Monday, September 26, 2016

The Beauty of Darkness - Review

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

By: Mary E. Pearson

Published: August 2, 2016 by Henry Holt and Co

688 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.
Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.
First of all, the length of this novel nearly turned me off from reading it right now - ONLY because I don't have much time to read these days with my other duties of Mom, wife, nanny, etc... and so any book longer than 400 pages usually takes me too long to read and I get bogged down. But I have really enjoyed this series and I HAD to know the end of the story for Lia, Kaden and Rafe. Come on - series ender reading challenge anyone?!

Then there's the added challenge of writing a review for the last book in a series without giving away too much information to those who have yet to read it. Every sentence I start to write I have to delete because it would spoil some things and this is one of those series that needs to be experienced without spoilers - especially book one. So let me just say this. Lia is a STRONG, independent, fearless woman. She has been given something placed on her heart for a people who have been oppressed and undervalued. A people who have been ruled by ruthless leaders and misunderstood by surrounding kingdoms. Her heart is torn between saving those she can and staying loyal to her own home kingdom (which as a sidebar her loyalty to her own kingdom was an irritation for me to understand due to their seemingly quick belief that she was a traitor without solid proof). Add a third struggle, and that is loving a man who also feels led to lead his kingdom and save his people. Things seem rather impossible and sacrifices have to be made for Lia, Rafe and Kaden.

As for last books in a series, I was pleased with the ending to their story.

If you are new to this series, book one is fantastic! It sets the stage for a wonderfully addictive fantasy set in what resembles medieval times. The story follows a princess who runs away on her wedding day because she just can't live the life her parents are pushing on her to a strange man from another kingdom, all for the sake of alliances. She wants more for herself even if that means living as a tavern maid. Her actions start a domino effect of trouble that's already been brewing under the surface in the surrounding kingdoms. Most kingdoms, including her own, want her dead, punished or want to use her for their own gain. Her true destiny comes to light in this final book.

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
"If we spend too much time reliving the past, it gets us nowhere."

A refusal of epic proportions because she believed in and wanted something else. That was what had first captivated me. It was her bravery.

I am choosing my destiny now - not a book, nor a man or a kingdom.

Some family you are born with, other family you choose.

Love didn't end all at once, no matter how much you needed it to or how inconvenient it was. You couldn't command love to stop any more than a marriage document could order it to appear. Maybe love had to bleed away a drop at a time until your heart was numb and cold and mostly dead.

Language: 1 (light)
Mature Content: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Post #190

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.




Planned Posts:
Review - The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
TBD: ARC Thursday Review - The Thousandth Floor

I was a slacker this week when it came to reading and blogging. I didn't do my usual WOW post this week, even though I have some books I want to feature, but it's because the host, Breaking the Spine, has been MIA for 4.5 weeks now. Many people have left comments but there's been silence. If anyone knows her, please let the blogging community know if she's okay. It feels wrong to feature the meme when she's not posting a link up. Do you post and not credit her? Do you continue to post when she's clearly not there? I don't know. What do ya'll think?

If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge: September Wrap Up

Time for our ninth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the August Wrap Up, Sandy hasn't finished any series enders this month, but Holly was able to finish one: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, # 3) by Mary E Pearson.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the September giveaway runs from September 25th - October 25th. On October 25th we will use and the linky entries to pull a winner.

Monday, September 19, 2016

It Ends With Us - Review

It Ends With Us

By: Colleen Hoover

Published: August 2, 2016 by Atria Books

384 pages

Source: Borrowed from snl

(Goodreads / Amazon)


Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.
I am a MESS, ya'll. After finishing this one I was ugly snot crying (doesn't help I've got a cold so there's extra snot already) but the "Note from the author" and "Acknowledgements" put me over the edge of the already ugly crying going on. (So don't miss out on reading those when you're done) UGH! I have so many emotions about this book I am not sure I will be able to coherently put them all here.

For those who are not familiar, this story deals heavily with abusive relationships. It's a very serious story, with lightness added in, a little humor, a LOT of heat and romance. But the tone of the book is very much overlaid with sadness and turmoil. Grab your box of tissues and be ready to finish this in a day or two!

Part of my emotions make me question what is wrong with me?!? Because part of me wanted a different outcome for Ryle (sounds like Kyle) and Lily. Just as Lily falls in love with him, man Colleen had me. Hook, line and sinker! I was Team Ryle even through his issues. How crazy is that?!?! I get that it's quite likely because this is fiction for me, not reality. Which is probably why Colleen's Note from the author was so touching to me. For those who share in this reality of life, I just can't even imagine the feelings they will experience from reading this story. In romantic fiction, the reader hopes for a best case scenario outcome. The hopeless romantic in me wanted there to be complete healing and reconciliation....of a different sort than what we are left with. My heart was truly torn in two. I could completely sympathize with the feelings from both characters - the distraught sadness, the glimmers of hope. Then comes the scene about 94% in that just did me in! It becomes much clearer at that point that love can conquer....perhaps just not in the way we usually think of it. A part of me still yearns, though, for there to have been a different where there was redemption for Ryle, as well as addressing alcoholism and the person he became when intoxicated.

Told from Lily's POV we initially go between the present and glimpses of her past as she reads old letters she wrote in the form of a diary, but written out as fan letters to Ellen Degeneres from when she was 15/16 years old. Now as a 23 year old college graduate living in Boston, Lily meets a very attractive, slightly older (about 30) neurosurgeon finishing up his residency (Ryle) and as her feelings develop for him, she feels she has to find some closure over the only other guy she's ever loved, Atlas Corrigan.

Lily is strong and independent. She has goals and dreams and Ryle, unknowingly, helps push her to finally take action on one of those big goals. "It's a small world after all" and living in the same city brings Lily and Ryle back together time and again, even after months pass by in between each run-in. There are some things in life that even love can't overcome and this is a hard life lesson that Lily has to learn firsthand.

This is one of those books you finish and have to sit and think about where to go next because what book can possibly top the emotions that this one drew out of you?! Talk about a book hangover!!! I can't help but want to know what happens next? I know this is a standalone, but there's clearly more to the stories of these people. I NEED to know. More CoHo, more!!! I'm going to go sulk and pout and try to work through my emotions over this one.

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
"There is no such thing as bad people. We're all just people who sometimes do bad things."

I think good comedic timing is one of the most important things about a person's personality.

What determines a person's character aren't the mistakes we make. It's how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.

I'm sure there's more substance in the love between two adults than there is between two teenagers. There's probably more maturity, more respect, more responsibility. But no matter how different the substance of a love might be at different ages in a person's life, I know that love still has to weigh the same. You feel that weight on your shoulders and in your stomach and on your heart no matter how old you are.

Just because someone hurts you doesn't mean you can simply stop loving them. It's not a person's actions that hurt the most. It's the love.

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 5 stars

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Post #189

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Buy Link: Amazon

It Started With Goodbye by Christina June
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

Shadow Fall #1 by Audrey Gray
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon





Planned Posts:
Review - It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

This week flew by and was busy with my kids activities as usual. I didn't get as much reading done as I would've liked and the weekend we had a late night football game on Friday for my son and a volleyball tournament out of town all day Saturday for my daughter. So yeah, my body doesn't have much left after such a busy week and weekend. 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep (that's directed to my sweet cat who wakes me up nightly) with no alarm clock morning wake-up, that's pretty much all I can think about right now.

If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Gilded Cage

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

*Note: It's been 3 weeks since Breaking the Spine last posted a link up, last one was on 8/24. Does anyone know if she's okay or what's going on?*

This week I'm waiting on:

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James
Expected Publication: February 14, 2017 Del Rey
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
For readers of Victoria Aveyard and Kiera Cass comes a darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule—and commoners are doomed to serve.

Our world belongs to the Equals—aristocrats with magical gifts—and all commoners must serve them for ten years.

But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge. 

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty—but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution. 

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts. 

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #136: The Beauty of Darkness

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3)
by Mary E. Pearson:
Teasers: "All I need is your head, Princess. The choice is yours. Submit to me or lose it."
(Loc 13%, page 90 of 682)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!
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