ARC Review: Braving the Darkness by Melynda Price

Braving the Darkness

Rating: 3.5stars
Type: Paranormal
Series: Redemption Series
Number of Pages: 328

add amazon

All have sacrificed, but one will sacrifice all…

Just when Olivia thought she’d finally have everything she always wanted, she was never closer to losing it all. Haden rocked Olivia’s foundation when he professed his love for her, and then turned himself in to the High Court. Although it was for the best, watching him walk out of her life was one of the hardest things she’d ever done.
Liam has always been the angel that holds her heart. But nothing will test the bonds of that love more than when a sick twist of fate brings all their lives crashing back together again.
Bitter enemies in love with the same woman, Liam and Haden must put their differences aside to battle an evil whose reach is far greater than either of them ever imagined. It will take all their strength to protect Olivia from an enemy that’s come to claim her and usher in a power-play to overthrow the High Court.
Love, sacrifice, and betrayal… It all comes to a heart-stopping conclusion in Braving the Darkness.

 

My Review

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you’ll know that I absolutely love the Redemption series by Melynda Price (hello, love triangles and angels? So up my street) and that I’ve been waiting months for Braving the Darkness, the fourth and final book in the series to come out. Last night I got my ARC (huge thank you to Melynda Price and 5 Prince Publishing) and was so excited to start reading it! I was so nervous to find out how it would end. It’s so difficult to write this review without any spoilers but I’m going to try my best… Okay, let’s do this.

my emotions

Continue reading

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throneofglass2Rating: 5stars
Type: Fantasy
Trilogy: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire (September 2014)
add amazon

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.

 

My Review

favourites

I didn’t have a clue what I was getting myself into when I started reading Throne of Glass. I knew with all the raving reviews from different people that the book was going to be amazing, but I didn’t think I’d love it this much! And on that note, I’d like you to say hello to my FIRST EVER FIVE STAR RATING! 😮 What a beautifully narrated story, packed with most of my favourite things  – love triangles, fantasy, action, magic, romance and mystery! 

icanhaveitall Continue reading

Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

nightshade

Rating: 3.5stars
Type: Paranormal
Trilogy: Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose (+ Rift)
Author | Amazon | Goodreads

Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack’s alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart.

Calla begins to question everything – her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?

 

My Review

I’ve finally had some time to finish reading this book after wanting to for so many months! It’s been on my TBR list forever. I’d heard so many good things about it and it was recommended to me by many people, so I was really looking forward to reading it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book based on werewolves (or “Guardians”, as they’re called in this book), the paranormal books I’ve read have mostly been based on other paranormal creatures so it was kind of a new experience. I enjoyed the book and will definitely be reading the next one – I mean, hello, it’s a paranormal love triangle… How can I resist?

Continue reading

Review: Redemption Series (Book 2 and 3) by Melynda Price


Autumn landscape in foggy wood with a trackRating:
 4stars
Type: New/Young Adult Paranormal
Series: Until Darkness Comes, Shades of Darkness, Courting Darkness, Braving the Darkness (coming October 2014)
add amazon

She’s captured the hearts of Heaven and Hell…

Betrayed by her true love, Olivia cannot let go of the angel her mind doesn’t remember, and her heart refuses to forget. In an attempt to reclaim her broken life, she is determined to unearth her past, but some secrets are better left buried.

To save her life, he sacrificed everything. Universal Law was broken when Liam violated Olivia’s free will. His guardianship has been revoked, and the pain of letting her go is nothing compared to the torture of enduring their shattered bond. He can no longer sense her, no longer feel her, and the enemy he risked it all to save her from, now has free reign to claim her for his own. To get her back, Liam must turn away from all he is, all he was, for the one thing he may have already lost forever—Olivia’s love.

Haden will stop at nothing to possess Immanuel’s Stone, and locked away in Olivia’s memories is the key he needs to find it. But in his quest for vengeance, he never expected to lose his heart to the enchanting green-eyed beauty. Forced to choose between love and revenge, Haden becomes captivated by a woman who will never be his…or will she?

 

 

My Review

favourites

I’ve been so busy over the last couple of weeks with uni that I haven’t had any time to write or respond to any comments! I’ve finally got a bit of free time to write something, get back to people and catch up on some reading, but not as much as I’d like to! 🙂

I’m *so* happy that I continued to read the Redemption series and I can’t wait for the fourth and final instalment to come out later this year! I also wrote a review for Book 1 in the series “Until Darkness Comes” a few weeks ago that you can check out. In the second and third books, the story flows way smoother and is generally is strung much better than the first book – such an improvement! This review contains spoilers…

Continue reading

Review: Until Darkness Comes by Melynda Price


Until Darkness ComesRating:
 3.5stars
Type: New/Young Adult Paranormal
Trilogy: Until Darkness Comes, Shades of Darkness, Courting Darkness
Author | Amazon | Goodreads

A guardian angel… A forbidden love… Eternal consequences…

Olivia Norton was born with a gift—a gift heaven has sworn to protect, and hell is bound to destroy. Her perfect world is turned upside-down when two handsome strangers, Max and Liam, step into her life. Olivia soon discovers that her ‘Mr. Perfect’ is actually a perfect nightmare.

The rules of engagement have changed and Liam, Olivia’s guardian angel, is forced to cross dimensional borders or risk losing the woman he’s sworn to protect. Suddenly, thrust into a world unlike anything he’s ever known, Liam isn’t prepared to come face to face with the young woman whose life he holds in his hands.

But nothing is as it seems, and secrets abound that will ultimately force him to choose between two impossibilities. Max will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started, and Olivia is soon plunged into a battle between good and evil. Her very life hangs in the balance as two forces fight to win her heart.

 

 

My Review

I decided that I wanted to read a book that hasn’t been read by so many people, and it was probably one of the bravest reading choices that I’ve made because, for the most part, I’ve read books which are known to be good or are written by famous authors.  I was so excited about starting this series because it’s New Adult, has angels, demons (fallen angels), and a love triangle. The perfect ingredients of sugar, spice, and everything nice…

Continue reading

Review: The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

clockworkprincessRating: 4stars
Type: Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Trilogy: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess
Author | Amazon | Goodreads

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them….

 

My Review

I read this trilogy after reading The Mortal Instruments (TMI) series by Cassandra Clare and basically needed to get my hands on anything shadowhunter – I was pretty much obsessed. Thankfully, there was The Infernal Devices (TID) which I could dig into whilst waiting for the sixth and final instalment of TMI, which is going to come out later this year: City of Heavenly Fire. The book had a paranormal love triangle (which we all know is one of my favourite things), but it wasn’t completely mind blowing… The rest of the review contains a few spoilers!

Continue reading

Review: Matched Trilogy by Allie Condie

Image

Rating: 3stars
Type: Dystopian
Trilogy: Matched, Crossed, Reached
Author | Amazon | Goodreads

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

 

My Review

I finished reading this series last week and wasn’t completely blown away by it. It’s got the whole love triangle thing that I love, but the book seriously lacked pace and got incredibly boring at some points (please can we stop with all the describing of the canyons, and get back to the romance already?).

Continue reading