The Gathering (Gifting #3) by K.E. Ganshert

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Gathering
Author: K.E. Ganshert
Series: Gifting #3

Synopsis:
“Darkness is a tricky thing. Especially when it cloaks itself in light.” Luka isn’t dead. He’s not beyond saving. Tess knows because she saw him with her own eyes. After what she saw, she’s sure of one thing: If they don’t rescue him soon, Luka won’t be Luka anymore. If only she could convince the other members of the hub. They’re not sure Tess saw what she claims she saw. And they’re preoccupied by the fact that their kind is being systematically eradicated. Answers lie in an ancient prophecy, one that revolves around a seventeen-year-old girl who never asked for any of this. K.E. Ganshert’s final installment in The Gifting Series brings readers on an action-packed journey through loss, sacrifice, betrayal, and the impossible choice between what we want most and what we know is right.

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Review

Did I come out of this series literally sobbing? Yes. Am I exaggerating? Nope.

I’m not sure how to explain exactly how much I wish this wasn’t over, yet I am really glad it is. If you know, you know.

This book gave me a serious book hangover and I am recovering the best that I can.

Everything about this book made me fall in love with it, the characters, the plot, the emotions, and every single word. It’s hard to come across a series that you know you will love it the second you start reading, but when you do, it’s the best feeling ever. As soon as I started reading the first book in this series, I knew.

Now that I’m finished, I can confidently say that I am 100% correct.

Read this for yourself if you don’t believe me and then thank me later after you find the words that you will temporarily lose. Nothing is perfect, but this book kind of is.


Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

5-stars


Age Recommendation: 13+

 

 

 

{Review By Kayla} A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Heart So Fierce and Broken
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Cursebreakers #2

Synopsis:
Find the heir, win the crown.

The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.

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Review

The book hangover is real.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much this book has destroyed me.

And now, after re-reading the first book in this series (which I loved just as much as reading it the first time around) and then reading this book, I have to wait until JANUARY to read the third!!!

To say the least, I am addicted to this series and its characters and it’s all I can think about whenever I am sucked into the series. It’s books like these that make me remember how much I love fantasy romance books.

This book had me stressed, gasping out loud, swooning, and tearing up all at the same time. If you read this, be ready because your heart is going to shatter.


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

5-stars

 

 

 

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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Review

So… I actually wrote this review a looong time ago when I first read this book, but somehow I forgot to post it!

It’s been awhile since I’ve been in the mood for a fantasy novel, but it’s been even longer since I’ve heard about this book.

I’ve seen bits and pieces of the fandom, and I’ve been wanting to read the book for awhile, but I definitely need to be in the mood for fantasy (unless it’s a series I’ve read before and enjoyed.)

Well, I finally decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did.

I’ve started and stopped Six of Crows about a zillion times. For some reason, I haven’t been able to get past the first chapter. I couldn’t seem to keep track of the characters or what was going on and I was a little worried that it would be the same for Shadow and Bone (since they both take place in the same universe.)

But, it wasn’t.

I was sucked into the story right away and it held onto me until the very end. I think the best part of this novel was the fact that I didn’t find it predictable at all.

Now, to be fair, that isn’t saying much because I make it a point to try not to envision what is going to happen next, I like to be surprised.

I think the only downside of this book, for me, was I had high expectations for the romance in this book and I was a bit disappointed. As a self-proclaimed romance wh*re, the thing I love most about fantasy or paranormal novels, is that a lot of the time if there is a romance storyline, it’s epic in a way that contemporary books just cannot be. When you throw in magic or supernatural situations into a romance – you have endless opportunities to make it amazing.

The romance in this book fell a little flat for me.

Since I’m not a huge fantasy reader unless there is a good romance subplot in it, this book wasn’t a five star read, however I truly did appreciate the story.


Audiobook Performance: 4 stars

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Butterfly Rating: 1 Star

1-star


Re-read Worthiness: Yes


Bookshelf Placement: Yes


Book Boyfriend Rating: 2 stars

2-stars

 

 

 

Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1

Synopsis:
I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

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Review

This is the POV we all needed without really knowing it!

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A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Heart So Fierce and Broken
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Cursebreakers #2
Format: Hardcover purchased from Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.

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{ Read my review for A Curse So Dark & Lonely here. }

Review

::Spoilers for A Curse So Dark and Lonely ahead::

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo

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

To kill a kingdom? More like to kill a Kayla!

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Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2.5) by Laini Taylor & Jim Di Bartolo (Illustrator)

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5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Night of Cake & Puppets
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2.5
Format: Hard Copy purchased from Book Outlet

Synopsis:
In this stand-alone companion to the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone series comes the story of Mik and Zuzana’s fantastical first date—as a gorgeously illustrated gift edition with bonus content included.

Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her “rabid fairy,” her “voodoo eyes” are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or “Violin Boy,” her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to make the first move, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It’s a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter’s night before leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy is not going to know what hit him.

New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor brings to life a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy—the magical first date of fan-favorites Zuzana and Mik. Originally published as an ebook, this new print edition will include breathtaking black and white illustrations, plus bonus content in a gorgeous package perfect for new and current fans of the series.

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Review

Is it weird that this might be my favorite book in this whole series?

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer {Review by Kayla}

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Cursebreakers #1

Synopsis:
Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Review

WHen I finished this book, it felt like I just came out of battle it was so intense.

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Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Days of Blood and Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2

Synopsis:
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

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Review

Okay, so currently I’m trying to breathe and live because I just died after reading this story…

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

#-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1

Synopsis:
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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Review

Caution: This book is dangerous… dangerously addictive.

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