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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

FORTUNA SWORN BY K.J. SUTTON

Fortuna Sworn - Kelsey Sutton

AHHHH I have so many burning questions! I can definitely say Fortuna Sworn will leave you wanting more in a wonderful (MADDENING) way.

 

I really enjoyed Fortuna and her journey into the world of the Fae. She was a good leading lady, strong, smart, audacious and stubborn as all get out. My kinda gal! It's everyone else I'm so unsure of! Every time I thought I had one of them figured out I was thrown for a loop and the story went in another direction I wasn't expecting. The men in Fortuna's life are quite puzzling. I was hoping to get a little better of an understanding of at least a few of them by the end but alas I will have to wait until the next book.

 

The pace is pretty consistently steady which makes for a quicker read. I thought the Fae politics were brilliant! The trials were very interesting but I did feel like the end of them was rather anticlimactic, which was surprising as they seemed to start of really strong.

You'll find many familiar mythical beings in this one, and even a few unique ones! I liked that the author really made the familiar ones her own though. With some subtle and some larger tweaks.


All in all an enchanting start to a magical tale. I'm looking forward to more...and really figuring out these mysterious men!

 

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

99 PERCENT MINE BY SALLY THORNE

99 Percent Mine - Sally Thorne

This was a cute quick read. I hate to compare it to The Hating Game, but I loved that book so much I think I went into this one with really high expectations and that maybe made it hard for 99 Percent Mine to live up to all that. It was good but it didn't wow me like The Hating Game did.

HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS BY: ERIN A. CRAIG

House of Salt and Sorrows - Erin A Craig

 

I'm so torn on my feelings about this book. On one hand, I really loved that this was a reimagining of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and I found the haunting more horror novel parts of this book to be brilliant! Unfortunately though there wasn't that many of them really. I thought that this area in particular is where this author shined. I found her darker scenes to be the most vivid. I truly hope she one day decides to write a horror novel, because I'd read the hell out of it.

On the other hand I found this to be a slow read for me. More often than not I was just waiting to get to the next macabre scene because those were the ones I enjoyed the most. I think maybe the issue for me was that this story was being pulled into so many directions, a mystery, a romance, a thriller, etc. that it ultimately didn't fully accomplish any of them. It was as if the foundations were there but none were fully fleshed out and realized. The romance ended up feeling rushed, the mystery seemed to rise and then fall away and then rise again, and the thrilling parts were too few and far between. Sometimes compelling characters can help make up for this type of thing a bit, but I had a hard time connecting with any of them. Annaleigh more often than not thought about doing things rather than actually fully going for it.

Ultimately House of Salt and Sorrows just ended up falling somewhere in the middle for me. I liked the roots individually, but as we went along they kinda grew tangled together, suffocating each from their full potential.

I received an ARC of this book from Delacorte Press via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

THE HATING GAME BY SALLY THORNE

The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

This was a light fun read from beginning to end! Nothing like turning 'Don't hate the player hate the game' right on its head lol. I have to admit, enemies to lovers is probably my top loved trope and this was that at its best. I had a few genuine laugh out loud moments while reading this, which makes me look quite the unhinged person to people standing by, but totally worth it. I look forward to reading more from Thorne in the very near future.

RECURSION BY BLAKE CROUCH

Recursion - Blake Crouch

It has now been 4 days since I finished Recursion and I'm still not sure how to put what I feel about it into any kind of coherent review. Please accept my following disjointed ramblings as they are my best attempt at doing so.

 

 

It is quite impressive to me, after reading this and Dark Matter, how expertly Crouch intertwines such extensive high concept science fiction plots so seamlessly alongside really emotionally driven character story lines. Each of these on their own would make for highly enjoyable stories but the combination, and the way neither takes from one another but instead adds to it all as a whole, really hits it out of the park.

 

 

I wasn't prepared for all the feels. There was something incredibly heartbreaking and beautiful in the way these characters loved, and what they were willing to do for it or give up for it. Whether romantic love, familial love, or even the love of knowledge and discovery. Helena and Barry slayed me. So much loss, struggle, and disappointment. You honestly began to feel the unbearable weight that Helena carried, like a living breathing beast of burden on your back dragging down to the bowels of Recursion hell. But then there were painfully beautiful things hidden in between this that were so unexpected and moving.

 

 

I can't begin to do any kind of justice in talking about the more scientific end of things here. Crouch has a real way of taking mind-bending scientific theories and explaining them in a way that makes it fairly easy for anyone to follow along with. Surprisingly, no matter how scientifically in depth the plot, he also manages to keep the flow of the story moving at a steady to breakneck pace. Never to be a dull moment.

 

 

I can safely say that Crouch is quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me. I can't wait to see what glorious thing he comes up with next!

STORM AND FURY BY JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

  I loved being back in the world of the wardens! I was a fan of the original trilogy and grew to love Layla, Zayne, Roth (Bambi and Cayman too!). I shipped Layla and Roth HARD. But Zayne was such a good guy and I was so thrilled to hear we'd get more from him and maybe he'd find his match along the way too. Trinity was a welcome addition to the bunch. While I absolutely LOVED seeing Roth and Layla again, I was actually glad we started out in a new place getting to know Trinity before they made an appearance. I also thought it was great to see Zayne out of his typical element. It truly helped this story feel like something very new but also just enough comfortable familiarity that it didn't lose any stride from the original books. It works out great for new readers that haven't read the previous books first as well, of course I recommend doing so because they were great, but it wasn't necessary to enjoy this story.

 

 

I really enjoyed all the new friends/frienemies/full blown enemies in this one. Armentrout always writes compelling characters and I can't help but love them all, even the ones I want to kick in the shin repeatedly. Trinity and her makeshift family at the compound were awesome, and let's not forget to mention Peanut! Even the dead are a barrel of laughs! Zayne feels even more real to me in a way now. Like him going through everything he has in the previous books has aged/hardened him in a way I find compelling.

 

 

I also want to say I found learning about Trinity's Retinitis Pigmentosa very interesting. I really didn't know much about this disorder except for the few things the author has shared publicly about it since this is a disorder she herself has. I really admired the way Trinity handled it and the way she worked harder than most to not have it negatively impact her life anymore than it absolutely must already. I think there was a heartbreaking, but also kind of beautiful, balance in the deterioration of her eyesight and the incredible amount of insight that she had, maybe because of it. I'm glad Armentrout shared this with her readers. I think it added something extra special to the story. I very much enjoyed reading this one and I can't wait to see what happens next after that crazy/awesome/devastating ending!

 

I recieved an ARC of this book from Inkyard Press via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

 

Happy Easter :D  Wishing you all an eggcellent holiday! 

Totally unrelated to books, but this new addition to our fam is too cute not to share! This is Baloo, a 9 week old Husky/German Shepherd mix. Our 1yr old pup Levy is totally smitten with him already. It has been a fun mix of playing hard and napping hard the past few days. 

 

 

WICKED SAINTS BY EMILY A. DUNCAN

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) - 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.