And I Darken by Kiersten White

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No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27190613-and-i-darken?ac=1&from_search=true

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Heres Why:

What I liked:

The history, the characters, the world building; it was all amazing! Lada is viscous and true to herself even when life gets in the way. I love that about her. This book is a retelling of Vlad the Impaler only the gender roles are reversed and I cannot believe I didn’t read this story sooner. It was fast paced and beautifully written and a slight tinge of historical fiction thrown in to the mix. I was thrown into this world so forcefully and now I do not want to leave it.

What I didn’t like:

The ending was a little rushed, at least in my opinion. The only other thing I didn’t like was that The father left something to be desired and I still can’t place my finger on it!

Overall:

There are some triggers for murder and violence. If you like these kinds of stories than this book is for you. IT is a fascinating tale and you cant help but fall in love with the characters and the world they live in. Kudos to the author on this one! I can’t wait to continue reading this series!

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

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In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth—the ultimate betrayal—that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her.…

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8495173-the-winter-sea

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. Here is why?

What I liked:

I liked almost everything about this story. I have a small obsession with Scottish history and the fact that this story is about a writer writing Scottish historical fiction…well, it was amazing. The dual storylines were well-mended together and the author did a good job at making sure we knew what was happening as the story was switching between the two. The characters were so likeable in both storylines and that can be incredibly hard to do. The audiobook was so good! I got through this book super quick.

What I didn’t like:

Some of the chapters seemed a bit pointless and I feel them to be unnecessary. The ending was pretty good as well but I felt like things weren’t quite wrapped up as much as I would like.

Overall:

If you like historical fiction with amazing characters than this story is for you. It slows at parts but don’t let that deter you from reading a great book!

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36502054-sea-witch

I give this story 4/5 stars. Here is why:

What I liked:

First of all, this is the first Ursula retelling that I have read and I am absolutely amazed by the writing style of this story! With the brief flashbacks and the suspense, i couldn’t put the book down. The love story was cute, and the book was extremely fast paced. The ending. OMG. That ending killed my soul even though i was expecting it the entire time. It was just so good!

What I didn’t like:

Okay, so the love story was cute, but it was super tropey. I am not a fan of love triangles, and I am certainly not afraid of the “I have always loved you but never said anything” trope either. Some parts, I felt to be unnecessary and it made it kind of irritating to get through. I found myself skimming through pages. The book went off to a slow start, but as the plot thickened, it was all worth it.

Overall:

If you like fantasy meets fairy tale, you will love this story. Give it a go. I certainly don’t regret it.

 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I rated this book 4/5 stars.

What I liked:

The story was well built and i truly felt a connection with all the main characters. The story was fairly fast paced and how it ended absolutely killed me!

What I didnt like:

Okay, so the main character came off kind of winey through half the book and she was getting on my nerves. The ending killed my soul which I liked, but the fact that Mare had not seen it coming?!?! Come on!

Overall:

This is a four books series so far and I look forward to reading the rest of the books. I hope to see some maturing for Mare and some more background information on Cal as the series goes on.

Societal Travesty

Society always blames mayhem on the devil.

The crime of humanity and love

Coming from above

To unite those we ignore and

To forgive those we have shunned.

It isn’t about who’s soul and who’s ghost.

It isn’t about who’s spirit and who’s heart.

If we fall. We fall together.

Two spirits, one soul.

Beautiful Nothings

Photo taken by Me via iPhone.

Beauty is in the eye

Broken breezes i do spy

Soft caresses on its stem

Graceful falling to its end

The ground lay wet with new desire

Petals failing to hold ones fire

Thorns awaiting sunset glows

Destination truly unknown

Angels flying above the grave

Oceans forming a new wave

Clouds are crashing into horizon

The moon doth glows between the sirens