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Book Review: Charm by Tracy Wolff


Charm by Tracy Wolff 
Series: Crave, #5
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 8th 2022 by Entangled: Teen
Tracy Wolff: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Contains spoilers for Crush

Synopsis:
The instant #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
Goodreads Most Anticipated YA Book of November
Barnes & Noble Most Anticipated New YA Release
Amazon Editor Best Pick of the Month

Finally find out what happened during those missing four months, as the thrilling adventure continues!

He’s under my skin…

After Katmere, I shouldn’t be surprised by anything. Including the existence of a world beyond my world called the Shadow Realm. Yet here I am, stuck in a strange, dangerous place with the worst of the supernaturals, the monster that other monsters fear: Hudson Vega. He might be Jaxon’s brother and ridiculously hot, but he’s a complete bona fide pain in my ass.

The question is whether we’ll find a way out before I kill him…or run out of time.

She’s stealing my heart…

It’s a truth universally known—at least according to Grace—that everything is my fault. But I have a nasty suspicion that Grace isn’t as human as she thinks, and she’s the one keeping us trapped. Now we’ll have to work together not only to survive, but to save all those we’ve come to call family who live here.

Because there’s something connecting us. Something stronger than fear…and way more bloody dangerous

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Book Review: A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout


A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Flesh and Fire, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 15th 2022 by Blue Box Press
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Contains spoilers for A Shadow in the Ember

Synopsis:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book two in her Flesh and Fire series…

The only one who can save Sera now is the one she spent her life planning to kill.

The truth about Sera’s plan is out, shattering the fragile trust forged between her and Nyktos. Surrounded by those distrustful of her, all Sera has is her duty. She will do anything to end Kolis, the false King of Gods, and his tyrannical rule of Iliseeum, thus stopping the threat he poses to the mortal realm.

Nyktos has a plan, though, and as they work together, the last thing they need is the undeniable, scorching passion that continues to ignite between them. Sera cannot afford to fall for the tortured Primal, not when a life no longer bound to a destiny she never wanted is more attainable than ever. But memories of their shared pleasure and unrivaled desire are a siren’s call impossible to resist.

And as Sera begins to realize that she wants to be more than a Consort in name only, the danger surrounding them intensifies. The attacks on the Shadowlands are increasing, and when Kolis summons them to Court, a whole new risk becomes apparent. The Primal power of Life is growing inside her, pushing her closer to the end of her Culling. And without Nyktos’s love—an emotion he’s incapable of feeling—she won’t survive her Ascension. That is if she even makes it to her Ascension and Kolis doesn’t get to her first. Because time is running out. For both her and the realms.

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Book Review: Covet by Tracy Wolff


Covet by Tracy Wolff 
Series: Crave, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 680 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 2nd 2021 by Entangled: Teen
Tracy Wolff: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Contains major spoilers

Synopsis:
I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire. Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all… Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes—which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

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Book Review: Crush by Tracy Wolff


Crush by Tracy Wolff 
Series: Crave, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: eBook, 704 pages
Source: Scribd
Published on September 29th 2020 by Entangled: Teen
Tracy Wolff: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Everything feels off―especially me. I’ve returned to Katmere Academy, but I’m haunted by fragments of days I have no recollection of living and struggling to understand who, or what, I really am.

Just when I start to feel safe again, Hudson is back with a vengeance. He insists there are secrets I don’t know about, threatening to drive a wedge between Jaxon and me forever. But far worse enemies are at our doorstep.

The Circle is caught in a power play and the Vampire Court is trying to drag me out of my world and into theirs. The only thing Hudson and Jaxon agree on is that leaving Katmere would mean my certain death.

And not only am I fighting for my life, but now everyone else’s is at stake―unless we can defeat an unspeakable evil. All I know is that saving the people I love is going to require sacrifice.

Maybe more than I’m able to give.

The Crave series is best enjoyed in order. .

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Book Review: King of Battle & Blood by Scarlett St. Clair


King of Battle & Blood by Scarlett St. Clair 
Series: Adrian X Isolde, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 30th 2021 by Bloom Books
Scarlett St. Clair: Website | Goodread

Synopsis:
Isolde de Lara considers her wedding day her death day. To end a years-long war, she is to marry vampire king, Adrian Aleksandr Vasiliev, and kill him. ⠀

But her assassination attempt is thwarted and Adrian threatens that if Isolde tries kill him again, he will raise her as the undead. Faced with the possibility of becoming the thing she hates most, Isolde seeks other ways to defy him and survive the brutal vampire court. ⠀

Except it isn’t the court she fears most—it’s Adrain. Despite their undeniable chemistry, she wonders why the king——fierce, savage, merciless—chose her as consort. ⠀

The answer will shatter her world.

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Book Review: A Deal with the Elf King By Elise Kova


A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova 
Series: Married To Magic, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 338 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 6th 2020 by Silver Wing Press
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Synopsis:
The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.

Everything Luella had thought she’d known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.

The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another… but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.

A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Hades and Persephone, as well as Beauty and the Beast, with a “happily ever after” ending. It’s perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.

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Book Review: A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout


A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Flesh and Fire, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 647 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 19th 2021 by Blue Box Press
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Synopsis:
Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers. Chosen before birth to uphold the desperate deal her ancestor struck to save his people, Sera must leave behind her life and offer herself to the Primal of Death as his Consort.

However, Sera’s real destiny is the most closely guarded secret in all of Lasania—she’s not the well protected Maiden but an assassin with one mission—one target. Make the Primal of Death fall in love, become his weakness, and then…end him. If she fails, she dooms her kingdom to a slow demise at the hands of the Rot.

Sera has always known what she is. Chosen. Consort. Assassin. Weapon. A specter never fully formed yet drenched in blood. A monster. Until him. Until the Primal of Death’s unexpected words and deeds chase away the darkness gathering inside her. And his seductive touch ignites a passion she’s never allowed herself to feel and cannot feel for him. But Sera has never had a choice. Either way, her life is forfeit—it always has been, as she has been forever touched by Life and Death.

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Book Review: A Game of Fate by Scarlett St. Clair


A Game of Fate by Scarlett St. Clair 
Series: Hades Saga, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Adult
Format: Hardcover, 372 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 18, 2020
Scarlett St. Clair: Website | Goodread
Might contain spoilers

Synopsis:
Hades, God of the Underworld, is known for his inflexible rule, luxurious night clubs, and impossible bargains. Use to control, he is not prepared to discover the Fates have chosen his future wife and Queen—Persephone, Goddess of Spring.

Despite her attraction to the god, Persephone, an ambitious journalism student, is determined to expose Hades for his cruel and ruthless ways.

Hades finds himself faced with the impossible—proving his future bride wrong. Despite his efforts, there are forces who wish to keep the two apart and Hades comes to realize he will do anything for his forbidden love, even defy Fate.

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Book Review: Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell


Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell 
Series: Simon Snow, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 579 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 6, 2021
Rainbow Rowell: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Spoilers for Wayward Son

Synopsis:
In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong.

In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward.

For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages — and if he doesn’t, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she’s smuggled an American Normal into London, and now she isn’t sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough.

Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet.

This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest.

Carry On was conceived as a book about Chosen One stories; Any Way the Wind Blows is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us.

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Buddy Read: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole


Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole 
Series: Immortals After Dark, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 359 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 24, 2007
Kresley Cole: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
This seductive paranormal series continues with a brutal Highland werewolf and an exquisite young witch, adversaries with a blood vendetta between them.

Her breathless kiss haunts him…

Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed—until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.

His slow, hot touch is irresistible…

Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It’s rumored that no one can tempt Bowen’s hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.

No deed is too wicked for her seduction…

If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul—or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?

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