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REVIEW: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.


I loved this book! It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more! It picked up right where the last book left off and the events that followed were just twist after twist after twist. This might just be one of Jennifer’s best books yet! It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time and I know I’m going to get a major book hangover now that it is over! I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!!

“You don’t need to worry about me, Peaches. I’m always going to come back to you. That’s a promise.”

Evie- Evie surprised me in this book. I thought I had her character figured out, but NOPE. I should have known that Jennifer was going to throw a giant twist into the mix and change everything that I thought I knew. I always wanted to know what would happen if the Luxen and the Arum were cross bred and… now I know and it is nothing like I expected it to be! I feel like we only scratched the surface with what Evie is capable of in this book and I am so excited to dive in more in future installments.

“You,” he spoke. “It’s only ever been you. Before. Now. Later. There’s been no one else. There…just can’t be.”

Luc- Could I love Luc more? No…. I really don’t think so! He is sweet and protective and caring and fierce and strong and brave and just…. everything. He is so precious and I am probably attached to him in an unhealthy way but that is not the point and I fell even deeper in love with him during this book. The way he cares about Evie and the lengths he will go to to keep her safe is awe-inspiring. I think if I had to pick one emoji I could use to describe this book, it would have to be the heart eyes an 90% of that would be directed at Luc! I need more of him! I would really love a chapter in his POV Jennifer if you’re listening…

“I am not walking away again. If I kiss you, if I touch you again, I will not be able to go back to the way things are now.” The next breath he took trembled as much as I was. “I won’t be able to pretend that you aren’t my everything”.

Katy/Daemon/The Old Crew- It was so great to see everyone again! I cried more than once at seeing them all so happy and grown up! And we got to see Katy pregnant?! My babies are having babies and I can’t even wrap my head around that! And Dee is a spokes person for the Luxen now?! I feel like everything has just come full circle and I couldn’t be more proud of her! Plus, we got to see Dawson and Bethany’s daughter Ash! Our first natural Origin baby and she was just so precious! I am DYING to know more about her and any special abilities she may have! (And I would so totally be down for another spin-off about her!!)

“There is only you and me. Boyfriend. Girlfriend. Mates. Lovers,” he said, and muscles low in my stomach curled tight. “I don’t care what you call me as long as you call me yours.”

The Cliffhanger- I wasn’t exactly surprised that Jason Dasher is still alive. Like I always say: If you don’t see a body, see it burned to ashes, and scattered to the farthest corners of the Earth, they aren’t dead! I pretty much guessed it as soon as Evie started hearing a male voice in her head. I have been reading Jennifer’s books for a while now and I’d like to think I’m starting to get an idea of where her mind goes. (I say that, but look how shocked I was with Storm and Fury) I was also starting to catch on with the whole Evie being a trap for Luc thing too. Given, I was thinking she was made to kill him instead of being his ultimate weakness, but I was on the right track. Plus, that is something I’m happy I was wrong about.

“You lost me,” I whispered. “I lost you.”
“Did we lose each other?” he asked, and then I felt his fingers on my cheeks, chasing a tear that had sneaked free. “You and I are here right now, aren’t we? Somehow, you found me, and I’m not someone who believes in happenstance. I don’t think it was a fluke … I think it was something that was bound to happen and I…”
I opened my eyes, finding his. “What?”
“I was just waiting.”

SIDE NOTE: After reading the quote, “You’re the Burning Shadow and he’s the Darkest Star, and together, you will bring about the brightest night.” , I have a really high suspicion that the final book is going to be called The Brightest Night. I could be really wrong, but if I’m right, I called it here!!!

“By the way, just going to remind you that you told me last night you missed me.”
I had. “I must’ve been high.”
“On my presence.” 

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book (as if you couldn’t tell that already) and I will definitely be continuing the series!!! How could I not?? Jennifer is one of my favorite authors and she sucks me into her books like no one else! I can’t imagine not reading the next installment!

***P.S. I know all of the quotes I used are Luc quotes, but after reading this review, do you honestly think I could use any others?!***


I had the pleasure to meet Jennifer L. Armentrout for the second time when she went on tour for The Burning Shadow and I got the book signed. Here are some pictures from the event:

Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

BOOK 3: TBA/Not Released Yet


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Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.


“Every story needs its hero.

And its villain.

And its monster.”

This book… I don’t even have words. It is definitely one of the best finales I have EVER read and my favorite book in the series by far. It just combined all of my favorite elements from the previous books and made one hell of an explosive conclusion! I was constantly on the edge of my seat, my heart always felt like it was going to beat out of my chest, and I was all in emotionally. For the last hundred pages or so, I was crying ever five seconds because I was just that invested in the story and the characters in it.

I’m really sad that this was the final book because I have grown to really love these characters (even AIDAN) and I hate having to say good-bye. It seems like the Illuminae Group just found each other and I could read a thousand more pages about their upcoming journeys together. I’m going to miss them dearly and I really hope that Amy and Jay continue this story in some way, no matter how small!

Other Books in the Series:

3.5 🍁s ~ Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

4.25 🍁s ~ Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

4.25 🍁s

“Now, children, watch closely. Hold your breath. Listen. And I will show you the components of calamity.”

I really liked this book and I enjoyed it more than the first one. I found myself flying through it and, at one point, I sat down to read it and, what felt like an hour later, I looked down and had read 250 pages! There was plot twist after plot twist and so many times when my mind was completely blown. There is NO other book/series out there even remotely like this one and it is so incredibly unique!

Nik and Hanna- I loved these two so much and I just need more!

Ella- This girl had my whole heart in her hands from the beginning of the book until the end. I love her SOOO much and, when I thought she had died, I literally could not breath because I was sobbing so hard. Luckily for me and my heart, she is back now!

Jackson- Ewww. Did not redeem himself at the end. Still hate him. Period.

What I Didn’t Like- The alternate dimension thing. I felt like it was used solely so that the authors could rip my heart out by killing my favorite characters and then say “JK! Here is a perfectly “reasonable” explanation for us to play with your emotions and then take it all back.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will probably be reading the next one. I just might want a break for a while because this series is so emotionally draining.

Other Books in the Series:

3.5 🍁s ~ Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

5 🍁s ~ Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

3.5 🍁s

“You have me. Until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me.”

For those that don’t know, I have never been a big sci-fi fan. The genre has never really appealed to me and there are just certain aspects of it that I really don’t like. So, when I started seeing people talk about this book a few years back, I was curious about it, but when I found out that it was an epic sci-fi, I immediately went “Nope, no thank you”. Well after reading this book and practically flying through it, I can admit to myself that that was probably a mistake… because this book is great. As someone who isn’t even a fan of the genre, I can say without a doubt that this book is out of this world unique and imaginative.

Kady- I loved Kady and her whole attitude! How could I not?! She goes through so much in this book and I could not sympathize/connect with her more.

Ezra- I loved Ezra as well. His whole smart ass attitude constantly had me laughing and some of my favorites part of the book involved him more often than not.

AIDAN- I don’t know how I feel about AIDAN. All I do know is that I cried when the Alexander was attacked and Kady and AIDAN said goodbye.

What I Liked- This book was HIGHLY unpredictable. People were dying left and right and there were SO many plot twists that I wasn’t expecting!

What I Didn’t Like- Surprisingly, I didn’t really enjoy the romance of this book. Maybe its because Ezra and Kady don’t see each other face to face at all or maybe it’s because they were already in love with each other before the book started, but I just didn’t connect with them for some reason.

Overall, I liked this book. I will be continuing the series, but I might just take a break for a while because it is so huge and takes so much of my time to read.

Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

5 🍁s ~ Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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His Goddess (Tarilean Adventure Series #1) by D. Morrissey


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Shot down on a strange hostile planet, Captain Cora Carter isn’t sure which is worse: the vicious space pirates or the hot, possessive alien who insists that she’s his mate.

Science Fiction Romance, Alien Romance, Fantasy Dying Earth, Language of Love is Unspoken, Don’t judge a book by its cover

When Cora Carter signed up to command the U.S.S. Christina and its five female crew, she never expected to be chased by pirates through a worm-hole in space or forced to crash land on a hostile planet where just about everything wants to kill or eat her. Setting out to find water for the crew proves to be her most dangerous mission yet. But, water becomes the least of her worries when she finds, instead, a big, hunky brute in a loincloth who insists that she’s his mate.

Horok, crowned prince of Tarilax, is taking a break from the heavy demands of his throne when he sees a ship go down in the forest. His fear that the piratical Goridians have arrived to threaten his village again drives him to investigate. What he finds is something much better. The gods have delivered to him a divine goddess of his very own, and right when he’s in such dire need of a mate, too!

There’s no question that he must have her. So, he does what any self-respecting Tarilean warrior in his shoes would do. He steals her. Now, if he can just convince her to stay.

Reader Alert!
If smoking hot, possessive aliens aren’t really your thing, then you may not enjoy reading His Goddess, Book One of the Tarilean Adventure Series. For the rest of us who love a sexy, sizzling story with a dash of humor and a happy ending, His Goddess is both stimulating and satisfying.

4.5 🍁s

*I received a free copy of this book via Hidden Gems Books in exchange for an honest review.*

I loved this book! The pacing was spot on and I was never bored while reading it. I laughed a lot and there was more than a few moments that I absolutely adored. I enjoyed the love story (even though it moved fast) and I really want to continue on with these characters.

The only minor complaint that I have is that I felt like all of the female characters (besides Cora) weren’t different in personality. The only one that stood out even a little was Lisa. All of the others felt like the exact same and I kept getting them mixed up. There might be a reason for this which is why I didn’t lower my rating dramatically over the issue. It’s very possible that the author is going to develop their characters a lot more in their own individual installments. I guess I’ll wait and see.

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The Dark Princes (The Ravager Chronicles #2) by Sara Page


 The Dark Princes (The Ravager Chronicles #2) by Sara Page


The sequel to Princess SOS

I’m alive.

I survived the wilds of that remote planet I crashed into, and I’ve been trying to get to know my new alien lover before I return home and introduce him to my father. Yeah, so not looking forward to that introduction but at least I’m not knocked up… yet.

Everything is going great until we intercept a transmission from my home planet. Apparently my jerk of a stepbrother has been telling everyone I’m dead, and they believe it. There’s been a funeral for me and everything.

So now it’s a race home to prove to everyone I’m still alive and breathing before they pass on my crown and title to the next girl in the line of succession.

And if that’s not enough on my plate, another alien has decided to step forward and he’s claiming I’m his, like we’re fated or something. Ha! And I don’t even like the guy, seriously can not even stand him.

And you’d think my current alien lover would be mad… But no, he insists on bringing the other alien guy along because he’s convinced I need the extra protection.

One Ravager? I think I can handle it.

But two sexy red-eyed purple space demons? Two might prove to be too much for this princess…

The Dark Princes is the second installment in the Ravager Chronicles series.


“Hate can make even the most beautiful people look ugly.”

I liked this book. I didn’t like it as much as the first installment though. The first book was more character focused (in my opinion) and while there was some character development in this book, I felt like it was a lot more plot focused. I am simply not a plot person. I can read a book with absolutely no plot and still enjoy it if I love the characters. That is just how I am so, naturally, this book didn’t appeal to me as much as the first one.

Ameia- I’m not gonna lie, Ameia pissed me off more often than not in this book. I just don’t get how she comes to the conclusions that she does or how she makes decisions. I would probably do the opposite of almost everything she does. I just feel like she doesn’t think things through and gets herself into more trouble than she was originally in. This can be severely frustrating to me as the reader.

Beast- I felt like Beast took a little bit of a backseat in this book. I didn’t get to see as much of him as I would have liked. I feel like this book was solely focused on developing Ameia and Striker’s relationship, so Beast just got pushed aside. This is a shame because he’s my favorite character in this series so far.

Striker- I don’t know how I feel about Striker. I think that I was supposed to fall for his character more than I did. I think he just came in too late and I was already too attached to Beast. Something just didn’t sit right with me about shipping Striker and Ameia. I think a lot of it has to do with how Striker was introduced in the first book. I think it also has to do with how Striker finally got Ameia to accept him. I didn’t like it and it didn’t feel completely consensual to me. He literally asked her when she had no other choice. And is it really a choice when you have no other options?

Vrillum- I knew from book one that he was a bad guy. I didn’t fully comprehend how evil he was until this book though. He was truly sick and twisted and I am SO GLAD that he is dead. I just wish it wouldn’t have been as quick and painless.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. At this point though, I don’t really see myself continuing. I’m not really invested in most of the characters and I don’t care about the Blackspire civil war plot AT ALL. There just isn’t enough substance for me to continue.

Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Princess SOS (The Ravager Chronicles #1) by Sara Page

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Princess SOS (The Ravager Chronicles #1) by Sara Page


 Princess SOS (The Ravager Chronicles #1) by Sara Page


SOS… Is there anyone out there listening? Please help…

If you’re receiving this emergency distress signal, my name is Princess Ameia. My escape pod has crashed. I am marooned.

I’ve encountered only one other intelligent life form. He’s big, purple and I think he wants to eat me. He watches me and is preventing me from leaving the pod.

All attempts to communicate with the hostile alien life form have met with failure.

I’m running out of supplies. I’m dangerously low on food and water. I don’t know how much longer I can go on like this. I need help. He’s approaching the pod, it…

SOS… Is there anyone out there listening? Please help…


I loved this book! I am not normally a fan of sci-fi romance, but I wanted to try something different and I am so glad that I did! It exceeded the expectations that I had for it and I finished it in one sitting because I could not put it down.

Ameia- I liked Ameia. Even though she made a couple of decisions that I didn’t agree with, I felt like she did the best she could given her situation. I know that I would not have handled being stranded on a weird planet and having a purple alien stalking me well. In fact, I probably would have died if I would have been in her situation.

Beast- Considering the fact that Beast doesn’t speak for the majority of this book, his personality came off very strong. He was a fierce, dominating, and possessive male character… In other words, my favorite book boyfriend type. I loved him and, when he could finally communicate with Ameia, I loved him even more. I am so excited to delve into his character more now that he can talk and express himself.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and I will be continuing the series. I want to see more of this world and these characters. This series is labeled as a Reverse Harem and that was what initially drew me to it. I have not seen any evidence of an RH yet, but I am excited at the possibility. I can’t wait to start the next book, The Dark Princes.

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Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

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∴ Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer


Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”

I absolutely loved this book. I read Cinder a few months ago and I wasn’t a big fan of it. The plot was really slow to me and it didn’t get interesting until the last 50 pages. I kept hearing how great The Lunar Chronicles was and how it only got better so I decided to give Scarlet a chance. Everything that I had a problem with in Cinder was fixed in this book and I’m glad I gave the series another chance to interest me. Normally, when you first start reading a book, the first five chapters or so are boring because the author is setting the groundwork for the story. In this case, the whole first book Cinder, is the groundwork for the series. The story definitely took off in Scarlet and definitely picked up the pace. If you had trouble reading Cinder and you are on the fence about starting Scarlet, I highly recommend you read it. The second book is ten times better than the first and I can’t wait to read the third book, Cress! I have no doubt that Cress will be just as great, if not better, than Scarlet.

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Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

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∴ Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s – Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

5 🍁s – Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown


“Our lives mean so much more than the frail bodies that carry them.”

Once again, I am struggling to find where to begin this review. I LOVED THIS BOOK! It had all the good and happy moments, yet there were plenty that ripped my heart out. Many tears were shed during this book. If there is one thing I know, it is that Pierce Brown can write beautifully flawed characters, as was well as a beautiful ending. This book truly has the best ending I have ever read. From the start of the book to the ending, I was on the edge of my seat. This series as well as this book definitely deserve all the praise they get.
Darrow has been through so much over the course of this trilogy. My heart goes out to him and his cause. Every time he seemed to get anywhere, he would have a major set back. It was so fulfilling to see him get the ending that he definitely deserves. I am so proud of him for all he has been able to accomplish and I find his character truly awe-inspiring.
I have loved Mustang since she appeared on the page. She is so strong physically, but her real asset is her mind. I love to watch her brain work and her plans boggle my mind. I am so happy that she and Darrow ended up together. Her appearing with their son was a giant shocker for me and I never saw it coming. I look forward to seeing more of Mustang and Darrow in Iron Gold as well as their son. I think it will bring an interesting dynamic to the story.
Sevro has been one of my favorite characters since the beginning. Victra and him are an adorable couple and I am fully on board of that ship. When Sevro “died”, my heart broke and I was drowning in tears. I actually contemplated not continuing the book because this series would not be the same without Sevro. His humor as well as his loyalty bring a light to this series and it scared me to death to see that light go out (no matter how short a time). I can’t wait to see him and Victra in Iron Gold. I also can’t wait to see what Sevro will be like once he is older.
Ragnar’s death tore me apart, but I saw it coming. As soon as Darrow asked him if he could take Aja I knew. But knowing in advance, doesn’t make it any easier. I still cried my eyes out and part of me didn’t want to believe that the gentle giant was dead.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book as well as this trilogy. I said earlier that this is the best ending I have ever read and I sincerely mean that. Pierce Brown did this series justice with such a beautiful ending. I will read the next trilogy because how could I not? This series constantly tears my heart out, but I love it anyway. It deserves all of the stars and more and if I could rate it higher, I would.

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Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown

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∴ Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown


As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.

A lamb among wolves in a cruel world, Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love—but also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankind’s destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution—and strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eo’s principles of love and justice to free his people.

He must live for more.

Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s – Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

5 🍁s – Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown


“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.”

Where do I even begin? After this book, I am convinced that Pierce Brown is trying to rip my heart out and play with my emotions. This book broke me. I sincerely mean that. There were many times that I was crying and there were many times that I was wholeheartedly convinced that things couldn’t get any worse for Darrow… only for them to get even worse. How is it even possible for so much to happen to one person? I honestly have no clue.
I love Darrow. He is so brave and he is just trying to do what’s right. Sometimes, he goes about that in the wrong way, but he is ultimately doing whatever he has to do to free his people and get justice for them. Darrow constantly has me dropping my jaw by his brilliance. I don’t know how he comes up with the plans he does. He does things that I never see coming and he always manages to get out of whatever bad situation he is in.
Mustang… I love her character. While Darrow is brilliant, she is an absolute genius. I don’t know how she comes up with the things she does in such a short amount of time. Mustang and Darrow get each other on a completely different level and to watch them plan things together is like watching a masterpiece be created. I love them as a couple SO much and the ending between them broke my heart. I hope that Mustang comes to her senses and brings the cavalry to save Darrow from the Sovereign because he needs her.
Sevro… Can I honestly love a made up character this much? Sevro is my snarky, brilliantly insane, one-eyed wolf pup. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love his character and everything he represents. Sevro is so loyal to Darrow it is awe-inspiring. It took 150 pages, but when they were finally reunited, my heart melted. I need Sevro to be okay and to live through the next installment. It would kill me if he didn’t.
Tactus… I was so upset when he died. Tactus has gone down a bumpy road since he was introduced and all I wanted was for him and Darrow to be friends. When Tactus finally decides that he wants to come home and be with the group, he dies. It broke my heart for Tactus to finally choose to be good, only to be killed by a “good” character.
Roque… I can’t say that I am surprised by his betrayal. As soon as it was said that he wanted to mask Darrow, I knew that something was off. It is sad to see a character with such promise go to the dark side, but he wasn’t taught any better. I was slightly surprised that Roque knew about Darrow being a Red though.
Victra… I like her. She is wild and snarky. Her interest towards Darrow does concern me a bit because I want him to be with Mustang. But besides that, I enjoy Victra’s character and what she represents. I don’t think that she would betray Darrow in a million years and I am interested to see what role Victra will play in the coming war. I’d like to think she would side with Darrow, no matter his color.
I have to say that I was a little disappointed by Augustus’s death. I think he deserves worse than a quick bullet to the head. But, being murdered by your remaining living son must be a giant betrayal. I just wish his death would have been slower and more dragged out. He deserved to suffer a lot more for the things he has done and was planning to do.
Eo being pregnant was not a surprise. I new from the minute that she told Darrow in book one that she had a surprise for him. I am just surprised that it took this long to come out. I did cry a little because I don’t agree with Eo’s choice. In my mind, she wanted to be a martyr. She got herself and her child killed to spark a revolution and to make Darrow act. I don’t think that was right. She not only chose to sacrifice herself, but that of an unborn child. She made the choice to not allow that baby to live, which in my mind, is not okay or right.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book-even though it tore my heart out. I think that Pierce Brown is a phenomenal author and everything that happened in this book was brilliantly crafted by him. I will be reading the next book, Morning Star.