Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)
Title: The Iron Daughter
Series: The Iron Fey, #2
Author: Julie Kagawa
Category: Fantasy/Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

My Review

The Iron Daughter was a lovely second book in the series. Being tossed back into the world that Kagawa created was enchanting, enticing, and wonderful. Seeing Meghan grow, getting to know Ash better, and experiencing more of the Nevernever was worthwhile. And where the book ended has left me wanting more!
“From the moment you stepped into the nevernever, you've been my undoing. I should never have agreed to that contract."
I really did miss this world, so getting back into it was an amazing and delightful experience. The second book didn’t have the usual drudge that second books in series experience. 

Within The Iron Daughter readers get a pretty nice glimpse and insight of all the characters. Ash, though distant at first, eventually does opens up and allow his true emotions to show. Which I loved.  Meghan is of course forced to face even more trials and tribulations to gain what she wanted, to do what she feels is right. She powered through, like always. Something I greatly admire about her. Even Puck, I felt, showed a different side of him. Each one grew and developed, showed me more of who they are. 
“The stubborn fool is walking now, and even challenged Robin to a sparring match this afternoon. I stopped them, of course, though Robin was only too happy to fight him, the idiot.” 
The book has many twists and turns, just like the first one. The pacing fast and the action in a never ending sequence of events.  And though, like the first book, I felt that things did  happened a bit too rushed for my liking; however, the book still held my attention and captured my emotions. 

The growth of the story and the characters are worthwhile to watch. There were events that really broke my heart and others that really made me happy. Though I did figure out a few of the plot twists and events that took place, I enjoyed the book thoroughly.  I really can’t wait to pick up the next one. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Built (Saints of Denver #1) by Jay Crownover

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

Built (Saints of Denver, #1)

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series,Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.

Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.

Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn't matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn't return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.

But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored. 

Expected publication: January 5th 2016

What are you waiting on?

Monday, December 28, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 12/28/15

Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

Hosted by Book Journey

Here's what I'm reading:

Sweet Temptation (The Sweet Trilogy, #4)
Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it. 

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve. 

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

What are you reading??

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Quote of the Week: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes to share with you, my wonderful readers!! 

Quote of the Week:

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

Down With the Shine
There's a reason they say "be careful what you wish for." Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for "balls of steel" and got them-literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.

These are things Lennie only learns when it's too late-after she brings some of her uncles' moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.

Lennie didn't mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles' moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their "important family legacy," she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.

As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.

Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can't be unmade...

Expected publication: April 26th 2016 by HarperTeen

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Chasing River (Burying Water #3) by K.A. Tucker

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"I guess you can go home now," Amber murmurs, her breath skating against my bare collarbone, sending shivers down my back.
"I guess I can." I don't want to. I want to spend tonight with her, and tomorrow. I want to spend every second with Amber until she leaves.
I don't want her to leave.
Do I tell her that, though? 

Monday, December 21, 2015

25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Raffe from the Penryn & the End of Days Series

Welcome to my stop on the 25 Days of Book Boyfriends Tour hosted by the wonderful Teresa from Readers Live a 1000 Lives and Jess from Lovin' Los Libros

To see the full tour schedule please click HERE.

Today I am excited to introduce you to one of my top boyfriends of 2015: Raffe from Penryn and the End of Days series!

 Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)   World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3)

Raffe is a warrior angel, who stole my heart from the first book. So of course I wanted to share why I just fell hard for this swoon-worthy angel. 

What can I say about this dangerous and sexy character? Well, those two words pretty much describe him.  

Raffe is a cocky an arrogant angel that has no sense of humor but thinks he is hilarious.

He is absolutely sweet, kind, and makes my heart pound.

He is also very caring. Which he does hide very well, but you realize right away that there is more to him. 

I got: Raffe! Which Penryn and the End of Days Character Are You?

And he is beyond sexy.

I mean, he is an Archangel after all. 

Don't forget to stop by the other blogs to read about their Book Boyfriends!

It's Monday! What are you reading? 12/21/15

Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

Hosted by Book Journey

Here's what I'm reading:

The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms, #4)
A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed-Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love. 

Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana'Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells' inner turmoil, Raisa's best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she's falling in love.

Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it? 

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.

Since I'm mostly going to be off of work this week, I'm hoping to finally start this one! I adore this series and I'm excited to see how Chima wraps up the series. :)
What are you reading??

Friday, December 18, 2015

Quote of the Week: Osho

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes to share with you, my wonderful readers!! 

Quote of the Week:

Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny--he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally--you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.