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Hello. My name is Tricia, and I have an addiction, an addiction to fiction. Fellow addicts, I welcome you with open arms. Blogger over @ bookwormcoalition.wordpress.com

WICKED SAINTS BY EMILY A. DUNCAN

Wicked Saints - Emily A. Duncan

Any book that is labeled for fans of Leigh Bardugo has a lot to live up to. I typically try not to get too hype when I see things like that, because as you know all too often they end up falling short. Well, my friends, I'm oh so happy to report that was not the case with Wicked Saints!

 

This book sucked me in from the very beginning, with magic, war, Gods, courtly shenanigans and compelling characters this was an unrelenting page-turner. Not for the faint of heart, there is (SO MUCH) bloodshed and betrayal, zealots and monsters, ZEALOUS MONSTERS...all alongside unlikely friendships, rebellion and romance. I'm officially hooked. I already pre-ordered a signed copy. I don't know how I'll possibly survive the wait for the next book....especially after that EXPLOSIVE ending.

 

Also, let it be said now, I'm team Malachiasz fo life.

 

 

I recieved an ARC of this book from St. Martin's Press via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

TOUCH OF SMOKE BY: KARISSA LAUREL

Touch of Smoke - Karissa Laurel

"A girl doesn't fall in love with the devil and come away unscarred... "

 

Well I'm officially a goner, Karissa Laurel has done it again. I'm over the moon for Owen and Rikki. TEAM OWKI 4 LIFE.

 

Owen definitely brought the heat, but he was actually very sweet too. I appreciated how endlessly patient he was with Rikki. He was a take charge kinda guy but he always let Rikki set the pace and call the shots. It was refreshing. I feel like so often you see that Alpha male type be overbearing and constantly pushing against the emotional walls that the women construct. Not Owen. He was clear about his feelings and desires but totally content to prop a smouldering elbow against the wall with a smirk and let Rikki decide when she was going to let him in. Owen had his secrets though and they were searing.

 

 

 

 

Rikki was pretty awesome too. I respected her drive. She had goals and determination and when she set her sights to something she was going to make it happen. I think Rikki and Owen together is one hell of a force!

 

 

 

 

I absolutely LOVED the preternatural element in this novel. It's something I truly haven't read much about before and it had me totally captivated. That ending was equally awesome and torturous. Laurel turned up the heat to scorching and I need more. SO. MUCH. MORE. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

 

 

 

Happy Valentine's Day, book lovers! Wishing you all HEAs today ❤
Happy Valentine's Day, book lovers! Wishing you all HEAs today ❤

BAKING WITH A ROCKSTAR BY: JASMIN MILLER

 

Baking with a Rockstar was just as sweet as it sounds! Honestly maybe even sweeter than I would typically expect from a rockstar related romance novel, which turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It was also a nice balance of sweet and heat that shouldn't be too much to keep anyone out of this kitchen.

 

 

 

 

My absolute favorite things:

 

 

 

 

1) The characters. Which ones, you ask. ALL. OF. THEM. Omg seriously, can this PLEASE be only the beginning of series set around this awesome group of characters? Most notably the entire Mitchell family. Shoot, you can even throw in a Grandma Hannah novella and I'll be there for that. The whole family is just so darn likeable, and better yet each member is incredibly intriguing, I would love to get a book devoted to each one of them! I want to explore what's going on between Mo and Gabe, I want to tour Dahlia's school for the arts, I need to find more out about Rose, hell I want to hang out with Hannah and her whole granny squad! And while all this is going on we can see more from the fast faves, Hudson and Charlie (and Mira too, of course!).

 

 

 

 

2) THE TWIST. Guys, I can't say what it is and that kills me in a way because it is soooooo good. It isn't all that often that I'm genuinely 100% surprised by a plot twist, but this one got me. It got me good. And it was EVERYTHING. It was honestly refreshing to have something that isn't exactly your run of the mill go-to romance tropes. I dig that in a big way.

 

 

 

So all in all lots of flavor in this charming little read. If you're looking for something fun and swoon-worthy with downright loveable characters and a surprise or two along the way then this is the story for you.

 

 

I won an ARC of this book from the author and this is my honest review.

THE BOYFRIEND BET BY: CHRIS CANNON

The Boyfriend Bet - Chris Cannon

The Boyfriend Bet was a quick(ish) light read. I feel like there was something missing though. I don't quite know what that is but I know I kept waiting for something MORE as I  read and it was something that never came, unfortunately. I know this was a high school romance but it felt very immature to me. This story started with a kiss between strangers in the first couple of pages but ultimately seemed to almost lose traction from there, which was surprising. All in all I thought it was a cute story, but missing some key attention/emotion grabbing elements. 

KING OF SCARS NAKED COVER LOVE

King of Scars - Leigh Bardugo

@Ani's Book Abyss this one is for you :)

 

 

SCREWDRIVERED BY ALICE CLAYTON

Screwdrivered - Alice Clayton

Screwdrivered was pretty much everything you'd expect from an Alice Clayton novel, reads quickly and full of sweet, funny, and sexy. Some faves from previous books make an appearance, which is always nice. This one was a real slow burn, which can be both great and maddening at the same time. I liked that it diverted at least a bit from the typical romance formula. I miss Clive cat and his escapades from the previous books though! 

THE KISS QUOTIENT BY HELEN HOANG

The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

This book was an interesting Romance paradox to me. It somehow managed to be really freaking cute and heartwarming while also being sort of taboo and dirty. The characters were very likeable, I definitely found myself rooting for both of them. It was also a quick read that grabbed you from the very beginning and I honestly couldn't put it down until I finished. I read this all in one sitting. One of my favorite things was I felt like I found it very insightful as to how a person with asperger's syndrome thinks and operates. I love it when you're reading fiction and feel like you're also learning some things.

NO EXIT BY: TAYLOR ADAMS

NO EXIT a gripping thriller full of heart-stopping twists - William Taylor Adams

A truly chilling page-turner! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time with this gritty thriller. LOVED IT! This book surprised me. I love the way Darby evolved in a deliciously dark knight kind of way. She was undoubtedly a hero, but she also had to become a monster, in a sense, to fight against the real monster. Some twists I saw coming, but it didn't make them any less awesome, and others blindsided me in the best way. Highly recommend this one to fans of thrills and chills. 

VISION IN SILVER BY: ANNE BISHOP

Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop

I'm obsessed with these books. I have to say how much I love this unique world Bishop has created. These aren't your typical shifters. I really like the fact that they're a little darker, a lot less human and a lot more other. It makes it that much more interesting to see them evolving as the story goes. The bits of humanity that are creeping in. It isn't only Meg's journey. They are all learning different things in different ways. I truly can't put these down. I'm moving right along to the next bomb installment!

DARK MATTER BY: BLAKE CROUCH

Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

I thought this was a really unique, dark & twisty read, and I loved it! Crouch has a way of talking about these huge intricate things but in a really down-to-earth way that makes it seamless to follow right along. It was really fast paced and it honestly kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Surprisingly romantic in a really weird/frightening/fantastic way too lol. I definitely see why so many people were raving about this one.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 176 out of 352 pages.

— feeling evolution
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

Did I just become a scientist? Lol I love that Crouch makes you feel as if you're actually smart enough to kinda grasp the idea of a multiverse and how to traverse it.

 

SEVERANCE BY: LING MA

Severance  - Ling Ma

Not quite what I thought it was going to be like but very well written and interesting none the less. The abruptness of the ending was a bit of a let down though tbh. 

CROWN OF THUNDER BY: KARISSA LAUREL

Crown of Thunder  - Karissa Laurel

While I'm saddened to see this fantastical adventure come to an end, what a way to go! Crown of Thunder gives us the end of a magical journey, but also a hopeful beginning of sorts that is just as important.

 

 

One of the things I found most enchanting about this addition might not be what you would expect. Can we please take a minute to talk about the storyline between Evie and Jackie Faercourt? I never in a million years could have envisioned their inevitable culmination to play out the way it did. Absolutely brilliant! I'm at war with myself a little where this is concerned because the ultimate reconciliation was EPIC, but there's also a part of me that really would have LOVED even more Jackie. That's really a testament to just how well written a character he was and also how he surprisingly added more depth to Evie as well. I was not prepared for him to rise to these all new heights in this book. I thought I knew him. I thought I knew how things would go when their paths crossed again. I thought wrong. At one point I thought PLEASE LET THIS BE A SET UP FOR A SPINOFF ANTIHERO STORY. He ultimately became one of the most interesting characters to me, and although I do not see any antihero redemption stories in his future, the way that things played out was really quite perfect. Evie suddenly becomes all of us, confused by the warring emotions swirling around inside of her and unexpectedly battered by this sadness that was so unexpectedly powerful where Jackie is concerned.

 

 

 

 

I was so glad to see just how much Evie had grown as a person in this one. Her wild adventure to find her way back home took a young, sheltered, naive girl and helped shape her into a fierce, compassionate, prudent queen. She found herself out on the road, (air and sea too!) and she found her people and her purpose.

 

 

 

I also found that I enjoyed the few quiet moments, in between the chaos. The moments where she strolled with a friend and they reminisced on their childhoods and let themselves think of the homes they desperately missed in a way they haven't in so long. Or stolen moments with her heart's desire that even in a war they took the few moments to remind each other what else they were fighting for.

 

 

I just love this whole world, so full of magic and mayhem, so vibrant and full of the most colorful people. I would be enamored by any one of their tales, I'm sure of it! I'm sad to say goodbye to it, but a girl can always dream that maybe instead it is, until we meet again one day.

 

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL BY: GREER HENDRICKS & SARAH PEKKANEN

An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

Another twisty, chilling psychological bombshell by the dangerous duo, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen!

 

Desperation is a funny thing. It can lead you to do things you never imagined before. The desperate need to survive, or find the truth, for love and money, to hold onto a secret, and for vengeance. This book is absolutely dripping with it and will keep you riveted as you try to find the answers you are looking for.

 

There's also an unsettling undertone about the risk you take when you let someone into your home, your head, or your life. As well as how powerful the secrets we keep can be. Whether it be a force that drives and shapes your life, or the leverage it could give another to shape it for you.

 

"A secret is only safe if one person holds it..."

 

An Anonymous Girl is fast paced and will keep you guessing until the very end.

 

Many thanks to St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book! 

THE BLACK WITCH BY LAURIE FOREST

The Black Witch - Laurie Forest

The Black Witch was a bit of a slow starter, but never dull by any means. It slowly sunk its claws into me and wouldn't relent until I finished every book I could get my hands on in The Black Witch Chronicles.

 

Elloren could be hard to like and listen to sometimes, but I found her journey through the world and discovering beliefs and opinions for her herself to be a long, rocky, but ultimately real feeling one that allowed her to grow over time.

 

I was truly impressed with the world building in this book. I easily found myself totally enchanted with this land full of magic and mystery.

 

I do think that this story requires some amount of patience to really get into, but I found that after while I couldn't put the book down and any story that makes me instantly purchase every other book in series is a pretty impressive one, imo. 

 

*I received a copy of this book from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley and this is my honest review*