Friday, September 30, 2016

Fall of Thrones and Thorns by Jennifer Ellision - Review + Giveaway!

War hurtles in, a typhoon over the sea.

After Bree’s life was torn apart, Nereidium had represented a haven to her. A place that—if she could save it—was beyond the King’s reach.

And, at last, she’s arrived upon its shores. But things in Nereidium are not what they should be.

The land is plagued by a rash of mysterious earthquakes, the likes of which it’s never known. The governors are distracted by old traditions, while Bree and her friends grapple with changing identities and the sense that the longer they wait to take action… the greater the danger from Egria grows.

Bree is tired of living under the shadow of King Langdon’s power. And she’s tired of waiting for him to be the first to act.

In this final chapter of the Threats of Sky and Sea series, it all comes down to Nereidium or Egria. To Bree or the King. It’s kill… or be killed.

And not everyone will escape the battle unscathed.

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I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Fall of Thrones and Thorns! I love this series and could not wait for this last book.

Fall of Thrones and Thorns starts off right where Riot of Storm and Smoke left off. This review won't include spoilers, so I won't give too much away, but book 3 really delves into the internal conflicts that have plagued Bree since revelations in book 1. I loved watching her character grow and how she approaches all these huge decisions before her. While she acts a little immature at times and seems to make some poor choices, I really enjoy her as a character and as a young woman trying to do right by her own morals while also trying to save and help all those around her.

The world is made even bigger and new characters are introduced. I loved seeing more of Nereidium and learning more about other cultures. The difference between it and Egria are vast and conflicts of family and loyalty are brought to the forefront.

While lots of things happen in this book, the emotional journey of Bree is really at the center, her emotions and decisions related to all the turmoil in Nereidium and Egria (along with her merry band of pals). It's really a story of people trying to combine who they want to be with who they have been told they are and the difficulties with that identity.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting, the world continued to develop, and tensions between family, friendship, and potential romance worked well with the political conflicts. While Bree and her friends sometimes act a little immature and some things didn't end as neatly as I was anticipating, this book is a satisfying ending to a romping, magical adventure.

For fans of the previous two books in the series, or for readers who enjoy action-packed fantasy with a hint of romance, this is a must read. I'm so happy I came across this series on a whim years ago and with where the series ended.

Find out more about Jennifer and her books here:

Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.

Jennifer is the author of the YA fantasy series, Threats of Sky and Sea, as well as the New Adult contemporary novel, Now and Again.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Sight by Chloe Neill - Review

The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning . . .

Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both...

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This is a great sequel to The Veil. I'll be honest - I forgot most of what happened in book 1 and wasn't sure how much I could truly get into the sequel. However, Chloe Neill immediately drew me back into Claire's world and I was hooked (once again).

The characters continue to develop, especially Claire and Liam, as the stakes are raised with a violent and ignorant group hell bent on destroying The Zone and New Orleans. Different characters rise to the forefront throughout the story, revealing more about their own pasts but also the pasts of humans and Paranormals. The world continues to get bigger and more complicated and mysteries are solved only to reveal more questions. Readers are given hints to Claire's parentage and her own abilities, as well as the pasts and potential of her friends and cohorts. The book is incredibly well paced, full of action, humor, and a hint of romance. The action scenes really left an impression for me as being exciting, well written, and still contributing to the overall story and character development. As more and more information about Paranormals and the world they left behind is revealed, tensions rise in New Orleans and Claire seems to be at the center of it, willing or not. I can't wait until the next installment.

** I received a copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **

Find out more about Chloe Neill and her books here:

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Devil’s Isle, Chicagoland Vampires, and Dark Elite series. She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When not writing, she bakes, knits, Pins, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

Chloe is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Chloe is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

September TBR

These are the books that I already own that I plan on reading. I also plan on reading all the books on the September Releases list from yesterday! EMPIRE OF STORMS YOOOOOO

(I want to read this before the movie comes out!)

(I really enjoyed the first one so I'm looking forward to reading the sequel!)

(I have heard good things!)

(I need to finally start and finish this, goodness gracious.)

Friday, September 2, 2016

September Releases

These are books I'm looking forward to releasing in September!





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