Review | Of Blood and Bone

It’s been years since the Doom wreaked havoc on the world. And as the remaining population finds a way to survive, Lana and Simon are enjoying their growing family as their time grows short with their daughter. The One is quickly coming of age and will head on her own path to fight the dark that threatens to swallow the world. But even if she’s the chosen one, things won’t be easy.

Screen Shot 2020-02-25 at 9.48.31 AMAfter reading Year One, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. I wanted to catch up with all my favorite characters and see where the story went. But I have to be honest, I was a little disappointed with Of Blood and Bone. While the story did move along, the writing seemed very disjointed, as if Nora Roberts wasn’t quite sure how to fill in the time between the first book and whatever comes after this one. For me, there was an overuse of commas which broke up the flow and seemed unnecessary in some cases.

I couldn’t connect with any of the new characters and felt like this one fell flat. There was less detail in Of Blood and Bone than there was in Year One. It was almost as if Roberts just got tired of writing. I was unimpressed. However, you guys know me, and I’m someone compelled to finish out a series that I’ve started regardless of if there’s been a bad book in the lineup. So I’ll be picking up The Rise of Magicks here in a few weeks and hope that the story picks back up. All in all, Of Blood and Bone wasn’t a bad read but it definitely didn’t meet my expectations after the first book.

A Heart So Fierce and Broken

Rhen’s curse is broken. Harper and her brother are stuck in Emberfall. And Grey is no where to be found. But Rhen faces trouble as the rumors of another heir circulate throughout his kingdom. Not only that, but the unknown prince also seems to be a magesmith. After Lilith’s hold on Rhen, he fears anything with magic…even his own brother. But fate will not be ignored and Emberfall is the stage for everything to fall into place.

9BEB35AA-1289-4AEE-ACB5-E329C4A4EE97So it’s rare for me to enjoy the second book in a series more than the first but…holy cow! Brigid Kemmerer does not disappoint!! A Heart So Fierce and Broken is the perfect sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I started reading it, expecting (hoping?) for it to follow more of Rhen and Harper’s adventures as they settle into this new life. But I was surprised to find that instead, we follow Grey and his path to help save his country.

Once again, I couldn’t put this one down. Kemmerer has a talent for creating stories that draw you in, characters you want to learn more about, and man does she know how to leave it on a cliffhanger??? I don’t know how long I have to wait for the next book in The Cursebreaker Series but I’m not happy about it. I’m hooked you guys and I can’t wait to see what happens next in Emberfall!

The Book of Speculation

We carry our families like anchors, rooting us in storms, making sure we never drift from where and who we are. We carry our families within us the way we carry our breath underwater, keeping us afloat, keeping us alive. I’ve been lifting anchors since eighteen. I’ve been holding my breath since before I was born.

Simon Watson is cursed. His sister is cursed. His whole family is cursed. He just doesn’t know it. Until a strange book shows up on his doorstep and leads Simon down the rabbit hole of circus life and family history. In a small coastal town, Simon is watching his parents’ home slowly fall into the sea. His sister is off somewhere with a circus and his employment at the local library is about to end.

60228268908__F64DBF3B-B010-4F80-8B68-52F58860BE49With unemployment comes free time that Simon fills with pages and pages of his family’s strange history. Amongst the stories of mermaids and wild boys, he find an unusual commonality. The women in his family are dying…always on July 24th. When Simon’s sister, Enola, announces she’s coming home, Simon searches the pages of the old book for a clue as to how to save her from meeting the same fate the other women in their family have.

You guys know that The Night Circus is one of my all-time favorite books. Seriously, I will rave about it for hours if you let me. So when I picked up The Book of Speculation, I was curious if I would enjoy it as much as I did The Night Circus. In short, no. But not because Erika Swyler isn’t a fantastic novelist. More because comparing the two is like apples and oranges. The Book of Speculation alternates between past and present as it intwines two stories of family, magic, and the curses that follow us.

While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I had a few moments where I wished Swyler would just get to the point. You could see the pieces of the puzzle fitting together but she just wouldn’t put in the last piece. And honestly, I’m so glad she waited. The ending of this book was so satisfying, and while it could have been shorter, the journey to it was so enjoyable! I highly recommend picking up The Book of Speculation if you’re looking for a novel with a touch of magic to it.

Review: Hazel and Holly

IMG_0944Hazel and Holly is the perfect novel for those who love witchcraft and magic. Living in a little place called the Grove, Hazel and Holly are sisters trying to find their way in a world without their parents. Their mother, Willow, passed away but has been trapped in a geas by their necromancer father. And now, Hazel has made it her mission to track down their father and make him release their mother’s soul so she may finally be at peace.

Filled with quirky characters and a compelling storyline, Hazel and Holly is the best of the magical worlds. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, however, I did get a bit frustrated with the sisters here and there. Through making bad decisions and generally being annoying, they eventually became some of my favorite witches to read about.

There were a few moments where it felt as if the story dragged a bit but it quickly picked up again. I was expecting a epic ending to their journey but found it a bit anticlimactic for me. However, I do believe Snider left it open for more adventures from these two witchy sisters. Something I hope she delivers soon. Look for Hazel and Holly to hit shelves May of this year!

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.**

The Defiant Heir

Ok, you guys, I am obsessed with this trilogy. And it kills me that there are only three books to this amazing story! Why?!?!?

img-0812The Defiant Heir is the second book of the Swords and Fire trilogy. Amalia Cornaro has made her way to Callamorne with Zaira, the fire warlock, and Marcello by her side. Their mission: attempt to find out what Prince Ruven is planning and, hopefully, stop the impending war. But when a Witch Lord offers to court Amalia, what’s a girl to do?

I could not get enough of this book! I literally did not want to put it down and, if I didn’t have to sleep, I probably would have finished it in a day. Melissa Caruso is killing me you guys! She has such a good creative mind and it blows me away that she has created such an amazing world. I want to stay in Eruvia forever! Honestly, I don’t have any complaints about this book. Except for maybe the fact that I finished it. I’d love to go back and read it again with the same fascination I had the first time.

If you’re looking for a good fantasy trilogy, I highly recommend picking up The Defiant Heir (after you’ve read The Tethered Mage of course). The final book in this trilogy is set to be released April of this year and you can bet it’s at the top of my most anticipated books for 2019. I can’t wait to see how she wraps up Amalia’s adventures!

The Tethered Mage

I’m a sucker for a fantasy novel involving magic and a strong female character. The Tethered Mage is absolutely perfect for anyone who enjoys the same.

img-0778Welcome to the Serene Empire. Where children with the mage-mark are taken to the Mews to become Falcons, an elite group of magic-wielders who are at the mercy of the Empire’s political schemes. Lady Amalia Cornaro, the daughter of a well-respected Council member, has just found herself a Falconer and in the middle of a political battle she has no interest in waging. But family duty calls and she must find a way to save her beloved home from those who would destroy while also navigating the struggles of having a Falcon who despises everything they stand for.

The Tethered Mage had me staying up late simply to finish “just one more chapter”. Caruso does an incredible job of creating a system of magic, politics, and even a bit of romance that work so well together. This book managed to anger me, bring me laughter, and intrigue me beyond measure. I didn’t want it to end! Thankfully, this is just book one of her trilogy and I can’t wait to get my hands on book two and see what else happens in Eruvia.

#FictionFriday: Harry Potter (Yes, all of them)

Hey guys! I feel a little guilty this week as I haven’t read in any of the books I’m supposed to. I just haven’t had the motivation this week. Let’s be honest, if I’d forced myself to read, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it. So I took this week off and worked on some personal things. But this weekend I plan on reading as much as I can. Anyone else have an open weekend? What do you plan on spending your time doing?

I’m fairly certain most (if not all) of you have read the Harry Potter series. But I have to mention it. Magic, mystery, romance, dragons. What’s not to love about this series? I’ve been trying to get my husband to read them for ages now and he still hasn’t! But he does enjoy the movies. (I know, I know. The books are better. But I’ll take what I can get with him.)

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I started reading these books when I was 11 years old. I literally grew up with them and I appreciate them so much. When I was 11, I moved away from my best friend and I was heartbroken. These books helped me get through some tough times and the friends I’ve made because of these books are that much more special.

It’s a series that I go back and read at least every year. And every single time, I feel the magic from them hitting me. They’re an amazing story that deserves to be read.