Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Book Review: Feversong by Karen Marie Moning


Title: Feversong
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #9
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy
Publisher: January 17, 2017
Pub Date: Delacorte Press
Pages: 512 
My Copy: Hardcover that I bought

Book Summary:

As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.

Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.

Book Review:

This series gets better and better. I really found myself on the edge of my seat from start to finish in this book. All the characters find themselves facing things they never thought they would have to deal with. Plus we deal with other things changing like possibly that Earth itself is dying because of  things that they never saw in the backgrounds and black holes.


We were left with Mac being possed by the Sinsar Dubh and having the other characters to deal with the consequences of this happening. It’s not very good. Now we have to deal with a Mac that’s more deadly and not going to let her go very easily. Then there are other characters who have some major issues as well. The book is really bad while in Mac’s body. Jerricho, Ryodan, and Jada/Dani all have their own theories and what they should do. Jada/Dani and Jerricho want to try to save Mac, but Ryodan thinks that they should kill Mac while the book inhabits her body. What none of them realize is that Mac is trying to fight the book.

Jerricho offers the book the chance to take possession of his body, but the Sinsar Dubh declines. He doesn’t trust things. Plus Jada/Dani is also talking to Cruce about things. Then we get to meet the Queen of the Fairies in this book as well. She has a big part to play in this book. Things happened that you don’t expect in one way. Plus we get a lot more background on Shazam as well. Every character tends to do things.

While possessed by the book Mac does something really bad.This makes things really bad for her later on in the story. You realized this is something that the Fat do. Eating human beings is something that really didn’t sit well for me. This didn’t make things better for Mac or Jo (who unfortunately was eaten). When they do finally manage to get Mac Free of the book, they find out other things, that Cruce for one has deceived them. Second thing they learn is that the earth only has a few days or months left. We also learn some other terrible things are happening as well.

Other characters priorities change  and they are going thru changes. We learn that Jayne is going to become Fae as well. Christian is changing as well. Dancer has a terrible form of cancer and that changes things for the Jada/Dani character as well. It also helps the character I think be better in a lot more ways. We get to see a real growth in the compassion department from her. It also reminds of us why we fell in love with both of these characters and a romance that Ryodan lets happen in many ways. Not to mention the Fee Queen gives up her life but not before transferring her powers and abilities to Mac. We also learn that Mac might be the only one  who can stop the Earth from dying. 

There were so many great moments in this book, plus revelations. I thought that so much great gowth. We also learn that Shazam is a Hell Cat and they literally eat thru people and civilizations. Shazam is an interesting character himself. He needs to eat to survive. So they kind of take him back to the Earth, but Jada/Dani needs to control him and teach him not to do certain things. Also things happen that break your heart in this book.

I thought all the characters had great shining romances, heartbreaking losses and thru it all these characters came together in such wonderful ways. This book kind of left me feeling satisfied in a lot of ways. Plus it closed a lot of storylines, not to mention left you feeling hopeful for the future. Not to mention, it kind of open the possibility of having another book since they gave us a new shadow court. 

Excellent book all around.

Rating:

4.5 Hearts

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Stacking The Shelves, Bought, Bagged and Borrowed, Coloring Book Updates

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Bought, Borrowed and Bagged is hosted by Braine over at Talk Supe Blog.

NOTE: I'm AT AUTHORS IN THE CITY 2018 TODAY. SO NEXT WEEK, I MIGHT HAVE A NICE SIZE PRINT HAUL OF BOOKS.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Stacking The Shelves, Bought, Borrowed and Bagged, Coloring Book Updates

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Color It Mythical And Fantasy Coloring Book Update


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Daydreams Coloring Book Update


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Flowers of Fantasy Coloring Book Update


Jewelry Box Coloring Book Update



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Friday, July 27, 2018

Stacking The Shelves, Bought, Borrowed and Bagged, Coloring Book Updates.....

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Ancient Painted Wind Coloring Book 2 Update-Chinese Coloring Book



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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

YA Book Review: Grace and Fury by Tracey Banghart


Title: Grace and Fury
Author: Tracy Banghart 
Series: Grace and Fury #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers
Pub Date: July 31, 2018 
Pages: 320
My Copy: ARC That I got at Book Expo America
NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS VERY SPOILERY, SO BE WARNED NOW, 

Book Summary:

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace - someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir's eye, it's Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

Book Review:

This was an excellent story. I loved how this book focused on two sisters. Serina and Nomi have two very different personalities, but they do love each other. Serina and Nomi live in a world where there are not many options for women. 

One sister wants to be a Grace. The other wants to make her own way, but can’t because options for women are limited. Being a Grace is something that most young women strive to be. They can be examples of how to be the perfect women. Being a Grace also means that they can live a life of luxury and pleasure. All they have to do is be selected as one, and then they get to have that life. Also they have to submit to the Heir. The Heir is like the prince, well actually is, but in this world they call him the Heir.   So of course Serina has trained her whole life for this. Her sister Nomi views this as a form of slavery. She thinks that this is very wrong, yet they allow. Nomi can also read which is forbidden and is very rebellious. There are serious consequences to breaking certain laws and others not so much.

You get the conflict that is between these sisters. What happens next is something neither expects. Nomi gets into a library and takes a book. Reading or even the act of a woman knowing how to read is a very serious offense, yet neither of them know how serious of an offense this is, if caught. We learn later on that there is a forgotten piece of knowledge that is in books that people don’t want to women to find out. If reading is forbidden, then women wouldn’t know the secret that the Superior’s family has kept hidden.

Love how this book twists and turns in ways you don’t expect. What happens is a series of events that neither sister was prepared for. When The Heir chose Nomi instead of Serina to be a Grace, it comes as a complete shock to both of them. This thrusts both of them into roles that they are both not accustomed to. So this causes things to change. Serina agrees to be Nomi’s handmaiden instead. Nomi doesn’t want this at all, but Serina tells her that she needs to do this. This is a good thing. Then of course one of the court finds the book that Nomi took from the library and Serina takes the blame instead. Then Serina knows she will be punished, yet the punishment is far worse than a beating. She is sent to Mount Ruin where they send woman to die, but find out that its much worse.

The sisters are now going to live very separate lives in ways that neither of them can expect. Nomi is living the life of having luxury but doesn’t realize that the Heir’s brother is also up to something. Nomi seems to have everything that her sister wanted. Ball gowns, fancy parties. This seems like a life any young woman would want, but Nomi feels trapped by this life. Meanwhile her sister has to fight for her life on Mount Ruin. They literally have to fight other woman to find their places and get food for their clans and rations. The Guards let this happen. The Guards on Mount Ruin find it to be entertaining. Serina doesn’t like this. She finds herself to fight for herself and others as well. 

So many twists and turns happen that you are like, oh wow didn’t see that happening. I like the way that Nomi and Serina have to navigate new environments and situations that are different from what they would have chosen. This is good because they both are going to be different in many ways. Their lives have been so torn apart because of the choices and things that happen to them that were beyond their control. The other thing that I like was that romance wasn’t the main theme of this story. There was one, but I felt it was secondary. This is really a story about sisters and choices we make. 

I enjoyed this first book in this series. I thought that the relationship between the two sisters was good. Loved how both sisters had to navigate worlds they were not prepared for.  So want to reading more of this series. I’m looking forward to seeing what is next for our characters.

Rating:

4.5 Hearts

You can buy this book here when it comes out:
Grace and Fury