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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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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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Shadowed (Dark Protectors #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Synopsis:

Jase Kayrs was the fun brother. The warm, charming, easy-going brother of the vampire leaders. Until he was taken and tortured by demons with their evil mind tricks for nearly five years. Upon his return, he’s dark, violent, and not the man they all thought they knew. Not the man he once was. He’s haunted that the only reason the demons would have let him live was to use him as a weapon against his family—but he can’t figure out when or how he’ll explode. Plus, once again the demons are after Jase with a vengeance…or rather, a female demon he rejected is out to destroy him.

Then the king asks Jase for a favor… a big one. To mate with one of their allies in order to save her. She’s everything that’s good and light in the world… while he’s at home with darkness. Yet he agrees… knowing mating may be the only chance to save them both.


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He could do this. It was time to reclaim his life, to be who he wanted to be and not who the demons had tried to turn him into. He was Jase-fucking-Kayrs, and he controlled the elements.

I liked this book. I enjoyed the relationship between Brenna and Jase. Watching them both come together and save one another was absolutely beautiful. And the progressions of their characters separately and together was just well done.

I’ve come to realize something that I really don’t like about this series. This book takes place twenty years after the first book and it doesn’t feel like the plot is going anywhere. The villain is the same, the virus is still just as deadly and no where close to being cured, and the conflicts are starting to feel really competitive. If it weren’t for the fact that everything seems to be coming to a head in the next book, I probably would have DNF’d this series. I hate to say that, but it’s true.

It also feels like the same thing happens in each book. Someone gets kidnapped, everyone rushes to save them, some trap is laid that typically fails, eventually they get the person back, and then another person is taken. It’s the same thing over and over and over again. I have stopped being as emotionally invested as I once was because of it.

In fact, I might be taking a break from this series for a while because I’ve just gotten bored at this point.


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Fated (Dark Protectors #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Claimed (Dark Protectors #2) by Rebecca Zanetti

3.5 🍁s ~ Hunted (Dark Protectors #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Consumed (Dark Protectors #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.75 🍁s ~ Provoked (Dark Protectors #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Provoked (Dark Protectors #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Synopsis:

A TIME FOR WAR…

A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…

A TIME FOR LOVE…

Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order. Unfortunately, he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there’s no way he’s going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation. The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract…


4.75 🍁s

“I love you with everything I am and everything I’ll ever be.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I loved this book! From the very first chapter, I was hooked. I sped through the rest of the book and I was finished before I knew it. The story line was just so addicting and I did not want to put this book down!

Amber- Amber was… very different from the previous main female characters. Her attitude was refreshing and how she would react to things wasn’t always easy to guess. Her outlook on life was a surprise as well. She was a vegan, pacifist, and very eco supportive. While this is all well and good, sometimes her ranting over the leather couches when Jase was being physically and mentally tortured came off really bad for me. Sometimes, you have to be thankful with what you’ve got, even if it isn’t the best thing in the world or necessarily what you wanted.

Kane- Going in to this book, I had been really interested in Kane. I wanted to see what woman could rack his cold logic/emotionless exterior. Well, Amber certainly did that. I loved Kane in this book though. Watching him steadily begin to lose control over his emotions and watching his scientist brain begin to understand love was SO great!

Jase- My poor baby Jase. His chapters were the hardest to get through. I cried and my heart really hurt for him. One or two scenes of his torture was unbelievably hard for me to watch and he had already been going through it for four years. I can’t begin to imagine the pain and suffering he went through and I can only hope that he finds some reason to want to live now.

Hilde- I really don’t know what to think of Hilde. Her personality is just A LOT to take in. Her little side romance with Oscar was adorable though.

Janie & Kalin- When Janie kissed Kalin, my heart about stopped. I was like NOOOO!!! What was she thinking?!?! He got some of her blood!!! Yes, she got his blood in exchange, but this can’t possibly be good for her.

Janie & Zane- My heart aches for these two. I just want them to get together and be happy and save the world. I started screaming “YES! YES!! YEEESSSS!!!” when Zane said he is coming for her soon. Bring it on and GIVE. IT. TO. ME!!!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Obviously, I will be continuing the series. You couldn’t stop me from reading the next book if you tried! I can’t wait to start it!


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Fated (Dark Protectors #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Claimed (Dark Protectors #2) by Rebecca Zanetti

3.5 🍁s ~ Hunted (Dark Protectors #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Consumed (Dark Protectors #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

3 🍁s ~ Shadowed (Dark Protectors #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Consumed (Dark Protectors #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Synopsis:

SOMETIMES YOU MATE FOR LIFE

Katie Smith is the best of her class, part of an elite hunting force trained to eliminate werewolves from the hills of Western Virginia. She’s good at it because she has the kind of focus and drive that won’t back down no matter how steep the odds. Call it southern sass. Whatever it is, there’s no denying her willingness to risk everything for the only man she’s ever cared about—a man on the verge of losing his very humanity. . .

SOMETIMES YOU MATE TO STAY ALIVE

For the past ten years Jordan Pride has dedicated his life to protecting his people from a deadly shifter virus. But in a rare moment of distraction, Jordan’s guard drops just long enough for his fate to take an irreversible twist. Unless the woman he loves surrenders everything to him, again and again, under a full moon rising. . .


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“Fate smashes hope and belief into splinters of nothingness.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
This book threw me for a loop. I was laughing hysterically, balling my eyes out, and was frustrated out of my mind all in this one book! Needless to say, I went on a roller coaster of emotions and I really liked this book.

This book takes place ten years after the third installment. I repeat… TEN YEARS!! My baby Janie was turning sixteen and Garrett who had just been born was already ten! I felt so old and it took some getting used to. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that all of these characters had aged ten years in what was only a day for me. I ultimately ended up appreciating it though. The characters being older and having gotten to know each other over the past ten years added a whole new dynamic to the story that worked a lot better than I expected.

Katie & Jordan- I’m gonna be honest… I felt like the progression of their relationship wasn’t entirely realistic. They went from secretly pining for each other for 10+ years to mauling each other the first chance they get. It seemed out of character to me, especially considering how they had always treated each other in past books.

Janie & Zane- I swear you could hear my heart break halfway across the world when I read that Zane stopped communicating with Janie five years prior to this book. They are my OTP and I sobbed when I heard that these two precious friends weren’t talking anymore. Later in the book when Janie finally contacted Zane, I was so relieved only to have my heart broken all over again when he rejected her. I swear, if these two don’t get together, I will never read another book by this author! … I am really curious what effect Zane’s blood is going to have on Janie though.

Garrett- I love Garrett SOOOO much!! He is just so precious and he makes my heart hurt with his protectiveness of his sister. That scene when he about killed Charlie had me dying laughing!

Maggie & Terrent- Maggie has guts. I’ll give her that. I couldn’t abduct the big bad Terrent and chain him. My jaw hit the floor when she did it and I have so much admiration for her now. Though, I really don’t think she is ready to face the repercussions of her actions.

Kane- I saw more of Kane’s personality in this book and I must say, I am intrigued. I want some girl to come along and crack his emotionless exterior. I am also really interested in learning more about Kane’s powers!

Noah- Noah barely appeared in this book, but my heart reached out to him. I want to know more about him and this girl he lost.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The additional two year time jump at the end of this book hit me hard and I am so concerned about Jase! I need the next book, like yesterday!


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Fated (Dark Protectors #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Claimed (Dark Protectors #2) by Rebecca Zanetti

3.5 🍁s ~ Hunted (Dark Protectors #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.75 🍁s ~ Provoked (Dark Protectors #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

3 🍁s ~ Shadowed (Dark Protectors #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Hunted (Dark Protectors #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Synopsis:

Ready Or Not
Moira Dunne is a witch–the quantum physics kind. Time and space are her playthings. Which might explain why her one-night stand from a hundred years ago has turned up to “claim” her–and request her family’s assistance with the war he’s brewing. But the more she learns about Connlan Kayrs, the more she comes to think this is normal behavior for him. . .
There’s Nowhere To Hide
When Conn and Moira tumbled on the moonlit grass, Conn hadn’t meant to mark her as his mate for all time. She was only twenty! But it wasn’t easy to wait for her. It was even harder to forget her. So when he finally returns for his wicked-hot witch, he’s ready to let the sparks flying. Even if he burns up in flames. . .


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“Make no mistake, you and I remain solid even if the rest of the world blows up.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
This wasn’t the best installment, I must say. While I really enjoyed it, there were some elements that the previous books had that were missing in this one. For instance, Janie had only two scenes throughout the whole book. This really sucked for me because she is my favorite character. I wanted more of her and Zane.

Moira & Conn- Ultimately, their story didn’t let me down. They were both stubborn as hell, didn’t want to bend or change, and their plot line went exactly as I thought it would. I enjoyed watching them grow and learn to trust each other. They still have a long way to go though.

Katie- I cried for Katie in this book. Her whole situation just makes me sad and her injecting her self with the catalyst because she doesn’t care if she lives anymore choked me up. I can’t imagine being in her situation.

Kalin- Kalin surprised me the most in this book. His interest in Peggy threw me for a loop and going through his chapters made me incredibly sad. Kalin had a choice to make and he chose wrong. Now, he has sealed his fate as the villain in this story.

The Epilogue/Last Scene- The last scene in this book gave me chills. The whole set up with Kalin telling Janie the story about the scorpion had me on the edge of my seat. And Janie’s perception of the whole thing (like Kalin being the stork) showed me just how brilliant she is. Though, what topped it all off was Zane at the end. Him telling Janie that he is the flood gave me goosebumps. Why does Zane think that? I NEED MORE INFO!!!

Simone- Simone surprised me. From what I had seen in the previous books, I really thought that she was snotty and jealous and a secondary/background villain. I was so happy that she turned out to be good and just misunderstood. I would love to see more of her character in the later books.

Brenna- I loved Brenna! She was in the background for the majority of this book but she always grabbed my attention when she was in a scene. I really hope she is a major character in the future books and I would love to see her get a love story!

Garrett- WE HAVE A NEW KAYRS BABY! I AM SO EXCITED AND I LOVE HIM ALREADY!

What I Didn’t Like- The pacing felt really off to me. It was weird and the whole story moved really different. I had a hard time staying entertained with the story.

Overall, this was a good book. It wasn’t the best in the series, but that certainly isn’t going to stop me from continuing on. I can’t wait to read the next book!


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Fated (Dark Protectors #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Claimed (Dark Protectors #2) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Consumed (Dark Protectors #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.75 🍁s ~ Provoked (Dark Protectors #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

3 🍁s ~ Shadowed (Dark Protectors #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Claimed (Dark Protectors #2) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Synopsis:

A Daring Rescue Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires’ mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”.

A Deadly Decision As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her—even if it means turning his back on his own kind…


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Kane rubbed a hand over his chin. “Yeah. You ever get the feeling all hell is about to break loose?”

Emma forced a grin. “In the last week I’ve been kidnapped by a monstrous vampire race, my sister has been knocked up by a vampire prince and I’ve been branded by a king, who also bites. I’ve discovered shifters and demons exist, and the niece I’ve protected since birth is somehow prophesized to do something important by these supernatural beings. I’m also seeking help from a century old witch who looks twenty.” She exhaled loudly. “Hell already has broken loose and shattered reality.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I loved this book. It was a great second installment in the Dark Protectors series. It opened up this already giant world even more and my mind is still blown. There is so much more to be discovered and I love that this author can go basically anywhere she wants.

Emma- Emma didn’t make me as mad as her sister did, but I still struggled with her character a little bit. She was just so stuck in her ways and never wanted to bend at all. Emma also never really stopped and thought about what she was doing to Dage and it came off as selfish to me rather than protective.

Dage- I love Dage! He cares about everyone around him and has such a big weight on his shoulders. He never does anything for himself because he is constantly worrying about other people. I highly enjoyed watching him be selfish when it came to Emma and how he wasn’t going to let anyone or anything take her away from him.

Talen & Cara- It was nice to get to see them in this book and see how far they have come. I am really concerned about their baby though. I feel like I am going to be constantly on edge until he is born.

Janie & Zane- Janie is consistently my favorite character in this series. She is only five years old (now) and yet she plays such a big role. Janie constantly amazes me with her abilities and her blossoming personality. I know I have a LONG way to go, but I need her and Zane to meet in person SO badly. I want a thousand books purely about them and their journey together. And yes… I ship the hell out of them! I will cry and yell forever if they do not end up together! P.S. I am really curious now what Zane is because of that conversation between him and Kalin. Is he a demon? Fey? Vampire? Something else entirely?

Moira & Conn- Moira more than exceeded my expectations in this book. That scene bewteen her and Emma when they are talking about where their mate marks are had me dying laughing. I NEED her and Conn’s story!!!!

Kane- I don’t really have an opinion on Kane yet. He’s playing the scientist role right now. I do admire his dedication though.

Jase- The youngest yet the most powerful brother?? With a tortured past because of his time during war?? Yes, please.

Katie & Jordan- Katie needs to let Jordan in and Jordan needs to get out of denial and just claim his woman already! The tension between these two is about to make me blow a gasket.

Maggie- Maggie continues to be background noise, but I can’t shake this feeling that she is going to be really important. The fact that she has no memories and could be shifter royalty for all I know is really bugging me.

Caleb- Caleb was a surprising yet VERY interesting addition to this book. I always have had a thing for the dark and morally grey males. Bring him on! I am dying for his and Lily’s story. Plus, his addition to the prophets was a big plot twist that I was not expecting.

The Demons- The addition of the demons in this book was a welcome surprise. I really want to know more about them and this 1:500 female rule. I am really hoping that peace will come between the demons and the vampires because I don’t want to see them go to war.

One thing that I really like about this series is that it turns what you think you know about supernatural creatures/magic systems and completely turns that on its head. The rules about popular creatures (werewolves, vampires, witches, ect.) are bent or changed entirely. It provides a fresh and unique take on this world and the stories in it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Of course I will be reading the next one! I can’t wait to start Hunted.


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Fated (Dark Protectors #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

3.5 🍁s ~ Hunted (Dark Protectors #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Consumed (Dark Protectors #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.75 🍁s ~ Provoked (Dark Protectors #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

3 🍁s ~ Shadowed (Dark Protectors #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

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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?

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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

 

Dark, Fantasy, Favorites, Reviews, Romance

Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1) by Anne Bishop

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Synopsis:

The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy–the arrival of a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, and the destiny of an entire world is at stake.


🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁

We are what we are. Nothing more, nothing less. There is good and evil among every kind of people. It’s the evil among us who rule now.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:

I loved this book. I had read Anne Bishop’s The Others series and I really enjoyed it. Because of this, I wanted to give her other books a try. I am so glad I did. This book ensnared me. Within the first few chapters, I was beyond hooked and I did not want to put this down for the life of me.

I knew going in that this would be a dark story. I just didn’t know how dark. This book does not shy away from the hard parts of life or the horrible things that everyday people do. Everything in this world is complex and multidimensional. There is no character that is completely good and that made them all very realistic.

Speaking of the characters, I love every one of them (except for the villains of course). Usually when I read a book, I fall in love with a few of the characters and just like the others. Anne Bishop writes her characters phenomenally and in a way that makes you deeply emotionally connect with them.

After reading this book, Jaenelle is probably one of my favorite female characters of all time. Going in, I was concerned because I knew that Jaenelle would start the series off as a child and I was worried that I would not connect with her because of that. I am so happy to say that I was wrong on that front. Jaenelle was very relatable and I emotionally connected with her as soon as she appeared on the page. She is so powerful but only wants to use that power to help the people she cares about. She has such a good heart and her fierce belief in what is right is so inspiring. I just love her character so much!

I loved Daemon as well. At the beginning of the book, I was scared that he was going to be a villain and kind of brushed him off. But as the story went on, I learned more about his character and the more I learned, the more I appreciated him. Daemon is morally grey character and he will do whatever it takes to protect the people he cares about. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty and that is what I love about him. His need to protect Jaenelle was also what drew me to him. For such a harsh and cold character, when he was with her, he was as gentle as a teddy bear. Those moments made my heart melt and really endeared Daemon to me.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was an excellent start to the series and I am definitely addicted. Obviously, I will be reading the next installment, Heir to the Shadows.


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Heir to the Shadows (The Black Jewels #2) by Anne Bishop

5 🍁s ~ Queen of the Darkness (The Black Jewels #3) by Anne Bishop