Review: Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux


Title: Ball & Chain
Author: Abigail Roux
Series: Cut & Run, #8
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Pages: 288
Rating:

Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.

With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.

I was so FREAKING EXCITED to pick up this installment of Cut and Run because I missed my Ty and Zane so damn much! I was definitely doing a re-read before this release. BALL & CHAIN was definitely different from precious books because we have different POV's alternating between Ty and Zane and Nick and Kelly. I didn't mind it so much. I don't think it took away from the story too much, but like a Ty & Zane fangirl for life I wanted more of them because this is Ty and Zane's book and we probably have one more book left for them where Nick is getting his own books, so save that for his book please!

Ty is back and Ty and Zane's relationship have finally been found out and Ty refuses to live away from Zane. He wouldn't be able to survive it. And Ty's brother Deuce is finally having his wedding, so of course Ty and Zane go, but bring Nick and Kelly as back up because there have been threats on The bride's side of the family. I hated the mystery as usually. I mean I didn't hate it in the beginning, the the middle and end seemed to drag on like we got nowhere.

I enjoyed the Ty and Zane storyline. This happens early on so no point hiding it. Ty asks Zane to marry him and this goes on throughout the book because Zane turns him down repeatedly. I love that Zane turns him down, because then I get to hear Ty ask over and over again. It was funny. There were definitely funny moments for these guys, but not enough because the focus became the murder/mystery they were solving and Nick and Ty's problems.

I did enjoy this book very much, but hopefully for our last book we can stick to the main focus being Ty & Zane. The first part was amazing, but the second half fell flat for me. The ending was amazing. Ty, you got it right! Looking forward to the next and final book to Ty & Zane's story!




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Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas


Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 648
Rating:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

I am speechless. Sarah J Maas just keeping killing it with these books! QUEEN OF SHADOWS was one of the best books in this series, no I seriously believe it is the best book in the Throne of Glass Series. This book was truly EPIC and gods I still want more! Celaena has comes to terms with her past and is now readying to take a stand and reclaim her title, Aelin Galathynius, Lost Queen of Terrasen.

In QUEEN OF SHADOWS, Aelin comes back to Adarlan and things have gone to hell. She finds out her long lost cousin, Aedion Ashryver has been captured by the King of Adarlan and will be executed on the crown Princes birthday as entertainment, that Dorian is now being controlled by one of the dark rings and there may be no saving him, but til end him and she has to free magic to take down the King. Ugh, lost for this girl to do.

Like the last book, we have some new characters in this book. 

♦ Arobynn Hamel. We finally get to meet the King of Assassins. He was one of the those characters that you love to hate and hate to love. He is so mysterious that you don't really know his agenda or end game. He saved Aelin when she was younger and trained her as one of his assassins, but just because he saved her, doesn't mean he is the hero. He is a bad man and wants things his way.

♦ Lysandra. She is a courtesan, (Arobynn is a client of hers), and a former rival of Celaena when they were younger both pinning for Arobynn's attention. But they meet again in this book and decide to become friends. I love Lysandra and Aelin's friendship and Aelin needs some girlfriends!

♦ Nesryn Faliq. Aelin meets her when she comes back to Adarlan and see's her as a guard for Chaol wondering who this girl is. She has known Chaol for years I believe though. But she is working with the rebels to overthrow the King of Adarlan.

And last but not least, Elide Lochan, who is the daughter of Lady Marion. The Lady Marion who was Aelin's nursemaid who sacrificed her life so Aelin could escape the royal castle and live. Small World, huh? But anyways, Elide is working at the Morath as a maid where Manon Blackbeak currently is. And we find out Elide possibly has witch blood in her.

And I know some of these characters were in the Assassin's Blade book which is basically kinda like a prequel, which is about all the events that lead up to the first book, but I haven't read that yet. But this is my first time meeting these characters.

Now I do have some things in the book I want to discuss! 

I do not for the life of me understand why everyone loves Chaol or shipped him with Celaena. And it seems like in every new Throne of Glass book, I get even more fed up with his character where I go into pure rage. Chaol was a world-class ASS HOLE in this book.

He basically blames Aelin for what happened to Dorian and Sorcha. He blames her for everything bad that happens in this book. WHAT THE FUCK? He is basically doesn't want to blame himself for what happened to Dorian that he places it on her. He is a pathetic excuse for a man. He finally comes to his senses by the end of the book, but sorry, asshole, you're three books too late.

My reaction/rants thoughts, SPOILERS BEWARE: 
♦ Aelin♥Rowan = I SHIP THEM SO MUCH!
Manon's grandmother NEEDS TO BURN IN HELL!
Aelin & Aedion's reunion was EVERYTHING & MORE!
♦ Manon vs Aelin = EPIC EPIC EPIC!

All and all, QUEEN OF SHADOWS was AMAZING. I can't say there was really anything in it that dissatisfied me, with where the book went and the journey it took me on. I'm super excited to start the next book, but I need time to heal from this one, and plus I'm going to wait a while because the sixth and final book isn't out until MAY 2018! and I'm gonna maybe read this next book close to the end of the year so the wait doesn't seem so dreadfully long.



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Review: Feversong by Karen Marie Moning


Title: Feversong
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever, #9
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Pages: 541
Rating:

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.
This is the first time I have really wanted to throw a Karen Marie Moning book acorss the room and rip it to shreds. I have to say that I was so disappointed in FEVERSONG that at one point I almost considered DNF-ing the book, but I wanted to finish to find out the outcome at the end. This book had many of the same problems that the 7th book, Burned had, but so much worse. Let's go down the line.

Sinsar Dubh. I hated the POV scenes with the Sinsar Dubh. To be honest it was ridiculous and the book kept saying the same shit over and over again in each chapter it was in.

Mac. I love Mac's POV. Always have. And it was interesting to see how the book possessing Mac was going to turn out and how she was going to beat it. So much happened with Mac thought like, what?

Barrons. This book was so bad, but it did provide a good ending for the Mac and Barrons relationship. In this book it seemed like they conveyed their emotions and feelings for each other so much more in this book. But as a whole, I still feel like we didn't get enough of them. I wish certain scenes were expanded on more.

Cruce. I find it so hard to believe that Mac didn't want to end Cruce as he was the last Unseelie Prince who raped her or that she wasn't more angrier than she was. I did end up falling a bit for him yet again. I will always love V'lane/Cruce.

Dani/Ryodan I feel like since Shadowfever there was so much hype on this relationship and by the end of the book you are so disappointed. First of all Ryodan seemed so absent from the book, Second of all Dani's childlike personality is back, Ugh. I just didn't like the development at all!

Now that I finished the book, I seemed to come out with more questions and now the series is ended. Like what the fuck?! Well, I guess I only have one. Is Jericho Barrons the fucking Unseelie King?! Mac and Barrons last scene in the book, it seriously felt that way. Oh and something else, even though I liked the previous book, I wish the spin off series didn't happen because it was one big clusterfuck. I liked being back in the Fever World, but expectations were just too high due to the original series awesomeness. I'm just really kinda annoyed at this point.



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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Pages: 565
Rating:

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

Okay. I just to have to say wow. HEIR OF FIRE was just so very DRAINING. I have to admit that I did not like this book as much as the other two books in the Throne of Glass series. To be honest IT WAS VERY BORING for the majority of the book. The second half was way better than the first half, but I put the book down so many times and it was so hard to get myself to pick it back up again.

In HEIR OF FIRE, Celaena is still recovering from the death of her friend, Nehemia. And she is now in the land of her Aunt Fae Queen, Maeve, who I might add is a bitch. Celaena is hoping to get some information from her, but in return she has to train with one of Maeve's Fae warrior's, Prince Rowan Whitethorn, to hone her fae magic and come to terms with her true identity as, Aelin Galathynius, Lost Queen of Terrasen. So begins the training from hell.

Obviously we have some new characters in this book. 
Rowan Whitethorn. Loved him. Okay, hateed him at first and then once he showed his self and his personality a little and opened up to Celaena, I totally fell for him. I am totally falling in love with too many Sarah J. Mass' men! Ugh!

Then we have Aedion Ashryver, who is Aelin's long lost cousin and childhood friend. I HEART HIM SO MUCH! He is so loyal to his people and his queen. He has been through a lot and he better get his chance to reunite with Aelin and it better be EPIC!

We also have Manon Blackbeak, who is a Ironteeth witch, heir to the Blackbeak Clan. And when she was introduced I screamed, BADASS IN HOUSE! You just don't mess with Manon! I'm really interested to see where and how this character develops in the upcoming books.

And lastly Sorcha who is a healer in the Adarlan castle and is doing the nasty nasty with Dorian! lol!

My reaction/rants thoughts, SPOILERS BEWARE: 
Chaol Westfall. Oh, my god. #fuckhim
Dorian & Aedion better be okay! Don't mess with my hunnies!
The King has lived long enough. KILL HIM ALREADY!
Chaol, Aedion, Sorcha & Dorian in deep shit. I FREAKING DIED!
Calaena (Aelin) is a badass with her fae magic!
I want to marry Dorian, Aedion and Rowan!
Fae Queen, Maeve! #bitch #needstodie

But I really have to stop or I am going to write a book! HEIR OF FIRE had it's flaws, but it was still a pretty good read. The book was basically Celaena recovering from her friend's death and coming to terms with her past and readying to take a stand and reclaim her title, Aelin Galathynius, Lost Queen of Terrasen. It's obvious the next book is gonna be FUCKING EPIC! I'm excited to get my ass on Queen of Shadows.



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