The Empress by S.J. Kincaid (The Diabolic #2)

 4.5 Stars

I really liked The Diabolic when it released last year, and even though it was planned to be a standalone, I was one of those that wanted more from this world. Then, when it was announced that it was going to be a trilogy I was a little worried that she was trying to stretch it too far. Sure, I originally thought that The Diabolic deserved more that one book, but it felt like she hadn’t left much room for the story to continue. I was completely wrong.

The Empress got off to a slow start for me, but that is possibly because I wasn’t giving it my full attention. Once I dove in it felt like the most twisty, heartwrenching book I’ve read in a long time. Then Kincaid threw in the theory of relativity and my nerd heart sang. I don’t even pretend to really understand the theory, just that I know I like it.

That cliffhanger ending was so unexpected. I can’t talk about it because of spoilers, but I just kept hoping that it wasn’t true. The last book doesn’t come out for another year, but I am desperate to find out what happens next. Really desperate.

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If you haven’t started the trilogy then you need to start with The Diabolic.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

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The Delphi Resistance by Rysa Walker (The Delphi Trilogy #2)

4.5 Stars

The Delphi Resistance is one of those books that I feel like I’ve been waiting on forever. I read The Delphi Effect last year, and absolutely loved it. I even went so far as to stalk the series on Amazon until the next book was available for me to preorder.

The Delphi Resistance begins not very long after the last book left off. I think it would have been helpful if this book included a little summary/reminder of what happened because I had to go back and read the last chapter of The Delphi Effect to refresh my memory. Once I was reminded though, this book kept me up finishing it. It was one of those “just one more chapter” nights until finally I just had to finish the book regardless of the fact that it was 1AM.

This isn’t one of those series where you can just jump in with book 2 and start reading. You really have to start with the first book to get the full story, but it’s worth it. I would recommend this for anyone that loves a good paranormal fantasy.

If you have an Amazon Prime membership The Delphi Effect is currently available to read and listen to for free. Otherwise both books are Free on Kindle Unlimited (as of 10/27/17).

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Part of the Sky by J.W. Lynne (Above the Sky #3)

5 MILLION STARS!!!!!

The Sky Trilogy has become my new all-time favorite trilogy and I sit here now after just finishing it with a mixture of that perfect book bliss + sadness that this story is over. I put off reading it for as long as I could, and even convinced myself that there was no way that this finale was going to live up to my expectations. I prepared myself for this book to go the way of Allegiant and instantly make me hate the entire trilogy. I was unprepared for this book to be everything I wanted it to be.

Part of the Sky starts exactly where Return to the Sky left off. Even though it’s been about 2 months since I read the last book, it was really easy to pick back up. This book has it all. Clandestine meetings, secret plans, rebellion, plot twists — everything. It has both heart-stopping and jaw-dropping moments. And when I say heart-stopping,  I mean it. At about the 50% mark I had to put the book down and go to bed. I just couldn’t take any more without spending some time processing it. If I could force this trilogy into the hands of every fan of the genre then I would. It deserves all the readers…and the praise too.

You need to read these books.

You can pick the whole trilogy up in one book.

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OR you can also pick them up book by book. All of them are FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review (and gush about).

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones

4 Stars

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones is an adorably enchanting YA historical-fantasy-mystery all rolled into one. Reading it feels like the beginning of a series, so while I haven’t seen any mention of it being a series…. I’m really hoping for it.

I was actually on the fence with this book. Annis was a character that I really just wasn’t feeling and I quickly got annoyed with her. Fortunately, most of the other women in this book are fierce, intelligent and independent. Eventually, Annis experiences some growth of character and I liked her more by the end of the book. I think this book would have been bumped up a star if it had been a dual POV with Millie (I LOVED HER!)

A little treat within the book is the insertion of characters from other novels set in the era. I haven’t read most of the books, so I didn’t recognize any character except Jacky Faber, but just seeing her brief inclusion made my heart sing. I imagine fans of the other books mentioned had the same feeling when their characters made an appearance. Kelly Jones listed the books + characters at the end of the novel, and it made me want to go pick up a few of them.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (The Nyxia Triad #1)

 All the Stars!!!!

I finished this book earlier this week, and I can’t stop thinking about it. I NEED to read the next book in the series, but it doesn’t even have a name yet, much less a release date. Everyone comparing Nyxia to Ender’s Game mixed with The Hunger Games is dead on. If you loved those books then I beg you to pick this one up, but be prepared to stay up late trying to read “just one more chapter”.

The characters in Nyxia are a racially diverse bunch with one common thread that weaves them all together. While we don’t get immersed in any one culture (aside from American) we do get to see bits and pieces of other cultures that I felt added quite a bit of flavor to the book. The twists in this book are completely unexpected and I was left gaping nearly every time. Scott Reintgen has written a spellbinding book full of hope, darkness, and competition. You need to read this.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

3.5 Stars

I loved the feminist vibes Girls Made of Snow and Glass had. It wasn’t what I expected when people kept referring to it as a “feminist fairytale”, but I really enjoyed it.  This book isn’t for someone looking for a steamy f/f romance, but it is for those that want to read about women loving women and going against what is expected of them.  This is a good retelling of Snow White. It stays true enough to the story that you are able to definitely able to relate the two, without feeling like a copy of the original.

I wanted SO MUCH out of the relationship between Lynet and Nadia that I was disappointed when their relationship was more of the slow burn type with little more that handholding. I was placated some when I realized about 2/3 of the way through, that Lynet wasn’t even aware that women could be in relationships with each other. Her life within Whitespring had only shown her men and women marrying and then having children. She wasn’t aware that there was another option. But still, I wanted more.

On the other hand, I did love the relationship Lynet had with Mina. It was refreshing to see a depiction of a stepdaughter/mother relationship that isn’t full of animosity. The evolution of Lynet and Mina’s relationship is probably one of my favorite things about this book.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

 

Return to the Sky by J.W. Lynne (Above the Sky #2)

5 Stars!

Return to the Sky is the followup to Above the Sky and IT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! I read Above the Sky in less than 24 hours and Return to the Sky received the same treatment. I once again couldn’t put it down and when I unexpectedly had to go on a 4 hour car ride mid-book, I was cursing the fact that there is no audio version yet. I would have purchased it in a heartbeat, because this is a series I am positive I will be re-reading.

This book had twists and turns that I never expected and its hard to talk about any of the book without spoiling something. Everything I was so sure of in the 1st book is turned on its head, and you learn that everything is not as it seems. When I finished this book I had that “soul-satisfied-perfect-book-bliss” going on and had a hard time wanting to start another book. This is a trilogy, so there is a third book…. I’m dying to read it but also want to put it off so I don’t have to see this series end.

If you love YA Dystopian Fiction then you NEED to start this series. You can read my original review for Above the Sky here.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.