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review 2018-04-25 19:46
Have Tissues Handy
Star-Touched Stories - Roshani Chokshi

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

 

I was so happy to get to read this book last night. I finished one book and decided to start this, the only reason why I finished it so fast is that one of the stories in this collection I just read the prior week. I skipped over that and read the second and third stories. I was maybe a blubbering mess at the end of this short story collection. Chokshi does a great job of having you wish for more stories involving the characters we have been introduced to in this fantastic world she has created.

 

Death and Night (5 stars)- Not too much to say here besides how much I loved the beginning to Death and Night or how we know them, Amar and Maya.

 

We read about both of these characters in "The Star-Touched Queen" but we get to read about how they met, how Death courted Night, and how she loved him. We know what will happen next (I read the first full book and only came back to read this prequel now) but it was great to read about how they came to love one another prior to Night choosing to leave him in order to be re-born.

 

Death is cursed to fall in love with a woman who will leave him. So he decides to just marry, but now love his wife. Until he meets Night and knows that she is the right person for him. They have a great dynamic that consists of challenging each other as well as realizing that the other person is truly who they want to be with.

 

I did like that we got some backstory on the friendship between Night and Nritti. You get to see why Night loves her so much. She's one of the few who is not afraid of Night.

I also loved how we got to see how playful Gupta was with Death. I maybe laughed at him trying to teach Death how to properly court.

 

The writing was lyrical and made me laugh at times. You can easily see why Death and Night fell for each other. 

 

Poison and Gold (5 stars)- We got to know Aasha in "A Crown of Wishes". Now that she is living with Guari and Vikram as they prepare to marry and unite their two kingdoms, she is scared that her powers are out of control. If she were to hurt one of them or someone else, she doesn't know what she will do. When she is given a choice to become their Spy Mistress or be sent away forever, she chooses to do what she can to stay with them. She begins training and finds out reserves she never knew she had, all while being brave enough to love someone. 

 

Rose and Sword (5 stars)-A story within a story, we have a little girl being told a fairy tale by her grandmother. The story revolves around a wedding night and death. It also involves some familiar faces to those who have read "A Star-Touched Queen" and "A Crown of Wishes". Seriously though you guys, please get tissues ready. If you can read this story without crying, you are stronger than me. I was a mess. I don't want to spoil for potential readers, but this story hit me with all the feels. 

 

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review 2018-04-25 16:31
Dark Queen (Jane Yellowrock #12) by Faith Hunter
Dark Queen - Faith Hunter

I loved Faith Hunter’s DARK QUEEN, the twelfth book in the Jane Yellowrock series. Leo, the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, is preparing for his blood challenge by the emperor on the European vampires. Since Jane is Leo’s Enforcer, she has a lot to prepare for. To top it off, she has some family drama to deal with.

 

I enjoyed the characters. They are diverse and have a lot of depth. I find Jane’s conversations with Beast amusing. I really appreciated the flashbacks to Jane’s youth. I love that she began remembering things from her life past. I enjoyed the addition of Ayatas FireWind.

 

DARK QUEEN was skillfully written and exciting throughout the novel. There were twists and a lot of action in the story. The “blood battle” was a fascinating event. The rules and dynamics between the combatants were well developed and exciting. Leo did some surprising things throughout the story. I loved the epilogue. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2018-04-23 11:28
DNF after first half
The Queen of All that Dies - Laura Thalassa

I just couldn't bear the stupidity any longer.

 

I didn't feel with the heroine, she came across as stupid and immature and also too emotional.

 

The whole story line didn't work for me.

 

It had a very strong YA/NA feel to me - heroine is 19. 

 

And I had to laugh internally every time I read the big bad baddie's name: Montes Lazuli - that sounded like a bad play on a semi-precious stone...also, just for the record: THAT IS NOT A TYPICAL FRENCH NAME.

 

Anyway, I was disappointed, liked "pestilence" a lot, but this wasn't for me.

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review 2018-04-23 03:08
The Queen & the Homo Jock King - T.J. Klune,Michael Lesley

I finished this one a few days ago and as much as I'd love to just review the hell out of it. Time is not my friend at the moment. So I'm going to have to suffice it to say that I loved this book...seriously I need to laugh and rant and just enjoy the hell outta' something right now and this was the perfect time for this one. It's awesome with it's over the top Sandy drama. #SandyRules4EVAH!!! 

Ok, the end. I gotta' go do the things and hopefully the next time I get to listen to it I'll have the opportunity to do some kind of review that explains how amazing I think the writing of TJ Klune is, ok? Have a good one and if you need a laugh...seriously check this out but for even more fun start with 22722642 then this one and you can probably finish with 35060337  that's what I've done...or at least I'm going to because...Josy told me I needed to and Josy never steers me wrong. Ok, really, now I've gotta' go there's packing to be done...fml!

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review 2018-04-22 16:41
Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas

Epic!
I want more though too! I need to know the rest. I have to know if Lorcan is okay. Did they get the other two wrydkeys? Are the witches and fae going to be friends? 
I know some of you can not even begin to fathom my questions, especially if you haven't read the series. I hope my questions pull you in though. (Those that do know, please don't tell me.)
Adventure. Check. Action out the wazoo. Check. Excitement and drama. Check. Yup, this series has it all, and frankly, this book is the best of them so far. There's just something about reading a story with all my favorite fantasy characters in it.... magic!
If you haven't read this series, I cannot urge you enough to do so. I like her other books too, but this series is by far my fave!

 

 

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