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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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Buddy Read: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne of Glass, #5
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 689 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 6th 2016 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

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Buddy Read: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

 


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne of Glass, #4
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 648 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury UK
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
NO MASTERS.
NO LIMITS.
NO REGRETS.

Celaena Sardothien is cloaked in her assassin’s hood once more. She is back in Rifthold, but this time she is no one’s slave. She must delve into her most painful memories and fight for her survival, while resisting a smouldering passion that might very well consume her heart. And she will face her former master, the King of Assassins, again – to wreak revenge for a decade of pain…

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Buddy Read: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

 


Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne of Glass, #3
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 562 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 11th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

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Buddy Read: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

 


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne of Glass, #2
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 418 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Contains major spoilers

Synopsis:
Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

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Buddy Read: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne of Glass, #1
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 404 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

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Book Review: Rhapsodic By Laura Thalassa


Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa 
Series: The Bargainer, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 326 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 15th 2016 by Lavabrook Publishing Group
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Synopsis:
Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

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Buddy Read: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 626 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Contains some spoilers

Synopsis:
Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

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Buddy Read: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 419 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Feyre is a huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.

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Buddy Read: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

 


House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Crescent City, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 803 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 3rd 2020 by Bloomsbury
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodread

Might contain spoilers

Synopsis:
BOUND BY BLOOD.
TEMPTED BY DESIRE.
UNLEASHED BY DESTINY.

Bryce Quinlan used to light up Crescent City, partying all night in the clubs where the strict classes of angel, shifter, human and Fae merge intona sea of beautiful bodies.

And the a demon murdered her closest friends.

Two years later, when the supposed killer is behind bars but the ceimes start up again, the city’s leaders command Bryce to help investigate. They assign an enslaved fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, to make sure she does. But as Bryce fights to uncover the truth – and resist her attraction to the brooding angel who shadows her every step – she finds herself following a trail that leads deep into her own dark past.

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