Loved It

Bound (Bound Trilogy, #1)Bound by Kate Sparkes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book awhile ago, and signed up for the newsletter awhile ago. Every time I see it in my kindle library, I think, I can’t wait for the next book in this series. Today, I received an email from Kate Sparks newsletter, and I realized, I hadn’t reviewed this interesting book. I try to review most of the books I read. Sometimes it just slips my mind and I forget.

To begin with, the cover is amazing. Yes, I picked up the book because the cover was fantastic.

The story is as beautiful as the cover. It is interesting and the character’s development is fun to read. The many situations the character is put through as she adventures are all exciting, and they never turned out quite how I expected.

The ending was amazing. I I think I almost started crying because the book was over, and there wasn’t a sequel for me to read.

If you are a fan of fantasy and love worlds filled with magic and fighting. Then you will love this book as much as I did. This story deserves its five stars.

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Great Read, some confusingly written scenes.

For Wreck and Remnant (Secrets of Itlantis #4)For Wreck and Remnant by Kate Avery Ellison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So I was debating between a 5 star review and a 4 star review, but then I decided I was feeling generous after I just spent part of a day curled up with my computer and my cat and a headache just to read this book.

Yes, this serious is amazing. I love Kate Ellison’s Frost chronicles and this series. The love star is an interesting addition to the book(I have no other idea of what to call something where there are multiple possible love interests, all of which are uniquely flawed and interesting in the fact that they have all somehow betrayed the main character).

I love the relationships the character holds with the other characters, and I love the growth in all the characters. They have all changed so much from the first book.

I could go on and on about the things I liked in this book. Its not perfect, and there are a ton of different evil (or not so evil) organizations to keep track of, but at the same time life can be as twisted as this story. I was tempted to take away a star, as I mentioned at the beginning, and some scenes really confused me (view spoiler) I was so confused during that scene, and no matter how many times I reread it, I couldn’t make sense of it.

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Fascinating War Novel

Fives and Twenty-FivesFives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As an Army Brat, I often love reading war stories. I picked this one up because it looked interesting.

And it was fascinating. I loved how this story was both about the soldiers and about the war they were in together. The story of the war is woven into the fabric of the after war story. They flowed together well and enhanced each other.

For a non military person, some of the Jargon could be hard to understand. I understood it all because of growing up in an Army family and because of two years spent in ROTC. At times, I thought to myself that if I was a regular civilian, I might not understand this book as well. Even with my Army background, some of the terminology was unfamiliar. I was tempted to bring down the rating a star because of this, but I liked the writing and the story too much to bring the rating down. It was a good story that was thought provoking and sticks with you long after you read it.

I received a free eARC of this book from NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA in return for an honest review.

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An Interesting Read

The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen, #1)The Body in the Woods by April Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an interesting an intriguing read. I don’t normally read mystery type stories, but the cover looked pretty and the premise sounded interesting.

I don’t want to give away the story, so I will keep my review fairly short.

I was hooked right from the beginning. It was fun trying to figure out who the murderer was, and hoping the kids don’t get themselves killed while playing detective. I loved how the authorities were trying to stop them from figuring out the case, but I disliked how the authority figures of the story weren’t figuring out these things. It always bothers me when adults are portrayed as not that smart compared to the kids/teens, but this is a young adult story so I will have to forgive it for that.

The story was entertaining though, and I recommend it to anyone who likes an entertaining mystery with young teen crime solvers.

I received a free copy of this story from NetGalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group in return for an honest review.

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Gritty Fun Read

Wraith (Debt Collector 10)Wraith by Susan Kaye Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free eARC from Susan Kaye Quinn in return for an honest review.

I loved this story. I started it the moment I received it in my email, and didn’t put it down till I finished it. Granted, it is a short and quick read, but it was exciting and fun to read.

Even though this story is not about any of the characters from the first serial, it is in the same world, and even in the same city. This time the main character who goes by the debt collector name “Wraith”, is one of the upper class peple, but she her family doesn’t partake in the debt collector trade, and instead fights against it.

She is addicted to debt collecting though. She convinces herself its okay because she is taking from those who have “Stollen” years of life from other people, and gives it to the poor and needy in a mercy hit. She is addicted to both the taking of years and the mercy hits she gives afterwards.

Her character is flawed, but relatable and likable. A reader can relate to the pull of addictions, and the thrill seeking of the main characters.

The story is fun and interesting to read, and ends on a cliff hanger right after an intense action scene leaving the reader quite ready for the next installment of this serial.

I highly suggest this gritty futuristic novel that makes you think a lot as a reader, but is also a fun read.

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A Gripping Finale

First Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #3)First Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free eARC from Susan Kaye Quinn in return for an honest review.

I love this series. I read this book in about three hours without stopping. The characters are bold and daring and make mistakes. Each character has a desire that drives them to their actions and causes all interactions to be fresh and exciting.

There are many twists and turns in the plot that surprise the reader at every turn. Nothing ever really goes according to plan which makes for an interesting read.

If you’ve read the first two, you will love this book. It starts right up from where the second book ends. If you have not read the first two books, I highly suggest reading them first.

I don’t want to say much more for fear of spoiling anything in this book. I highly suggest this as a read for anyone that loves steampunk, adventure, or romance stories. (Or all of the above)

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A Skyship Adventure Awaits

Second Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #2)Second Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is another amazing example of Susan Kaye Quinn’s excellent writing. Her writing draws you in and doesn’t allow you to escape until you finish the book. The world she writes is stunning and vividly created in our imaginations with women wearing bright purple dresses and orange corsets to an air ship sailing across the sky.

This book offers lots of action, gun fights and saber duels, and political intrigue. The main character, the third daughter, is still having issues with playing politics, but she is getting better. She is a relatable character that the reader can sympathize with.

I love the doubts the character has about her own feelings, and how she has to figure out what she wants. The romance in this story is tasteful and well written. And like women in relationships, she has fears and worries about her relationship.

If you are looking for an action adventure story or a romance story, you should definitely check out this well written story by Susan Kaye Quinn.

(Also the formatting is well done and the chapter headers have really nice looking fonts.)

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