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text 2017-09-07 15:51
ARC Review: Forged in Fire (The Vessel Trilogy #1) by Juliette Cross (DNF)
Forged in Fire - Juliette Cross
Forged in Fire

The Vessel Trilogy #1
Juliette Cross
New Adult - Paranormal Romance - Fantasy
Entangled Publishing
July 31st 2017
eBook
345
ARC Review Copy

 

She never knew this demon world existed. Now she just wants to survive it.

 

Genevieve Drake has never been the helpless kind of girl, has never needed to be rescued. That is, not until her twentieth birthday when some dude nearly chokes her to death in an alley and a hot stranger splits the guy in half, rips a monster from inside, and incinerates it into ash.

 

The hot guy? Jude Delacroix—Dominus Daemonum, Master of Demons. Now her guardian, whether she likes it or not.

 

But she’s seriously beginning to like it.

 

The dude choking her? One of many demons from the underworld trying to abduct or kill Genevieve. As the prime target of the demon prince, Danté, she has no problem accepting Jude’s protection.

 

Why Genevieve? She’s a Vessel, one born to serve the Light but can be corrupted and used as a weapon for darkness. She had no idea this world even existed. Now, she just wants to survive it.

 

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I really love Juliette Cross. She fast became a favorite author to read and reread. I feel in love with her writing when she came out with her Dragons aka Morgan’s (Nightwing & Vale of Stars) and then she came out with her Vampire’s (Vampire Blood) and I feel even more. So, when you pick up a favorite authors work you don’t expect to not like it or end up DNFing. 

 

I ended up stopping at 82%. I know I only had a little more to go, but I wasn’t enjoying. I wanted to know what was going to happen and to continue onto book two, but then again I didn’t. It was not a great feeling.  

 

Forged in Fire is dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and new adult. The story was just to dark, deep, and heavy for my liking. I did like Jude, but our heroine and lead Genevieve wasn’t winning me over. 

 

As for the Vessel aspect I still don’t understand everything that a Vessel is and can do. Most give into either death or let a Demon Lord have them. Their has never been one to stay in the light. Their was also too much cryptic stuff and some running around in the dark. Our cryptic prophecy we and the characters don’t have the full version, so they don’t know all. I was just not getting a good picture or understanding of the world and characters.

 

The last thing and this one was the one that really bothered me. The author was very specific in pointing out that their are rules that both good and bad must follow. They can’t be broken. So, one such rule is free will. We all have it. Yet, their is this thing with Genevieve’s soul and The Evil Demon Lord, where he can pull it into another world and compel her do anything and everything he wants. She can’t resist. It felt wrong on so many levels. She should be able to fight; wither it’s just her soul or her soul and body together. 

 

Unfortunately, Forged in Fire was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.

 

Was this review helpful? If so, please consider liking it on Goodreads (Angela)!

 

 

Challenge(s): New To Me (Series) Pick Your Genre (PNR) (2017)

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/09/arc-review-forged-in-fire-the-vessel-trilogy-1-by-juliette-cross
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review 2017-09-05 12:30
Batman: Volume 3 I Am Bane
Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) - Tom King,David Finch

 

In a volume where the opposite of some of the events in Batman: I Am Suicide occur, Bane has to run a gauntlet of enemies to get to Batman. Where this didn't work well for me in the that volume, in this one it worked just fine!

 

I adored the tongue in cheek of the opening scenes in the restaurant BATBURGER! between Batman and the Robins. "Do you want to Joker up your fries?" The restaurant even had Batsuits in special cases. 

 

I also thought the comparison panels between Bruce and Bane and all the similarities that made them who they both became were brilliant. 

 

Ace the Bat-Hound has his own brief little story-mostly involving the unflappable Alfred training him while  Bruce then reaps the benefits and complains about his Christmas present. 

 

Lastly though, OMG with Catwoman! What will happen as we progress further down that road? Will it ever really take place? (I'm trying to talk about it, without spoiling it.) I am not familiar enough with the Batman series to know, and I'm not sure that people who are familiar with it would know for sure either, but that was most definitely a surprising event.

 

Overall, this has been my favorite volume of the Batman Rebirth series by Tom King. I'm so glad I stuck with it and I'm very much looking forward to the next volume!

 

*I received an e-ARC of this volume from DC Comics via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This is it.* 

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review 2017-08-21 23:38
For me...this wasn't the follow-up I expected...
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity series, Book 2) - Victoria Schwab
 

Title:  Our Dark Duet

Author:  Victoria Schwab

Narration:  Therese Plummer

Series:  This Savage Song #2

Genre:  Fantasy, Dystopian, YA

Setting:  Verity & Prosperity

Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.3/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Total:  3.5/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I loved and devoured This Savage Song, and I wanted to love this too…but…I just couldn't do so.  Too many characters to keep track of and a less than stellar plotline bogged this down.  It just ended up leaving me confused I even tried rewinding and relistening and I still couldn't stay in the story...and don't even get me started on that ending.  

 

Will I read more from this Author⇜  Since I already own some of her stuff, I'm sure that I will…

 

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review 2017-08-21 18:45
The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three: Bitter Medicine
Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three - Bitter Medicine - Robin Furth,Peter David,Jonathan Marks

 

I'm sorry to say that I didn't like this one any more than the last entry in "The Drawing of the Three" series. It's like the train stopped in meh-ville and now it's parking there long term.

 

The story is okay, but I already know it-I'm reading the graphic novels because I want to learn more and because I like the art. Now that I'm not digging the art the story needs to work extra hard to keep me going with these.

 

At this point, I'm not sure I will keep going.

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review 2017-08-14 18:40
Song of Susannah (Dark Tower #6) by Stephen King, narrated by George Guidall
Song of Susannah - George Guidall,Stephen King

 

Song of Susannah was not as enjoyable for me this time around. I deducted one star from my original rating.

 

It seemed like there were a lot of words, (especially the word "chap", enough already!) but the story didn't seem to move very far.

 

What I really enjoyed about this audio book were the diary entries from SK himself, which were read by the narrator after the story was over. In these entries, he talks about his drinking, about how some of the DT stories came about, and about how he and his wife argued over his taking his daily walks alongside a busy highway. That was truly chilling. I don't remember these being in the book back when I read it the first time, so it may be something that was only included in the audio, or in reprints of the original book? If I'm in error about that, I'm sure someone will let me know.

 

I only have one book to go in my audio re-read of the DT series.

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