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REVIEW: Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire #1) by Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

From holy cup comes holy light;
The faithful hands sets world aright.
And in the Seven Martyrs’ sight,
Mere man shall end this endless night.


It has been twenty-seven long years since the last sunrise. For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity; building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order couldn’t stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains.

Imprisoned by the very monsters he vowed to destroy, the last silversaint is forced to tell his story. A story of legendary battles and forbidden love, of faith lost and friendships won, of the Wars of the Blood and the Forever King and the quest for humanity’s last remaining hope:

The Holy Grail.

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Nevernight Chronicle, Jay Kristoff, comes the first book of an astonishing illustrated dark fantasy saga.


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MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

Where do I even begin? I truly have so much to say and so many emotions that it’s hard to pick where to start this review…

Well, I suppose I should start with the fact that I have been a Jay Kristoff fan for a while. I read Illuminae first and later read Nevernight by him. Both of which, I really enjoyed. They were very different but spoke to me in their own ways. I heard about this book years ago when Jay first started promoting it. I was so stoked for it to come out in 2020, but it was pushed back to 2021 for understandable reasons. Anyways, I knew the general premise of Gabe telling the story and that it was about a world with evil vampires. I was a little leery because male main characters can be a real miss for me and vampires aren’t a genre I gravitate towards. But after seeing what Jay did with Illuminae and Nevernight, I was willing to give this book a go.

After watching Jay promote this book and the hype train get bigger and bigger, I let myself fall deep into the train. I somehow own 21 editions of this book. No, that is not an exaggeration. A small part of me worried that I was wasting my money if I disliked this, but a louder part of me had confidence that Jay would make me fall in love with this world. So I dove full on in and on release day, I was up at the book store buying yet another copy of this book as soon as they opened.

After quite literally consuming this book these past few days, I can say that every single penny that I spent was worth it. This book is without a doubt in my top three favorite books of all time. And I absolutely love that because it has become so hard to find books now that can become top favorites like that. It hasn’t happened for me in years at this point. I don’t think there is an accurate way for me to put my feelings towards this book down on paper. There are so many wordless emotions I have and deep feelings that I could never portray by speaking them. All I can say is that this book spoke to me. It gripped my heart and made me never want to leave. The characters felt so raw and real to me and the world felt the same. The broken parts of this world hurt so bad and the small glimpses of hope that these characters had warmed my heart.

“If he wanted a war, I would be it. If he wanted a fear, let it be me.”


Gabriel- Despite struggling with some male characters in the past, I am happy to say that I bonded with Gabe pretty much instantly. From the beginning prologue-like chapters, I felt a pull to him. I wanted to see what made this broken, jaded, smart ass man the way he is. And after reading this story and the small amount he told us (in the grand scheme of this being 1 of 3 books), I can say that I love him with my heart and soul. A part of me connected in an indescribable way to the part of him that has lost something. As someone who has gone through loss, I can say that the way Gabe deals with it and how it was portrayed felt so realistic to me, that I found myself tearing up at the smallest glimpses of Gabe’s pain. I felt a bond with him that only people who have lost those closest to them can feel and there are no words that I can give you to describe what that means to me. To have a character speak to those dark and broken parts of myself is something that I don’t know if I’ve ever truly had. And I can’t think Jay Kristoff enough for that, truly.

“May I present Dior Lachance, Prince of Thieves, Lord of Liars, and incorrigible little bastard.”


Dior- I might be starting to sound like a broken record at this point, but it’s hard to describe how I feel about Dior. When I think about her, I just get this light and giddy feeling. She was one of my favorite parts of this book and the whole plot twist surrounding her gender completely blew my mind. Like I just sat there for 10 minutes after that chapter staring in to space, thinking about how mind blowing it was. I 100% did not see it coming at all, not even a little bit. The rest of the book, I was almost always smiling when she was around. Her banter with Gabriel was fantastic and seeing their relationship grow both broke and mended my heart. I am scared to death for Dior’s safety in the future books and I am not ready for the inevitable separation of her and Gabe.

“Because I miss them, like a piece of me is missing. And I love them, like love is all I was. And there is nothing I’d not do, no depth to which I’d not sink, no price I wouldn’t pay to have them back and here with me. Because they were my all and my everything.”


Astrid- I loved Astrid. I adored all the parts with her in it and I couldn’t get enough scenes with her. She knew what she wanted and went after it with her whole self. I definitely got strong Mia Corvere vibes and I’m honestly down for that! The only complaint I would have is that I wish we got just a little more of her and more development of her and Gabe’s relationship.

“You play a game you cannot win.”


Liathe- Did I know she was going to be important in some way? Yes, because she kept appearing and Jay put a lot of emphasis on her character. Did I have any idea she was going to be who she was until like the page before we found out? No. Once again, this was a plot twist I did not see coming at all. And to be honest she is one of the characters I am the most excited for in the future books. I have a feeling the relationship and the dynamics between her and Gabe in the future books will be rocky and heartbreaking. I’m also dying to know what she wants with Dior and what her true motivations are.

“It matters not what you hold faith in. But you must hold faith in something.”


Aaron & Chloe- These are the two that I probably had the biggest emotional changes about over the course of the book. Aaron, I hated and could not stand at the beginning, but I adored him by the end. Chloe, I really liked and was rooting for in the beginning, to only hate by the end.

“Hearts only bruise. They never break.”


Justice and Jezebel- Yes, these two characters deserve their own section because they were the MVPs of this book. My heart was ripped out of my chest when they both died and I am truly not okay with it.

“I didn’t give this sword a name, girl. She came with one.”


Ashdrinker- A talking sword that has been broken and has a mysterious past you say?? There is literally nothing else you could say to have me more intrigued.

”Thou shalt suffer for this, Silversaint. And it shall be legendary.”


The Forever King & the Vampires- It has been a while since the villains of a story truly scared me, but the ones in this book for sure did. They were evil incarnate, and Jay did the vampire thing so well! I truly see how this entity that puts no value in time is scary and feels like such a big obstacle to overcome.

I could sit here and try to go over all my feelings about the rest of the characters but there are truly so many that it would take hours. The rest of the characters I had probably the appropriate feelings you’re supposed to have. Some I changed how I felt over the course of the book and others I felt lukewarm about.

“We believe in life after death because oblivion is too dark an abyss to stare into. We tell ourselves our creator cares, because the thought of a maker who doesn’t is too terrifying to consider.”


There is one more thing I wanted to talk about before we get to the end of this review. And that would religion and the role it plays in this story. I am personally religious, so seeing what Jay did with it in this book was interesting. Seeing Gabe go through this roller coaster of believing in it, losing his faith, and then finally putting it back into Dior broke my heart and sealed it back together again. Whenever religion and God were brought up in this book, I could tell that Jay Kristoff had thought about these things before and it made Gabe’s journey feel easier to connect to. I’ve never seen something like that and there were times where it brought me to tears.

To end this review, all there is left to say is that this book left its mark. Almost instantly after finishing it, I felt one of the worst book hangovers of my life come over and it hurt to know there was nothing left to read. I went to bed thinking about this book, I dreamed about it multiple times during the night, and it was the first thing I thought about when I woke up. If that doesn’t speak to how much I love this book, I don’t know what does. I went through one of the biggest emotional roller coasters I’ve gone on in a long time while reading this. There were literally points where there were tears streaming down my face for thirty minutes straight and parts where I was so angry at what was happening to these characters that I was shaking. But all of that just speaks to how beautifully written this book was… And I wouldn’t trade it for the world! There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe how much this story means to me or how much I need the next book!

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REVIEW: A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas

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Synopsis:

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.


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MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT

Okay… So I would like to preface this review by saying that I am not jumping on the Sarah J. Maas or ACOSF hate train. This review is coming from someone who has been a SJM fan for five years and has been dying for Nessian’s book for four of those. This review comes from a place of genuine disappointment. All of my opinions were formed from reading the book itself and I didn’t have any outside influences affecting that.

Now that that is out of the way… this book was disappointing. Very disappointing. The plot lacked Sarah’s usual twists and flair, the romance felt rushed and lacked development, but probably the most disappointing of all… The characters were utter shells of themselves. Some of their actions were completely out of character and some of the things that endeared them to me were missing from this book entirely. This book felt like a fan fiction of ACOTAR. If I didn’t know any better, I would say that none of this book felt like Sarah’s writing at all.

Maybe my feelings of this book are all tied to waiting so long for it. Maybe it’s because I went in expecting this to be as great as ACOMAF… The bottom line is that it didn’t cut it. And it’s not like Sarah hasn’t made a masterpiece in the past. The elements were all there for the making of a great book… A hate-to-love romance, characters with traumas and dark pasts, a complex world filled with different creatures and politics, an interesting villain… Yet somehow, this book turned all of those things into the worst forms of themselves.

Cassian and Nesta’s development, separately and together, was an utter disaster. And I’m sorry, after witnessing what Sarah did in ACOMAF, I know she can write a damn good romance with two characters healing from their past traumas. Nesta’s trauma, we barely scratched the surface on. Yeah she addressed her feelings on her dad… But what about those thousand Illyrians whose deaths she blames herself for? It was mentioned but she didn’t come to terms with it. What about her mother’s clearly abusive behavior? Never acknowledged. What about the fact that she was sexually assaulted? Brushed over and used when it was convenient. And Cassian’s traumas? Not in the picture at all. He spoke about them a couple times to make Nesta feel better, sure, but did he work on them or grow from them at all? Absolutely not.

The Nessian relationship itself was so utterly disappointing, that I honestly think I preferred them hating each other and the insults they threw at each other in ACOMAF, ACOWAR, and ACOFAS. Where was the pining? The accidental touches? The stolen glances? The pushing and pulling each other away? The slowly coming to terms with the fact that they have feelings for each other? They were practically non-existent. These two went from hurling insults and not standing to be near each other to jumping each other’s bones in practically 6.9 seconds (yes pun intended there). Instead of talking to each other and developing, they had sex instead. I love me some smut, don’t get me wrong. But there is a level of being there to grow the characters, and then there is just plain unnecessary. It’s a balancing act and Sarah didn’t even seem to try to balance the scales.

Well, what about the world? What about Nesta’s powers and the Cauldron? Yeah we barely got to see any of it. The things we did felt thrown together with no evidence from the past books. Like, I’m sorry, but the Trove felt cheap and completely out of left field. Yeah, Sarah tried to explain it away… But it’s not like she hasn’t set plot points up many books ahead before? Uhhh does anyone recall the plot twist of Crown of Midnight linking to Empire of Storms’s major point at the end? I sure do. So Sarah could have planted seeds if she had wanted to.

Now Nesta’s powers? Those were incredibly interesting. I loved how she Made things and was something we had never seen before! Yet, somehow, those were taken away in the end too… And I honestly don’t get why. It’s not like Sarah wanted to take away her powers to make her normal like the other characters. No, Rhys and Feyre are practically Gods with their powers so there is no reason why Nesta has to be normal. Is three all powerful characters too much now? Well it’s not like they would have been put to use anyway when that villain was dealt with in such a convenient way with a sweet bow on top! Yeah because that had to be a major let down too. Bryallin was dealt with so quickly I had to stop and reread the scene to make sure I was understanding correctly. You’re telling me that with all the power of the Crown she somehow lasted two books less than the wimpy Fae King of Hybern? REEALLLY?

All of that aside… I thought I’d at minimum be able to comfort myself with my love of the other characters. And while I enjoyed Rhys and Feyre having a baby, let’s be frank… That felt convenient too. Fae pregnancies are supposed to be rare, yet Feyre AND Vivian are pregnant by this book? Yeah Sarah I think you need to re-examine your own rules for your worlds. That aside, Feyre felt like a patronizing hypocrite this entire book and Rhys… *Sighs* Rhys is (Was?) my favorite male character of all time. I loved him from the moment he stepped on the page on ACOTAR… Yet he came off like an utter asshole during this book. It breaks my heart. It truly does, to say that. At one point in my life, I worshipped the ground he walked on. Yet this book didn’t have my Rhys. The things I loved and aspired to see in my own choice of partner were gone in this book. He was unrecognizable. I honestly don’t have the words to convey how much that hurts to say. It makes me wish I hadn’t read this book, if I’m being honest. Just so that my memories wouldn’t be tainted.

Despite all of that, there were some things I enjoyed… Nesta’s relationships with Gwen and Emerie were a high point for me. Female friendships are something that I would consider Sarah really got at, which we got in this book. The House was also a great part. It reminded me of feelings I had for Abraxos. The House was a friend who wanted nothing but to help Nesta, which I loved. Helion, for the brief moments he was in this book, was a shining star. He consistently made me smile. Eris and his mysteries were intriguing and I have been dying to learn more about him since ACOWAR so I loved seeing him in this book. I also highly enjoyed the ballroom scene and the Winter Solstice. Those were some bright moments where I felt my old friend ACOMAF shine through. And finally, Nesta herself. Her trauma and growth weren’t there, but I saw the core of her shine through. When she ripped into Tamlin, I felt so much joy and vindication of three books in the making. I don’t care what people say, he deserved that and Nesta gave it to him better than anyone else.

In conclusion, I had a lot of problems with this book. I honestly can’t even begin to say how much that hurts. I never thought in a million years I would feel this way. I’m being as open and raw as I can be when I say that it will take time for me to get over this. I’d love to say I will be continuing the series, but I think I need to step away for a while. Luckily, Sarah has been writing slower so I will probably get that time. To all of you out there that are disappointed, I am so sorry and I hope this didn’t taint your love for the series. For those that enjoyed this book, I am so glad for you! I wish I could share your joy. Thank you to everyone who made it to the end and for reading my little corner of feelings. It’s appreciated more than you know ❤

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REVIEW: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Synopsis:

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.


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“Through love, all is possible.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
Where to begin? I had been waiting for this book since it was announced two years ago. I knew very little about it besides the fact that there would be shifters, Fae, and angels. I truly felt like Sarah had a direct line to my heart when I heard this because those are literally my top three favorite supernatural creatures in existence! And I didn’t need to hear any more after that!

To start, I will say that the first 200 pages or so of this book was overwhelming. There was a TON of information and, even though there is a map in the front of the book, it did not help me at all. I swear I need a thirty-page glossary to understand all of the places, creatures, people, government terms, and historical meanings of this book. For me, this book didn’t really pick up until after the first 400 pages. As mentioned above, the first half seemed extremely info-dumpy and there was a bunch of plot set up stuff happening. While Bryce and Hunt were going through with their investigation and making progress, I still felt like the overall plot wasn’t getting anywhere. I was really concerned that I wasn’t going to like this book because of this.

Luckily, the second half the book was phenomenally better. The plot was moving at a much faster pace, the character connections and relationships that Sarah is known for started to shine, and the plot twists started to unfold left and right. Tears were streaming down my face and I didn’t even turn over to grab a tissue to wipe them because I didn’t want to put the book down! I fell absolutely in love with this story and I saw everything that makes Sarah my favorite author come out. It was an emotional roller coaster but I am so happy that I picked this book up.

Bryce- Bryce is my girl!!! Her character is so relatable at the beginning of the story and watching her develop over the course of this one book was simply magical. Her dedication and never ending loyalty to her friends and family constantly brought tears to my eyes and I am so excited to see where her character will go from here.

Hunt- I’m not gonna lie, it took me a bit to warm up to Hunt. He just wasn’t grabbing me quite as much as some of the other characters in this book. I have heard people say he is a mixture of Rhys and Rowan from Sarah’s other series and I would completely agree with that. He has Rowan’s demeanor with Rhysand’s back story which made him an interesting character to follow. By the end of this book, I was completely in love with his character and I adored the arc that he went through. It was so beautiful!

Dannika & Her Pack- How is it that these characters were only physically involved in the story for five chapters, yet I love them so much and it hurt so bad when they died? I think this is a true testament to Sarah’s power as an author because Dannika and her pack just felt like any other character to me. I love them just as much as I love Bryce or Hunt and I cried at many different points in the book when they were mentioned.

Ruhn- God, I love Ruhn. He was everything I wanted his character to be and I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface for him. He did play a major role in this book, but I feel like his character is only going to blossom more over the course of the next installments. I am DYING to see where his story is going and to see this power struggle with his father come to a head.

Syrinx- This little chimera has my whole heart and is undoubtably my favorite character in this book. You have no idea how close I came to hyperventilating when Syrinx fell in that cage. I had tears rolling down my face and I swore that if he died, I wouldn’t read another SJM book.

Lehabah- This sweet little fire sprite had my whole heart it isn’t even funny. I just sobbed when she sacrificed herself and a part of me still can’t believe that she is gone. She became one of my favorite characters in such a short time and her loss will definitely be felt in the future installments.

Fury & Juniper- Juniper was sweet, and I liked her, but I am definitely more intrigued by Fury. She reminds me a lot of Amren and I need to know more about her! While I really liked these two, I felt like they didn’t play as big of a role as they could have. I think their character development and their storyline is going come into play in the future books more than they did in this one.

Hypaxia- I guessed the Hypaxia plot twist almost immediately. As soon as she met Ruhn and didn’t say her name, I knew. I loved what she did for Hunt and I know she will be one of Bryce’s biggest allies in the future installments. Is it wrong that I already ship her and Ruhn lol?

Micah- I did not see the Micah twist coming AT ALL. To be honest, I thought that he was more slated to be a love interest than a villain. I couldn’t have been more wrong lol. Well I’m happy he’s dead now.

Sandriel- I swear I’m never felt so much satisfaction as the moment that Hunt killed her. God, I couldn’t stand her. She gave me severe Amarantha vibes and I am SOOO happy that she is out of the picture now.

Jesiba- I’m not sure how I feel about Jesiba yet. Her treatment of Bryce throughout this book rubbed me the wrong way, but I am also really intrigued by her character. I want to learn more about her and her back story so bad!

Aidas- Is it wrong that he is a Prince of Hel, but I like him already? Like I don’t know if he is evil yet, but he is certainly morally grey. I loved that brief interaction between him, Bryce, and Hunt and I’m dying for more. That epilogue between him and Jesiba has me so hyped to find out what will happen next, it’s not even funny.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book. There are so many characters and plot points that I could just go on and on forever about them so unfortunately I only hit on the major ones for this review. I am sure that all of the others will come up in my future reviews when they all become more critical to the story. And have no doubt, I will definitely be reading the next book! Is it 2021 yet???


Other Books in the Series:

Book Two ~ To Be Released

Book Three ~ To Be Released

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Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

A ruthless young assassin’s journey for revenge comes to a stunning end in the conclusion of this acclaimed epic fantasy trilogy.

The Republic of Itreya is in chaos. Mia Corvere has assassinated Cardinal Duomo and rumors of Consul Scaeva’s death ripple through the street of Godsgrave like wildfire. But buried beneath those same streets, deep in the ancient city’s bones, lies a secret that will change the Republic forever.

Mia and her brother Jonnen must journey through the depths of the ancient metropolis. Their quest will take them through the Godsgrave underdark, across the Sea of Swords, back to the library of the Quiet Mountain and the poisoned blades of Mia’s old mentors, and at last the fabled Crown of the Moon. There, Mia will at last discover the origins of the darkin, and learn the destiny that lies in store for her and her world. But with the three suns now in descent, and Truedark on the horizon, will she survive?


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Fear was poison. Fear was a prison. Fear was the bridesmaid of regret, the butcher of ambition, the bleak forever between forward and backward.

Fear was Can’t. Fear was Won’t. But fear wasn’t ever a choice.

To never fear was to never hope. Never love. Never live. To never fear was to never smile as the dawn kissed your face. To never fear solitude was to never know the joy of a beauty in your arms.

Part of having is the fear of losing. Part of creating is the fear of its breaking. Part of beginning is the fear of your ending. Fear is never a choice. Never a choice.

But letting it rule you is.”

Okay… To be completely honest with you, I have no idea how to write this review. My thoughts and feelings are just too complicated and all over the place to put into words. And, to be honest, you can probably find a much more conclusive review out there that will be able to articulate their feelings better that mine. All I can really say that might get my point across is that this series means a lot to me, for many reasons.

One of which is that my mother passed away while I was reading it… And the ironic part about that is that my mother was the one that warned me away from this series. I let her read the Caveat Emptor and, I kid you not, she looked up at me and said, “Why the hell are you reading this?”. You see anyone that knows me knows, that I am soft-hearted, a hopeless romantic, and I hate when a book ends in anything less than happy. So, my mother thought she was protecting me when she tried to warn me away from it. Little did I know, me pushing past her warning would save a part of me when my mother had a heart attack 6 days later.

After what happened to my mom, I understood Mia’s character on a level that many people just can’t understand. I understood her fury, her need for vengeance, and her hate. I knew firsthand what it was like to lose a parent and to want to hurt anything or anyone that took them away from you. To want to scream at the world that it’s not fair. Not right. But, through Mia, I also learned acceptance of the fact that it’s never “fair”. That no matter what world you live in or what god(s) you have, life just isn’t fair. It takes from anything and anyone. But you’ve got to live through it anyways. Because what else can you do? You either let the unfairness carry you away in a sea of despair, or you say, “F that” and you fight. You fight every day to live and try to be happy. Because no one else is going to do it for you.

So, to some up those long paragraphs, Mia Corvere and her story mean a lot to me. Not only because of who she is, but the experiences that we have had that tie us together. I will always love Mia and she will forever hold a place in my heart that no other character can. So, the purpose of this review is that I want to thank Jay Kristoff, from the bottom of my heart, for giving me a chance to know her. It’s been a wild ride, and I don’t regret a minute of it.

I can’t wait to see where Jay will take me next.


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff

5 🍁s ~ Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff

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Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


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“You’ll be a rumor. A whisper. The thought that wakes the bastards of this world sweating in the nevernight. The last thing you will ever be, girl, is someone’s hero… But you will be a girl heroes fear.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
There are no words that I can use to describe the masterpiece that is this book. It enthralled me from the very first page and would not let me go. I would sit it down and I would find myself unable to concentrate on anything because all I could think about was this book! This is truly one of those books that haunts your every thought and you are never the same after reading. It is that remarkable and beautifully written.

Mia- I just love Mia so much. Every time I thought that she was doing something stupid or I thought she was falling for a clear trap, Mia would completely turn things around when I least expected it. There were many times when her plans were revealed and I was shocked to my core!

Mr. Kindly- I LOVE HIM SO MUCH AND I WANT A CAT LIKE HIM. WHERE CAN I GET ONE!!??

Tric- I really enjoyed Tric’s character and his relationship with Mia. I loved how he was always looking out for her and the banter between them was one of my favorite parts of the book. I will miss him very much.

Ashlinn- The plot twist with Ash and her brother was one of the most shocking reveals I have ever read. I just sat the book down and stared off into space for ten minutes trying to compute it in my brain because I was that thrown. I just don’t even know what to think anymore… Is Ash good or bad? She clearly didn’t want to kill Mia at the end until Mia forced her hand. And what about the obvious regret Ash feels at the start of that chapter in her POV? Does she have feelings for Mia?

The Red Church- I loved anything and everything about The Red Church. Their inner workings and the power structure just fascinated me and I’m really sad that it looks like that part of Mia’s life is going to end.

Overall, I obviously highly enjoyed this book and I will be continuing the series! I need to know what happens next like I need air!!!

**P.S. I just want to take a moment to thank the person that really convinced me to read this series: Piera Forde. Without her channel and her continuous praise of this book, I honestly don’t believe I would have read it and I wouldn’t have fallen in love with it like I did.**


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff

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Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.


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“She’d grown up inside books. No matter how dark life became, shutting out the hurt was as easy as opening a cover. A child of murdered parents and a failed rebellion, she’d still walked in the boots of scholars and warriors, queens and conquerors.

The heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand.”

WHAT JUST HAPPENED???? Can you tell me? Because I sure as hell don’t know! One minute, I was happy and I thought I had a tentative idea of what this story was about, and then Jay Kristoff just goes and writes this book… which rocked my entire world. I just can’t wrap my head around this book or any of the events that happened in the last 50 pages. My brain is just fried from that many plot twists back to back and my heart is in pieces…. Help me! I need the next book like yesterday and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!?!


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff

Dark, Favorites, Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

The Darkest Captive (Lords of the Underworld #14.5) by Gena Showalter

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Synopsis:

For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.

Then he met her.

Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey — sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow.

Galen’s hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**


3.5 🍁s

“After all, the harder you fought for something, the more you proved its worth to you.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I liked this book. It was a nice little novella to add to the series. It set a few things up and revealed some things that I hadn’t known before so I am happy that I read it.

Legion & Galen- Their story has been a long time coming and the only complaint I have is that I wish it would have been longer. I wanted some more development of their relationship than what I got. I did like their character development separately though. Legion went through a big arc in this book and Galen changed as well. It really showed too.

Gwen & Galen- I’m glad that they are on the road to forgiveness. I’ve been wanting them to get to know one another for a while now.

Fox- She’s a Gatekeeper huh? I like it. Plus I’m interested in seeing where her story is going to go now that the Sent Ones will be searching for her.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I will be continuing this series. How could I not when William’s book is next? I might read Viola’s book but I can’t think of anyone else that I would be interested in reading. After that though, I just don’t know. This series isn’t what it used to be for me.


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld #2) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld #4.5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter

3.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9) by Gena Showalter

2.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Craving (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter

3 🍁s ~ The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter

DNF ~ The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld #14) by Gena Showalter

Dark, Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld #14) by Gena Showalter

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Synopsis:

A searing Lords of the Underworld tale by New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter, featuring a beastly prince and the wife he will wage war to keep.

He is ice…

Puck the Undefeated, host of the demon of Indifference, cannot experience emotion without punishment, so he allows himself to feel nothing. Until her. According to ancient prophecy, she is the key to avenging his past, saving his realm, and ruling as king. All he must do? Steal her from the man she loves—and marry her.

She is fire…

Gillian Shaw has suffered many tragedies in her too-short life, but nothing could have prepared the fragile human for her transition into immortality. To survive, she must wed a horned monster who both intrigues and frightens her…and become the warrior queen she was born to be.

Together they burn.

As a rising sense of possession and obsession overtake Puck, so does insatiable lust. The more he learns about his clever, resourceful wife, the more he craves her. And the more time Gillian spends with her protective husband, the more she aches for him. But the prophecy also predicts an unhappily ever after. Can Puck defeat fate itself to keep the woman who brought his deadened heart back to life? Or will they succumb to destiny, losing each other…and everything they’ve been fighting for?


DNF 30%-ish

UHHHHHH. I wanted to like this book. You have no idea how much I did. I tried to put my personal feelings aside and tried to be open to Gilly and Puck. I tried SOOO hard!

It didn’t work out. I didn’t like this book at all and I knew I had to quit. I just didn’t care about Gilly and Puck’s relationship and I wasn’t into their romance AT ALL. I spent the 30% that I read, feeling sad for William and wishing for what could have been.

I learned something from this book despite DNFing it. If I ever write a book, I will follow through with my ships. I won’t tease a ship forever and then completely flip everything around. It’s not fair to the reader and breaks fandoms apart. That’s something I just won’t do.

I still like this series and I will keep reading it. I am moving on to Galen and Legion’s book next and I am SOOO excited about it. Then later this year, William’s book is coming out and I can hardly sit still from all of this anticipation. I know it’s gonna be great. Even better than if he would have ended up with Gilly.


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld #2) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld #4.5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter

3.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9) by Gena Showalter

2.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Craving (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter

3 🍁s ~ The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Captive (Lords of the Underworld #14.5) by Gena Showalter

 

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The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter

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Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him – until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile and seduce her into his bed.

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they’ve forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever.


3.5 🍁s

“Don’t try to stay ten moves ahead of your opponent. Stay behind him with a knife.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I liked this installment in the Lords of the Underworld series. It wasn’t the best and it certainly wasn’t my favorite, but I liked what it added to the story. I had been waiting for Cameo and Lazarus’s story for a long time and I was ultimately satisfied with it. Their relationship and its development wasn’t my problem, the pacing of the overall story was.

Cameo- I love Cameo and I really admire her. She is strong, brave, compassionate, devoted, and I empathize strongly with her need to prove herself because of the self-doubt she constantly carries. I have always felt bad for her character because she is inhabited by Misery and this book only reiterated that. I never knew how badly the demon affected her and how it brought her down day after day. I can’t begin to imagine what she has had to deal with over the course of her life and the small glimpse during this book is enough for me.

Lazarus- Lazarus was everything I had hoped him to be. He was snarky, badass, tough, and an absolute joy to follow. I loved discovering all of his abilities and learning more about his past. Plus, his constant power struggle with Cameo was the highlight of my reading. He is by far one of my favorite males in this series.

Viola- Viola played a bigger role in this book than I thought she was going and I am happy about it. I enjoyed every one of her scenes and I need more of her! I liked her before this book and I want to see her story play out with Brochan.

Ever & Urban- These two are constantly showing up and flipping everything on its head. They are going to be a source of trouble for many books to come, I can already tell. Viola actually mentions that she feels bad for whoever ends up with Ever and I am telling you right now, I am DYING for that book. I need it right now! I also have to add that Urban’s little crush on Viola is cute right now, but it could easily turn disastrous in future books.

Siobhan- Siobhan was an… interesting… surprise. I was not expecting her to show up at all and I was shocked when I got her point of view. I must say though, every time I was in her POV, I was on the edge of my seat. Is she a villain? A possible Hades love interest? A possible ally that will be added to the Lords of the Underworld family? I just don’t know! Plus, she mentioned William’s mate being out there for like two sentences and my entire world was rocked! I need more of her predictions and information pronto!

Rathbone- Umm… yes please? I want more information on him and while you’re at it Gena, can you smack him over the head with a love interest? Please? I need more of his banter and snark!

Axel- A possible William twin? Uhh… what? Gena completely shocked me with Axel’s character for like three paragraphs and then he was completely dropped?! Who is he and is he related to William?! Tell me!

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t bad. I just felt like the pacing was slow for a large portion of it and I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked to. This book felt almost like a filler. A lot of future stuff was teased and left open ended. I spent more time caring about the unanswered questions than focused on Cameon and Lazarus’s relationship.


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld #2) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld #4.5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter

3.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9) by Gena Showalter

2.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Craving (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter

3 🍁s ~ The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

DNF ~ The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld #14) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Captive (Lords of the Underworld #14.5) by Gena Showalter

 

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The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

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Synopsis:

Can Beauty tame her Beast?

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evilswith a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love or lose him forever.


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These people might be vicious and bloodthirsty, but they loved each other. Deeply. Madly. Their devotion was palpable.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I really liked this installment in the Lords of the Underworld series. It wasn’t my favorite, but it certainly wasn’t bad either. The pacing was good for the majority of the book. I was invested in the characters. Plus, the plot found a way to interest me which is always a positive for me.

Katarina- I liked Katarina and admired her dedication to her animals. Unfortunately, the decisions she made throughout this book ticked me off at times. I am all for a strong female character… but I don’t like ones that won’t ask for help when they need it because they don’t want to appear “weak”. That is the type of character that Katarina is and I don’t like the message her character sends. Everyone needs help every now and then. Asking for help shouldn’t be displayed as a weakness in literature.

Baden- I like Baden, but he got on my nerves a few times during this book. His hot and cold gave me whiplash some times and I wanted him to see the error of his ways quicker than he did. I loved Destruction on the other hand. I have always been a sucker for the morally grey/tough guy turned puppy when the right woman comes along trope. I actually enjoyed Destruction’s minor thought inputs than I did the majority of Baden’s.

Hades- Hades played a more prominent role in this book than he has in all of the others. And I must say… I love him. I said it above, I am a sucker for the morally grey male character and Hades turned into the ultimate version of that in this book. He starts out as this cold and heartless villain, but my eyes were opened to him in this book and there is no going back. I hated what Hades’s mom did to him and his backstory tugged at my heart strings. I need more of his character and some more development ASAP.

Taliyah + Hades- Uhhh. Did you really think I wasn’t going to mention the panties scene? I almost fell out of my seat when this popped up. I could not stop laughing and my brain immediately went to investing myself in this new ship. Please Gena give me a story about Hades and Taliyah. I would just eat that up!

The Hellhounds- I KNEW as soon as those dogs showed up that they were Hellhounds. Not a shocker, but I certainly enjoyed what they brought to the story. As well as their connection with Hades.

Cameo- Cameo’s whole plot in this book revolved around trying to find some happiness and finding Lazarus. I felt for her so much and I am fully in support of her decision.

William- Before I get into all of the ship drama and what essentially broke this fandom, I want to talk about William individually. He displayed some new powers in this book that I had no clue he had. I am excited to see where they came from/what they do in his book. Also, I have to say I felt more for William in this book than I did in all of the others combined. He became less of this unfeeling playboy and more of this heartbreakingly caring person.

William, Puck, & Gilly-
Now to get into the DRAMA. Let me start by saying that I see both sides of the argument here. I understand why people ship William and Gilly SO hard and why they ultimately became upset with the author during this book. I ALSO understand the other side and get why some people applaud her decision to put Puck and Gilly together.

I am kind of stuck in the middle here because I was fully invested in the Gilly/William ship. Have been for a while. I had heard before this book what would happen so I have been preparing myself for it for a couple books now. And, after reading this installment, I understand why Gena decided to pair Gilly with Puck instead. Here’s why:

At the end of the day, William was not meant for her. He is not equipped to properly handle Gilly’s PTSD and Gilly says it best herself. William needs sex and affection in his life and she could not give that to him which would have created resentment. This doesn’t make it any easier for me as far as knowing my ship has sunk, but I can reason with myself and come to terms with it.

And, to be honest, Puck isn’t that bad of a choice for Gilly. In fact, if the fandom hadn’t be so focused on William, I think they would have been perfectly happy with Gilly and Puck ending up together. I even ship them myself. This doesn’t take away from my support of Gilly and William, I just know I would have been fine either way. I am interested in seeing where this ship goes and I am going to go into their book with an open mind. Plus, if Gilly can’t have William, I’d GLADLY take him. Free of charge!

I also just had to add, the William/Gilly ship breaking apart wasn’t as crushing to me as it was for other people for one main reason… I am a proud supporter of the Sarah J. Maas fandom. I am used to my ships breaking up before the series is over and ending up with completely different people. 😉

Ever & Urban- These two are getting so big to have just been born a couple of books ago. I have a theory with them but I am keeping it close to my chest for now. It is slightly out there and I really don’t want to look stupid if I’m wrong. I’ll just say that it involves William.

Fox- Fox played a bigger role in this book as well. I am wondering if she is going to become a more solid presence in the future books, especially since there is still a lot of mystery surrounding her. Plus, I am REALLY wondering how she became immortal in the first place???

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. This world is so expansive and each time something new is introduced, I fall in love with it even more. I can’t wait to see what else Gena has in store for me in the next book!


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld #2) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld #4.5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter

3.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9) by Gena Showalter

2.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Craving (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter

3 🍁s ~ The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter

DNF ~ The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld #14) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Captive (Lords of the Underworld #14.5) by Gena Showalter