in this series, it took a little while for me to get into. But, I understand this going into it and I always end up really enjoying her books after giving it a chance, so I stuck it out and wasn’t disappointed.

If I’m being honest, I had no interest in Chaol’s story. I loved him in the beginning of the series, then I hated him, then I felt bad for him, but still thought he was being a jerk, and when I found out an entire giant novel was going to be about him, I wasn’t excited about it. Granted, I bought the audiobook as soon as it was available, but it also sat in my library for a really long time before I finally read it.

Partly because I wasn’t interested in hearing his story, but also because I hadn’t been in the mood for fantasy, and enjoying a book is a lot about timing for me.

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

5-stars
Elizabeth Evans has been the narrator for (I believe) all of the Throne of Glass books and I’ve always enjoyed her performances.

 

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars
There were so many little love stories happening in this one, but romance wasn’t really a huge part of this book. Not coming from a romance reader like me, anyway.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Maybe

I’m not sure… I have entertained the idea of re-reading the entire series and I just might when it’s finished, but until then…

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I definitely plan on collecting the entire series for my bookshelf. Right now I only have one (signed) hard copy of Queen of Shadows (my favorite book in the series so far).

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars
There were so many potential book boyfriends in this one, but if i had to give them an overall rating, it’d be 4 stars. Chaol, actually, being one of the lowest-rated ones of them all. Sartaq is actually my fav book boyfriend in this book.

 

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