BOOK REVIEW – Fractured Suns (Broken Skies #2) by Theresa Kay

So in anticipation for the final book in this trilogy releasing October 26th, I re-read the first two books. And I loved this book just as much the second time around! Check out my 5 Star Review for Fractured Suns below and if you haven’t picked up the 1st book in this trilogy, it’s FREE right now! Enjoy!

BOOK REVIEW – Fractured Suns (Broken Skies #2) by Theresa KayFractured Suns (Broken Skies #2)
by Theresa Kay
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Synopsis:

Reunited with her brother, and surrounded by Flint, Peter and her new-found grandfather, Jax Mitchell has still never felt more alone. The choice to follow Rym back to the city to find answers and see Lir is an easy one, but their reunion is cut short and Jax is forced to leave Lir behind. She finds herself traveling with some unexpected companions and heading back toward a place she’d hoped to never see again.

After being imprisoned—and tortured—on the orders of his uncle, Lir hasn’t seen daylight or linked to anyone in weeks. After a lifetime of connection, the pain and loneliness is almost too much to bear. Elated that Jax actually came, Lir finds renewed hope and strength to continue fighting his uncle's influence over the E'rikon, even when things look hopeless and Lir’s been branded a traitor by the very people he’s trying to save.

While Jax and Lir fight separate battles, their missions have more in common than they realize. It’s a race against time to stop men driven only by greed and power. But the people they trust the most might be the very people working against them—and "family" doesn't mean what it used to. Will they recognize their friends from their enemies in time to save the people they love or will they lose each other in the process?

Review:

*Spoilers for Broken Skies #1 (but the 1st paragraph is safe to read)*

Oh you guys.  This book.  This amazing book.  I tear up even thinking about this story, because Fractured Suns was breathtaking.  It quickly pulled me back into the story and I found myself immersed in a world and surrounded by characters that I love.  And be prepared, because my emotions felt as though they were being pulled all over the place.  Happy and sad tears streaked down my face while I spent a good portion of the story smiling.  This book was so much fun.  It had peril, heartbreak, action, lies, betrayal, love, redemption and I was definitely glued to the pages.  But you want to know what the kicker was?  I’m not one of those people who will read until the wee hours of every night because my kiddos wake up at 6am, or earlier if I’m lucky ha.  But Fractured Suns refused to be put down.  I stayed up until 2:35am to finish, and it was so worth it!

“If our only focus is survival, then we’re no better than them.  Without compassion…without forgiveness…we’re nothing but animals.” – Jax

We get to jump right back into the story at Peter’s cabin, where Jax is stuck because her brother Jace is healing from a broken leg.  Their E’rikon grandfather, Jastren, is there along with her brother’s boyfriend, Flint.  While her brother, grandfather and Peter are away gathering supplies, Jax gets a chance to go back and see Lir with Rym.  After their too brief encounter, they both find themselves fighting and struggling on their own journeys.  Without each other.

He lied.  He manipulated me.  He used me.  And when it came down to it, he made his choice. – Jax

When Jax and Lir met for that first time after the bond had been broken, eeks!!!!  I was terrified because I wanted to push them together and yell at them to kiss and make up.  But in all honestly, they really haven’t known one other for that long.  Can they even trust each other?  Jax still harbors so much hurt from Lir’s betrayal.  And with Lir not having a functional kitu, he doesn’t know how to trust others without being able to sense their feelings.  And as the story progresses, I fell even more in love with both of them.  Jax and Lir grow throughout the story and it made my heart so happy with the choices and decisions that they had to make.  No matter how hard they were.  Jax is still resourceful and savvy but her heart becomes something truly beautiful.  And Lir.  Swoon!  Charming, brave, smart and sincere, Lir is one sexy alien!

“You would kill him for what he is,” I say.  “But you never asked what I was.”  I smile sweetly and bat my eyelashes right before I place a single finger to his temple – and send every bit of the fire raging through me straight into his head.

So of course I was devastated when Jax had to leave Lir, because there is still so much up in the air.  But guess what?  In Fractured Suns we got to be in both Jax and Lir’s head!  I loved that we finally got to hear Lir’s thoughts.  To see what he thought of Jax, because I have been obsessively trying to figure it all out once I finished the last page in Broken Skies!  For a few of Lir’s chapters, the story seemed to move at a slower pace, compared to Jax’s crazy journey.  But in the end, it made sense that we had to understand the people he was surrounded with, what he had gone through, and how he wanted to proceed.  I get it, and it more than made sense.

If I stop to think, if I do anything but move forward… I will fall apart.  And this time I won’t be able to put the pieces back together. – Jax

But there is one point in the story that I never saw coming.  Everyone was asleep while I read that scene and I needed sob out loud.  To let out all of the pain.  But instead I had to bite my lip and allow the tears to continuously stream down my face.  Silently speaking the devastation I witnessed.  That twist left me in utter shock.  The ramifications, oh.  I’m at a loss.  But in a twisted way, I love when books can affect me that intense.  That I can feel that deep of a connection to characters and their feelings.  I just wish it didn’t hurt that much.

So yes, I definitely recommend this book and series!  I can’t wait to see what the final book has in-store for Lir and Jax!

***ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

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Broken Skies #1
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BOOK REVIEW: Legion (Talon #4) by Julia Kagawa

BOOK REVIEW: Legion (Talon #4) by Julia KagawaLegion (Talon #4)
by Julie Kagawa
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Synopsis:

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde. Book 4 of 5 in The Talon Saga from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa.

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all--dragons do not suffer human emotions--let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she's capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante--the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

 

“Make no mistake. You will serve Talon, one way or another. We just have to find that breaking point.”

It’s no secret I’m one of the few people (among those I know or follow) who are still deeply involved with this series. I cherish and am obsessed with Garret, adore Riley and the rest of the crew, have a love/hate relationship with Ember, and generally am knee-deep in Kagawa’s perilous fantasy story-telling abilities. The end of Soldier (and all of Soldier, really, in my opinion) was by far one of my favorite endings to a book-ever. But, even Kagawa can’t always be perfect.

Even with all the things I love about this series, this book felt, inevitably, like a filler to me. Not as much passion, not enough action, a little too much of that moron, Dante, and an overall overkill of some things. I say ‘some things’ lightly because I just don’t know how to explain what wasn’t right for me-it just wasn’t. I think there was too much background noise, too much buildup with not enough payoff.

“Though you are beautiful, you know that, right?” I think I blushed, and he smiled, leaning closer. “I didn’t fall in love with how you looked,” he murmured as his hand rose, gently brushing my cheek. “I fell in love with you.”

I liked so many things, as always with the Talon series, in this book, but I’m kind of in a place [with the content of the last book, Soldier] where I can’t say too much. I can say there was a lot of planning for an all-out war. I can say there was a decent amount of, ahem, romance. And I can even say the writing style wasn’t as strong as the last three books, in my opinion. But when you get down to it, I can’t say the things I REALLYYY want to say…because…spoilers lol.
But, hey, let’s recreate some dialogue like Joey from Friends and ALMOST accidentally spoil everything, while talking to Chandler and Ross:

J: Remember how that bastard cheated and went against the oath at the end of Soldier?
R/C: Riighhhttt, okay, so fun, I remember.
J: And then remember how Ember was begging him not to die and…you know…
R/C: Ooohh yeahhh, so cool.
J: And it just ended with Garret View Spoiler » ?!
Rachel: JOEY!!!

HA. Sorry, but I can’t not talk about him!!!!! I JUST CANNOT. WHAT WORLD WOULD I BE LIVING IN IF I DIDN’T GUSH ABOUT ONE OF MY TOP BBF’S FOR LIFE??? Not a good one, that’s for sure.
So, anyway. Take what you will from this review, but just remember these key things:

-By far my least favorite book of the series
-Not my favorite dialogues, almost bordering on cheesy, which Kagawa has never done so I may be overstepping, I don’t know
-Lots of Dante…a big downside for me, because:

A) YAWN
B) BORINGGGGG
C) FUCK HIM

-Not as much action as I remember from the others
-Not as emotional, if you ask me

BUT

-Still some heart-wrenching moments
-Still some swoon
-Still butterflies in my belly
-Still Kagawa…and you ain’t doin’ half bad readin’ a Kagawa book, mmmkaaaaaayyy?

So…whatever. If you read it, read it. If you don’t, don’t. But I’ve done as good as I can keepin’ it real. Go with God.

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OMG THE COVER OMG MY BOY AHHHH-I LOVE IT *smiling devil face emoji*

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Ugly Crying like…


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My heart and soul were ripped to shreds at the end of Soldier….and with my horrible book slump, this is the ONLY story that could ease my wounded soul.


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I’m so obsessed with Garret it’s not even funny.


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Which is why I am still a blubbering mess when I think of him…


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and this story…and it’s end…


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and this evil author that I am obsessed with and adore…..


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But I suppose I’ll be fine (UNTIL 2017) ARGHHHHHHH UGHHHHH


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Seriously-Kagawa, you are evil. You wound me.

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Book Review – Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay

In anticipation for the final book in this trilogy releasing 10/26th, I re-read the first two books. They were just as amazing the second time around and strongly held on to their 5 Star Ratings! So check out my review for Broken Skies below. Ohhhh and make sure to grab it on Amazon, it’s FREE right now! Next week I’ll be posting my reviews for Fractures Suns and Shattered Stars. Enjoy!

Book Review – Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa KayBroken Skies (Broken Skies #1)
by Theresa Kay
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Synopsis:

Plagued by nightmares and panic attacks, seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell wants nothing more than a life of seclusion with only her twin brother for company. So when he's kidnapped by Earth's reclusive alien settlers, the E'rikon, she'll do anything to get him back--even form an alliance with a teenage E'rikon boy left behind by the same ship that took her brother.

Jax agrees to act as a guide, and in return, the alien agrees to sneak her past the human-proof barrier surrounding the E'rikon city. Too bad it's not that simple. Jax soon finds that she's drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales on his back--and he's equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn't know the alien's true motives, and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.

With the aliens and the humans at odds, the connection forming between the two teens has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets in motion a chain of events that threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.

Review:

Broken Skies gripped me to the core and was truly outstanding.  The story continually built and became more intricate, causing me to become obsessed with this book.  It’s all I can think about.  Seriously.  The pages were scattered with hardships and butterfly inducing moments that were breathtaking.  I never wanted this book to end.

“It’s going to be okay,” he says.
But I know it’s not.  I don’t know if anything is ever going to be okay again.

After the war left 10% of the population alive, the aliens, known as the E’rikon, arrived to share Earth.  They kept to themselves, until a group of them kidnapped Jax’s brother, Jace.  In the commotion, a teenage E’rikon was left behind with no way to navigate home.  In a desperate attempt to get her brother back, Jax agrees to help navigate Lir to his city in exchange for getting inside to find her brother.  What started out as a simple journey, escalated into something that kept me on the edge of my seat!

The fingers of one hand curl into claws, perfect for ripping and tearing.  I won’t go quietly.  Icy fear has no place in my body now.  Instead, I’m filled with fire, burning me from the inside out and just waiting to be released.

I already knew I loved Jax the first few pages into Broken Skies.  She was resourceful, savvy and I loved that she was the one responsible for taking care of them for their journey.  Whenever she opened her mouth and fumbled over some words or would start blabbering, she made me laugh, smile and truly care for her.  But at the same point, she is somewhat broken.  She has hardships from her past that she struggles with, and I desperately wanted her to overcome them.

“You are everything I was taught humans were not.”

Lir was charming, sarcastic and I fell head over heals in love with him.  He was gentle, sweet, sincere, sexy and smart.  I honestly could not get enough of him!  And of course I still felt that way about him, even after he kept secrets from Jax.  Although, they were wonderful secrets that added so much depth.  Ohhhhh, Lir was everything I love in a male character.

Lir stands and reaches a hand out to me.  I eye it for a moment before accepting it and allowing him to pull me to my feet.  Trust has to start somewhere, I guess.

Jax and Lir were unforgettable characters.  And when they were together, their relationship was sweet, slow and natural.  Nothing was rushed.  Nothing was forced.  It was so much fun to watch them evolve.  Sigh, I am still on a book high.  This book was so much fun and I’m dying until I can read the second book. But until then, I can’t recommend this book highly enough.  You must discover this world, characters and story!  I look forward to reading the rest of Theresa Kay’s books, because her storytelling has enraptured me!  

***ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers), iTunes (click on title) & Book Depository (click on book #)
Broken Skies theresa kay
Broken Skies #1
Reviews:

Jen
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Fractured Suns #2
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Jen

Shattered Stars #3

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

BOOK REVIEW:  The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly BlackThe Cruel Prince by Holly Black
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Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

I see why people call Holly Black ‘Queen of the Faeries’. Hoooly wow. What a delightfully dark, twisty novel.

If you know anything about me, I’m all about the court politics & intrigue, villains & anti-heroes, and schemes within plots within schemes. This book had my name written ALL over it.

Okay so here’s the basic rundown without giving away too much. Jude and Taryn are twins. Vivi is their older sister. It turns out, Vivi’s real father, Madoc, is fae. When the girls are young, he comes for Vivi, kills their parents, and sees Jude and Taryn as his responsibilities since their mother was his… ex. To put it lightly. He whisks them away to Faerie to be raised alongside his family. Having grown up with Madoc as the only father they knew, Taryn and Jude have come to love him like a father, while Vivi promises to always hate him for what he did.

Being the general’s daughters, Jude and her sisters are raised alongside the High King’s sons and daughters. Each sibling has their own group of friends, spies, etc.

Enter Cardan.

Cardan is the youngest prince, and on the surface, the cruelest. Anyone who gets in his way, annoys him, or disrespect him, ends up paying dearly. Jude hates him with a passion, to say the least. He has that whole ‘school bully’ syndrome and is impossibly arrogant (all the makings of a delicious prince, amirite?)

Jude just wants to belong. Unlike her sister, she loves the land of Faerie. She wants to belong. Her dream is to become a knight. She wants a position of power that will earn her freedom and respect. But after being bullied and harassed by Cardan and his lackeys, Jude is fed up.

“My good intentions evaporate on the wind. My blood is on fire, boiling in my veins. I do not have much power, but here is what I have – I can force his hand. Cardan might want to hurt me, but I can make him want to hurt me worse.”

So we have a bit of a prank war, but a life-threatening one. Jude stops trying to control her temper, and she starts fighting back. She gets in a few good swings at Cardan, which royally pisses him off in the most delightful way. It catches the attention of the rest of the royal family, including Prince Dain. He meets Jude in secret and offers her a position of power if she spies for him. Dain is the chosen son, the one that will inherit the crown via his father’s favor.

So Jude accepts his offer and becomes part of his ‘Court of Shadows’.

Political games insue. Jude gets in over her head. (Or does she?)

I don’t want to say more than that, but that’s the general idea of the opening. Only, it becomes so much more. Jude discovers secrets within secrets about the court, and with the coronation coming up, things get especially intense. Not to mention, her twin sister says she has a secret lover but she refuses to reveal his identity.

When shit hits the fan, oh man, it gets SO good. The ending was phenomenal, and the sequel is set up to be AMAZING and I dont know how I’m going to wait… *screams into the void*

That. Epilogue.

Help.

Bah, ok. Anyway… Jude is a fantastic main character. She’s cunning, witty, and so supremely dark. Perhaps darker than Cardan himself at times. She’s complex (so is everyone else) and relatable and easily has one of the strongest voices I’ve come across in a YA novel. I loved how complicated things get with her sisters and Madoc’s family, and how buried some of the secrets are. Oh man. What a cool (and awful) family dynamic. I also looooved how vivid the royal family is. Of course, Cardan is my favorite, because I am utterly helpless when it comes to characters like him. Is there ever something between him and Jude, you ask? I admit nothing, but if you could pass me your fan…

Ugh, and the world. Holly Black’s writing is lush in every way imaginable, and she excels in bringing such a fantastical world to life. None of it felt made up. She doesn’t shy away from anything dark, either. This isn’t a pretty fairie land, folks. Here be monsters.

BOOK REVIEW – The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

BOOK REVIEW – The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
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Synopsis:

Money can't buy a good first impression.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she's smart enough to know his interest won't last. Because if there's one thing she's learned from her mother's warnings, it's that the rich have a short attention span. But just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn't a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she'd ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

Review:

The Distance Between Us was such a cute story, yet I struggled with quite a few things.  So here are some of my thoughts……..

An adorable story-line –

He laughs a little. “You live above a porcelain-doll store; your best friend lives in a cemetery. You’ve pretty much grown up surrounded by creepy things. Is there anything you’re afraid of?”
You.

Carmen and Xander both wanted to figure out what they were going to be when they’re older, since they’re both slated to take over their family’s businesses.  They created these career days that I loved.  And those moments always led to scenes where my emotions were the strongest.  But even before that I loved watching their tentative friendship form.  It was such a cute story, and it was so easy to devour.

A girl I wasn’t the hugest fan of –

Before him, I thought I knew if a guy was flirting with me. But he says things so subtly, so smoothly, that it’s hard to tell if it’s purposeful or if he’s just playing along with my jokes.

So confession time, I’m awful at getting sarcastic humor at times.  My whole family laughed at me, during our weekly Sunday dinner last weekend, because I didn’t catch my Aunt being sarcastic.  Multiple times in her texts.  So my sporadic ineptitude towards sarcasm may have played a huge role in why I never clicked or connected with Caymen.  You see, Caymen’s like the queen of sarcasm and dry humor all rolled into one person.  I tried again and again to connect and get her humor, yet I continually failed at it. It was so frustrating.

A boy that I was obsessed about –

He lowers the visor in front of me and flips open the mirror. “You still have paint on your face.” He runs a finger down my cheek, tracing the paint line. My breath catches for a moment when his finger seems to linger a second longer than necessary.

Xander MADE this book for me.  He was thoughtful, caring, and compassionate towards Caymen.  He was also persistent, charming and I loved how he initiated the friendship between the two of them.  And that he kept coming around and helped the friendship grow.  He was such a good guy, and it was impossible to not fall hard for him.

Lack of communication –

I didn’t want my mom to have bad feelings toward him. Somehow the guy had managed to climb out of the box full of people I had already labeled off-limits with a permanent marker and he’d become different. And now, much to my irritation, I feel some form of loyalty to Xander Spence.
I had to change this immediately.

So the two main conflicts in this book stemmed from lack of communication.  And it wasn’t like the people involved in the lack of communication weren’t around one another countless times.  They didn’t have missed opportunities to ask questions.  It was just never done, and the questions were never asked.  Unfortunately that can be a book pet peeve of mine depending upon how it’s handled, and I struggled with how both of the situations were handled.

A HFN that didn’t sit well with me –

This is the second book I’ve read by this author where that last page didn’t leave me feeling all smiley and happy.  Sometimes I struggle with HFN (Happily For Nows) because there’s still so much up in the air.  And in this case there were still sooooo many things that needed to be worked out, figured out or I just wanted to know what happened.  I wish there were a few more chapters explaining what happened so that way some of the outstanding issues would be resolved.

So now I’m left wondering if maybe this author and I aren’t that great of a fit after all?  Oh my gosh, I just don’t know.  I loved On the Fence, but The Fill-In Boyfriend had one of those HFN endings where I needed more.  I still have PS I Like You sitting on my shelf and Pivot Point sitting in my Kindle, so I guess I’ll find out if this author truly isn’t a good fit for me after reading those two books.  Here’s hoping if you pick this up you’ll enjoy it much more than I did!

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