ARC Review--Freed by Amanda Carlson

Phoebe Meadows has one thing on her mind: Free her mother.

For the last month, Phoebe has been training in the Valkyrie stronghold readying for battle. But when she stumbles into a secluded valley after a day of grueling practice, she’s given a dire prediction. Phoebe must leave the stronghold immediately with the aid of the giant, Junnal, to rescue her mother from the dark elves. If Phoebe fails, Leela will be transported to a place that can no longer be reached.

Leaving Fen behind threatens to undo her, but Phoebe stays true to the mission. Along the way, she allies with the god Baldur and an old white elf mage. Together, they storm the realm, and with the help of an angry wolf and her Valkyrie sisters, they just might stand a chance to free the valiant shieldmaiden.

But Phoebe soon learns that in order to save her mother, she might lose something too precious to sacrifice…


I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Phoebe is back in the game with Amanda Carlson’s Freed! The mission to rescue her mother from Svartalfheim is nigh and it’s going to take serious cunning and moxie to break her out. Once again, Amanda Carlson brings new light to Norse mythology with this incredible entertaining and exciting new series!

Phoebe has been training with the Valkyries for a while now. Her best friend, Sam is with her, as well as her newfound brother, Tyr and of course Fen. Phoebe struggles to adjust to this new way of life, learning to harness her power and of course, training her body to the best of her abilities. She must learn to fight and fight well. Not long into her training, she’s confronted by Huggie, Odin’s trusty raven. She is told that the time to venture to Svartalfheim is now and that she must go only with Junnal, who had also ventured to the Valkyrie stronghold. Leaving behind Fen and her friends goes against her gut instincts, but since everything here seems to be about prophecy and such, she does Huggie’s bidding and goes through a portal only with Junnal, just as Fen was coming to find her.

This book was quite an adventure! I loved being back in this world. Phoebe is such a fun heroine! She’s someone you can relate to as she’s just discovered her true roots. She’s trying to adapt to powers that she didn’t know she had and adjust to an entirely new world! It’s always exciting to see in some ways how different characters can adjust to so many changes, and Phoebe does rather well! She’s gotten over the whole new world adjustment in some ways and she’s on board with the mission at hand to rescue her mother. Svartalfheim is no walk in the park, if you know anything about Norse mythology! Or Thor movies, lol! But yeah, different mythos there I’d say!

Phoebe meets some interesting new people on her journey to rescue her mom. Some that were rather surprising and a few that were entertaining as well! Though one thing that sadden me about this one was that Fen wasn’t nearly in it enough. There were a few light-hearted moments before Phoebe’s journey and then she’s separated from him for a good chunk of the novel. And it surprises me how much of a romantic I’ve become lately! Lol! It’s not that I wanted them to have smexy times or anything, but just to be there together would’ve sufficed. But I could see the purpose for Phoebe needing to do all these things without Fen. Though, from what we learn in this one, I can easily see them being together more in the next book with the next mission which will definitely make me happier!

I guess I also wished Sam would’ve been around more. Sam accompanied Phoebe to the Valkyrie stronghold and learned that she has a connection to this world as well as Phoebe. She definitely brings some much needed humor and relief from all the tension and stress-induced situations. Plus the girl’s got snarky and I love me a snarky heroine, be she the main character or not! I also am really digging the connection she’s having with Tyr. However brief it may seem, in that we only catch glimpses of it here and there, and naturally, through Phoebe’s eyes. I definitely sense something starting between these two and I so hope we can see more of that! Either in Phoebe’s story at large or maybe even a side novella or something!

This was definitely a most adventurous read! It was quite exciting and fast paced when I look back on it. There’s really no slow moments, even when you think things might not be going where you think they are, things are happening or being laid in place for future books. It’s basically intense! There’s lots of intense moments or building moments and it’s all going to lead to yet another awesome and incredible read next spring! So looking forward to seeing where Phoebe’s story will end up come the end. Which as of this time, I’m not sure how many books there will be. Definitely got a third one coming up and just based on what I feel like will happen in that one, possibly a fourth one too. But don’t quote me on that!

The ending here was much like the ending of the first book. That nice sort of pause in the action, where the characters have gotten themselves through one round of obstacles only to have the next round being set up for them and that’s pretty much where we left them. It’s a nice place come to think of it…the pause in moment, not the actual place where the characters are at! That’s a rather intense pickle they’re in actually. I’m looking forward to the next book to see what other shenanigans will befall Phoebe and Co. This is definitely a read to check out for all mythology fans as it’s a fresh and entertaining take on a mythology that’s not seen very often in literature (outside their actual myths that is!)!


 


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars





 


ARC Review--One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it's clear; they're being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…




I received this eARC from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.


When I saw the cover for Natalie D. Richards' One Was Lost, I was immediately intrigued! It looked like one heck of a thriller and my initial impressions were correct! This was one intriguing, thrilling YA read! Try as I might, I really never got the answer right to the mystery that's happening to these teens! It was so scary at times, because seriously, you're in the woods, in the middle of nowhere, camping, and there's some creepy stalker stalking you and leaving scary clues that lead to a countdown. So basically, we have a creepy read on our hands here!

It all begins with a simple camping trip. I was never clear on the whys of the camping trip itself, but that seems to be inconsequential in the long run. Sera is our heroine and we learn right away about how unhappy she is about this trip. And that's mainly because Lucas is also there. We don't really know what the deal between them is, but you can take some guesses and be mostly correct. So there's that added tension between them. Then we have Emily who is sort of Sera's buddy on the trip, then there's Jude who is the brooding boy who can get on your nerves real quick. But once the introductions are done with the group, which also includes a set of twin teen girls that we don't see much of for reasons, there's also two teachers, one who stays with the twins and of course, Sera's teacher who remains unconscious for most of the horrors.

There's seriously like 3 or 4 chapters of normalcy before the weird stuff starts going down and I was all for that quickness. This is a thriller after all. It's scary. The teenagers wake up sick, for they were all drugged and all their supplies have been destroyed. They are without food, water, decent clothing but for what's on their backs, no phones, and their teacher is unconscious. They start to find creepy little clues like a number made out of sticks, starting with the number three. And so begins the terror!

Granted, this is not a horror story, but a thriller. So don't think there'll be monsters chasing them or Jason running through the woods either. That's not happening here. Instead, the teenagers are struggling to find their way out of the woods and to civilizations, but they quickly learn they are being hunted by whoever is toying with them.

This was quite the eerie read! I love a good mystery, especially thriller related ones. I always try to figure out the whodunnit, but sadly this time I was way off base! Though, ironically, that didn't bother me at all. Sometimes I find myself so absorbed into the mystery that I don't play detective about it. I just enjoy the creepiness and the weirdness of it all!

The characters were also pretty awesome! They all had their own secrets they kept close. They weren't friends at the start of this trip. We know that Sera and Lucas have some sort of past with one another because of the way they act towards each other, and eventually Sera does do enough flashbacks to give us that story. I have to say, while I can understand Sera's part in the situation, I wasn't thrilled with her. I don't want to get into the details for spoiler reasons, but let's just say I am a firm believer in being your own person and don't let others or yourself, believe you'll be a certain way instead.

Then we have Jude and Emily who are complete opposites of one another. Emily was the shy, quite sort and Jude was a bit of a loud mouth, bad mouth. But as I said, despite all their differences, they come together to try to fight this thing and survive.

I also felt a little letdown about the reveal of our mysterious stalker and their motives. I mean, I guess I expected something ultimately sinister and creepy! It resulted in something a little more maniacal, but not as completely twisted as I had hoped. I guess that says something about myself. LOL!

All in all, One Was Lost was still a creeptastic mystery read! If you enjoy thriller/mysteries, than I would definitely recommend checking this one out. Despite a few minor issues I had with it, it was still a very twisted and engaging read! 


Overall Rating 4/5 stars


One Was Lost releases October 4, 2016



 

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.


Last Week I Read:

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (4 stars)


Review That Was Posted:

The Immortal Throne by Bree Despain (ARC) (5 stars)


Currently Reading:

Freed by Amanda Carlson (ARC)


What I Plan to Read this Week:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (ARC)


Other Posts of Interest:







Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!


I had a pretty good week this week! Got some new release beauties that I so can't wait to read!! Here's what I bought:

 Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake--Keeper copy! Yes, I still bought it despite note quite enjoying it. I have high hopes that the next one will hook me like I've seen this one hooking everyone else! LOL!
Witch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini--can't wait to see how this one ends!
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess--never did read the ARC, but I saw preorder swag and couldn't resist going for it. Now to wait for said swag. Which makes me nervous when it doesn't come during the release week, which I know is crazy to feel that way! LOL!
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch--I can finally read book 2!!
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco--hearing amazing things about this one and can't wait to read it!
Impulse by Vanessa Garden--belatedly found out that these books are being printed in the US now! Yay! I read Captivate forever ago it seems and while I had a few issues with it, I remember still really liking it and wanting to read the next one that wasn't available in the US! Better yet, I do believe I saw a third book too! So yay!!


For review:


Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson (ARC)--dork that I am, I didn't open this email until a few days later, I initially thought there would be a mobi or pdf to download inside it. I was wrong. I should've opened it because it was saying they were being sent directly to the kindle and I should add their email to the approve sender list. I didn't do this on the day I should've, i.e.: the day I got the email (I assume). I've emailed the book tour people and will hopefully be receiving it soonish! So I technically don't have it, I should've but it's my own fault! Lol! So hopefully it will arrive soon! But I'm adding it here anyways!


THANK YOU Tasty Book Tours!!

I also added a few other items to my hoard this week, that aren't entirely bookish, but close enough! LOL!

Beauty and the Beast: The 25th Anniversary Edition BluRay/DVD Combo Pack--technically, this is bookish since it's based on the original fairytale, only Disney-ified. But it's Disney, so no justification is really needed anyway! ;)


Then there's this gorgeous necklace I bought from Jenna Black! One of my favorite authors who now has an Etsy shop, called JennaBlackZen! So kinda bookish!



Last week, I saw an instagram picture of this gorgeous set of Tarot cards--it was being pictured with Kresley Cole's Arcana Rising! They were soooo pretty, so I bought a set for myself! So not really bookish, but since I agreed with the Instagramers on their beauty and how they fit perfectly with the series, I'm calling it as a kinda bookish item! Plus a how-to book did come with it, so even more bookish! :D




Then I received my invitation to join the Society! Pretty cool!!!




And finally one more item that's only sorta bookish as it too was based on a fairytale before being totally and completely Disney-ified!


Ariel as a Itty Bitty Biggys! You can kinda see the size comparison as I hold the big one next to the original Itty Bitty.

I apparently have a stuffed animal problem. Which is sad for an adult I suppose, but in my defense, it's DISNEY!! LOL! 









Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read

 

The Rules:
  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • You create your own post using the post prompt.
  • You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
  • Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
  • If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
  • The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
  • It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
  • As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

Specific RULES:
  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed FOLLOW as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
 

This week's prompt is: What's Your Book Betrayal Story?


MY ANSWER: Well...I pretty much make anyone who wants to borrow a book sign a contract making them libel for all damages with blood...(LOL! Kidding! I don't loan books out! LOL!!! Everyone in my family is pretty much afraid to "borrow" one of my books, but they do take my recommendations and buy their own copies! Haha!).

But I guess my betrayal story was how Harlequin Teen strung me along for years...YEARS saying that an Intertwined 4 would be releasing soon. Every year Goodreads would change the release date by another year. And then finally, I met Gena Showalter in 2014, I believe, and I received the devastating news. The Intertwined series...was no more! It was heartbreaking! The most dreadful news to ever enter my ears!! 

Of course I then proceeded to tell her should she ever want to self publish a finale, I'd buy it. I would even proofread/beta read it for her! LOL! Though at this point I do truly believe I will never get my conclusion. She said everyone would've gotten their HEA, but sometimes, it's not quite good enough, because I wanted to know HOW!!

So in a way, that was my first book betrayal story...that a publisher could cancel a series indefinitely. (My first experience with that, actually had a happier ending, a series was canceled but like 5 years later, sales did better and a finale was born!!!).
 

Okay this was my sad attempt at making a grave marker for my beloved series! Clearly I am too distraught--and untech-savvy or artistic--to create something better! LOL!





COVER COPY REVEAL--Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor

“The perfect blend of mystery, sci-fi, action, cute guys, romance, history and gorgeous Scotland.” Justine magazine on Into the Dim

For the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends . . . and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in 1895 New York City, Hope and her crew will discover that high society can be as deadly as it is beautiful.

In this sequel to the dazzling time-travel romance Into the Dim, sacrifice takes on a whole new meaning as Hope and Bran struggle to determine where—or when--they truly belong.



EEP!! I looooved Into the Dim! It was such a fun read! Time travel books can be hit or miss for me, but I really liked this one! Naturally, I read it before I started taking my detailed and devout notes, so hoping that come next year I won't have a total memory fail. But odds are definitely against me! LOL! Especially considering I read it as an ARC! I'm in trouble! LOL! 

Sparks of Light will release August 1, 2017

Yup...definitely in trouble!! Just double checked Goodreads...I read Into the Dim in 2015!!! Send help!! Lol!



And check out the new paperback cover for Into the Dim! Definitely buying a copy of that one because I apparently can't help myself!



And the paperback will come out April 11, 2017


You can read my review of Into the Dim here.






Random Thursday

Alright! Time to learn those last 5 factoids about Beauty and the Beast! And don't forget that Beauty and the Beast released from the vault THIS WEEK!! GET IT NOW if you haven't already or need it!! This happens like once every 7 years (according to something I read online; all our favorite Disney movies pretty much, all those classics, come out of the vault like every 7 years to allow "new" generations to enjoy them...and to allow old and already in love generations to SUFFER if something happened to their copy while their back was turned!!!)!

End of rambling there. LOL. But yes, it's out!! GET IT WHILE IT'S OUT!!! :D Planning on having kids in the next 5 years? BUY IT NOW!!! In case it's a girl and you need to get her hooked on Belle now! Heck you don't even need the kids excuse! Lol! Speaking as a Disney fanatic I give you all permission to BUY this one for no reason whatsoever! 

Okay, end of rambling for real this time!

I present to you...your dinner! Lol! But really, the last 5 factoids of 10 Fascinating Revelations about Beauty and the Beast, 25 Years Late by Jessica Radloff.

And here is your link for full details!


The Beast's Real Name

So the rumor is that his real name is Adam. It's not. Apparently he's nameless just like we always thought. The creators never thought there would be a sequel where he was human (though I still don't think they breathed a name in that Enchanted Christmas). So fans came up with the name Adam. What's scary is how well that suck! I SWEAR TO GOD that I once saw this multi-doll pack at a Toys R Us outlet that had like three Disney couples in their wedding finery and they listed all the names of them, in case you didn't know already! And the one with Princess Belle paired her with Prince Adam! So what the heck?


The Question that's Never Been Asked

Apparently it was asking Robbie Benson, "How did you warm up to get into his head space as soon as you stepped into the booth?" Robbie mentions that it's about warming up, he would do vocal warmups that he did when singing on Broadway.



Where the Beast Would Be Today

Benson says that if it were his sequel "he would never be a prince because there was real life. Belle kissed him to keep him alive. What if he doesn't turn into a prince? What's life like then?"


Chip was Originally a One-Line Character

Initially Chip was to be a one-liner but they later decided they needed a way for kids to connect with the movie better. So Chip became more of a child trapped in a tea cup's body! (lol)


Silencing the Roar

Robbie was apparently asked many times over to do his roar for fans. But after scaring one too many babies (I assume), he decided to give fans another line instead!



There you go! And don't forget Beauty and the Beast released from that dreaded vault THIS WEEK, so buy buy buy!! If you haven't already. I mean it is Thursday! LOL!






Review--This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

There’s no such thing as safe.

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.

August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided.

Their city is crumbling.

Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?
 


I finally read a Victoria Schwab book and wow! It was pretty amazing! This Savage Song snagged my interest when I heard it involved monsters! And not like monsters we might be used to, but actual monsters who happily kill and/or eat humans! You might be thinking this sounds like a horror novel, it’s not. Not really. Sure there are creepy moments, but there’s more suspense to this one and quite a mystery brewing filled with many betrayals and lies!

In this world, there are three kinds of monsters; Corsai, Malchai, and Sunai. They all come into being when there’s a serious crime committed. This is the part that was a little confusing for me, but I think what it summed up to was that Corsai are born from non-lethal violence, Malchai come from a more heinous crime like murder, and Sunai are born from truly awful crimes, like massacres, bombings, etc. They apparently appear human, unless they truly lose themselves. Some of this monster setup wasn’t really explained in detail. Just more like, Sunai are created from massacres and that there are only three rumored to be in existence.

In walks August, who is one of those three. He’s a Sunai, a monster, but he doesn’t want to be one. In order to survive he does need to feed on the souls of the truly wicked. August though doesn’t enjoy doing this. It seems the easiest way he can go about getting a soul is when he plays his violin in the presence of such wickedness. He was raised by the Flynns who rule the South City, which is a part of the sector that has more chaos than order. You must fight to have safety in this place. While in the North City, that’s ruled by Harker, safety comes to those who can pay the price and it’s steep. If you don’t pay, then you basically forfeit your life.

Kate Harker wants nothing more than to please her father, she’s gotten herself kicked out many boarding schools just to come home and prove herself to him. She and August meet at her new school which he is also attending. Oddly enough, he’s going “undercover” with a fake identity and is told to keep an eye on Kate. And Kate quickly becomes determined to puzzle August out.

For me, This Savage Song is one of those books that feels so hard to review or explain to others, but when reading it, you get the gist of the storyline. Granted, I feel confused by a few unanswered questions. Mostly in regards to the world-building that I wish had been better explained, but when it comes to those instances, I always try to just roll with it. And usually, I am able to do just that! Because luckily here, it really only was a few things that I didn’t quite understand or grasp to the world-building and whatnot.

From the start you can almost see Kate and August winding up enemies, but then you also already can figure out that soon that will change as well. The change was definitely a slow, gradual kind. And like other readers, I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of romance between them. Are things blossoming or being laid out for the future? Possibly. Who’s to really say? Maybe there won’t be romance in this story at all. But what you will see is a bond growing between Kate and August in some way. But I must say I truly enjoyed watching these two interact. While they may not exactly be friends, they are sort of comrades. They’re being attacked from enemies and they’re left with no one else to trust. As they say, “better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t”.

There’s trouble brewing among the cities. Tensions are high and it seems the ones in South City are not happy about the current circumstances. There were quite a few secrets, betrayals and shocking surprises in this book. It can be hard to tell who the villain is. Is it the North City, the South City, someone else entirely? It’s a tough call.

The ending was quite possibly the best part of this book! Okay, a lot about this book was really, really good! But that ending…oh that ending leaves me with chills! Not only do we pretty much have a nice all out battle of sorts and then watching the characters go in their given direction, but there’s one final chapter, one final segment that will totally blow your mind! Not only in a BIG way, but also in an added little way! Totally WTF?! moment, but in the best possible way!! The wait until the next and from what I heard final, as it’s a duology we’re dealing with, Our Dark Duet, is going to be killer! There are too many loose strings left in this one that I am desperately waiting to see what will befall our characters!

This Savage Song was quite an intriguing read! It was puzzling at times, and filled with so many twists it will make your head spin! It’s a read to keep you on your toes and I would totally recommend it if you’re looking for that dark kind of read that will make you question what or who monsters really are!

 

Overall Rating 4/5 stars 




ARC Review--The Immortal Throne by Bree Despain

In the final installment of the Into the Dark trilogy, Haden and Daphne are stuck in separate realms, racing time to save each other and fulfill their destinies before the monstrous Keres destroys everything they know.















I received this eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.


You guys cannot believe how happy I am that this book exists!! When Egmont USA closed their doors, I felt sadness all around! For all the authors, all the books, but what came to my mind first among all these, was Bree Despain's Into the Dark trilogy! I had read The Eternity Key as an ARC and was left shrieking at its ending and then I was shrieking again when I heard the Egmont news. I was once again thrust into the terrible bubble where I am left in a world where yet another series is left hanging with no finale in sight. But thankfully, the story ends happily--the one where we get The Immortal Throne!!! HURRAH!!

I only had the vaguest recollection of what had happened last go around since I read that one early too, but even the vagueness is better than nothing! I felt so passionate about this series because I've adored mythology ever since my unit of it in seventh grade. We won't say what year that is, but yeah...it's been awhile! LOL! And I pretty much loved this series since its first book! With the first cover too! LOL! Sorry, I'm giddy with happiness over this book! Its existence and, its ending! It was perfect!!

We once again get multiple points of view, which I am always up for because I love getting inside the different character's heads. The short recap of things is that Daphne is Garrick's prisoner and he's now the ruler of the Underrealm while Haden has been banished back to earth and is still poisoned, if he doesn't get Daphne's kiss of true love, he'll die. So things are pretty intense and the poison is reacting faster in Haden and is basically killing him all the faster. Daphne must figure out a way to find the Key that she lost earlier and in order to do that she has to get Garrick to let her out of her prison room.

And so begins the intense adventure! It's very intense because we know that Haden's time is limited. If it wasn't for Jonathan, he would be in worse shape. And of course, there's all his and Daphne's friends as well! They are such a widespread group! I love them all!! Though the time away did make it hard for me to remember all of them and their stories, but I knew that I loved them all, and really it was like getting to know them all over again!

Not only are we pining away for Daphne and Haden to reunite, but there's also the very real danger that Garrick represents. When the shocking reveal of his character came about at the end I was left shocked and stunned! The shocks and chills only continue as more of his character is revealed! He is one baddie!!

There was also a new character added to the throng and I must say I was quite surprised by this one! It was a sentient Shade! I mean I remember the Shades being like uber zombies, but this one was quite cognizant! And quite a catch in the scheme of things, I'm not saying that like a love interest thing, but just that I was expecting a Shade to be quite so human like when Daphne encountered him. And That's all I shall say on the matter!

I think one of my very few complaints was that Daphne and Haden were separated for so long! I mean, I get it in a sense, they're struggling to find each other again and then you know, save the world and such. But agh! It killed me to see them apart for so long! And to think, I was never much for romance until I started reading more and more!

The ending was quite good here too! Phenomenal even! It's the kind of ending that always makes me happy to see at the end of a series! It's one where you get a nice conclusion and yet, you feel like the characters will still be having their adventures and whatnot after the last page is turned. Sure, I'm saddened by the fact that I won't be there for those adventures, but I always kind of love knowing they are going in the right direction, the direction they want to be in and such.

The Immortal Throne is an incredibly fantastic read that was everything I could have hoped for and more! I loved seeing where all the characters ended, both good and bad. It's the most perfectly right way to end an amazing series! I am so thrilled to have been apart of reading this one and so unbelievably thrilled that this book is in the world!! If you're a fan of the Greek myths and retellings, then I highly HIGHLY recommend reading this one! It's got a different spin to things and isn't your straight up retelling. It kind of stands on its own in the retelling world, which makes it all the more beautiful!


Overall Rating 5/5 stars


The Immortal Throne releases October 1, 2016