Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Chosen by J.R. Ward


Title: The Chosen
Author: 
J.R. Ward
Series: 
Black Dagger Brotherhood #15
Publisher: 
Ballantine Books
Release Date: April 4, 2017




A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.






SPOILERS AND RANT AHEAD - PLEASE DON'T READ ANY FURTHER UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE SPOILED!



AGAIN SPOILERS!





Where do I begin with what made me mad reading The Chosen?

Maybe all the jerks. And let me tell you, there were a few of them. 

Let me start with the biggest one of them all:

Qhuinn....he was a major jerk. I'm blaming J.R. Ward for hating him right now. She is 100% at fault. He not only insulted and denigrated Layla but he threatened to take away her children. If that wasn't enough for me to hate him......

-He discharged a weapon in his room where his children were.
-He couldn't look at his own daughter "because she looks like her mother" so all his pride and attention went towards his male son. 
-He went against a direct order from his King

If that wasn't enough to kick him out of the mansion and the BDB, I don't know what is. 
Yes, did he apologize at the end, but for me, IT WAS TOO LATE. 
I still can't believe the nasty things that came out of his mouth every time he talked. I have no idea why one of the other brothers didn't punch him. I sure wanted to do it. 
I don't think I can ever see him as the Qhuinn I rooted for some many books ago. Blay should find a new mate IMO. 

Title to Jerk# 2 goes to BDB brother Tohrment. His behavior towards Layla was despicable just like Qhuinn. He also disregarded a direct order from his King. The loss of his shellan Welsie doesn't give him a pass to be an idiot. He sure as hell doesn't make Autumn feel the love by moping around for his first shellan. Don't get me wrong I loved Welsie but I can't tolerate him treating Autumn like an afterthought. 

Last but not least, jerk #3 goes to Vishous. After everything you and Jane have gone through now you are not sure about your feelings for her? Are you a MORON? Did the tobacco destroy your brain? I'm not sure where Ward is going with this but I hope he doesn't disappoint me like Qhuinn did. 

Now to the things I loved about this book:

I'm over the moon with Layla and Xcor finally getting together. It has been a hard and curvy road but they are finally where they were meant to be. Xcor gaining a family made me giddy with happiness. After all, the guy has had a very tough life and deserves some happy times in his future. 

“May I enter your bedroom, female?”

Tohr was able to redeem himself in my eyes and it's going to be interesting going forward to see how learning he has a brother changes him from a revenge-seeking-fool to learning to be a sibling. I loved when Layla told him what she thought of him and what would Welsie think about his behavior if she was still alive. She was right. His Welsie would have been appalled. I just hope he starts treating Autumn better.

Wrath was perfect in this book. He did what he needed to do and he accepted how the Bastards pledged their alliance to him. He was a true king and as a King sometimes you have to remind your subjects to behave, right Vishous?

“The King’s hand shot out so fast the eye could barely track it, and somehow, even without sight, he got the trajectory right, clamping a hold on the throat of his fighter. He didn’t even look in Vishous’s direction, his focus remaining on Xcor.In response, Vishous didn’t defend himself, even as he was forced to gasp for breath, his goateed jaw dropping open.“Don’t you love it when people know their places,” Wrath said to Xcor tightly. 

I thought Blay did the right thing when he left Qhuinn. If he didn't, Qhuinn could always make him feel like he was not a father to those children. I understand why he went back to Qhuinn but he should have made him suffer a little longer, just on principle. 

Gaining the Bastards as allies was a great play by Ward. The Bastards are all going to be interesting to get to know better. I'm thinking more books are coming. You feel me?

The women were all great as they banded to help Layla. My hat goes to them for showing their power as a unit. 

I can tell that Throe is going to cause a lot of trouble with his little magic book. Does this mean the baby powder is finally going away? 

Lastly, I have to mention how much I have come to love Lassiter. I love him. He has been so important in so many books and he is only getting better. I hope his book is EPIC, just like he is. 

the boss was here.” 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blood Vow by J.R. Ward


Title: Blood Vow
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: December 6, 2016 



#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns with an all-new tale of paranormal passion in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.







"I will always be your warrior, Mary mine."
Blood Vow is the next book in the Black Dagger Legacy series. It follows the trainees which have been selected after an arduous process to join the BDB in the fight against the Omega and the Lessening society. 

Axe is part of the elite team. He comes from a non-glymera family. He lost his father during the raids which occurred two years ago. Although, Axe feels like he lost his father when his mother walked out on both of them years before. Axe knows love can bring only trouble. For this reason, he would rather not commit to anyone. 

Elise is Peyton's cousin. She's still mourning the passing of her cousin Allishon who was murdered just a few weeks ago. Elise has been hiding her nightly outings from her father. Going against his wishes, she has continued her studies and is attending a human university. She's determined to finish her career as a psychologist and she wants to help her race by giving counseling to PTSD patients. Elise doesn't think she wants to settle down with a mate. She wants to have the freedom to decide her future. 

When Axe and Peyton's world collide, fate will take them on a different course. 

I'm always happy to go back to the BDB or now the BDL series. I love that JR Ward's BDL series has the same concept as her earlier books in the BDB. They center on one couple and their love story. However, in Blood Vow, we get a bonus. We get a lot of Rhage/Mary and Bitty. Rhage and Mary adored Bitty and they want nothing else than to make sure she becomes their adopted daughter. Of course, things won't be easy for them and that's when we get to meet Ruhn. He made a great impression and I'm hoping he gets his own story. 

There were a couple of setbacks for me. Axe's economical situation was never resolved. The poor guy lived without heat or food during winter. Also, we don't know much of what the Omega is planning. Granted, there were fighting scenes with the lessers but no clear plan from their boss. 

In regards to the romance, Mary and Rhage are still a perfect unit. The love for each other is unquestionable. Same goes for Axe and Elise. They understood each other despite coming from two completely different upbringings. 

My favorite character besides the main couple was hands down Lassiter. He always makes me laugh but everything he did in this book made me love him a little bit more. I hope his books comes out soon. 

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Thing About Love by Julie James


Title: The Thing About Love 
Author: Julie James 
Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: April 18, 2017 




Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .





"You don't have to choose."


It's always a pleasure to read a new book by Julie James. I love her romance FBI/US Attorney series. Her books are a must for me.

The story centers around two FBI special agents. Both Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd attended Quantico together. Thanks to a misunderstanding, they became very competitive and started disliking each other. Years later, after John discovers his girlfriend has been cheating on him with one of his friends while he was undercover in Detroit and Jessica is coming back to Chicago after a recent divorce, they are selected for a white collar undercover investigation. They both will have to play nice in front of their bosses. 

Thankfully, when John and Jessica start spending time together they realized each has a different view of what really happened during their time together in Quantico. She realizes he's more than a brute big ex-Ranger and he realizes Jessica is much nicer when she's not wondering if someone believes her to be weak. Their attraction soon carries them close to crossing the line. 

I had fun reading about these characters. Their banter was great and the romance was HOT! Perfect combo for this romance lover. I love how Julie gives depth to her main characters and in this case to John's brother, his best friend, and his FBI team. 

I can't wait for Julie's next book.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest 
review.




Steeling himself, John turned around and smiled as Jessica approached. “Yes, Agent Harlow. How can I be of service?” 

In response to his dry tone, she threw him a glare so cold it could’ve frozen all nine circles of Dante’s Hell. Fittingly, just nine of the many places he would rather be than stuck working with her on this investigation.

“Look, I’m not thrilled about this, either.” Keeping her voice low, she came to a stop next to him at the elevator bank. “I thought you were supposed to be on the Hostage Rescue Team already.”

“And I thought you were supposed to be in L.A.”

There was a quick flash in her eyes before she shrugged off his question. “Change of plans.” 

The elevator arrived at their floor, and they both stepped inside. She hit the button for the seventh floor, where the public corruption squad was located. Standing on the opposite side, he pressed the button for floor five. 

They faced off as the doors shut. She folded her arms across her chest and studied him with those crystalline blue eyes that could so cleverly mask her emotions. 

As he knew well.

“We’re going to have to figure this out,” she said. “We’re supposed to be business partners in this.”

Thank you, yes, being a professional, he was aware of that. He took a step closer. “It’s called “undercover” work, Harlow. If I can pretend to be a gun-buying, murder-for-hire thug, I think I can handle playing some rich investor-type who wants to skirt a few measly zoning laws.” Even a rich investor-type who was apparently masochistic enough to get in bed with the likes of her. 

Professionally-speaking.

“Measly zoning laws?” she repeated.

Ooh, now he’d gone and pissed her off. How nice it was, really, that they could pick up like this, right where they’d left off.

She drew in closer, tilting her head back to meet his gaze. He was over a foot taller than her, although he noticed that she was heightening a bit with those expensive-looking three-inch heels she wore.

“Our target in this investigation is the mayor of the thirteenth largest city in the United States. That’s a pretty big deal in my book.” She gestured to his facial scruff and hair. “And while I appreciate that this . . . Sons of Anarchy motif you’ve got going might ingratiate yourself with the gun-buying, murder-for-hire, organized-crime thugs of the world, that’s not quite going to fly with this sting operation.”

“’Thirteenth largest city in the United States?’” he scoffed. “Just how many hours did you spend reviewing the case files last night?” 

She smiled sweetly as the elevator arrived at her floor. “Enough to get the jump on you.” 

Then the doors sprang open, and she gave him a friendly wave, once again stepping into the role of Ms. Congeniality. “So glad we got to catch up like this, Agent Shepherd. We’ll talk again soon.”

He watched her stride confidently down the hallway as the elevator doors closed between them. 

Enough to get the jump on you.

Not for long, sweetheart.

Time for him to get cracking on that case file.





Monday, April 17, 2017

Unraveled by Jennifer Estep


Title: Unraveled
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #15
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date:  August 30, 2016 



After the shocking revelations of the previous book, Bitter Bite, the world of Ashland’s become even more sinister, and Gin Blanco (aka Ashland’s most fearsome assassin, the Spider) no longer knows who—or what—she can count on. Only one thing is for certain: danger and new enemies await Gin in Unraveled, Book 15 in the New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!”

What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy?

As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter.

So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences and Circle assassins lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected.

Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight …







Once again the Assasin the Spider is fighting her enemies. In the last book, Gin Bianco, aka the Spider, learned that there is a group of people who are more underground than she is. They form The Circle and they have been doing evil things for longer than Gin has been alive. They might also be responsible for the death of her mother and older sister. In order to learn more about the Circle and Fin's mother, four of them will have to embark on a mini vacation to a cowboy theme park after Fin is named the sole owner of it in her mother's will. Gin hopes to find more clues about the Circle there.  

The Circle seems to be the next baddie Gin has to center her deadly skills on. Gin is able to confirm past players (dead now) and new players too. There is one mystery which is not revealed but I'm pretty sure what it is. This is something I want to see played out. I can already tell it's going to cause a lot of heartache to Gin. 

I don't know if the different settings of where the story takes place made it less interesting for me but I can say that I didn't enjoy it as much as prior books. I'm happy Owen and Gin's relationship is strong now especially after all they had to endure. Same goes with Bria and Fin. I missed some of the characters in this book. I wanted more Sophia, Eva, and even though Philip is there, I wanted more of him too.

Cliffhanger: No 

3/5 Fangs

Paper Fools by Staci Hart



Title: Paper Fools
Author: Staci Hart
Release Day: April 17th


Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess. 
Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.
Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.
It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.
Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.
The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.
If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses. 
*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited for your enjoyment.*













Staci Hart has yet again gotten my undivided attention with this amazingly unique story! I never thought about reading a book that combines a contemporary romance with Greek Mythology yet here I was  devouring it in one sitting.

As it turns out Greek Gods are not just twiddling their thumbs while spending their days at Olympus, they are also playing games. Those games involve unwitting humans of course and they are competitive, but Aphrodite never loses. It's come time for Aphrodite and Apollo to compete against each other and guns are most certainly blazing because they have a long standing feud. So now Dean and Lexie are being controlled by these puppet masters and all hell is breaking loose! Dean and Lex are both closed off people because of their pasts but somehow they click. At first I wasn't so sure how I felt about Dean because he seemed a bit like a sociopath, but as soon as he met Lex his personality really started to show and I warmed up to him. He's in a band and has a bit of a bad rap because of course everything that comes with that territory, i.e. women. I loved Lexy instantly though, she works in a bookshop, draws and writes poetry. I really really wanted her and Dean together even if it meant hurting other people (don't judge me). 

So much is happening is this story that there was never a dull moment! Dean and Lex's lives start getting dramatic and a tangled mess, but that's nothing compared to Dita and Apollo! Their stories go back thousands of years and they definitely do not lack in the drama department. I also loved the fact that we got glimpse into the past to show how some of the tragedies came about. It really helped form the stories taking place. 

This was a very entertaining and special story that left me hungry for more! Hart never fails to leave my heart content with her magical stories of love. 

5/5 Fangs 

A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.



Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.
From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.



Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda


Title: The Perfect Stranger 
Author: Megan Miranda 
Publisher:  Simon Schuster
Release Date: April 11, 2017 




In the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls, a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.



Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?








After reading All the Missing Girls, I was dying to read another thriller by Megan Miranda. I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Perfect Stranger

I can tell you that I was invested in the story from the first chapter. The pages of the book pretty much turned themselves. The Perfect Stranger was full of mystery, suspense and a sense of thrill surrounding the main characters.

The story:
After a bad decision, Leah Stevens loses her career, boyfriend, and her life in Boston in a blink of an eye. With her life ruined, she knows she needs a fresh start. When she bumps into Emmy, an ex-college roommate and she's offered the chance to start over in a small town in Pennsylvania, she doesn't think it twice. Her new job as a high school teacher is different than her prior career but she's getting used to it. Everything seems to be going well until a woman is found beaten not too far from their home. Worse, she soon realizes her friend Emmy is missing too.

Kyle Donovan is the detective in charge of the investigation. He wants to get to the truth but even though Leah seems helpful, he knows she's still hiding too many things. Leah for her part is performing her own investigation in regards to her friend's disappearance when she realizes the police are doubting Emmy was real, to begin with. 

Megan Miranda gives you whiplash with the intrigue she sets up in The Perfect Stranger. I was doubting everyone's motives. I jumped to too many conclusions and changed my mind constantly trying to keep up with the different outcomes. The one drawback for me was the ending. I guess I was hoping for a much more crazy outcome. 

Overall, I did enjoy it and I know I want to read her next book.

Cliffhanger : No

4/5 Fangs


A complimentary copy was provided by Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.



The Shadow Sister (The Seven Sisters #3)
by Lucinda Riley


THE SHADOW SISTER: Book Three by Lucinda Riley
Atria Hardcover | ISBN: 9781476759944| On sale: April 18, 2017 | 512 pages | $26.00
eBook: Atria | ISBN: 9781476759951| On sale: April 18, 2017 | 512 pages | $13.99



Star D’Apli├Ęse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father—the elusive billionaire, affectionately called Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted from across the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to her true heritage, and Star nervously decides to follow hers, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world.

A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in England’s picturesque Lake District—just a stone’s throw away from the residence of her childhood idol, Beatrix Potter—when machinations lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious society hostesses, Alice Keppel. Flora is torn between passionate love and her duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a larger game. That is, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life...






PRAISE FOR THE SHADOW SISTER:

“Riley’s engaging and mesmerizing story of self-discovery and love, while making the complex tale of the Seven Sisters sufficiently clear, can be perfectly read as a stand-alone… This book will appeal to readers of Edwardian novels and Jane Austen-style fiction. Fans of the series will undoubtedly be pleased with this latest installment in the ‘Seven Sisters’ saga.”
Library Journal (Starred Reviw)

“The frame story structure serves this installment well—the past and present narratives are equally engaging... Another pleasant jaunt down a genealogical rabbit hole.”
Kirkus Reviews

“I’ve loved the Seven Sisters series from the start and this is my favourite so far. Riley’s trademark lavish detail, glamorous settings and wonderful characters are all present in this treat of a novel. The perfect curl-up-in-an-armchair read.”
– Daily Mail (UK)

The Shadow Sister really is Lucinda’s best yet. The scope of this series is breathtaking and each book is more captivating than the last.”
– Iona Grey, author of Letters to the Lost

“Wonderful! Absolutely impossible to put down! The Seven Sisters books just keep getting better and better.”
– Tracy Rees, author of Amy Snow

“A deliciously twisting plot with clues cleverly paced along the way. I could hardly wait to solve the mystery of Star's origins. Thoroughly addictive storytelling with a moving, emotional heart.”
– Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter’s Wife

“The Seven Sisters series is proving to be a remarkable reading phenomenon.”
– Lancashire Post (UK)




TELEVISION SERIES

The Seven Sisters series has been optioned to be adapted for television by Raffaella de Laurentiis’s company Raffaella Productions. Daughter of legendary filmmaker Dino de Laurentiis, Raffaella has worked as a producer and studio executive in film and television for decades, including well-known projects like Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Forbidden Kingdom starring Jackie Chan, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Dragonheart and its sequels.



I haven't read any book in this series before, but I am glad I took the chance to pick this book up! Even though I didn't read the previous books in this series, I didn't have a hard time following what was happening. This was such a magical read!

One of my favorite things about this book was the descriptive settings. The author's writing created such a lush and magical world. I loved how the author would be descriptive without creating info dumps. I felt like I was transported into the scenes, and I never wanted to leave!

I really enjoyed all of the characters. I was glad that author created a multitude of well developed and loveable characters. My favorite character was Star. She was more introverted and she had a big heart. I thought she was so sweet and easy relate to.

One of my favorite things about this book was reading the interactions between the characters, especially when they had hilarious banter. I loved how the author focused on family ties and what it means to be family.

The plot of this book kept me interested and entertained the entire time. There were some parts that felt a little slow, but I thought it was an addictive story overall. I loved discovering the twists and turns that the plot took. The author's skill for storytelling really shined throughout this book. I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading this enchanting book.

Overall, this was a great read. I would recommend this book to anyone! I am excited to read more books in this series!

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 




via Boris Breuer

Lucinda Riley is the #1 internationally bestselling author of sixteen novels, including The Seven Sisters and The Storm Sister. Her books have sold more than eight million copies in thirty four languages. Lucinda lives with her husband and four children on the North Norfolk coast in England and West Cork, Ireland. Visit her online at LucindaRiley.comhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/Lucindarileyauthor/photos/?ref=page_internal