Reading update

Okay update!!!
Anyone else read these yet?

I just finished “The Crown of Gilded Bones” – The review is up with the other two books in the series. I am loving this story of Poppy and Casteel!

Currently reading now is:

Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow…

When Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner―none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.

After Broken Wish will be:

Summary:
Caledon Holt is the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in speed, strength, or brains, which is why he’s the Hearthstone Guild’s most dangerous member. Cal is also the Queen’s Assassin, bound to her by magic and unable to leave her service until the task she’s set for him is fulfilled.

Shadow of the Honey Glade has been training all her life to join the Guild, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Cal. But Shadow’s mother and aunts expect her to serve the crown as a lady of the Renovian Court.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice. Even though Shadow’s life belongs to the court and Cal’s belongs to the queen, they cannot deny their attraction to each other. But now, with war on the horizon and true love at risk, Shadow and Cal will uncover a shocking web of lies that will change their paths forever.

Review – Triology of From Blood and Ash

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

A Betrayal…Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice….Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A SecretBut unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

She’s been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…

My Review
Holy adventure!! I literally could not put the first book down. I was interested in Poppy and had to know what was going to happen. What was she going to do next? How could she live that life? What was her power all about? Will she get what she wanted? All these questions went on and on. The story was filled with adventure, fantasy and beautiful imagery. I could literally picture everything happening while reading it. When Hawke comes into the picture I could not figure him out. I knew he was bad ass in fighting but that was all I got. I kept reading and hoping something would connect Poppy and Hawke somehow. Eventually they did. Towards the end of the book, chaos erupts and I assumed it was your normal type chaos. I was wrong so wrong! And the author reveals a secret that I did not even see coming! Oh my gosh! I was like “whaaaaaaaat!” It was in a good way but I surprised. Then the ending was a cliffhanger. I was like it can’t end like this.

Second book went by fast too! I had it on hand after I finished the first one. I liked how Poppy eventually learns more about Hawke – Casteel. They connect more along the way. Poppy does see a dark side to Casteel due to his past as she learns more about it. Other than Casteel, Poppy learns more about the history and the other people in the lands. The ending of this book is pretty powerful.

Third book – there were parts I did not even see coming. I was in shock and gasping and hooked onto the story. I needed to know what was going to happen. I love how Cas teases her as she returns the favor. They are a match. Few things I will point out: snakes, skeltons, cave cats, gods and power. Look for those things when you read this book because those concepts stayed with me. The ending of this book I yelled at it. (Hahahaha anyone else do this?)

Every book I’ve read from this series is leaving me yelling at the book “NOOOOOOOO!” Why does it end like this? Cliffhangers! Holy cow. Now I have to wait again. I could go into tons of details about each book but I think that would take forever to do.

Each book has brought something new to the story. I can see the whole story as a movie in my head. The history, the lands, the people, the powers and yes even the saucy parts! All of it connects to each other which is important. I do notice there are parts that are repeated but that does not bother me. I am enjoying each book. It’s so fun. The author is one of my favorites!

Now I have to wait….how much longer?

Although the author does have a story about Nyktos and his Consort called “A Shadow in the Ember” which comes out October 21, 2021.

Reading update

Quick update from my land of reading

Coming soon for a review which was so cute and fun to read.
I could not put this down!
This book was checked out from the library.

What I will read next.
I know I will devour this book.
I am looking forward to see what Poppy experiences next.
Isn’t the cover so pretty?
I did purchase this book.



Update of what’s going on

I’m around! Just been dealing with cold and snow! Will it ever stop? Probably not since it’s still February.
Who knows what March will bring?
We shall see.

Review coming soon — From Blood and Ash – it was soooooooo goood!


Currently Reading
Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout – so many feelings about this book.

What is next to read

These books will be next to read after I finish “Not like the Movies” by Kerry Winfrey. I did purchase these books. I also did pre order one book but it won’t be out until March!

Ann Gimpel: I did read the first book of Cataclysm where I fell in love with it. It left me wanting to know more. So I decided to purchase the last three books. Vampires, shifters, witches and more for such adventures! Plus the covers are stunning.

Jennifer L. Armentrout – I have read quite a few of her books which are always amazing. I wanted to to see how these two books turn out! I have seen people read them and enjoy them very much. Plus aren’t the covers soooo pretty!!? I blame the covers for wanting to own a dagger.

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What I Have Read

 

These are the books that I have read during the pandemic!  I have enjoyed them all.  Have you read these?

CRAVE

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally―as the bait.

Author: Tracy Wolff

I had to read this book because — vampires!   It is so good….unexpected events!   I am so looking forward to book 2 this coming fall. 

 

 

THRONE

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Why did I not start this book earlier?  What is wrong with me……it is soo good.  I love how Celaena survives.  I enjoy how she thinks and how she slowly changes a bit each time.   She has quite a task to do in the first book here.   

 

Crown

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…

I had to keep going….yup!   Celaena won…and now she is doing something that will test her heart.  More adventures, more drama.   She is on a mission to find the truth.  Will she get to it?  Will she get peace? 

 

Storm

Eighteen-year-old Trinity may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her gift is the reason she’s been in hiding for years in a compound guarded by Wardens—shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her to enhance their powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with reports that something is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to trust Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

I reread this….so good!   I love the interaction between Trinity and Zayne.  Action, drama, and perhaps romance..  Trinity also learns quite a few things about how the outer world works and how Zayne works.   Even when Roth makes an appearance in the book is awesome.

Rage

Half-angel Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been working with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

Book 2 : it is a must!  Just wow.  The ending had me wanting more.  Cliff hanger endings!!   Trinity and Zayne fighting against evil and learning about themselves in the process showed me that life is always about learning.    I love the interaction between Trinity, Zayne, Roth and Layla.   Even Cayman is funny as heck.  I want the next book now.