The Winner’s Curse (Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

 

Kestrel drew in a shaky breath. Her bones felt watery. What had she done? Jess slipped a supporting hand under her elbow. “You are sick.” “And rather light of purse, I’d say.” The pointy-chinned woman snickered. “Looks like someone’s suffering the Winner’s Curse.” Kestrel turned to her. “What do you mean?” “You don’t come to auctions often, do you? The Winner’s Curse is when you come out on top of the bid, but only by paying a steep price.”

Kestrel has just won at auction, what she doesn’t know is that her prize may cause her more trouble than it’s worth…

There was a rustle and the auctioneer returned. The slave walked behind. He lifted his gaze to meet Kestrel’s. His eyes were a clear, cool gray. They startled her. Yet she should have expected to see this color in a Herrani, and Kestrel thought it must be the livid bruise on his cheek that made the expression in his eyes so uncanny. Still, she grew uncomfortable under his gaze. Then his lashes fell. He looked at the ground, letting long hair obscure his face. One side was still swollen from the fight, or beating.

 

I give this book 4.2 out of 5 stars. I really liked this book because not only was it really interesting, but it was also pretty unpredictable. My favorite character was definitely Kestrel because she fought for what she believed in, wasn’t afraid to make sacrifices and she is wicked smart.  The setting that the author created was very vivid and she was really able to make me connect with the characters. When someone would insult Kestrel or Arin I would get angry or when something crazy happened I would freak out(read: start screaming at characters). I love the relationship between the characters and found myself depressed at times when they would do something that would end up pulling them apart. I really enjoyed this book and even though it is YA, it was still relate able to me (probably because she wasn’t just an angst-y high schooler).  I must worn you that this is the first book in a trilogy, so read at your own risk!

The Girl from Above:Betrayal (The 1000 Revolution #1) by Pippa DaCosta

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I made it eighty-three steps before the alarms sounded. The chase begins. If I could get outside, I’d lose them in the busy streets. I broke into a jog. The green exit sign glowed ahead, so close. Ten strides, nine, eight—Agony ripped through my limbs and tore my control from me. No! I crumpled in a heap, robbed of all sensation. Perhaps that was a good thing, not to feel. From my perspective, from where I lay, the EXIT glowed green in my upturned palm. It had seemed so close, but now, as the hammering of boots echoed down the hallway, that unassuming sign mocked me. A synth? Escape? it said. Synths don’t escape. They don’t think outside their orders. Grossman must have thought the same, right before I’d killed her with her own pen.

All #1001 knows is that she is different from the 1000 other synths that were made… she has no boundaries

When she stows away on a ship, she starts to find herself

I used to believe stars were wishes, that if we reached them, our dreams would come true. But the stars will always be out of reach, and no amount of dreaming will capture them. I wish … I wish we had more time. I wish we had forever. I wish you loved me. Don’t let me go.

When #1001 starts to have strange dreams, the ship’s dynamics start to slowly change.

I give this book 2.6 out of 5 stars. I really like the idea for this book and were it seems to want to go, but from just installation of the series I felt that I was left wanting. While I like #1001 as a character I didn’t connect to her on the level I had hoped. On the other hand I really liked Caleb, in that he was so secretive it kept me interested to know what he was hiding. I also liked a lot of the dynamics between the different characters even some events were a bit predictable. I do look forward to reading the other books in this series as I feel the author is one that will get better the more she writes. Even within the book the longer I held on, the more the book started to be able to draw me in. And as she left me on a CLIFFHANGER I feel that the next book will hopefully be able to suck me in from the beginning!

Hey there!

Hey guys,

Thanks so much for sticking with me! So regular posting will resume this Sunday 11-8-15 and while I have been very busy with school I haven’t been ignoring the blog totally. There will be some cool (maybe only I think so?) changes that will also go up on the blog this Sunday. Look forward to it!

Thanks all,

Fe

Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

Two armed sentries passed us. Each wore a hooded camo poncho and carried a rifle. They nodded politely. Under my breath, I said, “Arcana don’t freak them out? Gabriel’s wings alone should throw them.” “At first, yeah. But they look to J.D. to see how to act. They hero-worship ‘the hunter.’ ” Charismatic Jack could be so compelling when he wanted to. “He uses our help to maintain order,” Selena said. “The Azey might have the twins, but J.D.’ s got three Arcana himself—a psychic, an exquisite bow-goddess, and an illusionist.”

Evie has return to Jack and the others from Death’s castle and she’s changed, they don’t know if for the better.

“Don’t let any humans know what we’re planning.” “Understood.” I furtively kicked Selena’s boot; she straightened and said, “Oh. Thanks, Gabe. I won’t forget this.” “It will be my pleasure, Selena. I look forward to it.” His eyes widened. “I mean, not that I am pleased about the occasion.” Selena let him off the hook. “I look forward to kicking serial killer ass.” He grinned. “Precisely.”

The action doesn’t stop just because Evie was gone… Jack and the rest of her alliance has tracked down the Lovers and hope to end the sadistic twins reign of terror.

When things get out of control and someone ends up in enemy clutches the two main men in Evie’s life must set aside their differences in order to save them.

I gave this book a 4.6 out of 5 stars. Ms. Cole doesn’t fail to provide the action in this latest addition to the Poison Princess series. As always she sucks you into the world after the Flash and you are forced (you have no choice, you have been sucked in after all) to follow Evie’s adventures in this post-apocalyptic tale. So, I still like Evie but Aric is my favorite. I have to say that I pretty much liked Aric from the beginning (not always sure why) but after learning more about him and his past, I love him all the more. I love his struggles and his attitude for the most part, though he is a bit too bossy for my taste (but he’s also from another time period and place so I forgive him, mostly). I have to warn you there is a MAJOR CLIFFHANGER at the end of this book, and the next book has yet to be released… so READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

NUTS (Hudson Valley #1) by Alice Clayton

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AVAILABLE 10/20/15!!!

Fired.

Fired?

Fired.

FOR. BUTTER.

Roxie is a private chef in LA, who just got fired for whipping cream into butter. One faux pas at the end of a perfect dinner and it cost her one of her best clients and consequently a line of clients. This however, works out for her mother who needs her to come home (upstate New York) and run her diner for the summer.

Enter Leo…..

The guy with the nuts was named Leo. I know this because when my mom came around the corner and caught him face down on her daughter, she cried out, “Leo!” and rushed to help him up. Him. She never could resist a good-looking man. And once the man was extracted from between my legs… mercy… he reached down once more to try and help me up.

Leo has moved into town since Roxie left (and never looked back) and is running the farm of a wealthy family.

I pick up the peas, prepared to eat crow. Standing up, I turned toward him to apologize for the other day and the snarky comments I’d just made. But as I turned, I tripped on the leg of the chair, my forehead hitting his chest as I pitched forward into him, taking us both to the floor once more, sugar snap peas flying everywhere again. Only this time I landed on top of him. Facedown. Between his thighs.

Roxie and Leo keep bumping into each other, literally.

I enjoyed this book and am giving it 4.7 of 5 stars. I enjoyed the storyline and as always in Alice Clayton books, the humor. Roxie is a straightforward character who knows what she wants and what she thinks she doesn’t. She speaks her mind and makes sure that Leo understands in the beginning that she is only in town for the summer. Leo is hard working and comfortable with himself, who he is, and where he is in his life. When the summer comes to an end and, as Roxie keeps reminding them, it’s a summer thing, things start to happen that make her question everything she thinks she wants. And when an unexpected surprise arrives in town, one that  everyone but Roxie seems to know about, it might change everything.

I can’t wait for the next books in this series, Cream and Pickled. I’m just putting it out there, Ms Clayton.

 

~Review by Suih Patton

Dirty Rowdy Thing (Wild Seasons #2) by Christina Lauren

You see, when it comes to potential love interests, guys typically fall into three basic categories: the manwhore, the misunderstood, and the mama’s boy. The manwhore, in my experience, comes in any number of shapes and sizes: dirty rock star, muscled quarterback, even the occasional irresistible hot nerd. Their strength in bed? Generally, dirty talk and endurance, both of which I’m a fan. Sadly, this doesn’t always translate into skill. The misunderstood often takes the shape of an artist, a quiet surfer, or a soulful musician. These boys rarely know what the hell to do, but at least they’re willing to try for hours. The mama’s boy is the easiest to spot. Here in La Jolla, he usually drives his mom’s hand-me-down Lexus and keeps it in pristine condition. This type takes his shoes off as soon as he walks indoors and always maintains eye contact while speaking. In bed, the mama’s boy offers few benefits, but at least they tend to be tidy.

Over the summer Harlow and Finn got married in Vegas… for one night only

They along with their 2 friends (each) all got married in a drunken night gone wrong

Harlow and Finn got an annulment…

“Because he’s horrible?” I lie. She snorts out a laugh. “He’s built like a man who works with his hands, has a sense of humor drier than the Sahara, and the thing that gets him off more than anything in the world is giving you orgasms. What a nightmare .” My voice of reason is always Lola. “You’re a jackass.” “You only say that when I’m being your voice of reason.” “Out of my head, witch. And don’t piss me off,” I tell her. “I’ll buy you underwear one size too small for Christmas and make you hate life.”

But Harlow’s not sure that she has Finn out of her system

I give this book 4.3 out of 5 stars. I really like how this series draws you in with it’s storyline and characters. I like that though there are 6 people who all end up married after a crazy night in Vegas they all have vastly different stories of how their marriage ends up. Harlow is my favorite character in this installation of the series. Harlow is strong and bold and not afraid to say what’s on her mind, but she is also very family oriented and kind. My favorite thing about her has to be that she goes after what she wants, she is a bit naive at times but what she does for others she does out of love for them. Finn is 10 years her senior and a bit closed off. That was really what got on my nerves about him, he would withhold things from people and he would say things that hurt people, he didn’t do it out of malice but that almost made it worst at times. While they do hurt one another at times they are ultimately good for one another and lets just say  they have a lot of fun together… Like the first book in this series this book can be read as a standalone, but it is better when you start at the beginning 😉

Check out my review on the first book in this series!

Sweet Filthy Boy

Everything I Left Unsaid by M O’Keefe

AVAILABLE 10/13/15!
Everyone minds their own here. They all keep to themselves. That’s what Kevin, the park manager, had said when I put down my cash for the trailer. It’s safe and it’s quiet and we don’t truck with no nonsense. Safe, quiet, and no nonsense made this little scrap of swamp a perfect place to end my week of helter-skelter traveling.

Annie is running

She’s finally escaped her own little piece of Hell and she’s finally getting a taste of true freedom

Then she answers the phone…

Make no mistake, Dylan Daniels was the beast. He was the bad guy in the stories. Some other asshole could be the hero, save the day and get the girl. Alone and gruesome, he’d stay up on his mountain with his money and his work, as far from people as he could get because that was how he liked it. It was better. For everyone. But every once in a while he got to worrying about the monsters that lived off the mountain and he called to check up on Ben.

Dylan isn’t looking for anything or anyone new, then he calls

And Annie picks up the phone

One phone call can change everything

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I have to say that I really liked the difference of the setting in this story. While it was pretty weird, I thought it was interesting how the main characters pretty much communicated solely by cell phone. What made this book so different is that these characters started to fall for one another all while never having set eyes on the other. They literally fell for the others personality and how they made each other feel. It was an interesting concept, I kinda thought he was a serial killer or something for a while but he won me over. This was a relatively fast read though there were a few times where the storyline did lag for the most part I had to know what was going to happen next. I think that my favorite character was Annie, even though she did frustrate me at times. I liked that she was sarcastic, funny, and eventually she grew a backbone. I liked that while her past did have a major impact on her life, she was still able to work at finding herself. I was really proud of her for her growth and while I didn’t agree with some of her decisions in the end they were what helped her to be herself and put her past behind her. This is definitely NOT a standalone and it DOES end on a CLIFFHANGER so while you should read it be warned…

Faking it (Losing it #2) by Cora Carmack

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Now, I just had to figure out what to tell my parents about my suddenly absent library-going-nice-guy-boyfriend. I’d just have to tell them he had to work or go to class or heal the sick or something. I scanned the room for an open table. They’d probably see right through the lie and know there was no nice guy, but there was no way around it. Damn. The coffee shop was packed, and there weren’t any open tables. There was a four top with only one guy sitting at it, and it looked like he was almost done. He had short, brown curls that had been tamed into something neat and clean. He was gorgeous, in that all-American model kind of way. He wore a sweater and scarf and had a book sitting on his table. Newsflash! This was the kind of guy libraries should use in advertising if they wanted more people to read.

 Max has never been able to show her parents the real her

Cade is working to get over the one who got away

“Golden Boy nickname aside, I’m not a saint, Max.” His body was stiff next to mine. I rubbed at my eyes, and slowly the world started to resurface. I was in my bed. In my apartment. Light filtered in through the window, and Cade was sitting on my bed, fully clothed, staring at the wall like it was Hitler. Oh holy Hell, I was dreaming. I’d just put the moves on him in my sleep! I covered my mouth with my hand and racked my brain to try to remember if I’d said anything that would give me away. When the shock wore off, I let my hand drop to my chest, where my fingertips touched bare skin. I looked down and had to resist the urge to scream. I WAS NAKED.

When deceptions begin to go to far, feeling get involved

As they fight their inner demons as well as the odds

One word would describe Max and Cade’s relationship… COMPLICATED

I gave this book 4.3 out of 5 stars. I have to say in this book my favorite character would have to be Cade, which is funny because I tend to always love the bad boy (Max and I have that in common). However Cade was able to swoop in and steal my heart (swoon), the thing I think that gets me the most about him is the way he almost always understands Max and what she’s not saying. I spent a greater part of this book jealous the he wasn’t real/mine. The coolest thing about this book in my opinion is the fact that the storyline wasn’t a typical romance storyline. The guy was the one who was seen as the ‘Golden Boy’ and the girl was the one who was edgy and mysterious. For me Max projected the girl that all girls want to be, strong and fearless, but on the inside she was just as scared and uncertain of herself as the rest of us if not more. As she began to trust and rely on Cade more she was able to face her inner turmoil and strive to be who she always wanted to be. This is the second book in the Losing It series and does have some ties to the first book but you won’t be lost if you start with this book.

Changes

Hey all!

I am currently in my Senior year in college if you all didn’t know, and midterms will be coming up soon. So I have decided that I will cut down my posts to one a week for a while. during this time I will also be making some changes to the site as well. I do want your feedback during all of this so if you have something you think would make the site better please let me know! One of the changes I have been contemplating is a new list of all the reviews, with the covers of the books rather than just their title (what do you think?). I am also think about adding a new section in which I compare books to their movie counterparts (anyone interested in that?). I’m also working on getting Suih to write more reviews as quite a few of you seem to like her writing. Thank you guys for sticking with me and being patient with me as well (this is my first try at a blog, but I love to read so it works out). If you have any books you want me to check out or you just have something to say feel free to comment below or email me! (fesfiction@gmail.com)

-Fe 🙂

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Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole

 

“He had four girls chained in there, experimenting on them. One hadn’t survived it. I freed the others.” I turned to Matthew. “Will they be safe tonight?” “The girls are fleeing Requiem. Two will live. Third wouldn’t in any scenario.” My heart sank. Selena said, “So you made the Alchemist pay.” Seriously? “I didn’t want to hurt him, never wanted to kill anyone. Part of me refused to believe that only one of us was getting out of here alive. Not until he told me to dig my new collar out of those remains and put it around my neck!” “Duuude,” Finn murmured, the word imbued with sympathy. “Looks like the Alchemist dicked with the wrong chick.” I didn’t deny that, because, well, he had.

Evie has now come to terms with her new powers and she’s determined to not only use them, but to use them for good

The others aren’t so sure that’s possible, especially as all the alliances in the past have failed.

“Should’ve said good-bye. Arcana and non-Arcana mix poorly.” Matthew sighed. “Dee-vee-oh stares at you when you don’t see. Hunter. Watching. You’re the angel atop the Christmas tree that he can never reach. Gift beneath that he can’t unwrap.”

Evie and Jackson never seem to be able to be truly together, something’s always working to separate them.

And things get even crazier when Death comes into the picture.

I gave this book a 3.8 out of 5 stars. I have to say that I am liking Evie more and more as she discovers who she is and makes decisions on who she wants to be. She is no longer the helpless girl she was in The Poison Princess, she’s now more of an empress (heh heh). She does still have her inner struggles with who she used to be and not letting that overtake who she is now, but she’s working to handle that. She does get kidnapped by Death in this book, which I think is exciting because I really like him (Yes, he’s threatened her and whatnot, but I still like him). After you read this book you might as well 😉 , he’s still a controlling guy so he does make some mistakes which don’t endear him to Evie but what controlling guy doesn’t do stupid things? I did feel that this book was more of a connector in the series in that it furthers Evie and Jack’s relationship but it also introduces another major character who brings all new conflicts into Evie’s life. You do learn a lot more about Death and why he is the way he is, and of course the evil past empress had a hand in what he became (and how he treats Evie). Remember that this is the second installation of a series in which only the first three books are out and Ms. Cole does love to end on a cliffhanger :/ . This could end up being a long series (her website says minimum five books) and her other series Immortals After Dark has over 11 books in the series (but that series has different couples in each story, so it doesn’t suck as much to have to wait…).