Outrun the Wind Review

So I received Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi from Netgalley for a free, honest review.

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I’m including the synopsis as well being a arc for everyone to see what it’s about!

The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta. To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia-where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’s second rule. She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

REVIEW:

Quick Rating: 4 stars

This book is a mythological retelling about Atalanta, but you do get to see Apollo and Artemis as well. Now I’m all about mythological retellings and I do think for her first debut novel she did a wonderful job, but depending on how you approach the novel you may love or dislike it more.

It is told from two POV (Atalanta & Kahina) which definitely helps the story move along a bit better, but sometimes I felt it was hard to tell who was talking because they almost became like one plus side note my arc had almost all of chapter 20 missing which confused me hella bad for a bit. The characters could use some more defining touches I feel, but I enjoyed them.

The plot I felt was very intense in the beginning like I was like holy crap what a beginning this book is going to be so intense….just kidding the plot dies down pretty fast for a good chunk of the book which kind of left me bored with potential until the end when it finally picked up again.

The world building I felt was like pushed to the background and barley there really. You hardly get an ancient greek feeling to me and since I’m very focused on story and plot and with this retelling it wasn’t as important the neglect didn’t bother me, but some I know it might and if she plans on adding more it could benefit from more work.

There is also some surprise F/F romance in this novel which I did not expect and enjoyed! It wasn’t rushed or forced like I feel some novels do and it didn’t completely take over the whole entire novel.

Overall for a debut novel, it was a good! I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to others that are fans of greek retellings

 

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Cheat Codes Review

Seriously I am so behind on my reviews so I’m starting out with an easy, quick to love review of Cheat codes by Emily Goodwin. I received this book as part of a book tour on my instagram where she sent a free ebook to help promote it!

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This was my first book by Emily Goodwin and I’m so glad I was picked for her tour and introduced to her because I fell in love with Archer and Quinn quickly. The novel starts out with Quinn whose had a crush on her older brothers best friend for years, but no one makes a move because they don’t want to ruin their family/friendship relationship. So here we have tension filled build up of the two trying to resist each other.

She’s someone I could fall in love with. And I think I already have.

Quinns character was so loveable and a very believable nerd as ya know from experince I totally understood her and loved every minute of her character! Than we have hot doctor Archer who can resist a doctor I mean its like Mcdreamy all over again.

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I just love the chemistry between the two and their family as well. I was hooked and into these two right away and rooting for them so so much! Goodwin doesn’t just write the smutty scenes good, she writes their relationships good. You get a real plot and man she leaves you with the biggest cliffhanger ever!! I didn’t see it coming at all and honestly thought the book was a standalone, but I’m so excited to see more of Quinn and Archer.

I highly recommend if you enjoy a good romance book to pick this one up because it was amazing! I seriously read it in one sitting which maybe of lead me staying up until 2 am but regrets really.

 

Fire & Heist Review

I’m very excited to be reviewing Fire & Heist today by Sarah Beth Durst! I received an arc of this book from net galley in trade for an honest review.

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Okay, so im going to include the Synopsis first being a book some may not be familiar with obviously.

In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone–even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society–a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

Review:

Quick Star Rating: 5 stars

I’m seriously so happy I tried for this arc guys because it was fricking amazing! I mean it has were dragons aka people that can turn into dragons…yes you heard me right! Action in the form of intense heists that give a serious Mission Impossible meets magic twist and a dash of romance.

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Sky was such a great character, she was strong, stubborn and caring which surrounded by many wyverns that only valued their hoard collection as status was unique. I loved her relationship with her brothers even when it was a bit rocky because it felt real! Her friendship with Gabriela was adorable, I loved her geekiness so much! I felt like I could totally relate to her. Her relationship was Ryan at first I wasn’t the biggest fan. I didn’t trust the jerk really, but he won me over in the end.

“…eye contact could lead to conversation, which could lead to feelings, and no one wants those. Especially not before noon.” 

The idea of were dragons was so much fun as well! I feel like we don’t get enough books with dragons and this not only included dragons, but being able to turn into them would just be so so awesome! Their idea was home was so dragon like from all the stories of hoarding treasure it all felt perfectly together. The heist scenes were always very well done and I just love a good heist (cue mission impossible music xD)

The plot was very well paced and had a couple plot twists to keep you guessing! I loved the story line and want more of sky and her family already❤

Overall I highly recommend picking up this book that is set to be released on December, 4th 2018. You will not regret it, I promise!

May Wrap Up

Hello friends!

Am I the only one that can’t believe its june already and is sad about it? It’s partially because that means im almost back to school which I’m not looking forward to xD anyways May was a great reading month for me and I’m excited to do a quick over view of it all.

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ACOFAS- this was my first and most anticipated read for the month that sadly fell short. I ended up giving this 3.5 stars. Full Review can be found here: ACOFAS…or A Court Of Flop and Slump?


 

I also listened to Obsidio which was my second time through this book because I loved the series but didn’t have the time to wait for my audio credit so I read the book when it was first released. So clearly 5 stars these are amazing audio books!


I was also lucky for the fierce reads tour to be near me so I had to squeeze in Daughter of the pirate king which was such a cute, fun novel for me. I gave this novel 4.5 stars You can find my full Review of it here: Daughter of the Pirate King Review


 

I also listened to These broken stars and This shattered World on audio since I loved Illuminae so much and wanted to read more of their work. This series is just as good and ordered the paper backs for my collection. I gave the first two books 4.5 stars. Im currently listening to the final book in the series.


I than read daughter of the siren queen which I think I enjoyed more than the first one as it had a more interesting plot line than the first for my tastes. Id say it was more of a 4.7 star read!


Finally I caved for The Cruel Prince that everyone was raving about on my bookstagram especially after buying BN special edition that is seriously a beautiful naked cover. This book was a slow start for me but I was hooked by the end and can’t wait for Wicked King. I gave this book a 4.5 stars. You can find my full review here: The Cruel Prince Review


My next read which isn’t shown on the photo above was a ebook arc from net galley. Snow by Mikayla Elliot. Its a vampire novel that was quite interesting and unqiue definitely not a twilight vampire style thank the lord (sorry twilight fans the movies ruined this series for me) I ended up giving this a 4 stars. You can read my full review of it here: Snow by Mikayla Elliot Review


I also managed a reread of Caraval because it’s been awhile since I read the first and wanted to make sure I remembered everything before Legendarys release. I love this book and its a 5 star read for me.


My final read was definitely my favorite read of the month! Beyond a Darkened Shore. Its such an amazing celtic/norse mythological book that was just so fricking amazing I can’t say enough good things about this book plus look at that print that came with it thanks to Fairy Loot. Anyways this was a 5 star read and my review of it is here: Beyond a Darkened Shore Review


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So that was my May wrap up It was definitely a good month for me and I have a plate full on my June TBR that I can hopefully make it through! Let me know in the comments your favorite may read! also if you want to chat daily over books and merch follow my bookstagram here: Moonprincess37

 

 

Beyond a Darkened Shore Review

Oh my gosh guys! as some of you may know I love everything mythology so I was so excited when I learned that this book was coming in one of my bookish boxes. Even bigger bonus points was this novel focused on celtic and norse mythology that I dont see enough of or maybe i’m living under the rock aka give me suggestions if you know any!

Anyways enough babbling…onto my review of Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake. The story revolving around Ciara a princess of Mide who was raised as a warrior with special abilites who is forced by Morrigan to work with her enemy Leif a northman in order to save her land and sisters.

“In all the world, there are only two strong enough. One born for it, the other through great sacrifice.” 

Quick Star Rating: 5 stars

This fricking book right here was utter perfection. I loved the storyline and the mythology was spot on. It was so amazing to see some of my favorite celtic goddess’s brought to life. The mesh of the two mythology was so well done plus she painted the lands and character perfectly in my mind.

The plot moved so well for a standalone book not too fast or slow. I loved Ciara and Leif so much! She was such an amazing strong main character with a interesting twist on her powers. Leif was perfection as well, his sass and fierce protection over Ciara and his brother just made me love him so much more.

“Leif was a Northman, an outsider, but he accepted me more than any of my own clan ever had.” 

This book was something I didn’t realize how much I would love and need until I finished it. Im reeling for more Ciara and Leif in my life and hope even as a standalone to maybe see some more amazing work by Jessica or them, I wouldn’t complain xD. So seriously do yourself a favor and pick up this beauty you will not be disappointed.

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The Cruel Prince Review

Well folks this was very first book by Holly Black and I totally understand why they call her the “Queen of the Faeries”. This book was such an breath taking adventure into faerie.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when picking up this book that I had heard so much buzz about on my bookstagram. I get nervous sometimes picking up super hyped books because I think it makes it harder to live up to aka ACOFAS.

This book on the other hand nailed it pretty spot on. The opening scene had me going reeling like what just happened?! It did have a little bit of a slower start after that initial crazyness, but her world building and bickering between the sisters keep me alive and wondering what each was hiding and planning. I felt the hate of the faerie so much within me as I read Jude’s story and wished I could shove them all off a cliff. I feel like we don’t get enough books where faerie are wicked in such a interesting way. The plot twists Holly weaved in at the ending were even more amazing than the beginning and I’m seriously dying to see what happens next in this faerie world!

“If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.”

I adored Jude so much, she was such an interesting main character that seriously kept surprising me. Plus her sass and willingness to annoy and fight the faerie as a mortal just wins my heart over. She is simply brilliant and cunning.

“He’s flint, you’re tinder.” 

I do believe I’m on the lower side of opinions of I don’t love Cardan yet. I honestly absoluetly hated him for almost the whole book. I get his background and reasoning for the cruel faerie attitude towards Jude who isn’t faerie in faerie world and being treated equal. I felt though the line of abuse was crossed for me a couple times where I just can’t love him yet, but hes not in the asshole hate category anymore though.

OVERALL REVIEW: 4.5 Stars!

I will definitely be picking up some more of her work while I try to not so patiently wait for the next installment of this series.

Snow by Mikayla Elliot Review

Hello friends!

I get to finally sit down and write a review on a book I grabbed on my Net Galley account called Snow by Mikayla Elliot!

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This was definitely at first a total cover grab as I was scrolling, but than I read the synposis and my interest was peaked! So I’m a sucker still to this day for vampires, its such a guilty pleasure for me. Since this isn’t as popular as some of the others books ive reviewed im going to include the synopsis for ya to look at:)

Synposis:

Taken from all she has ever known and loved, Neva finds herself swept into a world of vampires where she learns she will determine their future. Yet she quickly discovers she is the target of a vampire, Zachariah, seeking to stop her from altering the vampire lineage. She must decide which path she will take while trying to protect the family she left behind, and discovering a past she cannot escape.

Review:

Star Rating~ 4 stars

This story was interesting new story about vampires with what is seeming to be a interesting refreshing new back story for the vampires creation. Neva was a likeable main character and I loved Thedryk. It included great plot twists and the villian in this story is more of a morally grey villain which I just look to see done and can’t wait to see how it plays out for the characters!

My biggest issue for this book was the beginning, it was kinda bouncing back and forth for a bit (present/past mixing) without giving good hints of it. It confused me quite a bit for awhile and made me nervous that I wasn’t going to enjoy the book, but as you move forward in the story her writing grew and it flowed so nicely.

I will definitely be following the series and the authors growth and highly recommend checking it out if you love vampires or a great fantasy!

 

Daughter of the Pirate King Review

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

I finished this book about a week ago and finally have the proper time to sit down and review this book! Side note before I get the show a going I did get to meet tricia Levenseller in person on tuesday during the Fierce Reads book tour. It was a total blast and she and the rest of the authors on tour were awesome though she was probably the highlight for me, shes hilarious.

Anyways onto the review that I will attempt to keep as spoiler free as possible with plenty of warning if I must let one slip!

Quick Rating: 4.5 stars

Review:

So this story revolves around Alosa a female pirate which that alone made me so excited because we simply dont get enough pirate stories especially with female leads! Alosa isn’t an average pirate though shes also the daughter of the pirate king who rules the seas and partially the land as a result so shes been raised to be the best.

This causes her to be sent on a mission to be captured falsely on an enemy ship to capture a missing part of her fathers map to an land with an untelling amount of money that is surprise guarded by sirens but we will get to that later 😉

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Most of the book revolves around her capture and breaking free nightly to be caught by the first mate, Riden who is also completely attractive. They add the perfect cat and mouse game into the story while also keeping the main plot moving forward. I really liked Riden because he was different. he was loyal to his crazy brother which I wouldn’t of been able to so big props. He also was a clean freak which clean and pirate don’t normally mix so that added a fun scene to the book.

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The endly was truly my favorite, we see alosa truly challenged, meet her almost all female crew (yesssss)!, her siren part which i’m not considering a huge spoiler as the second book has it in the title. The plot doesnt go where it’s expected and truly left me so excited for the second book!

“I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what we want.” – ALOSA

So overall this was a easy read, not a super heavy read so if you are wanting an intense adult pirate theme this is not it! If you are wanting a fun, but still badass female pirate story that has it all than pick this up. It’s worth it I promise!

 

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ACOFAS…or A Court Of Flop and Slump?

Hello Everyone!

So this is clearly my review over ACOFAS by Sarah J Maas…who to clarify I totally adore and love, but this novella was not the 5 star read I was expecting! So sit down, buckle up and read about my mini review rant that will be spoiler free.

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Quick Star Rating: 3.5 stars almost 4…like super close but only because of the bonus story for the next book at the end

Review:

Okay lets start off with maybe it was the long wait…the hype…the fact that it probably was hard to write a bridge between a spin off series when ACOWAR left us pretty happy I mean I was happy with the ending. I was seriously stalking my mail lady waiting for this book to arrive had to wait one day to really start it thanks to finals -_-

So here is me finally sitting down for what I expect to be awesome:

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Except than I start reading it and its boring…its slow I seriously easily put it down to do other things and found myself not excited to finish this book! like what it going on right now??!!

Ya know what I think the problem was…the first half that was seriously the worst part for me to get through…too much smut or talk of wanting smut, though we do finally get the famous wall scene as promised. I will happily admit I like smut, but I need a story, a plot and this wasn’t getting too it. It danced around hints instead of giving more.

My other issue…characters taking steps backward! I know war is hard, but certain characters were driving me insane, I know it’s for the character growth but come on we get it…it was so repetitive you’ll understand when you read it.

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Thankfully 3/4 or so maybe more honestly since the bonus story was seriously my favorite part, things get interesting. Feyre puts her big girl pants on and strikes down her will. We learn more of problems arising and we see poor Tamlin (yes I dont hate him…I want a Tamlin redemption arc pretty badly honestly) I was finally excited to read this book I had been dying for and it did end of a decent cliff hanger as long as you read the bonus story leaving us wanting more and excited for things to come.

So in the end, I will continue with the series because I love the characters and hope it gets interesting plus there are a few things I’m crossing my fingers to see happen like said above plus spoiler related ones… I’ll happily discuss them.

I am just disappointed for such hype, excitement to feel more of a flop or slump in the series if I dare say.

The Deep End of the Sea Review

 

You know what is amazing about this Greek mythology retelling? ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!! Screenshot 2018-01-14 at 7.42.06 PM

This novel is by Heather Lyons and is all about Medusa who is normally written as the killer of men, completely evil, usually badass which still is in this novel, but anyways im getting away from myself.

In Heather Lyons take, medusa has been wrongfully cursed by Athena after being raped by another god in her temple. >.> Instead of protecting poor medusa she turns her into a monster and curses her away in an island for the rest of her unknowingly ending life. That is until one day Hermes comes into play.

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Hermes gets Medusa to speak up and fight back to end her curse. While its all clear to us why the man is doing this Medusa is totally clueless which was slightly adorable but also me wanting to push their heads together. The story doesn’t even end at the plot point as I expected honestly more things and twists happen afterwards that I absolutely loved. Plus lines like below 😀

“When we fall in love, it’s forever love. Even if you decide one day that you do not love me anymore, I will still always feel this way for you.” – Hermes

Also major selling points Hades is in this story as a GOOD GUY. I repeat a good guy! I love Hades and love stories that have him not only hilarious and totally awesome, but not evil.

So seriously stop what you are doing and buy this book!! It was absolutely my first read of the year so far which I know is early, but it is not my first read people! I have a problem I know we don’t need to discuss it. So go follow the link below and buy it

 

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