Wednesday, April 24

Review: The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3)

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3)
Julie Kagawa

Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 1, 2014
Date Read: March 30, 2019
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages:  378
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20929541-the-forever-song

From Goodreads:
Vengeance will be hers.

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

Monster.


Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions - her creator Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost - the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, her triumph will be short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

The final hunt is on.

"If we are talking about choice and regret, what has happened cannot be undone. And dwelling on the past changes nothing. You will only drive yourself to insanity if you do."

I feel like it was forever ago that I started this series and I am so happy that I have finally gotten around to finishing it. I started The Immortal Rules back in 2012 and here I am 7 years later having finally finished this trilogy. I wasn't the biggest lover of the first book in this series and that is probably why I didn't finish it sooner, but I am so glad I did as this has truly become one of my favourite series. The Forever Song was everything I could have wanted for the ending of this series, I truly loved it.

The Forever Song picks up where The Eternity Cure left off, with Allison, Kanin and Jackal hunting the crazed Sarran before he kills everyone... human and vampire. But Sarran leaves surprises for them around every turn. Can they find him in time and will they be able to stop him destroying everything they're fighting for with everyone still standing?

I really enjoyed The Forever Song. It was so brilliantly written and really shows Julie Kagawa as the fantastic storyteller that she is. I loved this finale to the Blood of Eden series and honestly it took me on such an emotional journey. One moment I was overjoyed and happy and the next my heart was breaking. It just shows Julie as such a fantastic author that she can make you feel all of those emotions in such a short space of time. I did think this one was a little bit slower in pacing than the previous book but that didn't stop me racing through it. I just couldn't wait to see how it all ends.

The Forever Song has the most bittersweet ending which I have come to expect from Julie. Thinking back a few years ago when I read her Iron Fey series I actually loved the ending of her third book in that series even though it was heartbreaking. I felt like it was perfect (I know, she wrote book 4 to have a HEA, I just didn't like that as much. Maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment). I feel the exact same here. The ending broke my heart a little in terms of one main character.... no I'm not spoiling it.... but it was actually the perfect ending for them and as sad as it was it was very fitting.

Although The Forever Song is not my favourite book of the series (yes, I'm looking at you The Eternity Cure) it was a fantastic ending to a brilliant series. I'm not usually a big lover of vampire books but this series is one of the exceptions. It's such a different take on vampires and I loved that. This book was moving and just utterly fantastic. I will definitely be re-reading the series in the future.

"Time never mattered. Vampire or human, if we had forever or just a few years. I'd always choose to spend it with you."


 

Wednesday, April 17

Review: Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone #2 / Grisha #2)

Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone #2; Grisha #2)
Leigh Bardugo


Published By: Indigo Books
Publication Date: June 6, 2013
Date Read: March 12, 2019
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 386
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14061955-siege-and-storm

From Goodreads:
Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

"Anything worth doing always starts as a bad idea."

The Grisha books have been sat on my shelf for such a long time and after starting it earlier this year as part of a series readalong I was completely in awe of this amazing series. Following Shadow and Bone, I couldn't wait to get started on the second book in the series. Siege and Storm was even better than Shadow and Bone. I loved every single moment of it.

Siege and Storm picks up exactly where Shadow and Bone left of, with Alina and Mal escaped from The Darkling and on the run. But soon enough Alina and Mal find themselves in danger again and Aline just can't leave the Grisha part of her behind. Can Alina help defeat The Darkling for good with her growing power while keeping Mal at her side?

I loved Siege and Storm so much more than Shadow and Bone. Leigh completely captured my attention yet again and I couldn't stop reading. Siege and Storm is so action packed and fast paced and I just couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I loved every single second of this book and couldn't believe what was happening. This series has some of the best characters that I have ever read. I have such a love-hate relationship with The Darkling... like I know he's the bad guy but I can't stop loving him at the same time.

Alina is such a fantastic character to follow through and I love reading from her point of view. She is absolutely fantastic and I love experiencing this journey from her perspective. I love seeing her growing more and more powerful and how that has changed her outlook on everything. My one issue with the series is I don't really like the main love interest. Mal irritates me to no end. I just feel like he doesn't really accept Alina for who she is and all he does in mope and complain. Get a grip man! On the other hand, one of the things I loved the most about Siege and Storm was that we were introduced to new character Nikolai. He is fast becoming my favourite character of the series. I love him. He is cocky and snarky and hilarious. I adore him!! I hope there is lots more Nikolai to come in the next book.

Siege and Storm definitely exceeded my expectations. It was absolutely phenomenal and I cannot wait to read the third book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I know it's going to be amazing and I cannot wait to see how Alina's storyline ends. I will definitely be reading it immediately. If you haven't read this series I highly recommend it. I am definitely kicking myself for not reading this one sooner.

"We are alike, as no one else is, as no one else will ever be."


Wednesday, April 10

Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
Julie Kagawa

Published By: Mira Ink
Publication Date: May 3, 2013
Date Read: February 27, 2019
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 434
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17453202-the-eternity-cure

From Goodreads:
In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever-and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago-and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.

"There are no good choices, Allison. There are only those you can live with, and those you can work to change."

The Eternity Cure has been sat on my shelf for years and I always intended to pick it up but then never did. To be honest I wasn't an enormous fan of the first book in this series, The Immortal Rules. I enjoyed the premise of it, the dystopia world with vampires. It was pretty unique and cool but I just found it slow and pretty boring in places but there was just something about it that made me want to continue the series at some point. As part of my 2019 'Series Catch-Up Challenge' I finally picked up The Eternity Cure... and I am so glad that I did. This was far, far superior than the first book. I loved it!

The Eternity Cure follows Allison as she leaves the humans behind and goes in search of Kanin, her sire. But with lots of obstacles in the way, Allison seems to be running out of time. She needs to save Kanin and gain his help to stop the new plague that is on the rise. This one threatening to wipe out both humans AND vampires. Can she get to Kanin in time? And does he really have the answers?

I loved The Eternity Cure. It was absolutely amazing!! Right from the start I was totally enamoured by the characters, the world... everything. This was such a drastic change from the first book. The pace massively picks up in this one and I couldn't put the book down. There were twists and turns that I was not expecting and there were many times that I was left mouth agape unable to believe what just happened. It really showed Julie Kagawa at her storytelling best!

I am a big fan of Julie Kagawa as it is, I loved her Iron Fey series and although I was disappointed with The Immortal Rules, she is back to her best in this book. Her storytelling is phenomenal. She has developed this world so perfectly and it's so complex and there's more to everything than what you first think. I think with The Immortal Rules being slower paced it allowed for this amazing world development that made this book incredible! I am so, so happy that I continued.

The Eternity Cure blew me away! There was so much going on and I couldn't put it down. The ending felt a tad bit rushed to me which brought my rating down slightly but honestly I am so freaking excited to read the third book and see how all of this is going to end. I loved every second of The Eternity Cure and I am itching to get my hands on The Forever Song. This is looking like it'll be my favourite Julie Kagawa series. It's a must-read!

"You will always be a monster - there is no turning back from it. But what kind of monster you become is entirely up to you."


Saturday, April 6

Early Review: Storm and Fury (The Harbringer #1)

Storm and Fury (The Harbringer #1)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Date Read: March 18, 2019
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: eARC from JLA
Format: E-Book 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40291564-storm-and-fury

From Goodreads:
Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

"I had downloaded the ebook on my iPad, but it wasn’t the same as holding the paper copy. It was never the same."

There are actually no words to explain my utter excitement for this book. Most people who know me know Jennifer L Armentrout is my all time favourite author and I am always excited for her books. This one was a little bit more than the usual excitement though. I am a huge lover of Jen's YA Paranormal/Fantasy books the most and I loved The Dark Elements series. However I had a love-hate relaionship with the final book of that series due to my heartache over how it all ended for my boy, Zayne. All the way through the Dark Elements series I preferred Zayne over Roth which was very much the unpopular opinion. I always knew things were not going to end brilliantly for him, but I wasn't ready for my complete heartbreak over how things happened. Now, imagine my excitement to hear not only was he getting his own book... but his own series. *fangirling*

Storm and Fury was everything I could have wanted and more. I loved every single second of this book. I loved the new characters that were introduced and I loved the 'older' characters that we revisited. Trinity is such a fantastic character. I adored her and she is possibly one of my favourite characters... ever! She is so strong and admirable. She has a degenerative eye disease which means that she can't see very well but she doesn't let it hold her back. She is just phenomenal!! I adore her and I ship her and Zayne so bad. She is everything I could have wanted for him and more.

One thing I loved about this book is that although we are following Trinity's story we still get to see some of the beloved characters from the Dark Elements series and I loved seeing what they were all up to. I love how it all linked together and honestly this book is storytelling at it's finest. Although Storm and Fury is the start of a new series, I highly recommend reading the Dark Elements series first if you haven't already read it. It makes everything make so much more sense and it just shows Jen as the storytelling goddess that she is.

Everything about Storm and Fury was perfection. The action, the mystery and the slow-burning romance. It is essentially everything that I love in YA all wrapped up in one perfect book. I guessed one of the revelations at the end, but that did not take away from my overall enjoyment of the book at all. I loved absolutely everything about it and I cannot wait for book 2. It's gonna be one hell of a wait but I will endure it... while re-reading Storm and Fury again and again and again. Possibly the best book I have read so far this year and it's right up there tackling the Covenant series for my JLA top-spot. Absolutely phenomenal!

"I’m guessing the sky is full of stars?"
"It is, but the only ones that matter are the ones you see."


Wednesday, April 3

Wrap Up: March 2019


Hey Guys,
Can you believe that it's already April? I definitely can't. I had such a really slow reading month this month and only managed three books. However in April I have two weeks off work so I am definitely planning to catch up on my reading then. Well, here is my month in books.


Book Haul:

Hardcopies:




Bought:

Vicious (Villains #1) by VE Schwab - See Review HERE
Vengeful (Villains #2) by VE Schwab
Enchantee by Gita Trelease
The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2 / Grisha #5) by Leigh Bardugo
The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2) by Dhonielle Clayton


E-Books:
For Review:

  
Storm and Fury (Harbringer #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout 


Books Read in March 2019:




Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone #2 / Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo - 5 Stars
Storm and Fury (Harbringer #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa - 4 Stars



Reviews Posted in March 2019:

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M McManus
Forbidden Fruit (Dividing Eden #1.5) by Joelle Charbonneau
Eden Conquered (Dividing Eden #2) by Joelle Charbonneau
Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Favourite Reads of March 2019:

As I only managed to read three books this month there is no top 3 but I will share with you my favourite read of the month...






How was your month in books?