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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: Blood and Ash, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 647 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 19th 2021 by Blue Box Press
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread

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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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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Book Review: The ​Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The ​Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Blood and Ash, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 574 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 8th 2021 by Blue Box Press
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread

Synopsis:
Bow Before Your Queen Or Bleed Before Her…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series.

She’s been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…

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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
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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: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout


A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Blood and Ash, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: eBook, 637 pages.
Source: Library
Published September 1st 2020 by Blue Box Press
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Contains major spoilers

Synopsis: 
A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice…

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

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Book Review: From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout


From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Blood and Ash, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 335 pages.
Source: Sam @ Fictionally Sam
Published on February 16, 2015
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread

Synopsis:
A Maiden

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

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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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