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review 2020-01-07 00:28
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ Protect the Prince (Queen of Shards #2) by Jennifer Estep
Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards #2) - Jennifer Estep

SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE

 

Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep.

Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.

First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

Dark forces are also at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, her immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes Evie wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s … well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…

 

 

THE KEY POINTS OF THE STORY⇣

 

HIGH FANTASY WITH AN URBAN APPEAL

POISONINGS & ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS

INTRIGUE

MAGIC

ADULT ROMANCE (DEFINITELY NOT YA)

GARGOYLES

 

THE DEETS⇣

 

AUDIO PERFORMED BY Lauren Fortgang

BOOK COVER I liked the cover on Book #1 better...but it's cool.

SETTING Bellona & Andvari

SOURCE Libby Audiobook (Library)

AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 12 hours, 40 minutes

 

MY THOUGHTS⇣

 

Despite excellent narration, an intriguing plotline, and exceptional action scenes, I found myself not into this quite as much as I was the first book in the series, but only slightly.  The best part and a new addition to this series were the gargoyles...I've never read anything with gargoyles before...and I quite liked this author's take on them.  Who knew a stone could be so lovable. 

 

If I had pinpoint what it was about this book that I didn't care for, it would have to be all the lies and deceptions going on between the two main characters.  I guess I thought Evie wasn't into that kind of drama and whatnot. Overall, I will continue with the series and I'm still hanging in there until the end, Book #3, Crush The King is due out March of 2020.

 

MY RATING 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇣

Plot 4.2/5

Characters 5/5

The Feels 4/5

Pacing 4.3/5

Addictiveness 4/5

Theme or Tone 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style) 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building) 5/5

Originality 5/5

Ending 4.3/5

 

 

 

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review 2019-10-05 22:12
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS for The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black

FEATURING

 
Vampires
Dystopian-ish
Like A Slightly Skewed Version of Our World
Quarantined Vampire Towns
Kick-Ass Heroine
A Smattering of Romance
Stand-Alone


With Audio Performed by Christine Lakin
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I've had this on TBR for an eternity now, and I should have read this sooner.  The ratings for this are all over the place...and I am one of the readers who found this to be a refreshingly real (and I use that term loosely, of course) take on vampires.  As real as a Dystopian/Apocalyptic/slightly skewed version of our world with a Vampire Virus-like premise can be, anyhow.  We still have electricity and even the internet and teenagers are still trying to find the ultimate party.  So, not so different...just the added element of Coldtowns.

The writing is excellent, the Vampires are scary, the MC is kind of badass, the romance is minimal and lastly, the audio version of this is quite fantastic.  It has music, either at the beginning of a chapter or the end of one.  Scary music gets me every time, what can I say.  Christine Lakin does a pretty good job with the narration, also.  If you haven't read this yet, and you like a totally different vibe of Vampires than the Twilight Series, I highly recommend it.  Especially, on Audio!
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.8/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 4.7/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 5/5 CliffhangerIt is kind of open-ended...
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Book Cover It's okay...but I can't help but think that it may be the reason it's taken me so long to read this.
Setting Mostly Springfield, MA
Source Audiobook (Library)
Length 12 hours, 6 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR VAMPIRES SQUARE
 
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review 2019-09-06 00:53
All the STARS for The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The Grace Year - Kim Liggett

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Dystopian Setting/Alternate World
Society Where Men Have the Power
Oppression Of Women
Horror-if-ic
Death, Lies, & Betrayals
Splash of Romance
Women Supporting Women
Stand-Alone

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 5+ STARS | GRADE A++

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Wow! This book...

 

This book is a lot of things...dubious, challenging, frustrating, darkly horrifying, curing, wonderful, loving, saddening, hopeful & most of all empowering.

 

I first started reading this about two months ago and had to stop because I just wasn't feeling it...I thought this is a premise that would never come to pass...or so help us all. I couldn't wrap my head around this society where women not only outnumber men, but their rights are so marginalized by these men, it's unthinkable, unbelievable. They are treated as property and made to go through a year away from everything they know to expel their magic. When they come back from this supposed magic-letting they are forced to marry the guy that chose them...and if no one chooses them (because women outnumber the men)...they have to work for the good of the community. This book will push your buttons...for sure.

 

The second time I started it, I found this enthralling...I devoured it in very little time. The Grace Year has earned a spot as one of my favorites of all time and I don't think I will ever forget it. I especially won't forget how it made me feel by the time I finished it. I was stunned, with everything that happens, and...So. Much. Happens. This one has all the feels, from the good to the bad, and everything in between.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 5/5
The Feels⇢ 5+/5
Pacing⇢ 4.8/5
Addictiveness⇢ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.5/5
Originality⇢ 5+/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...
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Book Cover⇢ Love it. It's absolutely perfect.
Setting⇢ Garner County & a remote island within a great lake.
Source⇢ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
eBook Length⇢ 416 pages

 

 

I Read This for Dystopian Hellscape (and it's so fitting for that)
(Transfigured from Relics & Curiosities)

 

 

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review 2019-09-01 01:24
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan
The Accidental Bad Girl - Maxine Kaplan

 FEATURING⇢

 

High School Drama
Date Rape
Slut-Shaming
Drug Dealers
Social Media Mystery

 

and eventually...

 

Owning Your Mistakes & Your Accomplishments
Real Friendship
Undercover Cops & Take Downs
With Audio Performed by Julia Knippen

 


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

On the outside, this feels like a vapid high school drama, with a dose of forced drug dealing. You might even pass it up because of this. But, you should give it a chance because it might just surprise you. For the first half it felt just like all that to me...what with her incredibly lax parents and her shitty so-called friends...but it does eventually go somewhere.

 

With a little mystery, and the tackling of some tuff issues, including slut-shaming, date rape & rape culture, and by the end, even her parental units step it up a bit. Ultimately, it had a fairly good overall message and it surprised me how much I ended up liking it.

 

Narration by Julia Knippen was effortlessly executed, and this would make an excellent movie, too. It actually reminded me of the movie Easy A.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4/5
Narration Performance⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 4.2/5
The Feels⇢ 4/5
Pacing⇢ 4/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4.2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Originality⇢ 4.2/5
Ending⇢ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Nope.
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Book Cover⇢ Love it!
Setting⇢ Brooklyn, NY
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 9 hours, 36 minutes

 

 

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