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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.


2.5 🍁s

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 ❤

Fantasy, Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

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Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


3.5 🍁s

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
After three years of wanting to read it and two years of people telling me I should, I finally picked up The Cruel Prince. The most important thing I can say in this review is that the book was very different than what I thought it would be. I was under the impression that it was this beautifully written, hate-to-love/forbidden romance, with fairies, political intrigue, and an all out adventure. The best way I can describe it to you is that I thought this was going to be a better, more fairy oriented, The Iron King. Yeah… That was not this book. To give you my thoughts accurately, I’ll just tackle those one by one:

The Writing Style- It got better as the book went on, but when I first started the book, the writing came off info-dumpy, a lot of telling instead of showing, and just wasn’t flowing well. As I said, it did get better, but I can see how some people DNF’d this book in the beginning because of it.

The Romance- Before I get into the specifics of the romance in this book, I’m just gonna let you know that I am a hopeless romantic, I hate to read a book without a romance, and the whole reason I picked this book up was because I heard that the couple in this book was one of the best ever written. With all that in mind, I don’t know what some people were reading, but the Cardan/Jude romance, was practically nonexistent!!! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. If I wouldn’t have been told by other people beforehand, I would have NEVER paired the two together. They HATE each other and I’m not entirely sure they wouldn’t kill each other if they could. This book is told in Jude’s perspective and she never expressed anything other than hate for Cardan. She acknowledges he is beautiful (like every other fairy), but she never even remotely expresses being attracted to him. If there truly is a romance budding between these two, it is about the slowest burn possible. I’ve never read anything like it. Like, I saw nothing between them.

There is one small kiss towards the end of the book, but the whole reason it happened was because Jude wanted to throw Cardan off balance. It had nothing to do with being attracted to him or wanting to do it. And after that, she kept thinking about him in that way. It was like a switch had been thrown. It came entirely out of left field and made me not connect with it at all. Whenever Jude had any feeling like that towards Cardan after the kiss, my reaction was like, “Oh, please. This is ridiculous.” It felt like the author was trying put something together that was just not there. I mean come on, even excluding all of that, Jude is literally with another guy for a big portion of this book! I just can’t.

Fairies/Political Intrigue- If nothing else, this book had plenty of fairies and their politics. And that was ultimately this book’s saving grace for me. I found myself becoming hooked on all the drama and politics. I might have disliked everything else about the book, but this aspect of it kept me reading and made me give it the rating that I did. The story was unpredictable with many twists and turns, I ate the drama up like candy, and I am dying to know what will happen next.

Jude- This might come off as really bad and if Jude is one of your favorite female characters, I’m sorry… But I really didn’t like her. She made so many stupid and reckless decisions that I just couldn’t bring myself to care anymore towards the end, because I knew I was going to disagree with her on her ultimate decision. She was unrelatable and 90% of her decisions made absolutely no sense to me. In any other story where she is not the main character, she would have been dead ten times over by now. She really is one of the rare instances where I would call a character TSTL. I’d say that I hope she gets better in the next book, but I highly doubt it.

Cardan- Going in to this book, I had such I high expectations and hopes for Cardan. I had heard that he was bad and morally grey and snarky and arrogant and just basically everything I look for in male characters. But he just came off dull for 80% of the book! For a long time, I was just really disappointed with him and the only thing about him that I found even remotely interesting was that he has a tail! (No, I’m not even joking.) He was just background noise until Jude had him as her prisoner. I actually have hopes for him in the next book and I want him to become the male I was expecting him to be. I guess I’ll just have to wait to find out.

Jude’s Sisters- I hate Taryn and how she acts. She comes across as a spoiled brat and her eagerness to throw her relationship with Jude under the bus infuriates and disgusts me to no end. Vivienne was a lot more relatable and I liked her character a lot more. She was actually my favorite out of the three sisters. She seemed like the only one that had her head on straight.

It might not seem like it, but despite everything listed above, I did enjoy this book. I highly enjoyed the plot and the world and I will be continuing with the next book. I am very eager to start it and see where this story goes next.


Other Books in the Series:

The Wicked King ~ TBR

Queen of Nothing ~ Not Released Yet

Fantasy, Reviews, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs

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Synopsis:

In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves…

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.

And a coyote shapeshifter.

And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word.

We will die to keep it.


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“My old pastor liked to say that church is a hospital for the sick, not a mausoleum for the saints.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
This book was a giant let down. I don’t know if it’s because I had been hyping the book up in my head for the past two years, if I have just fallen out of love with this series, or if it was just not a good book, but for some reason or another, this book just fell flat.

While the plot moved fast, I constantly found myself bored and not attached to what was happening in any way. I think the main reason for this is because I am a very character driven person and this book was honestly 80% plot and 20% characters. There were very few moments where I was genuinely connected with what was happening. The only scenes that really made me smile or feel happy was the Adam and Mercy scenes which, to be honest, I have to say that I kind of prefer Adam’s character to Mercy’s?!

What I Liked- I liked the Elizaveta plot twist and her turning into a black witch was done really well. I also enjoyed the mini Paul redemption arc. That little scene really warmed my heart.

What I Didn’t Like- 1. Besides the stuff mentioned above, there wasn’t nearly enough Stefan in this book. I love him to pieces and Mercy’s problems with him right now is just overkill. 2. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve read so many of these books, but the villains aren’t even scary any more. I didn’t think for one moment that Mercy and her friends would lose while I was reading this. Plus, all of the villains are really one-dimensional. They are wholly bad and uninteresting. Can’t we get a morally grey/multi-dimensional villain for once? 3. The fae meeting was such a let down. It was hyped up the whole book and I was SO interested in seeing the humans interact with the Gray Lords but it was literally mentioned briefly in a paragraph at the end! What is that?!?!

Overall, this book just wasn’t for me. I don’t know if I will be continuing the series or not at this point. I guess it will just depend on what the next book is about.


Other Books in the Series:

 

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Stolen (Saving Setora #1) by Raven Dark & Petra J. Knox

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Synopsis:

It all began when the road warriors found me outside Hell’s Burning, lost and dehydrated. When the bikers took me into The Compound, I thought I was saved.

Especially when, as a Violet—a rare genetic anomaly prized above all—I’m taken in and raised by one of the wealthiest men in the world. Educated and groomed by the best teachers money could buy, I mistakenly thought he had a great future planned for me, one in which I’d be cared for and cherished.

I was wrong.

For centuries, women have been sold as slaves. In my 18th year, my benefactor reveals a truth that shatters my world. I’m to be put on display before the wealthiest of society at one of the biggest auctions this world has ever seen…as a slave.

But that night at the auction, something goes wrong. I am stolen by members of the infamous Dark Legion, a road warrior crew feared the world over. Torn from the only world I have ever known, now I have not one master, but four.

I shouldn’t want these dangerous, deadly men with their leather cuts and their growling bikes, but the deeper my captors draw me into their dark and twisted world, the more I crave what they do to me. They stole me from a powerful man who’ll stop at nothing to get me back. If I don’t find a way to escape soon, my new masters might just steal my heart.

***Stolen is Book One of the Saving Setora series, a dark, dystopian Reverse Harem romance with biker tones. There is no cheating, and the final book ends with an HEA for Setora and her four men. This full length novel contains triggering elements and four twisted heroes who know how to own a woman right.


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This book…. oh this book… It had SOOO much potential and the authors could have done so much with the story. Unfortunately, the way they decided to go was all wrong.

You see, I’m trying not to completely rant and be mean to the authors with this review. So with that being said, all I’m going to say is that I did not like this book. At all. I found the main male interests to be highly abusive, sadistic, and Setora’s relationship was unbelievably unhealthy. To illustrate how messed up her relationship with them was, I am going to share this quote:

“My masters were monsters, but they were my monsters, and they’d protect me from far, far worse ones.”

After reading that quote, do I really need to give any other evidence to show how wrong these men were for Setora? I am a hopeless romantic and I let a lot of things slide when it comes to morally grey male characters, but this book pushed even ME over the edge. I just can’t do it and I will definitely not be continuing the series.

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 Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter

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Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.


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“Yes. And why the hell are you looking at me like that?”

“Like what?”

“Like I’m a hero. I’m not a hero. I’m a villain.”

Did he not realize that only made her want him more?

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
This book was going SO great. The plot was entertaining, the pacing was spot on, I was really invested in the characters… then everything went downhill.

The first 80% of this book was great and I loved it. That last 20% though, messed it all up. The pacing slowed down to a snail’s pace and it eventually got to the point where I was struggling to keep reading. The plot was extremely drug out and 99% of that last 20% could have been shaved off. The book would have been SO much better for it. It was such a big let down considering everything was going so great.

Torin- I have always had a soft spot for Torin. I can’t imagine going through what he has for so long. Never being able to touch someone would be absolute torture. I am happy that he got his book and his chance at happiness. Though I must admit, he did tick me off a little bit during this book by his constant back and forth on if he wanted to be with Keeley or not. I wanted to slap him by the end of the book for his stupidity.

Keeley- Keeley is one of my favorite female characters in this entire series. She is fierce, badass, hilarious, brave, and just a flat out great main character. She exceeded any expectations I could have had for her and I lived for seeing her put people in their place.

Cameo & Lazarus- I am SO excited for this couple and I am fully in support of it. I really connected with Cameo in this book and I want nothing more than to see her happy. I want more of Lazarus! Where is he and how do I get him out of the Pairing Rod? Plus, can he read minds because it seemed like he could for a moment? And what the hell even is he?

Winter, Cameron, & Irish- They’re back!!! They made a brief appearance in this book, but that tells me that I haven’t seen the last of them which is good enough for me.

Galen- Galen has a heart! It’s official. Hmm… I just love it when villains switch over to the good side. I need his and Honey’s story, like yesterday.

Lords of the Underworld Family- Ever & Urban are getting so big! I almost died of shock and laughter when I heard what Anya did to them. Plus, Scarlet is pregnant! Does anyone else feel old and want to cry? I still can’t believe that my babies are having babies…

Baden- Baden’s back and I’m interested in seeing where his story line is going to go. I haven’t seen enough of him to form an opinion on his character though.

Overall, this book is one that I have complicated feelings about. I loved parts of it, but hated other parts. It made it really hard to rate this book. I will be continuing the series despite the let down that this book ended up being.


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

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

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

Dark, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Popular Books That I Don’t Like

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Hello Lovelies! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is an Audiobook Freebie, but considering I don’t read many audiobooks, I decided to do another topic. That topic is Popular Books That I Don’t Like. I went with this topic because I like to dip into the shadier side of things and create a post like this every once in a while.

I’m going to go ahead say that I am sorry if my opinions offend you by me disliking your favorite book. That is not my intent. Everyone is different and there are going to be books that you love, that I do not. For instance, my favorite author Sarah J. Maas is one of the most hated on authors out there and I see negative comments about her books everyday. I’m simply stating my opinions in this post, not trying to make you feel bad.

Now that that is out of the way, let’s get into the Popular Books That I Don’t Like. These are in no particular order.


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  Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

I HATED the plot twist. I spent 350 pages of this book falling in love with the Darkling and shipping him with Alina only to have everything flip and to find out that he was the villain?! I was SO angry and, as soon as I was done with the book, I refused to read the next one. To this day, whenever someone recommends this book to me, I immediately say NOPE, no way.

P.S. Mal was a horrible love interest and he only wanted Alina when he saw someone else giving her attention.


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  Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

My review and the reasons why I dislike this book can be found here.


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  Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare

My review and the reasons why I dislike this book can be found here.


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  The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

I tried to read this book a few years ago. It was so popular at the time and I liked the movie. I started reading this book and I immediately noticed that I didn’t like. I kept pushing and I got about halfway through before I just couldn’t do it anymore.


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  Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

I wanted to like this book, it just didn’t grab me. The pacing felt off and I didn’t ship Cinder and Kai at all. However, I did continue the series and absolutely loved Scarlet.


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  Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

My review and the reasons why I dislike this book can be found here.


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  Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

My review and the reasons why I dislike this book can be found here.


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 The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

I read this whole series and I must say, I was disappointed. Certain things were entertaining, but the series felt drug out and the final book was a complete waste of my time.


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  Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

My review and the reasons why I dislike this book can be found here.


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  Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Marr

My review and the reasons why I dislike this book can be found here.


I am actually really curious if anyone else felt the same way about these books. Please let me know your opinions on them and any other popular books you don’t like.   ~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃