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Review | Born of Nothing

This is the fourth book in the series and while you may not need to read the first three, I highly recommend doing so as we get to know familiar characters more deeply and the story will make much more sense too you.

This book was horrifyingly real and raw and tore your heart out. Jill did an amazing job with her writing which showcases the nastier side of what people can do and their terrifying consequences. My heart bled for our characters here and while this wasn’t your typical happy fantasy read, it was so much better! I loved all the aspects and focal points Jill had in here because it relates so much to what is happening in the real world and it truly saddens me to see it so. But like Cat, we can endure much as long as we take those steps required of us to make a change.

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Review | Beware the Night

For an avid reader of YA fantasy, I was super excited to have this arc! However, while amazing on some points, I feel that because I’m more experienced with YA fantasy, this novel was too juvenile for me and would be a better fit for younger readers or less fantasy-read bookworms to enjoy.

The plot and world design was brilliant and definitely loved the Sun/Moon mythology incorporated into Veda’s life. The pacing was fast and while I like it that way, there were times were the author could have slowed down to delve deeper into the story that would have made it better.

The love triangle trope took away from the story design. Veda is a character who should show power and perseverance especially as her world and life as she knows it is crumbling. But instead I find her making decisions based on who she likes at the moment and it’s just too naive and immature. I really hope she grows into a better MC in the next book and that the love trope takes a few steps back to allow for better character development.

Overall, a quick young read better suited to those not well advanced in the YA fantasy world as I feel we’ll be more disappointed with this.

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Tour Stop | It’s Getting Scot in Here

Welcome to my tour stop for Suzanne Enoch’s newest historical romance! Niall and Amelia’s love story clocked in at over 300 pages but was well worth every page!

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HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER
London socialite Amelia-Rose Baxter is nobody’s fool. Her parents may want her to catch a title, but she will never change who she is for the promise of marriage. Her husband will be a man who can appreciate her sharp mind as well as her body. A sophisticated man who loves life in London. A man who considers her his equal―and won’t try to tame her wild heart…

IN THE HIGHLANDS
Rough, rugged Highlander Niall MacTaggert and his brothers know the rules: the eldest must marry or lose the ancestral estate, period. But Niall’s eldest brother just isn’t interested in the lady his mother selected. Is it because Amelia-Rose is just too. . . Free-spirited? Yes. Brazen? Aye. Surely Niall can find a way to soften up the whip-smart lass and make her the perfect match for his brother for the sake of the family.

JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT HOTTER.
Instead it’s Niall who tempts Amelia-Rose, despite her reservations about barbarian Highlanders. Niall finds the lass nigh irresistible as well, but he won’t make the mistake his father did in marrying an Englishwoman who doesn’t like the Highlands. Does he have what it takes to win her heart? There is only one way to find out…

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I lost myself in this and didn’t want to come back. I’ve been in a mood for romances lately and didn’t feel for any of the ones that I’ve been reading… but this story truly set my heart a flutter.

Arranged marriages is a popular trope among historical romances, but Ms. Enoch delivers a tale mischievous and fun as we see the brother of the proposed groom fall for the English rose instead. I loved how their attraction was immediate and straight forward leaving no room for fluff in misunderstandings and miscommunications. In fact, their forbidden romance was a highlight and I couldn’t wait for their love to be revealed and how the family would take it. The dynamics of the family structure was great as well and I feel that as the series continues, we’ll see more of the siblings bond and mature than we did in this first book.

I fell in love with Niall more than I did with Amelia – his character was just so fun and witty that who couldn’t? Definitely more likeable than his brother Coll who was very arrogant and a jerk to start. I can’t wait to see what woman changes him for the better. But Niall also has such endearing qualities – taking Amelia for his own, not letting her family’s opinions of him get in the way of their love and even offering to risk scandal with elopement for her. It’s sigh-worthy and a dream to have read their story.

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Prologue

Once upon a time—in May 1785, to be exact—Angus
MacTaggert, Earl Aldriss, traveled from the middle
of the Scottish Highlands to London in search of a wealthy
bride to save his well-loved but crumbling estate. Aldriss
Park had been in the MacTaggert family since the time of
Henry VIII, when Domhnall MacTaggert, despite being
Catholic and married, declared publicly that Henry should
be able to wed as many lasses as he wanted until one of
them got him a son. Aldriss Park was the newly minted
earl’s reward for his support and understanding.
For the next two hundred years Aldriss thrived, until

the weight of poor harvests, the ever-intruding, rule-
making Sassenach, and the MacTaggerts’ own fondness

for drinking, gambling, and wild investments (including
an early bicycle design wherein the driver sat between
two wheels; sadly, it had no braking mechanism and
after a series of accidents nearly began a war within the
MacTaggerts’ clan Ross) began to sink it into disrepair.
When Angus inherited the title in 1783, he realized the
old castle needed far more than a fresh coat of paint to
keep it from both physical collapse and bankruptcy. And 

so he determined to go down among the enemy Sasse-
nach and win himself a wealthy bride. The English had

made enough trouble for him and his over the centuries,
so they could bloody well help him set things right.
On his second day in London, he met the stunning
Francesca Oswell, the only offspring of James and Mary
Oswell, Viscount and Viscountess of Hornford—who
had more money than Midas and a bevy of very fine
solicitors—at a masked ball where he dressed as a bull,

and she as a swan. Despite the misgivings of nearly every-
one in Mayfair, Angus and Francesca immediately fell

madly in love, and married with a special license ten days
later.

A week after that, Angus took Francesca back to Al-
driss Park and the Highlands, where she found very little

civilization, a great many sheep, and a husband who pre-
ferred brawling to dancing, and he discovered that her

father’s solicitors had arranged to keep the Oswell family
money in Francesca’s hands. This made for some very
spectacular arguments, because there is nothing more

combustible in the world than an impoverished High-
lands laird in disagreement with an independently wealthy

English lady about his own ancestral lands.

Over the next thirteen turbulent years the estate pros-
pered, and Francesca gave Angus three sons—Coll, Aden,

and Niall—and with each one became more concerned
that this was not a life for any civilized person. She wanted
to bring the boys back to London for proper educations
and to live proper lives, but Angus refused, stating that
what had been good enough for him would be good enough
for his lads.

When a fourth child, a daughter, arrived in 1798, Fran-
cesca reached her breaking point. No daughter of hers was

going to be raised with an uncivilized accent in a rough
country where she would be ridiculed by proper Society
and unfit to marry anyone but a shepherd or a peat cutter.
Angus refused to let his lads go, but he allowed Francesca

to take young Eloise and return to London—on the con-
dition that she continue providing for the maintenance

of the estate.

Francesca reluctantly agreed, but given that she con-
trolled the purse strings, she had her own conditions to

try to keep some influence with her wild sons: All three
boys must marry before their sister, they must wed proper

Englishwomen, and at least one of them must marry some-
one of her choosing.

She knew Angus would raise them as he pleased, but
they were her children, too, by God, and she meant to see
to it that they had some semblance of propriety in their
lives—she was a viscount’s daughter, after all, and certain
things would be expected of her offspring. She refused to
allow them to be viewed as unsophisticated wild men by
her London neighbors, and she remained determined to
have a presence in their lives.
To enforce her will, she convinced (or rather, coerced)

Angus to put his signature to the agreement, which con-
tained this provision: If young Eloise MacTaggert did

marry before any of the boys, Francesca would cut off all
funds to the estate. If they were to insist on defiance, they
would have a heavy price to pay for it—one they and their
tenants could not afford.
Angus had no choice but to agree, and considering that
Coll, the oldest, was only twelve at the time of Francesca’s
departure and Eloise was but a wee bairn, he was willing
to wager that he would have time to renegotiate. Angus
and Francesca remained married, but neither would bend
enough to visit the other ever again. As far as the lads were
concerned, their mother had abandoned them.

In the spring of 1816 Angus received a letter from Fran-
cesca announcing their daughter’s engagement, and he
promptly collapsed. He’d hoped his sons would have found
themselves Scottish lasses by now and shown their mother
she couldn’t control their lives after all, but the lads were
defiant and wouldn’t be rushed. Now it appeared to be too
late.
He summoned his sons to his apparent deathbed and

confessed all—Francesca funding the estate, the perni-
cious agreement, and their mother’s grasping claws, which

he explained was a symptom of all Englishwomen and their
weak, clinging, cloying ways. For the sake of the property
and their tenants the young men must go to London. At
once. No sense even taking time to put him in the ground,
much less mourn him, because Francesca wouldn’t excuse
the loss of time, and they needed to marry before their
sister.

The lads—grown men, now—were not at all happy sud-
denly to learn about the responsibilities and rules foisted

upon them by a woman they barely remembered. Being

wily, freehearted, and exceptionally handsome men accus-
tomed to doing things their way and certainly not bowing

to the demands of a demented Englishwoman, they deter-
mined to go down to London not to comply, but to outwit

their mother and upend any plans she had for them. And
thus, dear reader, begins our story.

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WOW | Once & Future

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This week’s WOW pick is Once & Future, written by two authors who are both brand new to me. I chose this novel because I am a sucker for fairytale retellings and I have yet to encounter one based on King Arthur. Not only is this it, but it’s a gender reverse trope in which King Arthur is actually female! Plus just look at how gorgeous this cover it. It releases March 26, 2019 so mark your calendars! I’m sure this will definitely be a hit in the YA category for March.

———- Synopsis ———–

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

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Tour Stop | Smoke & Summons

 

 

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E Komo Mai (Welcome) to my tour stop for Charlie Holmberg’s newest YA Fantasy novel Smoke & Summons!

“He was protecting one of the most powerful blasphemes in existence.”

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*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Ms. Holmberg and Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me to be a part of this tour.*

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I must say that this was a very unique YA Fantasy that will outshine a lot of popular themes out there because of its diversity that both terrifies you and yet keeps you intrigued.

Ms. Holmberg definitely set a challenge for herself in incorporating Sandis’ horrific story into the YA genre and making it appealing for its audience. It truly captivates your fear of the unknown with the Numina and the idea of the occult terrifies you to a point where you’ve become too fascinated with it to leave. The story, while slow and a bit confusing to start, boards the train halfway through and delivers you on a journey to see Sandis and Rone through to the very end. However, their actions leave your heart breaking for each – trying to find the silver lining of with each turn of the page. Kazen is a truly horrific villain and sets the tone of the story having you just as desperate as Sandis for escape and freedom.

Each character we meet here besides Sandis and Rone are so different yet their roles are intertwined with each other’s fate. While appearing young in age, both our MCs have experienced such tragedy and hardship that has matured them beyond their years. However, their youth and hope for freedom drive their decisions that unfortunately end in hurt for the both of them. For the first book in a series, their growth surpassed my expectations. I am amazed with the amount of emotions displayed by both and the detail in which they were written made me feel every single part of it too.

The idea of the Numina was fantastic – I’m still not sure if they’re a form of demons who have no lust for anything but destruction. But Ireth had me believing that not all bad things are bad. Simply misunderstood and fighting for the same freedoms we fight for ourselves. The author successfully portrays that those who abuse power create a stigma that takes a very long time for you to see past and to understand the truth is a very tough obstacle to beat.

I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did and I cannot wait for the sequel!

“Was it so easy to make her happy, even after everything she’s endured?”

———– Book Info ———–

Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy #1)

by Charlie N. Holmberg

Publisher: 47North

Release Date: February 1, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Synopsis:

A captivating world of monsters and magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series. As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon — a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal.

To stay alive, she must run. And in a city fueled by smoke and corruption, she finds a surprising ally. A cunning thief for hire, Rone owns a rare device that grants him immortality for one minute every day — a unique advantage that will come in handy in Sandis’s fight for freedom. But Sandis’s master knows how powerful she is. He’s determined to get her back, and he has the manpower to find her, wherever she runs.

Now, to outwit her pursuers, Sandis must put all her trust in Rone and his immortal device. For her master has summoned more than mere men to hunt her down…

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“Like every fiber of your body is being torn apart. Like it’s burning up, but the fuel never runs out. Like you’re twisting into something else.”

———- Author Bio ———

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy PaperMagician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, andThe Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for BestYoungAdult Romance, and her novel The Fifth Doll won the 2018 Whitney forSpeculative Fiction. She is a board member for Deep Magic Ezine and currentlylives with her family in Utah. Visit her atwww.charlienholmberg.com

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Review | Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times more, Kendall Ryan has quickly outshone many romances for me and has secured a spot as one of my favorite romance authors! She did not disappoint with her newest novel Boyfriend for Hire which is now available!

———- Review ———-

It’s been a LONG while since I’ve read a romance focused on the trope of a blind date. Usually those always end badly but Nic and Elle’s blind date was way too successful and in a very good way. I loved seeing this love story unfold and though the ending is very predictable, the journey Elle and Nic take towards that end goal is very unique, raw and full of life. Ms. Ryan’s spin on the dreaded dating scenario had sass, confidence and drama which lead to great character development and shows a level of maturity in them not seen in many people today.

I dreaded the moment Nic’s truth would be revealed to Elle and OF COURSE it’s done by the best friend who believes she’s protecting Elle when she’s really just destroying what her and Nic started. Granted it was bound to result in heartbreak, I’d prefer it to have come straight from Nic so there would be no misunderstandings. But I’m not the author and the story needed an obstacle so that was it. Brilliantly done because like Nic I wanted to kill Christine too LOL 😂!

All in all, another fantastic novel that has you believing that despite your past, love truly prevails if you take the risk to believe in it.

———- Book Info ———-

BOYFRIEND FOR HIRE

By Kendall Ryan 

Release Day – Feb 19th

I’m the guy you call when you need to impress your overbearing family, your boss, or your ex. Yeah, I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

I’m the guy who’ll make you feel beautiful, desired, and worshipped . . . all for a steep price. I’m hired to make you shine, and I always deliver.

I’ll be whatever you want me to be for one night—except my true self. This is just a job, a role I play to earn a paycheck.

But I’m not the guy who falls for a client. Not once in six years.

And then I meet Elle. Her friend has hired me to escort her to a wedding, but Elle doesn’t know we’re just pretending.

There’s a fire between us I never expected. A connection I haven’t felt in so long. One kiss, and I’m losing all control.

But what will happen when she finds out who I really am?

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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Top 10 | Books I Loved With Fewer Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads

Playing catch up is no fun especially after celebrating all weekend for my birthday! Today’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt highlights those lesser known/favored/rated books and I’m so excited to share with you my choices! These are the most recent ones I’ve read with less than 2k ratings – I’m capping it at 5 because most of my reads exceed that!

  1. Wolf Tamer by Yumomori Wilson
    • A really sweet and endearing story on young love faced with tragedy and heartbreak that develops into a reverse harem with paranormal shifting wolves!
  2. Whispers of My Skin by Susana Mohel
    • This emotional and raw piece will have you tearing your soul apart only to have it put back together as these two individuals learn to love one another. It also has lots of Scarlett O’Hara and Gone with the Wind inspirations!
  3. Romanov by Nadine Brandes
    • The tragic story of the Romanovs and little Anastasia has a fantastic retelling here that ends with hope, love and forgiveness.
  4. Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan
    • If a blind date set-up looked anything like Nic please sign me up! This male escort trope was everything I wanted and more. Elle is a very lucky girl.
  5. The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
    • I received an ARC in my December Fairyloot box and holy crap — this has become my FAVORITE read this year and one of my most highly anticipated YA novels! Full of magical crows and tackling huge mental issues like depression and grief, Kalyn definitely crafted what will be one of the greatest treasures we find this year.
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WOW | To Best the Boys


February 13, 2019


Hardcover, 352 pgs

Release Date: 3/5/19

I chose this because the ARC was AMAZING! My full review will be up soon but I am obsessed with mazes and the twist in this was a huge shocker! I loved the author’s spin on this and can’t wait for you guys to devour this as well! Here’s the synopsis to hold you over until I can post my review!

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Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.

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Review | A Curse So Dark & Lonely

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Hardcover, 496 pgs

Release Date: January 29, 2019

Published by Bloomsbury YA

Let me start by saying this was NOT your typical retelling of Beauty and the Beast but it was none the less epic and magical!

This was my first novel by Brigid and her writing immediately transports you to this world where I myself was scared for the monster Rhen transforms into!

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— Characters —

Harper – I loved how independent and strong willed she is right off the bat. She was not your whimpering damsel in distress. She looks her enemies in the eyes and fiercely fights for what she believes in. I am proud that she is the way she is because I expect nothing less of a main character. I do feel she was a little immature in some ways especially when she constantly assumes things which leads to misunderstandings and makes her a fool when the truth comes to light. But as that’s all part of her growth, I can forgive her for that.

Rhen – your typical arrogant prince. I felt for him though. It seemed he has already given up all hope especially when he realizes Harper is not the typical girl with love in her eyes from first sight. Because he’s already given up, he refuses to open up his heart to her. But of course he’s our Beast so he can’t make it that easy for himself. That doesn’t diminish his character though. He struggles to conceive having a strong powerful female as his last hope to break the spell, but still manages to make us fall in love with him as learns from Harper to prove he cares about his people through actions rather than words. I did not like the version of him when this book ended. Maybe that’s due to the fact that I fell in love with Grey more than I did him, but his character was lamer than I expected. Yes the curse broke, but it seems like he didn’t retain any of his beastly qualities that make us fall in love with him. Yes he’s sweet and endearing but overwhelms us with how sweet and endearing he is. In fact, truth be told, he reminds me A LOT of Tamlin from the ACOTAR series. Broody and messed up prior to the curse ending. Curse breaks and now he’s too overbearing and overprotective.

Grey – he was very pleasant surprise. I did not expect our serious and non-smiling guard to break down HIS barriers first rather than our other two MCs. It was surprising to see how easily it was for him to transition from guard to friend when it came to Harper and not so surprising to see him develop feelings for her. My heart shattered when he sacrifices those feelings in order to save his friend and to allow Harper her freedom knowing he will always lose in the end. His ability to sacrifice himself is the best aspect of this story. I am really really anxious to see how his journey develops in the sequel as this Grey I know is dead (his words not mine). Who will he become? Will he choose to follow and claim his birthright? Will he continue to sacrifice himself for others? Will he end up with Harper???

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This is the reason why I rated it a 4/5. I found too many similarities to other fantasies that are popular today and it took away from the uniqueness and originality of this retelling. Not to say I didn’t like it, but I couldn’t help but compare it to other books because of this fault.

I loved her version of the beast most of all. There was never just ONE – each season was different and all terrifying in their own way. I was surprised when our beast showed up this season and still retained some sense of familiarity with Harper. I was expecting him to just shred her to pieces like he did everyone else, but he became the biggest puppy as soon as he saw her. Not only was this monster terrifying – it was GORGEOUS…. when it wasn’t snapping and snarling 😛

The story itself is superb and very original. I did not expect it to be written and plotted so, but am glad we get to see each and every single character’s development and their importance in setting up the grounds for the sequel. I truly immersed myself in this world from page 1. Not once did I feel bored. It was a constant ride of excitement and magic that had me devouring sentence after sentence, trying to read between the lines for ANY sort of foreshadowing to see what happens next. I am happy to say I am still stumped – I have no idea what the author has in store for us next. But I do know it can only get better from here.

———- Synopsis ———-

In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Top 10 Tuesday | Fave Couples in Books

Aloha! I was sooooo looking forward to this week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic because they’re are so many good couples!!! I know I haven’t read a lot of the popular books today BUT that just means I get to focus on the less known OTPs! So here they are!

  1. Feyre & Rhysand (ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas)
    • If this isn’t obvious, I don’t know what it. They are the ultimate goal and the sacrifices they make not only for themselves but for those they love is just remarkable and something you really don’t see now a days in *real* life. That said, they are my ultimate goal in striving to be just as strong and powerful as they are in supporting one another through everything. I also loved how they are NOT perfect and that they bicker and poke fun at each other. That is how true love reigns and that is why there are #1 😀
  2. Jude & Cardan (The Cruel Prince by Holly Black)
    • Oh my goodness you guys. This couple will literally kill you. I can never tell whether they like each other or not, but you can definitely sense the chemistry between them. In fact, I often feel as if I’m only 2 feet away watching the snaps of lightning crackle around them. I finished TWK a few months ago (I was lucky enough to get an ARC) and FML… it ripped my soul to pieces and it’s still not glued back together.. I need Queen of Nothing now!
  3. Ren & Kelsey (The Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck)
    • Ren is the sexiest tiger I know (besides his brother Kishan) – I had a very hard time choosing which one to pick for Kelsey and was so heartbroken in the end for Kishan! Their relationship truly went on one of the best adventures I have ever read and I continue to reread this series time and time again.
  4. Reed & Ella (The Paper Princess by Erin Watt)
    • This couple was fiery and explosive! I really hope this series gets turned into a TV show because hot damn I could not put these books down! Reed and Ella’s love story was so deserving of their HEA and it was utter perfection. I need more Royals!!
  5. Rinoa & Squall (Final Fantasy 8)
    • This isn’t book related (it’s a video game) but I have truly fell in love with Rinoa & Squall’s love story and I strongly believe it was because of their story that made me love Final Fantasy forever. Squall is the strong, silent type who pretends indifference when it comes to Rinoa but when her life becomes forfeit to the evil sorceress he will moves mountains for her. Sigh… I want a Squall.
  6. Belle & the Beast
    • There’s a reason this is my all time favorite fairytale and I think that most of my fave OTPs are based on this romance. Belle and the Beast truly learn to love one another for who they are and I find that most couples struggle with that. Again, being the *perfect type* is NOT key in a relationship. Rather you find perfection in their flaws and weaknesses and you grow stronger as a couple for helping each other through that. That’s what happens in this love story and I see why it’s a very popular trope for romances.
  7. America & Prince Maxon (The Selection Series by Keira Cass)
    • Anytime a commoner shows someone in the *upper* class how to forego all rules and regulations and just follow your heart is a definite romance pick for me. America was hilarious at first, not allowing her own heart to get involved and never giving Maxon the time of day. But it was swoon worthy seeing the both of them fall for each other before they even realized it themselves.
  8. Grey & Harper (A Curse So Dark & Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer)
    • I know I know… it’s not the actual couple of ACSDaL. But honestly, I think this is just like ACOTAR and that Harper will actually end up with the other guy . Which would be SO MUCH BETTER! Sorry Rhen lovers.. he’s just not the perfect fit for her. Whereas Grey is it! I mean you could tell from the moment he first broke down HIS barriers around her that they are just meant to be. He actually reminds me a lot of Rhysand and how he sacrifices for Feyre, Grey sacrifices for Harper.
  9. Nolan & Mackenzie (Let Me List the Ways by Sarah White)
    • Nolan makes me wish to repeat high school drama just for the sake of having a guy like him always there protecting me. He really had the soul of a gentlemen in him without all the immaturity of adolescence and it truly made me have the biggest book boyfriend crush while reading this.
  10. Christian & Ana (50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James)
    • Minus all the BDSM, I loved the romance and struggle these two went through. Their character developments remain to be one of the most profound in my history of reading and it just amazes me how Twilight was the inspiration for this (I hated Twilight).