Review: BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews


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BURN FOR ME
Ilona Andrews

SeriesHidden Legacy #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 400
Release date: October 28th 2014

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.


Don’t leave the circle.


Burn For Me is an action-packed, witty, and hot Urban Fantasy novel. It has a fast pace that keeps you flipping pages and complex characters that make you fall in love. The humorous dialogue that’s a staple in Andrews books is back, and the world-building is engrossing and introduces a new take on magic systems!

Ilona Andrews brings forth another cool magical universe with a kickass heroine. There’s mystery, fights, explosions, and a slow burn kind of romance that goes back and forth throughout the entire book. The reveals are surprising and yet convenient, but every single moment is entertaining.

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WWW WEDNESDAY: READ, READING, WILL READ (8)

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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?

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1. Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

Reread! I am only one chapter away from finishing this! Since my life exploded! I still maintain that I don’t love this as much as I did the first time, but I’m still delighted by the story. I’d actually forgotten so much of it, so I’m being surprised all over again.

2. The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

New book purchase! I loved Ryan’s Raven’s Shadow series, so when I saw he had a new Fantasy book out – with DRAGONS – I had to buy it. I’m actually only one chapter in, so I don’t really have a formed opinion on the story. What I have are high expectations 😛


What did you recently finish reading?

  1. Until It Fades by K..A Tucker: Super cute and lighthearted New Adult book! Slow burn romance between a single mom and a hockey star. Review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421White Hot by Ilona Andrews


Second installment in the Hidden Legacy series, following Burn For Me. Hoping to start this one as soon as I finish my reread.

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor “Mad” Rogan.


What are books did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?
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Top 10 Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t.

I’m trying my best not to start any new series, as I have about 60+ old ones to finish. That doesn’t stop me from adding them to my TBR, though 😛

31145148A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray


Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

22840421The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen


On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power.

30233110This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab


Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music.

18189606Front Lines (Front Lines #1) by Michael Grant


1942. World War II. The most terrible war in human history. Millions are dead; millions more are still to die. The Nazis rampage across Europe and eye far-off America. The green, untested American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled—the armed forces of Nazi Germany. But something has changed. A court decision makes females subject to the draft and eligible for service. So in this World War II, women and girls fight, too.

27883214The Winter King (The Arthur Books #1) by Bernard Cornwell


Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos – threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the Saxon enemy, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere.

23299512Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John Gwynne


Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors under King Brenin’s rule, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage. The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed shields in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land.

24485589Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott


Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything. Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed.

23592235City of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett


Years ago, the city of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to conquer the world. But after its divine protectors were mysteriously killed, the conqueror has become the conquered; the city’s proud history has been erased and censored, progress has left it behind, and it is just another colonial outpost of the world’s new geopolitical power. Into this musty, backward city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the quiet woman is just another lowly diplomat sent by Bulikov’s oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one of her country’s most accomplished spymasters.

30095464I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga


Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view. And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.

25733660Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence #1) by Max Gladstone


A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart. Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot. Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in.


What are some series you’ve been meaning to read? Any recommendations for me?
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Arc Review: UNTIL IT FADES by K.A. Tucker


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UNTIL IT FADES
K.A. Tucker

Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 368
Release date: June 27th 2017

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?


“…it’s like a fairy tale!”


Until It Fades is a sweet and fast-paced read. The slow-burn romance is executed very well, the dialogue is fun and engaging, and the characters are all complex and developed. There is very little angst and drama, even through the surprising and realistic twists, and the plot really grasps your attention and takes you away.

K.A. Tucker is a fantastic writer. This novel has a solid premise and an amazing execution, especially as it deals with some rather sensitive themes. The writing is engrossing, which makes this for a pretty quick and entertaining read.

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WWW WEDNESDAY: READ, READING, WILL READ (7)

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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?

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1. Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

Reread! Which I haven’t been able to finish because my life went into total and complete chaos last week. 😀 I’m a little over halfway through, though, and I have to say I don’t love it as much as I did the first time.


What did you recently finish reading?

  1. Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes: Too much focus on romance and way too little focus in developing the plot. Review here.
  2. An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities #2) by K.J. Charles: Arc copy and sweet historical enemies-to-lovers romance! Review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker


Review copy! It’s a cute little New Adult book about Catherine, a single mom, after she saves the life of Brett, a famous hockey star.

One foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling. Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works. For a time.


What are books did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?
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Review: FROZEN TIDES by Morgan Rhodes


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FROZEN TIDES
Morgan Rhodes

Series: Falling Kingdoms #4
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 413
Release date: December 15th 2015

Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.


“All magic comes with a price.”


Frozen Tides follows on with the tradition of being a installment filed with action, schemes and intrigue, and copious amount of teenage romance. It picks up where Gathering Darkness left off and it is an absolute rollercoaster. New POV characters are introduced, old ones return, and the stakes are higher than ever.

Morgan Rhodes’ writing continues to be simple and entertaining. The novel is fast-paced and each POV character has an unique voice, and it is easy to fall headlong into the story. Sadly, this installment is a step back for me. The focus on romance and recycling of relationships takes from the development of characters and very important plot points, making so impacting twists fall completely flat.

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Comic Review: THE BEAUTY VOL. 1


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THE BEAUTY
Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley

Genre: Crime, Horror
Publisher: Image Comics
Pages: 162
Release date: March 16th 2016

Imagine a sexually transmitted disease that makes those infected better looking… a disease people want. That disease is real, and it’s called the Beauty. Two years after the Beauty burst onto the scene, over half of America is infected. Now, it looks like the downside may be far worse than anyone suspected. Detectives Vaughn and Foster find themselves on the front line of the battle against the Beauty, embroiled in a conspiracy they never knew existed.

Collects THE BEAUTY #1-6.


“I’m going to touch you. Touch every beautiful bit.”


The Beauty is an engrossing comic, mixing horror and crime with beautiful art and action-filled writing. It also has a very interesting premise: what if a sexually transmitted disease was also a way for anyone to get beautiful? This unique concept helps deliver a story that is captivating for the most part, with a quick pace that keeps you turning pages and wanting to know what happens next.

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