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Book Review: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Review:

I had a lot of expectations for The Wicked King, but the first half of the book wasn’t as exciting as I’d hoped. For all that Jude wants to be stronger, worse than the Fair Folk, she still does things that make her appear weak. I enjoyed the scenes where she showed her badass persona more than the scenes where she let people walk all over her, namely, Taryn, Locke and Madoc, even Vivi. For all the power she had, she still fell short.

I wanted more meaningful exchanges between Cardan and Jude which I didn’t get. At times, the writing got tiresome and I was a bit bored. But the second part was more exciting.

Cardan’s definitely my favorite character. He makes sense to me. I hate how Jude keeps underestimating him and undermining his worth. She doesn’t see him.

She’s blind when it comes to him and especially when it comes to Taryn. When will she stop being blind to her selfish, self-serving actions? Taryn cares about only one person—herself. She has no sense of loyalty and doesn’t deserve Jude’s. She deserves to be thrown at the bottom of a never-ending pit and spend the rest of her life alone. She’s a disgrace. God, I wanted to scream in frustration. Does Jude have brain damage that she can’t see how selfish Taryn is? Why would you want such a manipulative snake in your life, even if she’s your bloody sister? When is the karma bus going to run over Taryn and Locke?

That said, the ending blew me away. I sure didn’t expect those steep curveballs and that cliffhanger. Truth be told, I felt a bit sorry for Cardan for the choice he had to make. He was the best thing about The Wicked King.

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Blurb: You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong. After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

 

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F Is For Friday – 18 January 2019

OMG. This song! I’ve got stars in my eyes haha. I’ve been listening to “Hey DJ – CNCO feat Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul” all day long (with my earbuds while I’m working) and I watched the vid and I still can’t get enough of it. I’m floating on cloud 9, that’s how much I love this song.

And yet, when I feel this giddy, like I’m high on something, the resulting crash is quite painful as well. I’m trying to regulate my high to a moderate average but I keep wanting to grin. It’s just so hard for me to stop visualizing the vid and all these warm fuzzies that song’s giving me lol.

my moods don't just swing

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Book Review: On the Edge (The Edge #1) – Ilona Andrews

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Review:

When I started this book, I was on an overdose of books by Ilona Andrews. Innkeeper Chronicles, Kate Daniels, Hidden Legacy. The Edge series couldn’t be as good, could they? Surely not. And yet, from the moment I started On The Edge, I was hooked. The first few pages were enough to send me into a spiral of curiosity to know more about Rose and The Edge. Continue reading “Book Review: On the Edge (The Edge #1) – Ilona Andrews”

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Book Review: Relatively Normal – Whitney Dineen

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary RomanceRomantic Comedy

Review:

Romantic comedies full of witty humor are one of my favorite genres. So I was quite interested in reading this book. Added to that, the cover’s pretty clever. I’ve never read a book by Whitney Dineen but the title and the blurb both intrigued me into giving this book a try. Continue reading “Book Review: Relatively Normal – Whitney Dineen”

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Fightin’

I woke up this morning and I thought, “I don’t wanna go to work.” So I called in sick and went back to sleep. Nothing wrong with that, right? Everyone’s entitled to bunk a day, right? Except I did the same thing yesterday. I had no will or energy to get up. No energy to face the day at all. I wasn’t going to talk about today on my blog. My journal took the brunt of it. Whenever I talk about depression, I try to write a fun, motivational post that maybe can help others as well. But today, it’s all about one foot in front of the other. And that’s okay.

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Book Review: Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel #1) by Jeaniene Frost

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Review:

“The worst part was knowing no one cared enough to save you. That’s what you remember forever. Not the physical pain or the never-ending fear, but the despair of being utterly alone and knowing you’ll die that way. Ever been lost like that?”

It’s been ages since I last read a Jeaniene Frost book but when I saw there was a new series out featuring one of my favorite characters from the Night Huntress series – Ian, I knew I had to read it. And boy, did that turn out to be a great decision! Continue reading “Book Review: Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel #1) by Jeaniene Frost”

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Music Monday – 14 January 2019 – Demons – Imagine Dragons

Why is it that I know what’s good for me and still I can’t seem to do it? Why is that so hard? To stay focused, to stick to a plan to try to achieve your goal? Lately, everything’s just been too hard. Even waking up.

All the inner demons fighting for supremacy inside. I guess, that just makes this song perfect for me.

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Book Review: Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) – Ilona Andrews

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Review:

This series couldn’t get any better, right? But it did! Nevada had a new huddle in her path, I should say, two new huddles that threatened her relationship with Rogan and also a fast-approaching threat looming on the horizon over her family. Tough decisions to make, heads to roll, asses to kick. Choices, choices. Continue reading “Book Review: Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) – Ilona Andrews”

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F Is For Friday – 11 January 2019

What are you grateful for today?

I totally lapsed in December with practicing gratitude, especially seeing as December’s the month you actually take a minute to think about and give thanks for what you’re grateful for. Yep, total sloth alert. ( I need a sloth t-shirt)

So in essence, today will be my first gratitude post for this year. Let’s hope I keep at it and don’t lapse again.

I know – schedule, schedule, schedule. Why is it that we already know what we should do and yet we still don’t do what’s good for us?

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Book Review: White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) – Ilona Andrews

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Review:

The moment I finished Burn For Me, I couldn’t wait to dive into White Hot. If I’d thought the sparks to fly off the page between Nevada and Mad Rogan in book 1, they totally exploded in book 2. The intensity between the two main characters was off the charts and made for excellent romantic tension.

Just writing the review is making me want to read the book again, that’s how much I loved it. Continue reading “Book Review: White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) – Ilona Andrews”