Sunday, 21 February 2021

Love in Motion by Angela K Parker



The thing about love…

It’s kind & beautiful, soft & hard, forgiving & emotional, but love can also be blind. Love can twist and turn you into someone unrecognizable.

That’s the way it was for Josie and me. She became my everything. I fell heart over mind, allowing her to take the only thing that I could call my own. The life I envisioned for us was blurred by secrets, hard to overcome. She made me question whether what we had was based on truth or a lie.


Dalton was an obstacle in the way of what I’d always shied away from, and the only way to reach my end was through him. So, I made a choice to get close to him, even when I shouldn’t have. We were never meant to be what we became. I didn’t intend for something forced to turn into something real. In the end, Dalton was so much more than just a means to an end. He held the key to everything, including my heart. It was his to have, to hold, to break, and to mend.

That’s the thing about love…
It can’t be forced. It just happens, and once it’s in motion, it’s impossible to stop

I usually really love a good rockstar romance. 

I liked that the relationship between Josie and Dalton started off as a fake relationship but I really wasnt into the insta love. The fake relationship part of the story was the most interesting part but even then the characters we far too friendly too quickly. I thought that there would be more details about the band and Dalton but in fact there was hardly anything about the band. 

I found the relationship between Rose and Luke more interesting than the relationship between Dalton and Josie and they were only mentioned for a few lines. 

I really like the concept but this book was a miss for me. 


Thursday, 4 February 2021

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski


As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. 

Ok so I know we shouldnt judge a book by its cover but something about this cover has kept this book sat on my shelf for months but I really was missing out. Marie Rutkoski clearly knows how to write a book that keeps the reader engrossed. 

I liked Kestrel who is the Generals daughter destined to either join the army or get married. There was a lot more to Kestrel than we first were told and I like that this information was given to us slowly and when it made sense to the story. I enjoyed that Kestrel wasn't like a lot of YA heroines we read about who are needy and complain all the time, she can hold her own. The same goes for Arin who is a little bit of a mystery at the beginning of the book and I still feel like we dont know everything at the end. 

I really wish we had spent some more time with Ronan and Jess the time we did spend with them was interesting and personally I quite liked the Kestrel and Ronan pairing that was hinted at until Kestrel met Arin.

I like that the story allowed Kestrel to be both the dress wearing princess type and also train and have the ability to fight it means that Kestrel is strong and confident without needing anyone there to protect her. 

I wasnt 100% convinced with the relationship between Kestrel and Arin in the beginning and tbh I am not sure I am convinced on it now but it was interesting to watch their relationship change as the their environment did. 

I have the second book in the series and I am interested to get into it the end of this book was picking up speed so hopefully the next book doesn't disappoint 

Thanks For Reading 


To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

I picked this book up because it has been a really long time since I read a mermaid book and this one had rumours of being a Little Mermaid retelling so I really wanted to give it a read. This book was way darker than I expected and it made me like it even more. 

Lira is also known as The Princes' Bane because she steals the hearts of princes as the sail across the sea and when I say steal I mean she pulls them from their chests. She is a nice heroine at all. 

Elian is a Prince but more importantly he is a Pirate. Elain's favourite hobby is hunting Sirens. See the problem yet??

Between the Lira and Elian there is a lot of Banter and Sarcasm that is refreshing in the world of YA. I enjoyed the slow burn of the relationship between the two but also between Lira and the rest of the crew. It helped to make the characters more realistic and I am not a fan of the Insta love romances that a lot of YA books favour. 

I would have loved to read more about the Mermaids, Mermen and Sirens because their story was dark and scary and honestly the most interesting part about the story. Its always interesting when a story provides a new take on something that you thought you knew. 

I think that this book could have benefited from a map of the world especially as we visit so many different kingdoms it was a little tricky to keep up with where we were in comparison to everything else. 

I wasnt a huge fan of the way the book ended it didnt feel like it could of happened in the way that it did (trying not to spoil anything) but over all I enjoyed the book. It was a fun easy read that I will probably never reread but I am glad I started of my year with. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x