Monday, December 7, 2020

Frostblood Review...


Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating - yet irresistible - Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her - and from the icy young man she has come to love.


I have had this book for a while and then I got really behind on reviews when I got into a 2 year reading slump. I am finally starting to come out of that slump and this was one of the first books I read and ENJOYED whole heartedly.
So Ruby is a Fire Blood and one of the few left. They are so rare that her mother is killed and the King's guards take her prisoner. She is rescued from prison and trained to kill the King by a Frost Blood. She is eventually taken prisoner by the King's guards again but not until she is trained to use her skills and to fight. Can she survive long enough to do what she was trained to do? Will the prophecies she keeps hearing about come true? What will happen?
Yes I know that is a crappy synopsis but I don't want to give too much away. I absolutely loved these characters!!! They are so abstract and interesting and I kept learning more about them. This was my first book by Elly Blake and I truly loved it. I read the book in a matter of hours. I didn't want to put it down. I can truly say I look forward to continuing the series and buying the actual books one day really soon. This book flowed really well and it kept you on your toes. I recommend not only the book but the author!!

Friday, December 4, 2020

Flame in the Mist Review...


The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.



I fell in love with Renee's writing with The Wrath and the Dawn and have read almost everything she's written (I've got 2 left to read).  But anyways back to this book.

So I'm not going to lie to you...this book started out kind of slowly and was a little confusing so I did struggle with it at first.  This book has undertones of the Mulan story which is what made me pick it up, I love retellings and Mulan is one of my favorites.

Mariko is on her way to marry a man she's never met in order to elevate her families status.  But on her way her caravan is attacked and she is the only survivor.  She sets out thinking she knows who attacked her caravan but soon realizes they are not the ones who attacked them.  She soon becomes a part of the group of rouges she thought attacked her and makes friends with them.  The issue, most of them think she is a boy, the one who knows isn't who he says he is and the one she falls for isn't who he says he is.  Along the way she finds out more about her family and lifestyle than she'd planned on and become somebody she never planned to be.  But can she figure out who attacked her caravan?  Will everybody's secrets come out in the end?  What could possibly go wrong?

So I love Renee's writing style and she is on my list of buy without reading the blurbs.  I own all of her books except the next one in this series actually.  Like I mentioned previously this book started out slow but about half way through it picked up and I flew through it.  Due to this weird pacing it wasn't my favorite book but not awful either.  I loved the characters and I am still very intrigued to find out what happens with these characters!  The characters definitely kept me on my toes and Renee kept me guessing as to how things would play out.  I am hoping to get book 2 soon so that I can finish my collection and this duology!  I would recommend the book.  

4 secret stars

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Kiss of Death (Morganville Vampires Book 8) Review...


Vampire musician Michael Glass has attracted the attention of a big- time producer who wants to cut a demo and play some gigs-which means Michael will have to enter the human world. For this, he's been assigned escorts that include both a dangerous immortal as well as Michael's all-too-human friends. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell...



So this is the final book in my re-read of this series!  I love the Morganville Vampire series but 8 books in is as far as I've ever gotten.  I just put books 9 and 10 on hold through the library and can't wait to read them!

So in this book...Michael is approached by a music producer outside of Morganville.  So the whole crew heads out of town for Michael to record music and play gigs.  However, these guys can't go anywhere without trouble ensuing.  They stop at a hotel for the night and lose their car but Eve is truly excited about her new car.  Then they end up in a town overrun by Vampires.  Can they make it home in one piece?  Does Michael make it to his gigs and recording session?  You have to read to find out I guess.

Again the narrator did an amazing job.  Rachel definitely kept me on my toes with this one.  As I said above this book is the furthest I've made it in this series so I look forward to continuing.  I did request the next two books from the library.  I read 7 and 8 in one day so I figured I better grab at least two at a time.  I get sucked in and since the next book basically picks up where the one before it leaves off I have to know what happens next.

If you have not read these books I highly recommend it.  Start with book one or you'll get lost but this is by far my favorite YA Vampire series.

5 musical stars!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Fade Out (Morganville Vampires Book 7) Review...


Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again…

Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre
company. But when one of Eve’s cast mates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger—and way more dangerous—than anyone suspected.



I love that these books basically pick up where the last one left off.  So this one picks up after Bishop is gone and things are starting to go back to normal.  Well as normal as you can get in Morganville.  Claire is going back to school, Eve gets a role in the town play and Claire starts to feel on the outs when Eve makes a new friend.  I mean what could go wrong in that scenario right?

This book is once again an amazing re-read for me.  I truly enjoyed the narration of the audiobook.  The narrator kept me entertained and I have enjoyed listening to her read each of these books.  Rachel is one of those authors who can easily keep you on the edge of your seat.  The characters are relateable and interesting.  I always look forward to the next book!

While each book ends without a cliffhanger this is a series you need to read in order.  This is book 7 but they are extremely easy reads and Rachel makes it so that you don't want to put the books down.  I read books 7 and 8 in one day.  But 8 is the last one I have for now so I'm on a break from the series.  I have loved this series since the first time I picked it up and I look forward to finishing the series.

5 theatrical stars!!