The Chase

By: Elle Kennedy 

Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

 

AHHHH THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK.

Ok here me out my bookish loves – this book was not what my book loving brain expected – seriously. It took me by surprise in multiple/many ways I was simply not expecting. That being said once I got my bookish brain wrapped around the magic that is this book I simply could not put it down for the life of me. We skipped snack breaks. We skipped break breaks. This book was superglued to my hands until I reached the final page that how fantastically magical it was.

Like my bookish lovelies reading this book was like sipping a cup of warm comforting familiar tea. You felt like you’ve already met the characters in real life, you felt like you were already friends with them, heck this whole book was like I was on one long FaceTime session. SO. GOOD.

First off I ADORED the characters in this book *claps* they were all *chefs kiss* and I never got bored for one second while catching up on their lives. 

To start you have FITZ (we’re gonna need a moment here to appreciate my man Fitz). The expectations were on the floor and in the clouds by the time I was on page 2. Fitz is not your average man. Nope nope nope he is a unique magical character whom I will protect at all costs. I loved how he was an artist – but for video games and actually drew and created his own content. When he would sketch out in the living room I was like this man – this CHARACTER- is GOLD. 

“Oh, I get it. I was wasting my time trying to sell you on her. You were already sold.” His gray eyes light up gleefully. “You have a thing for Dean’s sister.”

And then you have SUMMER who is this kick ass, take no shit, super funny fashion major and I am INVESTED. I loved how she had a learning disability and it was actually talked about the different struggles that come with learning in a different way. I loved how much fun her character brought to the book but also how strong she was – how even though teachers would single her out, people would call her names, she didn’t let this take away from her talent and showed how just because she appeared fun loving on the outside it didn’t mean she couldn’t achieve/ succeed in her courses. #badass

“That’s probably just a good rule to live by, though. Always keep part of yourself hidden.”

Not to mention the TENSION IN THIS BOOK – ahhhh let me tell you I was dying. Like needed water. I needed a mini fridge of Figis next to me at all time. The chemistry was absolutely soul melting in this book and I loved how Fitz supported Summer and her dreams. He was there for her where others were lacking and he understood her in a way were she felt seen. I also love how Summer was always there for Fitz in return and how passionate they were and how much they both pushed each other in ways that made them feel alive. So, so goooood!!

“She’s my muse. She’s my laughter. She’s my trigger. She’s my desire. But most of all, she’s my heart.”

Toss in some hockey games, fashion shows, and glamorous charity events and safe to say this book had me flipping through pages at an unreasonable speed. 

Loved this book with every part of me and its safe to say I need the next in there series ASAP!!

5 stars 

What do you guys think? Worth a read? Already read it? Lmk your thoughts in the comments below!!

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Hello hello my lovely bookish flowers. How are we today? Have we been reading any good books lately? 

Its safe to say August was a complete whirl wind (*blink* August began *blink* August over!?!) but…. by some miracle – books were read??! 

What I read:

The Rake by LJ Shen – 3 stars – 

Not my favorite in the series but LJ Shen still delivered with some powerhouse UNIQUE characters that I ate up like CANDY. I think for some reason I just didn’t connect with this one as much?!?!? However LJ Shen is AMAZING and I cant wait to read more from her!!!

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon – 5 stars– 

AHHHH THIS WAS SO FUN!!! I’ve never read anything like this book and it was STEAMYYY and super entertaining and overall just addicting fun that I devoured way too quickly. 

Barbarian Alien by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars

I enjoyed this one. It has sass – it had banter- however the plot just seemed to drag a bit more in this book for some reason?!?! But the characters are So. fun. I need the next book ASAP!!

Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly – 3 stars – 

The beginning of this book was GOLD. I was sucked in like a storm and immediately addicted to my new character loves – but then somehow towards the middle it tattered off a bit??! I was left wanting and felt like the characters fire was dimming…but I ADORED being back in this world… and absolutely need need the next in the series!!

Book Lovers by Emily Henry – 4 stars – 

AHHHH CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! Loved this book!! The characters were amazing and the banter was *chefs kiss*. I loved the references to books in this one and the fact that they were both book editors with SARCASM made this unputdownable. My heart melted like butter several times and I simply must preorder Emily Henrys next book!!!

Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt – 5 stars – 

AHHH OMG THIS BOOK!!! Soooo good!! And exactly what I needed *claps* The hero in this book is ahkhdshss – sexyyyy (pirate *ahem* hot pirate). Pair that with a whirl wind plot and a heroine to route for and I simply could not get my butt off the couch until I finished this. 

 

Posts I’ve Loved around the Blogosphere: 

Tracy @TrufflesLiteraryWonders – Talk about Booktoks influence on reading and if it made reading cool again?!

Raji @JourneyIntoFantasy– Discusses the pros and cons of plot vs character based books!!

@OneMoreBook – discusses birthstone themed book covers!!

Caro @BookChesireCat – Talks about books recommend by other bloggers (my TBR is exploding)

Sophie @MeandInk – Talks about the 5 things she loves in books!!

 

Books I’m excited to read next:

Hook Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey – 

I ADORED the first book in this series and can’t wait to read the sequel!!

Ruthless Rivals by LJ Shen –

This one just came in and omgggg I am dyinggg to start it!! LJ Shen is one of my favs her books are GOLDEN *snaps*

Dream Chaser by Kirsten Ashley –

This series is a GEM and I am so excited to read another one. The way family issues are woven into the romance so maturely and realistically and the way the characters care for one another and console/heal is just ahhhhhh – so. good. 

 

What about you lovelies?? Read any good books this month? Read any of the books above? LMK your thoughts in the comments below!

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Hey hey hey all my lovelies!! I know I’ve been pretty off and on here on the blog (life has been a mess lol) but I’m happy to say I’M BACK and ready to start BLOGGING again!!! (also I know I’m posting this a day lateahhhhh! I’m a hot mess lol) 

 

That being said I have still been READING like crazy (#sleepdeprevation #onemorechapter) and have to update you on SO MANY books because omg there have been so. many. good. books out *ahhhhhhh*!!! 

 

What I recently finished: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dream Spinner by Kristen Ashley – So sooooo good!!! I adored Hattie and Axel and its safe to say I’m obsessed with this series now!! *heart eyes*. I’m a sucker for any book with an artist or dancer and an overprotective hero. 10/10 swoon factor here!!!

 

Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt – LOVED this one as well!!! The plot was so action packed and angsty I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!! Not to mention a pirate love interest who heart softens for his girl — ahhhh give. me. more.!!!

What I’m currently reading:

Dream Keeper by Kristen Ashley – Already loving this one!!! Auggie is such a softie and Pepper is the sweetest. I’m invested and prepared to loose sleep. 

What I plan on reading next: 

Dream Chaser by Kristen Ashley – I’m addicted to this series (I’m also reading it out of order because my library only had the third one at the time #hotmess) therefore I simply NEED the second one because Lottie and Bo seem AHjhjhdjdh – Need. It. 

 

Thats all for now my lovely reading flowers. Read any of the above comment below! What are you all currently reading? Lets chat in the comments below!!!

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HI ALL!!!

First of all let me just say it is SO good to be back to this blog and writing again!!!

I think it’s been about a year since my last post here on the blog and I have missed it dearly *sobs*. 

Between school kicking my butt, moving into a new house, and juggling five new roommates for the past year its safe to say I’ve been BUSY (and have been using books as a coping mechanism because – duh) but since its – SPRING BREAK – I have finally managed to squirrel away some time for this lovely blog of mine – thank goodness!!!

Anyways, anyways, enough about me and on to BOOK CHATTER!!!

 

Now you know we all LIVE for a book that has that perfect chemistry between two characters.

The angst. The want. The stolen-heart-stopping-glances-from-across-the-room…. I eat that stuff up like its candy as I’m sure you do too fellow book flowers *snaps*. 

That being said this list was CAKE to come up with because there are simply so many lovely, sugar coated, sparkly books out there that have the tendency to make my heart physically hurt with its brilliant amazing BANTER!!!!

Here are just a few recent reads that come to mind when it comes to the BEST BANTER EVER

 

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK Y’ALL. Omg. So. Flipping. Good. Like I had never really been one for friends to lovers stories (always thought they were a little boring – my bad) but THIS ONE IS THE EXCEPTION. I love, love, loved these characters to death and the traveling and angst in this was everything!!! Hands down a five star read and not to mention the BANTER in this – yup you got it – PERFECTION. 

Wait for You by J. Lynn

This is such a great solid college romance. Like my exceptions were decent going in since I am a big Jennifer Armentrout fan, but omg what I did not expect was the perfect flirting in this book!! Let me tell you Cam will have you laughing and swooning and the way he is so patient and understanding with Avery – ughhhhhh!!! So. Good. 

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy 

This is such a fun, cute, and light hockey romance series but I got to say Logan takes the cake when it comes to flirting. The BANTER in this one – SO. MUCH. FREAKIN. FUN. Please read this series if you haven’t already. (and if you like to skip books like me start w this one you won’t be disappointed 😉 )

Bound by Hatred by Cora Reilly 

ALRIGHT…. sooooo if you like a little hate thrown in with your banter…. then this book is 100% for you. OMG the level of fighting and straight up tension in this book is CRAZY but the back and forth word play between the two will have you swooning and routing for the two crazy heads before you even know what your conscious is thinking haha! (also rec this whole series it is FAB!) 

The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle

For a bit of a lighter more rom-com esc type of banter The Royals Next Door is 100% the read for you! This book was soooo cute and the back and forth between her and the royals swoony body guard is to DIE FOR!!! Loved this book and still get butterflies when I think about it! I also think I read this one in two days so thats always a good sign haha!

 


These are all some of my newer reads (so not my all time all time fav banter couples 😉 ) but the ones that have recently melted my heart with cute interactions as well as made me nearly COMBUST from all the tension between the two!! Please let me know if you’ve read any of the above in the comments below and/or your fav banter book!

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Ok. Hi everybody. Helloo. Welcome, welcome. I know it has been about a dang near CENTURY since I have posted ANYTHING on this blasted blog so I am happy to say I finally managed to carve out a little hole of cheese in my time cloth for some blog posts this month after many moons of holing away working, traveling, and essentially mentally living in bookish lands *waves hello*. 

That being said I thought I’d kick start my belated blog by finishing up this wrap up post thats been stuck in my drafts like honey for far too long *claps hand together* and catch y’all up with what I’ve read/ been reading and what unrealistic bookish thoughts have been crowing my sleep deprived brain!

lets get to it shall we:


Hi again all. Since I feel like I didn’t read a lot during March (a month that seems liked a wicked long time ago) – no to mention March was a COMPLETE bucket full of madness and craziness – I decided I would just lump Marches reads into this little delightful MEGA wrap up here. 

Its safe to also say school did not let up on the gas petal and I am so glad that May is on the horizon because I am ready to DIE during finals and than LIVE during summer. Summer I am ready… please TAKE ME AWAY (preferably to some place tropical please and thank you with fruity umbrella drinks). 

That being said I did do some READING??! I’m actually really surprised with how many books I’ve been loving lately and think its safe to say I finally pulled myself out of my reading slump *thumbs up* 

What I read in March:

The Devil Wears Black by LJ Shen – 4 stars

Another LJ shen book for the win! I really loved Chase Black and Maddie – they were so good together and the chemistry was great. I did feel like this book was a little more watered down than LJ Shen’s other books in the sense that it was a lot less grungy, there was a lot less swearing, angst, and dark stuff  thrown in… in that sense I was almost hoping for more from this book. This one simply read more like a “rom com… but I still really loved it and all the classic LJ Shen elements in this book! Def recommend if your just starting out with her books! 

After We Fell by Anna Todd – 5 stars

Another great Anna Todd installment that was chalk full of all the DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA I have come to expect from her books. This book monster was over 800 pages but damn if I didn’t love every second of it. I am so attached to Tessa and Hardin as characters and that ENDING!! No one does cliff hangers like Anna Todd and I cant wait to get my hands on the next book!!

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn – 4 stars

This is my second favorite so far in the Bridgerton series!! I love love loved Benedict and Sophies story!! Honestly the two of them meeting was one of the best scenes I have ever read in a historical romance to date – and this was just such a cute and perfect historical romance! 

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Mass – 5 stars – (my review) 

AHHHH THE ANTICIPATED WAIT WAS SO WORTH IT!!! I LOVED THIS BOOK WITH MY WHOLE HEART AND WOULD DIE FOR NESTA AND CASSIAN. Did not expect to relate so much to Nesta’s character and can honestly say reading some parts of this book was painful for me but also healing – and the romance was fire kindling in the tissues of my heart – I was on fire in only a way SJM can set me aflame and I LOVED this book!! Off to go die waiting for book 5…

 

What I read in April:

Me forgetting everything I read in April and having to check Goodreads aka my memory:

that being said I just checked Goodreads and it looks like I did a shit ton of reading in April *thumbs up* I mean hey, go me I guess? April be out here making my June and July wrap ups looking like shallow kitty pools. 

 

 Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo – 4 stars – 

Well this book was a lovely little snack of a surprise. Seriously guy this book was dang good. Not to mention *ahem* Thomas Cresswell just may have well stolen my heart the cheeky little fictional ass that he is 😉 I mean if you adore a good murder mystery, sherlock holmes flavored book croissant than I highly recommend this little darling filled with just the right texture of mystery, action, and just a hint of slow burn give me MORE romance!! (already read the second book and this series is turning out FAB!)

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig – 4 stars

HOLY SHIT THAT ENDING. Like thats it thats the review. Because this book was looking a whole lot like a 3 star until the last 100 pages or so gave me whip lash from how quickly it all turned around, backwards, and upside-down. This book was surprising to say the least and I loved the twelve dancing princess elements (the childhood Barbie lover in me was crying), dark mystery elements, and a surprisingly really good romance??! I can see what all the hype about this one was y’all. So good. 

A Game of Fate by Scarlett St.Clair – 5 stars

Is this the same book as A touch of darkness but Hades POV? yes. Did I still read it anyways? Also yes. No surprise I loved this one here, adored seeing everything from Hades POV and it just goes to show how much I loved the plot line in A Touch of Darkness that I was willing to re-read it again in Hades head/POV. This series is so amazing and I ADORE ADORE Hades and Persephone!! 

The Duke Heist by Erica Ridley – 2 stars

UGH. Ok so I hardly rate books 2 stars but this one just hit me wrong like a bad plate of sushi from the gas station. Like UGHHH I just hated how the guy keep saying she wasn’t good enough for him like the whole book and then all the sudden decides its ok for him to have treated her that way THE WHOLE time because he decides on a whim “oh wait i’m actually an idiot and want to marry you” …. like um excuse me no. just no. 

The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe – 4 stars –

MY FAITH IN THE HISTORICAL ROMANCE GENRE HAS BEEN RESTORED. I actually really liked this book from Joanna Shupe (my first read of hers). The characters were great. The romance was steamy. The plot line engaging (although not wow worthy). Overall really liked this one and of course immediately had to continue the series!!

The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe – 5 (6) stars

OH MY GOD THIS BOOK WAS A SLICE OF HEAVEN Y’ALL. It was like the author looked into my mind and created the PERFECT characters for this one. Like seriously I loved it!!! If you love the dynamics between a casino owner and the mysterious woman who turns his head for reasons he simply cannot fathom than you will LOVE this book!! I also love how Clayton adores Florence and doesn’t stomp out her fire but rather kindles her reckless flames and lets him in to his dark world… just so AMAZING and so FRESH for a historical! Love!

Bully by Penelope Douglas – 5 stars

OMG THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. Simply amazing. As my first Penelope Douglas its safe to say this book did no disappoint. The emotions in this one were so raw, the storyline so gripping, and omg my heart was just on fire the whole time and I could not put this book down. Cannot wait to continue with the rest of this series. 

The Wreckage of Us by Brittainy Cherry – 3 stars

Eh. This book was ok. The plot line was sweet but I was expecting more complex characters and the book to be sexier… and it just really didn’t deliver on those fronts?? However this book is really good if you like family focused plot lines and soft angst rather than heart bleeding books (which I seem to favor … love that for me!!) overall it was an ok read and I think I actually already gave this book away lol. 


What I Watched:

The Originals – Season 1 and 2 – 

yes I’m rewatching one of my favorite shows of all time. Yes it is the third time I am rewatching it. #noshame.

One Tree Hill – Season 1 and 2 – 

Another rewatch (if anyones watching anything new and loving it please let your girl know bc she needs some RECS!). Of course still amazing. I love one tree hill and Nathan has my HEART and you cannot change my mind!!

 

In all… 

Looking back I read some FIRE books in March and April along with a couple bad apples and flavorless pies but hey you cant win them all I suppose. But enough of all that what is everybody else reading at the moment? Anything good? Anything fabulous? Read any of the books above? Please tell me your thoughts!! I need to know!!

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Hello and welcome to “I am addicted to Enemies to Lovers books anonymous.” 

My name is Jamie and I am addicted to reading Enemies to Lovers books.” 

Over my reading lifetime I have come to learn about myself that I am a sucker for a good romance… ESPECIALLY an Enemies to Lovers romance. I mean the banter. The angst. The wanting to kill each other one moment and than wanting to destroy whoever dares threatens them the next… just ahshddh *my heart yearns* 

That being said… as a through lover and enjoyer of “Enemies to lovers” books it was a STRUGGLE to narrow this list down to just *10 books* as there are soooo many I could rant about for days and throw in your face while saying “read this pleaseeee and thank youuu” so I just decided I would rant about the first books that came to mind that I love with my whole book filled SOUL!! 

 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Ah Cardan and Jude… will I ever stop ranting about this fabulous bookish pairing?? I think not. They are one of my original favorite enemies to lovers couples and honestly one of my FAVORITE book couples of all time!!! I love this book so much and recommend it to literally the WORLD it is fabulous. 

 

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame 

I feel like no one talks about this series?? but I love it?!? A girl moves to Santa Monica and has to move in with her new step family after her parent remarries and lets just say some very much unexpected sparks fly between her… and her new step bro?!? I know its crazy but honestly its so good and the enemies to lovers in this is SO GOOD OMG! love. 

 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

The Caraval series is one of my favorite series of all time and I must say the second book is MY FAV – omg I’m not gonna reveal too much about my fav couple here (because *ahem* spoilers) but so so soooo good!! I love this series with my whole heart! 

 

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin 

AHHH this book!! Omg omg I love love love Reid and Loui they took me by surprised with how attached I got to the both of them but omg I loved them in this book and the witch and witch hunter aspects and dynamic of their relationship was *perfection*. I haven’t read the second book because I’ve heard mixed things??! – but hope to get to it soon!

 

Cruel Intentions by Sibohan Davis

No I will not shut up about this book. No I will not stop talking about this series until everyone reads it!! Because I love it SO flipping much!! The enemies to lovers in this is INSANE and omg honestly this whole book is a twisted wicked mess and I loved the whole series!!

 

The Hating Game by Sally Throne

No surprise this one made the list. I love Lucy and Josh and this is the enemies to lover office romance you need in your life. Its almost a bit of a mix between the “enemies to lovers” trope and the “it’s always been you” trope and I love it so much!!

 

Daughter of a Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller 

Oh snap this book was good. Like I loved it. The pirates. The banter. The unabashed snakiness and wickedness between the two love interests?!? Yes please!! This book was not entirely what I expected but in the best of ways and the Pirates of the Caribbean lover in me was screaming in rejoice while reading this!! Loved it!

 

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I really loved this book. If bodyguards are your weakness than you will love this book. Especially if you love tense, flirty banter, and shameless flirting – than yes you will love this one. Still not over that ending tho – O.M.G. need book two ughhhh!!

Pretty Reckless by LJ Shen

Ok so we all know it wouldn’t be a post by your truly if I didn’t include an LJ Shen book. She is one of my FAVVV romance authors #queen and this one is one of her best “Enemies to lovers” in terms of plot line. The boy absolutely hates the girl and everything she stands for and vows to destroy her and her life… but things get complicated as feelings start to entangle in the mess between them…. and yup I loved it! Honestly this whole series is a GEM!

 

The Wraith and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh 

 

This book. I loved it. One of my favorite retellings. Khalid does horrible things. He is a monster. Shahrzad is supposed to hate him. She does hate him…. or does she?? SO FREAKIN GOOD omg if you love slow burn and enemies to lovers than you will love this. 

 

So what do you all think?? Read any of the above? Have any good enemies to lovers book recs?? LMK in the comments below!!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper

By: Kerri Maniscalco 

Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

 


Review:

Well this book was like a breath of fresh air in a spring meadow. 

Seriously guys – I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did and now here I am two days later – suffering from a massive book hangover and in desperate need of two Advil, a glass of water, and some must needed rest. 

This book was a whirlwind tornado of mystery, murder, shameless flirty boys (or shall I say a certain flirtatious blond in particular 😉 ), and lots and lots of blood, blood, BLOOD. Like seriously if you are a fan of my boy: Sherlock Holmes – than this book is the perfect little snack for you to take a bit of.

Not to mention this book read QUICK! The writing was very well done for a debut release – and I flew through this at an unmentionable speed (hence the hangover after said binge reading *sigh*) and am now desperately pleased my library has the next book! (small miracles *welcome here*). 

The book follows Audrey Rose – an incredibly bright, brilliant, glows like a ray of sun, seventeen year old girl with a rather unusual (but fabulous) interest in the scientific fields and all things cadavers and dead bodies (she’s not your average teen that for sure – but that why we love her of course). She’s currently studying all things revolving around said “dead bodies” with her crazy Uncle — of course since it is the 1800s her dad disproves (but we love a good rebel origin story nevertheless) and so of course I was 100% on board with all the sneaking out, disobeying, and sleuthing in this book. 100% ON BOARD.

And than theres Thomas. Oh Thomas my new little fictional love where have you been all my life?? Seriously any boy (fictional or not) who is fluent in the language of shameless flirting can have my heart *rips out heart and gives it to boys of the like of Thomas Cresswell*. Thomas Cresswell is a brilliant science brained GEM in this book and honestly is one of the reasons this books pages flew out of my hands and into my mind. He was a fabulous little snarky thing and I LIVED for him and Audreys banter throughout this entire thing. #partnersincrimearethebest 

I mean honestly who doesn’t love flirty banter amongst solving a deadly murder mystery? Makes everything all the more fun don’t you think? 

That being said I didn’t predict the ending until the very last few pages and my heart nearly stopped from the SHOCK of it!! Usually I am quite good at predicting things but this book had me riveted and second guessing my very own thoughts as if they were not my own to begin with!

A lovely little murder mystery snack that I recommend to all those looking for a good quick read that will keep them riveted with lovely likable characters – a dash of murder – and a bit of romance swirled in 😉 

4 stars

What do you all think? Willing to give this one a read? Already read it? Well than we must chat in the comments below!!

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4)

By Sarah J Maas

Rating: 5/5 stars!!!

Summary: 

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms


My Review:

Ok ok so after the long longggg 4 YEAR WAIT this book has finally appeared in my hands and you bet I devoured this baby like a starved lion who has been waiting patiently for more of this fabulous sexy little dangerous world that is the A Court of Thorns and Roses series!!!!

But wow. Like wow. This BOOK.

Ok so contrary to most opinions I actually didn’t hate Nesta going into this. I understood her and why she was so angry and why she lashed out. So I actually looking forward to seeing more of her journey 😉 . And OMG you all know I am IN LOVE with Cassian – he is just ahahdhakhad sexy and yummy all in one (love him 😉 ) so I OF COURSE I COULD NOT WAIT for him and Nesta’s story!!! (was literally on pins and needles and am glad my nerves could be put in time out the moment this gem was released). 

 

That being said I’m PLEASED to announce that the agonizing (hair pulling) 4 YEAR wait WAS WORTH IT.

 

Because guys this book was so good. 

Like so so so good.

 

Sarah J Mass truly knows how to write characters that just make me FEEL. MY heart was constantly under a hammer this whole book and being squished and reshaped and reborn. Because this book had no rules and no regulations – in fact it pretty much burned the safety manual to the ground in regards to how much it broke me

 

I related to Nesta so much as a character. The way she felt so broken and undeserving of love had me tearing up and shredded like cheese on a grader. I loved how she was this starved wolf who lashed out and tore into people with her sharp words and at the same time devoted erotic romance novels at the same rate she did chocolate cake (who said you could be two complete polar opposite things shoved into one character? Like RELATE to the crazy contrast that is Nesta). But most of all I related to how much lack of self love she could have and how that affected her relationships and pushing people away. #relate #Nesta-is-ME.

“So Nesta had become a wolf. Armed herself with invisible teeth and claws, and learned to strike faster, deeper, more lethally. Had relished it. But when the time came to put away the wolf, she’d found it had devoured her too.”

She was such a multilayered cake of a character and I just wanted to scream at anyone who didn’t see the golden gem of who she truly was hidden underneath her wolfish exterior (ahem I’m looking at you Amren and Rhys) because she was struggling so much and needed more than just Cassian to reach out their hands. 

“Keep reaching out your hand.”

I also just love how Sarah J Maas gave us bread crumbs of progress and than brutley ripped them away. Like I was DYING. The angst in this books is off the CHARTS and my HEARt was purely SUFFERING because of it. (but only SJM can make me suffer this much because her books are pure golden tiaras that I will wear even if they give me a killer headache because they are beautiful and pretty and the way she masterfully desvolpes a story – JUST YES 100% yes.) #iaminpain 

And than there was CASSIAN. (who yes deserves his own paragraph bc he is Cassian. Enough said.) Sarah J Maas did not come to play no games when it came to my lovely Cassian because he was FLAME and FIRE and the hand we all need to reach out to us when we are broken and trying to heal. I absolutly adored my brutey general solider winged man. He was so good. SO much fire and passion within him and yet he was vulnerable and unyielding when Nesta needed him to be. He was always in her corner and never ceased to fight for her – even when she could not find the strength to fight for herself. And thats all you really want. Someone who will stand by you even when you push them away (especially then) and make you see the strength within yourself – make you believe it was there all along – so that you could get up and heal yourself. So that you could learn to love yourself again. Learn to love the world again. Cassian was a hero wrapped in wings and a devils smile and I loved him and Nesta endlessly

“Rhys lifted his head. “This is a bad idea.”

Cassian winked.

“That should be written on the Night Court crest.”

 

Not to mention to CHEMISTRY between the two had me SIZZLING!!! Like the romance and the smut in this was too good!!!?! Omg I was panting after each interaction they had with one another. And how SJM weaved in all their interactions with their layered history from the past books – just omg slap me and snap me back into reality because this book just makes me want to dissolve into this WORLD. OMG so so good I cannot stop thinking about those twos CHEMISTRY and fire and love and addahdss amazing. Thats all I have to say about that.

“Az chuckled, the wind shifting the strands of his dark hair. “You two need a chaperone up here?” Yes. No. Yes. “I thought you were the chaperone.” Az threw him a wicked smile. “I’m not entirely sure I’m enough.”

That being said this book just keep getting better. I loved the magical house Nesta lived in (like magic house – I want one!!) and the female friendships absolutely SHINED in this book. I loved Gwyn and Emmerie with my whole dang flipping heart (if we don’t see them more in the next books I will die)(also how they would swap romance novels made me want to be friends w them ASAP).

…..and all the danger and quests and fight scenes and training scenes and multi layered political interactions in this book?!?? SO. GOOD. I’m also forwarding my hospital bill to SJM for the shear HEART ATTACK she gave me with those plot twists in the end. Like I lucky I’m still alive because the shock factor alone was enough to kill me. Only SJM would try and kill me and than revive me in the next page – hot damn these books are everything. 

“Welcome back to the Night Court, Nesta Archeron.”

This book was a pure golden gem and I loved it. This series will always hold a place in my heart. I read the books in high school in a time when I needed them more than anything and therefore these books will always have an imprint on my soul. So heres to the countdown for BOOK 5 everybody. Lets hope it isn’t another 4 year wait 😉

5 Golden Glittering Stars 

 

What do you guys think? Adding this one to your TBR? Already read it? LMK your thoughts in the comments below!

-BubblyBooks

Hey all! So as many of you know romance is my weakness in books – if the book has a good romance you can bet I will be reading it. *please give me all the romantic rip your heart out or smother me in fluff situations* 

That being said I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite fantasy romances that I just cannot get enough of!! Some of these are even favorite series of mine that I guiltlessly binge read one after the other….

 

The Winners Curse Series by Marie Rutkoski 

Honestly such a good slow burn romance. I read these years ago and still remember the angst. This series is too good and cannot recommend it enough! 

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa 

Read this whole series last year and LOVED it! Book 3 is my fav in the series and I need to read more from this author asap (if you like A Court of Mist and Fury you will like these books 😉 )

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen 

I still need to read book 2 in this series but omg this romance hit my in the gut and tore up my insides?!? The ending destroyed me and this slow burn romance is devastating in the best of ways. So good. 

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab 

One of my favorite series of all time. Kell and Liliah are so beautifully written and I love this fantasy world! Its been years and I still cant get this book out of my head. 

 

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St.Clair 

A Hades and Persephone retelling that I adored!! This book made me feel so many things and I loved it. One of my favorite fantasy romances of all time!!!

 

What about you all? Have you read any of these? Have any on your TBR? Read any good fantasy romances lately? LMK in the comments below!!

-BubblyBooks

Hey everybody – how are we doing? Are we doing groovy? Did we read anything spicy this month? 

I surprising did read some things while simultaneously getting my butt kicked by school and the shock that was this tiny short month being over??

February: Starts

Me: *blinks*

February: Over 

So that about sums up this month and all that happened. Valentines day was equally uneventful this month and I am so happy to finally be done with most of my midterms (I think I have one left??). 

But enough about me – on to what were are all here for – THE BOOKS *claps hands together*

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi – 5 stars

Ughh this series!! I love love love!! But Severin you crazy bastard!! That ending left me breathlessly frustrated but the cover for book 3 is GORGEOUS and I can’t waittt. 

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt – 5 stars

Oh my god. Oh my god. One of the best (maybe the best?? ahh) historical romances I have ever read. Asa Makepeace is hands down my favorite man I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading in a historical and omg can he just appear in real life and marry me please?!? Like I’m waiting. 

A Rogue of Ones Own by Evie Dunmore – 4 stars – 

Another breath of fresh air historical romance. Loved how this one felt fresh and modern but also had some fabulous historical flavor to it. Tristan is amazing and I loved the whole “It was always you” aspect to the romance between him and Lucie. Will def be wanting to read the other books from this author. 

After by Anna Todd – 4 stars

I surprisingly didn’t hate this??? But omg that ending ran my heart over with a truck!!! Way to get me invested and than have me crushed all in the span of a breath!! But also *hello* *waves hands* I need more of this toxic trash. 

After We Collided by Anna Todd – 5 stars – 

Wow. This book is a rollercoaster. I went from loving to hating this – to love hating this on multiple occasions. Somehow the petals I picked off the flower while reading this ended up on love?! Maybe I’m crazy, but I love my two idiots Hardin and Tessa and am now attached to these characters. 

In all…

I am happy to say that I am pretty satisfied with how my reading month turned out (especially because a couple of the books I read were over 600 pages (I’m looking at you AFTER and AFTER WE COLLIDED smh) ….but do wish I had gotten around to reading SJM’s new book, A Court of Silver Flames and am hoping I pick it up this MONTH because I JUST HAVE TO OK. 

What I watched:

The Bachelor (current season) – Waiting on the season finale over here. But….. I don’t think Matt is going to pick who I want to safe to say I’m bumming and also disappointed with the male species once again. Sigh. 

Well that its my lovely reader friends! I hope you all had an equally successful reading month and that you read some excellent books during March! Best of luck with the reading goals and go pick up that book!!

-BubblyBooks