Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

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Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

Review: This book took me absolutely forever to finish. I contemplated not finishing it so many times, but I pushed through because I have an arc of the second book from Netgalley. I loved the premise of this book… magic in Victorian times in both London, Austria, and Hungary? I’m sold! But ugh. I felt like it took forever to get to the point and climax of the novel. Anna wasn’t a very likable character. She seemed really whiny to me and she did the insta-love thing way too much. Towards the end of the book I really liked her as a character, but it shouldn’t have taken me that long to like the main character. I loved the side characters more! Gabor, Noemi, Matyas, even Anna’s grandmama were more likable than Anna was. The world building was great, but it took forever to build the foundation of this world – a world I still have a lot of questions about. If I didn’t have an arc of the second book, I wouldn’t be continuing with this series, but I do have some hope that the second book will be MUCH better than this first one.

Rating:three stars


The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco


No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

Review: I enjoyed this book much better than I enjoyed the first book in the series. This book blew me away! It was so action packed that I could hardly put it down for work and sleep! Tea has grown so much as a character. I was intrigued to learn more about her story. This book was told in past and present tense like the first book was. Which I enjoyed a lot more this time around. Where the Bone Witch lays the groundwork for the story, this book takes the story even further. You get some romance, intrigue, betrayal, battles, and so much more. I think this is one of the best fantasies I’ve read this year. If you didn’t enjoy the Bone Witch as much, you should definitely read this one! It makes up for what the Bone Witch was lacking (to me), and takes you on a wild ride. This is one I’ll be rereading again in the future!

Thank you to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks for providing me with a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating:four and a half stars

See How They Run by Ally Carter


Inside every secret, there’s a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions–from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace’s past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down. 

Review: This is going to be one of those reviews I struggle to write. I really enjoyed this book, but I can’t go into too many details since this is the second book in a series (a really good series). I liked this second book a lot more than the first (and I did like the first book quite a bit). Grace is still a strong character who is working through some things she found out in the first book. In this novel we get to meet her brother Jamie though, and I have to say he’s an interesting character as well. The plot in this book kept me hooked. I couldn’t wait to find out what was happening next. I will say the ending threw me for a loop, but in a good way. I can’t wait to pick up the third and final book in this series!

Rating:four stars

Lucky in Love by Kasie West


Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

Review: I liked this book so much better than I liked On the Fence. This was exactly the kind of cute fluffy read I was hoping to get from Kasie West. Maddie is an amazing character. She’s so hard-working and motivated. Everything I really wasn’t in high school. She has big dreams of college. She was everything I wished I’d been when I was in school. She ends up winning the lottery, and it’s awesome. She does change a bit in the book. She learns some valuable life lessons, but she’s still the hard-working, motivated girl I admired. Her friendship with Seth was so cute and I just had heart eyes the whole book! This book reminded me a bit of Windfall by Jennifer E Smith, but just with the lottery win (and obviously the setting!). During this book, I kept asking myself “What would I do with $50 million?” I’m still not sure what I’d do, but it was fun to think about! This book is definitely a good read if you’re looking for a fun fluffy contemporary!

Rating:four stars

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton


The Blackburn women are cursed. Ever since the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight “original” settlers, Blackburn witches have been doomed to carry out a brief whirlwind affair with a descendant of the Original Eight. The vengeful curse, however, had unintended side effects: it diluted the Blackburns’ supernatural powers. That’s perfectly all right with seventeen-year-old Nor Blackburn. All she wants is a quiet, unremarkable life—her powers are blissfully unexceptional, her love life pretty much nonexistent. Nor hopes the curse has played itself out through enough generations that she’ll finally be spared the drama. But when a mysterious book comes out promising to cast any spell for the right price, Nor senses a dark storm headed straight for Anathema—and straight for her. 

Review: After reading Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, I knew as soon as I saw this book that I must read it. Leslye Walton is a very powerful storyteller. I loved The Price Guide to the Occult as much as I loved Ava Lavender. I instantly felt connected and drawn in by Nor’s story. I had a hard time putting the book down (but had to force myself for work and sleep) because it was just that great of a story! I loved how there was a bit of Greek Mythology in the story. Nor and her best friend Savvy were my favorite characters, but I found I didn’t dislike any character (except for the villain in the story). This was a great story woven with such amazing magic that I wish I could read it for the first time again! I’m hoping there might be a sequel since it seemed a little open-ended, but if there’s not I’d be okay with that too!

Trigger Warning: Self-Harm, Abuse

Rating:5 star


All Fall Down by Ally Carter


Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

Review: I wasn’t sure what I would think of this book, so I put off reading it for a long time. When I saw it at work, I thought “Yeah.. let’s check this out.” I’m so glad I did. I really enjoyed this book. Grace was a great character to follow. She was a strong character who had PTSD. There were times I wanted to shake her, but she was such a tough girl I was okay with it. I can’t wait to read the second book in this series (I checked it out from the library too). This is definitely a good mystery/contemporary. I can’t wait to see where Grace goes next!

Rating:four stars

Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst


Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself.

Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

Review: It took me a long time to get into this book. I wasn’t instantly sucked into Asra’s world. It took me til about 50% to get sucked into the story and not want to put it down. Audrey Coulthurst does a good job in describing things, but I felt myself wanting less descriptions of rooms and more action. This wasn’t a super action packed book, but it still had some good spots. I felt Asra was an amazing character who grew throughout the story. I also really loved Hal. His character grew throughout the story too, and it made him even more lovable. I did enjoy this book especially the last half of the book. It just took me a while to get there.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Balzer and Bray for a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review!

Rating:four stars