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Top Ten Tuesday – Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love. I’ve changed it to: Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About. I’ve listed below some of the side characters I’ve recently enjoyed reading about and would like to read more from.

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Kieran (Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout) – I still have not yet read The Crown of Gilded Bones so I don’t know if my opinions will change on this character but I liked reading about him in AKOFAF.

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Angel (Shadow Beast Shifters series by Jaymin Eve) – I love Angel’s character and I’m glad that she is getting her own book (I think it’s coming out in October), I can’t wait to see her back story.

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Silas (Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson) – I don’t know if you’d classify Silas as a main character or not since a lot of the plot revolves around him but either way I just included him here anyway. I loved reading about him and I would like to read more about him.

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Virgil (The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton) – Virgil is Opal’s best friend and we get to see his role in her life play out throughout the interviews in the book. I loved his and Opal’s friendship and would’ve loved to have seen more about his life.

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Moon (In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire) – In An Absent Dream is my favourite of the Wayward Children series and I loved the story of Lundy. I loved the friendship between Lundy and Moon and would’ve liked to have read more about Moon.

Which side characters would you like to read more about? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books with Leaves and Branches on the Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books with Nature on the Cover. There are a lot of book covers with nature on them so I decided to go with leaves and branches on the cover.

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From Blood and Ash (Blood & Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko
Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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Song of Sorrow (Sorrow #2) by Melinda Salisbury
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayway Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Orange by Ichigo Takano

Have you read any of these? What covers did you pick for this topic?

Favourite Books

My Favourite Book Couples Part 2

A few years ago I did a post talking about some of my favourite book couples and since then I’ve read a lot more books so I thought I’d list some recent favourite book couples/romances.

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Robin and Zylas (The Guild Codex: Demonized series by Annette Marie) – I loved reading this series and seeing Robin and Zylas grow together and learn from one another. Zylas is a demon who knows nothing of how humans act so it was interesting to read their interactions with each other.

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Cat and Alex (Chaos Reigning – Consortium Rebellion #3 by Jessie Mihalik) – This is a sci-fi series that follows a different sibling in each book and I really liked the first two books but I think I enjoyed this one slightly more because I think the couple had more chemistry.

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Callie and Desmond (The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa) – I loved Callie and Desmond’s relationship, they have one of those relationships that you just want to keep reading about.

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Poppy and Hawke (Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout) – I didn’t really fall in love with this relationship until the second book. A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire really focuses on them as a couple and I loved reading about them together.

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Red and Blue (This Is How You Lose The Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar) – This book is so unique and the characters and romance is so captivating to read.


Who are some of your favourite book couples? What are some of your favourite romances?

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Book Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

akofafBook: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
Series: From Blood and Ash #2
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Adult/New Adult fantasy romance

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 Secret…

But 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.

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

I absolutely loved A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire and I’m slightly surprised at that because although I enjoyed From Blood and Ash I did find it slow and predictable but A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was definitely not that.

After the ending of From Blood and Ash and the unveiling of who Hawke really was I felt so aggrieved for Poppy and felt the same way she did towards Hawke. It was interesting to go into A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire disliking the male lead but also liking him at the same time. And from the very beginning of this book I loved the dynamics of the relationship between Poppy and Casteel.

The push and pull of their relationship in A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was so compelling to read. This book was very much focused on the relationship between Poppy and Casteel and the over arcing plot kind of took a back seat but was still moving along just a bit more slowly. And I was really glad of this because after the ending of the first book I felt like it did the series and characters more justice to have them come to terms with each other and explore their feelings and grievances towards each other before other things happened.

I loved the romance and how it grew more in A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. The banter between Poppy and Casteel was so fun to read and I liked how they reacted to each other. I liked Poppy in the first book and I liked her even more in this one because we really see her come into her own and make her own decisions. I also loved seeing more of her abilities as they grew and developed. I liked finding out more about Casteel’s back story.

The first book focused on the Ascended and I liked how A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire focused on the Atlantians and getting to see their side of the story. The group dynamics between Casteel’s people and Poppy were intriguing, how mistrustful they are of one another in the beginning. The way the wolven bonds were described was very unique and I liked finding out more about Casteel’s and Kieran’s bond. I liked seeing more of Kieran and the banter between him and Poppy.

Even though the romance is the centre of this book I did think the plot was still captivating and I didn’t find this book as slow as the first. I think the reason for that it because I loved reading about Poppy and Casteel’s romance so much.

Overall I loved this book and now know why it has such a high rating on Goodreads. I love how the romance is the centre of A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, I love the relationship between Poppy and Casteel and I liked all the character dynamics of the people around them. After the ending of this book I am in desperate need for the next book and can’t wait to see where the story goes.

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Book Review: From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

fbaaBook: From Blood and Ash
Series: Blood and Ash #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Adult fantasy romance

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.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

I really liked this book and enjoyed the story, the world of this book was interestingly described. There are the Ascended who are described as chosen by the gods and Poppy, the Maiden, is very important to them but we don’t really know much about why that is and then there are the Atlantians who are feared by the people as well as the cravens, that are mindless blood thirsty monsters who the people also fear. It’s a very intriguing world and I liked how the opposite sides were described. It seemed complicated in the beginning but the world made more sense as it went on.

Although I enjoyed it I did find this book a bit slow. It’s one of those books that felt really long, I felt like I’d be reading a lot but wasn’t making much progress with the book. I don’t mind long books but I don’t like when a book feels too long, if that makes sense.

I liked Poppy, I felt for her because she’s been brought up to be the Maiden and told she’s special but from the outside you can clearly see that she’s not treated well. I liked how strong she was despite that and I liked how she knew how to fight. I liked Hawke and how the romance developed between Poppy and him, and them getting to know each other and their conversations with each other were fun to read.

Overall I liked this book even though I felt it a bit slow and dragging at times. I really enjoyed the romance and how it developed. There were some interesting twists and turns in this book, some I did find predictable but it was a very entertaining read.

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November Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In November:

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The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood #18) by J.R. Ward – 3 STARS

I feel that the BDB books have become more formulaic in recent years and that can be both a good and bad thing. It’s good because I still enjoy this world and writing but it’s bad because I feel like the characters are sometimes lesser versions of previous characters for example I feel that Jo (who is the main female character in this book) reminded me so much of Therese from the previous book, they were very interchangeable characters. As for the male lead Syn, I liked his darkness in previous books but when it came to this book (his book) he wasn’t as dark and brooding as he seemed. He reminded me a bit of Murhder where their reputations are really built up then in their own book they are nothing like what we’ve previously thought they were.

Delivering Evil for Experts (The Guild Codex: Demonized #4) by Annette Marie – 5 STARS

I loved this book, it’s the final one in The Guild Codex: Demonized series and I loved it. I loved how much this book centred on the relationship between Zylas and Robin. I’ve loved their interactions throughout this whole series but I definitely feel like this book took their relationship to a whole new level. Obviously the romance had ramped up but it wasn’t just that, I feel like the emotional connection between each other really deepened in this book and the ending was so good, I loved it.

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee – 4 STARS

Jade City is such a well written story and I loved how it was so easy to imagine it in my head, this book feels like a movie or tv show because the scenes definitely suit it. It’s such a complex story that centres around clan warfare and the familial bond of one of those clans. It was very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. There were also some twists I didn’t expect and I’m excited for the next one in the series.

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Reaper’s Pack by Rhea Watson – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this book and I liked how the characters were fleshed out and I felt like they all had their own personalities. I also liked the back story of the main character and I liked the premise of her being a grim reaper. Although I enjoyed it, I didn’t find it particularly memorable which is why I gave it 3 stars.

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4 STARS

I’ve been hearing non stop buzz about this book recently so I decided to just pick it up because it sounded like something I’d love. And I did really like this book, I enjoyed the characters and the overall story arc but I did think it dragged on a bit. I mean, I was liking what I was reading but this book is one of those books where you feel like you’ve read a lot of it and then you realise you only read a small percentage, I also found the big twists predictable but it was still an enjoyable read.

The Library of the Unwritten (Hell’s Library #1) by A.J. Hackwith – 3 STARS

I loved the premise of this book. It’s about a librarian who’s tasked with keeping unwritten books and unwritten characters in order in a library in hell. The concept of this book is so interesting, I loved how it centred around books and I loved the writing of it, it’s so quotable. Even though I loved the premise and the writing, I did feel the characters were a bit lacking. I don’t know why, I just didn’t connect of feel for any of them which left me a bit unattached to them and the story but overall I do think it’s an interesting adventure story.

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I Hear the Sunspot: Limit 1 by Yuki Fumino – 2 STARS

I enjoyed the other volumes in this series but I was a bit disappointed in this one. I feel like not much is really happening in the story and even though I enjoyed the other books I feel like I might not end up continuing with the series.

Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews – 4 STARS

I really liked Emerald Blaze and the series overall. I love Ilona Andrews’ writing and how they write a story. Every book I’ve read by them has such a perfect balance between a great plot, fleshed out characters and a captivating romance and this book was no different. I loved reading about Catalina and Alessandro and their interactions between each other, especially after the ending of the last book.

Sailing With Her Wolf (The Nightstar Shifters #1) by Ariel Marie – 3 STARS

Sailing With Her Wolf is a short FF paranormal romance that I only recently heard about and decided to pick up. I liked the characters and their romance and I liked how Marley was a shifter, I wanted to read more about her and her pack. There wasn’t much to the story besides the romance but I still enjoyed it and I’m excited to read more books by this author.

Blog Posts I Did In November:

Books I Want To Read Before The End Of 2020

My Favourite Book Titles Of 2020

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum Book Review

Characters I’d Name A Pet After

My October Wrap Up 2020

What books did you read in November?