Review: THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner


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THIS SHATTERED WORLD
Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

SeriesStarbound #2
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 390
Release date: December 23rd 2014

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.


“Brave is protecting others from hurt.”


This Shattered World is an action-packed YA Sci-Fi novel filled with conspiracies, tension, and some romance. Told in dual POV, the novel follows a different couple, Jubilee and Flynn, and their star-crossed (insta) romance as they try to navigate a world that is about to break into war.

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner create a pretty unique and interesting world for this series, which continues to be developed in this installment. The plot progression is also done well, but the slow beginning makes it a bit hard to connect with the characters and care much about what’s happening in Avon. The book does tie really well with the previous installment, though, which only makes things more interesting.

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Review: THE COPPERSMITH FARMHOUSE by Devney Perry


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THE COPPERSMITH FARMHOUSE
Devney Perry

SeriesJamison Valley #1
Genre: Romance
Publisher: –
Pages: 374
Release date: March 9th 2017

One old farmhouse brought them together. It could also tear them apart.

Gigi has just uprooted her whole world to start a new life. The unexpected gift of a farmhouse in small-town Montana is just what she and her daughter need to escape big-city loneliness. The last thing she needs is attitude from the town’s sheriff, the most perfectly attractive and ruggedly handsome man she’s ever laid eyes on—and a complete jerk.

Jess knows all about women like Gigi. Beautiful. Sexy. Scheming. She’s stolen his sanctuary, the farmhouse that should have been his. But along with a face full of freckles, she’s got a sharp wit and a backbone of steel—something he doesn’t discover until after making a complete fool of himself. If he can earn back her trust and win her heart, he might just find the home he’s always needed.


“…we made sense.”


The Coppersmith Farmhouse is a light Romance novel with a slow pace and one-dimensional characters. Told in dual POV, not much happens in the story, aside from the main characters fighting over and over again. There is an attempt at tense and emotional scenes which fall flat because of the stiff dialogue and lack of character and relationship development.

Devney Perry knows how to structure a romantic story. This book follows a lot of tropes seen in the genre, but the execution fails at making them interesting. The writing is awkward and choppy, the pace drags, and the repetition of certain conflicts that bring no resolution and only add drama is just… tiring.

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WWW Wednesday: Read, Reading, Will Read (28)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

   

1. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Still reading this! I love the way it ties to the previous novel, but the romance development could be better. The smooth shift between POVs is great, though, and I am really curious about the conspiracy the main characters are unraveling.

2. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

ASOIAF reread! After stalling for half a year, I’m finally getting my shit together and rereading the series. I’m just as in love with it as the first time, but there is a little bit of added pain since I can see all the ~foreshadowing.

3. Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars Legends! I have tickets for The Last Jedi tomorrow, so this seemed like the perfect time to continue reading the Thrawn Trilogy. I’m about 25% in and I’m loving every chapter.


What did you recently finish reading?

    1. American Queen by Sierra Simona: Great writing, but everything else was terrible.  Marketed as a Menage book, but it’s a love triangle. Review here.
    2. Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs: Reread! Amazing introduction to Anna and Charles’ story. Goodreads review here.
    3. Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost: Conclusion to Vlad and Leila’s story that reduces all characters to shadows of their former selves.
    4. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie: Fast-paced and wonderful build up to the mystery!
    5. The Coppersmith Farmhouse by Devney Perry: Flat writing, flat characters, flat romance. Review to come.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty


YA Fantasy set in the 18th century Middle East! I’m in the mood for new worlds and this looks amazing.

Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass – a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.


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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Favorite Books of 2017.

I read too many amazing books this year, so it’s a bit difficult to pick only ten favorites. All books listed below have found a place on my Favorites shelf and I hope to reread them for many years to come. ❤

31145148The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

22840421The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima


One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

30233110Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


Working as a paid companion to a bitter elderly lady, the timid heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life is bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she falls in love with Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose proposal takes her by surprise. Whisked from Monte Carlo to Manderley, Maxim’s isolated Cornish estate, the friendless young bride begins to realise she barely knows her husband at all. And in every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca.

18189606The Dry by Jane Harper


After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

27883214Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

23299512Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire


Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got. They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

24485589Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb


Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four, not only for the loss of Bee but also for their torture of the Fool. Accompanied by FitzVigilant, son of the assassin Chade, Chade’s protégé Spark and the stableboy Perseverance, Bee’s only friend, their journey will take them from the Elderling city of Kelsingra, down the perilous Rain Wild River, and on to the Pirate Isles.

23592235Warcross by Marie Lu


For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

30095464The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman


From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

25733660Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas


Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica-the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire.


What books are your favorite 2017 reads? Any recommendations for me?
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Review: AMERICAN QUEEN by Sierra Simone


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AMERICAN QUEEN
Sierra Simone

SeriesNew Camelot Trilogy #1
Genre: Romance, Erotica
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 392
Release date: October 25th 2016

It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire.

My name is Greer Galloway, and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

This is the story of an American Queen.


This was supposed to be my fairy tale…


American Queen has an intriguing concept, but lacks in the execution. The fast pace and steamy scenes do make this an entertaining Erotica book, and it keeps you engaged enough to the story. Yet the undeveloped characters, poorly set up relationship dynamics, and extreme lack of kink negotiation kind of takes the enjoyment out from that.

Sierra Simone creates a really interesting world in this new trilogy. The writing is good and easy to follow, and the shifts between Past and Present are done well. The beginning of the novel is a wonderful and shocking starter, but things go downhill after the midway point when what is supposed to be a menage story turns into nothing more than a love triangle.

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Review: LOCKED IN SILENCE by Sloane Kennedy


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LOCKED IN SILENCE
Sloane Kennedy

SeriesPelican Bay #1
Genre: LGBTQ+, M/M Romance
Pages: 284
Release date: September 13th 2017

At twenty-eight, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings. The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.

After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again…


“If you started talking this second or never spoke a word for as long as you lived, I’d still love you.”


Locked in Silence is a cute and emotional Romance novel. With a fast pace and well developed characters, it is easy to get lost in the small town setting and be swept by the relationship between both main characters. There are quite a few dramatic moments, but they are all balanced by the overall sweetness of the plot.

Sloane Kennedy delivers an engaging story about second chances and forgiveness. The backdrop of a wildlife sanctuary is a great addition to the novel and sets up a really fun world for characters to explore. Told in multiple POVs, each character has an unique voice and their own obstacles to face, some more heartbreaking than others.

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WWW Wednesday: Read, Reading, Will Read (27)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

1. American Queen by Sierra Simone

A little Erotica to spice up my life. This book has such an interesting concept and, so far, it’s being developed really well! Simone’s writing is great and engaging, and the fast pace makes this a pretty entertaining read. The only problem is the lack of kink negotiation.

2. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

YA Sci-Fi! This is the second installment in the Starbound series. I’m still at the very beginning, so I don’t have much of an opinion on it yet. I do like that this follows a different couple than the first novel, though. And I’m really curious to see what happens.


What did you recently finish reading?

    1. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden: Great sequel! The folklore continues to be amazing, although Vasya is a bit frustrating. Review here.
    2. Locked in Silence by Sloane Kennedy: Really sweet M/M Romance. The setting was beautiful and the relationship development was great. Review to come.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421The Coppersmith Farmhouse by Devney Perry


Romance book! I just need something light and sweet to celebrate the end of the semester.

Gigi has just uprooted her whole world to start a new life. The unexpected gift of a farmhouse in small-town Montana is just what she and her daughter need to escape big-city loneliness. The last thing she needs is attitude from the town’s sheriff, the most perfectly attractive and ruggedly handsome man she’s ever laid eyes on—and a complete jerk.

 


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