24 April 2017

Review: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
(Hush, Hush #1)
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published October 23rd 2012
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for. 

My thoughts…

I finally finished the Hush, Hush series and it only took me five years. I read Hush, Hush, Crescendo and Silence (books 1-3) one after another in 2012. I purchased Finale at the end of 2012 but I never felt the desire to finish the series. This year I made a goal; try to finish off the many series that I haven’t completed yet; usually it’s the last book in the series.

Finale had somewhat of a recap of what happened at the end of Silence (book #3). Nora killing the Black Hand, Hank Miller (her father), she had sworn a blood oath to become the new leader of the Nephilim army and lead them into war against the fallen angels. If she doesn't lead the army; she and her mother will die. In order to carry out the oath she must destroy all fallen angels. This is clearly not an option because she is in love with Patch.

Nora is trying to be the leader of the Nephilim, but it isn’t easy because she is met with heavy opposition. It is well known that she is dating a fallen angel herself and nobody understands why the Black Hand appointed her, a human turned Nephilim to take his place. Nora is not accepted or trusted amongst the Nephilim. This is not good because Cheshvan is approaching; it is the one time a year that fallen angels can possess the Nephilim body to experience touch and emotions.

Why not 5 stars; there is plenty going on in this book and it was all over the place; Nora trying to lead the army, Nora training with Dante, Patch’s ex-angel girlfriend showing up, Marcie moving in with Nora, Dante and the Devilcraft, Vee crushing on Scott. Poor Scott, I was so ANGRY and did not see that coming. With so much happening I felt it dragged on at times. I also would have liked to see more of Nora and Patch together in this book. Overall I enjoyed Finale, yet it's not my favorite in the series.

Happy Reading - J
23 April 2017

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
(Cruel Beauty Universe #1)
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 28th, 2014
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

My thoughts…

Fairy tale re-telling’s have been a hit or miss for me and I’m disappointed to say that Cruel Beauty is another miss. I liked it but I didn’t really like it.

Nyx’s father made a bargain with the Gentle Lord before Nyx and her twin sister, Astraia, were born. Their mother was not able to conceive a child; their father approached the Gentle Lord (Ignifex) and asked him to grant them children. In exchange Nyx’s father promised one of his daughters to the Gentle Lord on her seventeen birthday. Nix’s father was unaware that by consenting to this bargain his wife would die during childbirth. Nyx has always known her destiny to be the wife of the Gentle Lord and that death will soon follow, while her sister gets the love and affection from their father and aunt (who by the way the father is having a secret relationship with). Nyx truly loves her twin sister, but she feels resentment and jealousy towards her.

When the time comes, Nyx goes with purpose, she is going to kill her husband, end his punishing reign over the kingdom and avenge her mother’s death. But, unsurprisingly, things are never quite that simple. She meets Ignifex and he isn’t what she expected, shortly after she meets the enslaved shadow, Shade. Enter double insta-love and the weirdest love triangle: Nyx kisses Shade and Ignifex, she loves them both, one betrays her and so she decides that she loves the other one, then she betrays him… ugh, after a while it became bit annoying.

I did enjoy the mythology that was mixed in with the fairy tale, although at times it was a bit confusing and overwhelming. I did not like the ending, I actually had to go back and read it again just to make sure I understood it correctly. I am hopeful that I will eventually find a Beauty and the Beast re-telling that I truly enjoy, until then Happy Reading - J

22 April 2017

Stacking the Shelves #5

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.

I spent this past week at my parents’ home in Cheyenne, WY. I was going to leave back to Colorado Springs yesterday morning, during the previous night we had a significant amount of snowfall which continued to accumulate throughout the day. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get my car out, I have a 370Z and it does not drive well in the snow.

I was able to visit a couple of used book stores in Cheyenne this week and these are the books I added to my shelves:

Enticed(The Violet Eden Chapters #2) by Jessica Shirvington
Endless(The Violet Eden Chapters #4) by Jessica Shirvington

I have never heard of this series (also known as the Embrace Series) or read anything by this author, after reading the synopsis about angels I purchased the three books they had. I will eventually get Book #1 and #3 to begin the series.

Strange dreams leave her with very real injuries and there's a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms. The guy she thought she could fall in love with just told her he's only half-human - oh, and same goes for her. And she keeps hearing a distant fluttering of wings. Violet Eden is having a very bad 17th birthday.

But if angels seek vengeance and humans are warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.
The Book of God by Walter Wangerin Jr. – Growing up Catholic and attending Catholic High School, I always wanted to read the Bible, and I’m embarrassed to say after 30 years I still have not read the bible, hopefully I can get to it soon.

The Book of God reads like a novel, dramatizing the sweep of biblical events, making the men and women of this ancient book come alive in vivid detail and dialogue. From Abraham wandering in the desert to Jesus teaching the multitudes on a Judean hillside, this award-winning best-seller follow the biblical story in chronological order.

And the Kindle reads:

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West – This is going to be the Buddy Read with Me (Facebook Group), book for the month of May.  I will post more information about that group next week for anyone who would like to join in our buddy read or just to join a group of fellow readers who like to chat about book related topics.

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend.

TheGirl in the Ice (Detective Erika Foster #1) by Robert Bryndza - Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist - It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing.

Audio that I borrowed from the library:

On the Fence by Kasie West - Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves this week, thanks for visiting and happy reading. ~ J

21 April 2017

Fur Baby Friday

This week I’m spending time at my parents’ house in Wyoming and I thought I would share a photo of their fur baby, feather baby, King Bird. He is an African Grey Parrot, that my mother nicknamed Sybil because of his multiple personalities; I nicknamed him Freddy after Freddy Mercury. He doesn’t really have multiple personalities, when he speaks words or phrases it is usually in a different voice.
The last time I spent a week with my parents, I continually told him “give me a kiss” with kissy sounds, he picked that up pretty quickly and now speaks the phrase often during the day.
Yesterday evening while I was talking to my husband on the phone, King Bird was making a very loud horn noise. I told him “hey, stop it” and I must have said it about five times. This morning he was telling my mom “hey, stop it.” He is very attached to my mom and follows her throughout the house. Last week he saw deer in my parents driveway and started barking at them, he is quite the character. 
If you have any fur babies you would like to share, please post your link down below and I will make sure to visit your blog. Thanks for visiting and happy Friday ~ J