Bloss Loss by Ashley Fontainne has one of those covers that makes me realize…I must go into the forest. I love covers with trees, forests, and woods, so this makes me want to enter another of Ashley’s fantastic stories, jumping and skipping down the trail. I must follow that path, no matter that I am alone and there is danger.
Ashley has been writing this series with her mother Lillian Hansen. It is the second Magnolia novel and it is based on a true story. You can see my review for the first story by following the Blood Ties link at the end of the post.
Cover and Interior book design by One of a Kind Covers
I am so happy to be back with some familiar friends and am looking for another mystery to solve. Blood Loss by Ashley Fontainne and her mother, Lillian Hansen, is the second Magnolia story, based on a true one, and I don’t want to miss a thing.
We pick up where Blood Ties ended, but I believe you can read this as a stand alone. If this is your first foray into the Magnolia series, I do recommend starting at the beginning.
The Magnolia has become Karina’s home. She and her mother inherited the home for the elderly and it seems like mysteries and danger arise from the house itself.
Karina’s nightmare awakens her, but it’s nice having her hunkie boyfriend at her side. Bo tells her the nightmares will pass.
“They’re all dead thanks to you, so that makes you the predator, not the prey.”
Karina is a strong, determined ex cop, as is her mother. They have put that behind them, but it’s a good thing they have those skills to draw on.
She’s tough, snarky and has a potty mouth. Pull a gun on her and she’ll blow your head off, but she has a big heart and guards it well.
Death by dick wouldn’t fly anyway, though it would be a memorable obituary for sure, going viral in hours. (Karina’s thoughts about Bo’s insatiable libido).
I laughed out loud when I read her version of the song You Don’t Own Me.
Karina has me cracking up throughout the pages and I love being inside her head.
It is that kind of writing that gives Ashley’s stories a fun and humorous bent and keeps me coming back for more. I think humor goes hand in hand with romance and mystery.
My first big surprise I never saw coming. No warning, but at least it’s all good.
“Like the Good Book says, the love of money is the root of all evil. And it’s a thick root that runs deep into bloodstained dirt.”
Government conspiracies? Never underestimate the power of greed. Some will stop at nothing.
A home for old folks…not surprising there are skeletons in the closet and secrets hidden. In 1957 two women vanished without a trace and the game is afoot.
Karina misses the rush of the hunt, so when the mystery appears, she jumps on it, regardless of being warned off. It’s just not in her nature. She cannot resist the mystery and I know she will find danger.
I’m onto you Ashley. The second surprise is about Karina. I didn’t see this one either and I love when the author can surprise me. Ashley Fontainne has that ability, and so much more. She draws me into the story quickly and easily. The characters become my friends. I worry about them, want the best for them, and if I could climb into the pages of the book, I would help them. As it is, all I can do is read…
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Blood Loss by Ashley Fontainne.
Ashley Fontainne’s writing is so spectacular, I am always anticipating the next book I will read of hers. Here are my reviews…so far:
"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
If you have not read book one, this review may contain spoilers.
This book starts of pretty much where the last one ended. I really liked the last book but I must say I LOVED this book. I just loved it, everything about it was great.
The story telling, the world setting, the characters growth and arcs, the endless twist and turns and many shocking surprises.
This book gave me whiplash like hardly any book before. I went from laughing and swooning to be being shocked, heartbroken and sobbing like a fool. Just be be brought back to being shocked to the amazing and powerful ending of this book. While some of the things with Celaena I suspected other came as a complete surprise.
Too not spoil anything to those who have not read it I will not go into too much detail as always.
In this book we learn so much more about our major players in this series. Celaena, Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia but also a lot more about the king and his motives.
We also get to meet some new people. Some are nice, others not so much.
There is still a love triangle but I must say I did not mind it as it fit and actually some things made sense.
We learn so much more of Celaena, her past her future plans and so much more. As mentioned about I had some idea what was about to come for her but some things were a surprise. But really it made sense. We get to see her at her best and maybe even happy, but we also get to see her at her worse and see why she is Adarlan's most feared assassin.
Dorian surprised me in this book, in more than one way. I actually thought he was great and reacted fairly well to certain ‘news”. There is more to Dorian than believed in book one.
The same goes for Chaol. I also liked him and he also surprised me with some reactions he had. Also some new and interesting facts come to light about him and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Nehemia, also plays a huge part in this book again and some new and very shocking are revealed about her. I love the friendship her and Celaena have.
Some people from Celaena’s past that shake things up and also give us a closer look at her past and the life she lived. We also meet some new people on the Kings site.
Overall. I cannot say enough how much I loved this book and everything about it. Even when it pulled me off cloud nine so I could have had my heart ripped out and slowly trampled on and after that just sitting there in awe.
If I could give it a ten star rating I would but as my rating only goes to 5, a 5 ★ it is.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“I can't tell if I should be ashamed of wanting to hold you on this day, or grateful that, despite what happened before now, it somehow brought me to you.”
“I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn't, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.”
“Who said anything about shame?" She gestured down to her naked body, even though it was covered by the blanket. "Honestly, I'm surprised you're not strutting about, boasting to everyone. I certainly would be if I'd tumbled me.
"Does your love for yourself know no bounds?"
“Then Celaena and the King of Adarlan smiled at each other, and it was the most terrifying thing Dorian had ever seen.”
“If they wanted Adarlan's Assassin, they'd get her.
And Wyrd help them when she arrived.”
“But he had no idea what sort of darkness lurked inside her, or what sort of monster she was willing to become in order to make things right.”
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.