Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me, #2
Release Date: February 5, 2013
time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.
“I want to be the friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and into your bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. I want to be that kind of friend."
I am TOTALLY TEAM WARNER now! I want him all to my greedy self!!!! In the first book Shatter Me I loved Adam and Warner both. Adam for his sweetness and kindness and then we have Warner for is ability to be the ultimate villain where you still fall for him. I was down the middle on the two, but now I know I am Team Warner all the way. UNRAVEL ME is about converting you over to the dark side, Come and join us Warner Fanatics!
Kenji nods very slowly, looks a little solemn. “You’re right. I’m sorry. I get it.” “Thank you.” “Adam is jealous of our love.” “Just go get your food!” I push him, hard, fighting back an exasperated laugh.
In UNRAVEL ME we do get some answers to some questions that popped up at the end of Shatter Me. For example, why can Juliet touch Adam and Warner and will we explore more into Juliet's gift? We get answers and more questions in this book. Adam is a little distant in this book, it felt like he was in the way of Juliet and Warners love. Haha! We get to see why Warner is the way he is and get a complete understanding of tortured hero syndrome. I felt for Warner over and over and I want Juliet to as well.
“You sick piece of shit," Adam says to him, his voice low, measured. "Such unfortunate language." Warner shakes his head. "Only those who cannot express themselves intelligently would resort to such crude substitutions in vocabulary.”
Oooooohhh! And we get to hear Warner's real name! Another secret regarding Warner and Adam and we get to meet Warner's father as well! Let's say he is a real dick and no wonder Warner is the way he is. The ending was pretty good and I am looking forward to the next/final book! I have to say that I didn't like this book as much as the first book though. It felt a little slower paced in this book and the excitement was drained out of me compared to the first book, but honestly I still loved it. I still have more questions I want explored in the next book!
Title: The Golden Dynasty
Author: Kristen Ashley
Series: Fantasyland, #2
Release Date: August 22, 2011
Pages: kindle edition, 421
Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire - and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she’s not having a wild dream, she’s living a frightening nightmare where she’s been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people and in short order, she’s installed very unwillingly on her white throne of horns as their Queen.
Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, The Horde of the nation of Korwahk and with one look at Circe, he knows she will be his bride and together they will start The Golden Dynasty of legend.
Circe and Lahn are separated by language, culture and the small fact she’s from a parallel universe and has no idea how she got there or how to get home. But facing challenge after challenge, Circe finds her footing as Queen of the brutal Korwahk Horde and wife to its King, then she makes friends then she finds herself falling in love with this primitive land, its people and especially their savage leader.
“Circe,” he called and my eyes slid back. Then he shared gently, “There has been only one moment in my life when I have been happier than I am in this one and that was sharing the beauty your magic created while you told me you loved me.”
Drumroll to my first five star read of the year! And it was fucking fantastic! This would be my second Kristen Ashley book and I must say my first experience with her wasn't very good, but I had stumbled upon this book in the Goodreads Listotopia Lists and the synopsis sounded amazing, something that I would greatly enjoy, I read reviews and was pre-warned about the world inside this book and how it could upset me, so I went in open-minded and came out pleased!
“I could not dream a better you.” Oh my God. Oh… my… God. Did he just say that? I stared into his warm eyes. He just said that. And that was so sweet, so unexpected but so welcome, my breath arrested and all I could do was continue staring at him. He wasn’t done. “A better wife, a better queen. Not even in a dream could I create better than you.”
THE GOLDEN DYNASTY hit me with many emotions that wounded my heart as well as brought it back to life! Circe wakes up to find herself in another world where she is in a middle of the Wife Hunt waiting to begin. The Wife Hunt's purpose is for warrior's to find a wife. The women are let loose and the warrior's hunt them and they are claimed aka. raped by the warrior then and become their wife.
There are many aspects in this book that turn me off, but it is something that is the way their world is. Like, The WIfe Hunt, slaves, men being is control is normal. So like I said, I am being open-minded. Anyways, Circe catches the eye of King Dax Lahn, and Lahn is one sexy son of a bitch! He is all alpha, which I love in my men and he was sweet and all swoon worthy and he was a man's man, an honorable one. Circe was a freaking warrior princess! She is kind, sweet, strong-willed and determined. They were the perfect match!
"Then I whispered, "I love you, my Lahn," and heard the swift hiss of his intake of breath. Then he buried his face in my neck and whispered back, "Loot kay hansahnalay na, my Circe." And I love you, my Circe."
At the beginning, I did not like that Lahn and Circe could not understand each other. I felt like Circe, clueless most of the time. The translation was at the end of the chapter, but I had lost interest by then. I wish it was there in italics on the same page or something. Anyway, like I said, I didn't like it in the beginning, but as I read and read some more, their little interactions with each other were so adorable. And Lahn was determined to win Circe's heart. It was a challenge, but he was up to the challenge and planning to win!
“But what you did just now, taking your anger out on me when I did something in all innocence, I cannot and will not forgive. You do not know your own strength but it is formidable, so formidable it cows men but I am no man. I am a woman, your woman and you used all of it in violence against me and that, kah Dax, is unforgivable.”
Lahn does a few unforgivable things to Circe. Yes, the rape, claiming her. But the two more things that I was in a fit of rage in and I immediately go into RANT MODE! That's how attached I had become to this book, I"m so emotionally attached the characters, even a few side characters and this amazing world! Oh, god, how beautiful it all is! But I love how he compromises with Circe. That's another reason I have fallen so madly for him! Okay, you get it! I loved THE GOLDEN DYNASTY and I can't wait to read more from Kristen Ashley now!
Title: Binding the Shadows
Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell, #3
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Renegade mage and bartender Arcadia Bell has had a rough year, but now the door to her already unstable world is unhinging. When a citywide crime wave erupts, Cady's demon-friendly tiki bar is robbed by Earthbounds wielding surreal demonic abilities that just flat-out shouldn't exist. With the help of her devilishly delicious boyfriend, Lon Butler, Cady sets out to find the people who wronged her—but her targets aren't the only ones experiencing unnatural metamorphoses.
Can Cady track down the monsters responsible before the monster inside her destroys everything—and everyone—she loves? If she survives this adventure, one thing is certain: it's last call for life as she knows it.
All I have to say is Jenn Bennett is freaking insane! Oh, my god! BINDING THE SHADOWS is one of those books where you go excited to mental meltdown! It is so good and engaging and I am loving every new book in the Arcadia Bell Series.
Cady and Lon are together and strong as ever and happy with Jupe! In BINDING THE SHADOWS, there is quite a lot going on in Cady's life right now. We have a mystery to solve as usual, plus Lon's ex's mother and sister come to town to visit and she has to show them that she belongs with Lon and Jupe and Cady is seeing her mom's ghost? I'll stop there! Just lots of drama going on in Cady's life right now, but I'm loving every minute!
I gotta tell you, the ending I didn't expect at all! Came out of nowhere. It's like a three part ending. I cursed and hit things a lot after I finished it and am still suffering major withdrawals. Just hurry and release the fourth Arcadia Bell book already!
Impression after I finished the book
HOLY FUCK! THAT ENDING!!! I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW!!!! SO MANY EMOTIONS RIGHT NOW!! MY MIND IS FULL OF THAT JAM PACKED ENDING! HOLY SHIT!
I THINK I WANNA HIT SOMEONE RIGHT NOW, REALLY BAD! FOR I HAVE TO WAIT OVER A YEAR TO READ ARCADIA BELL #4!
I NEED IT NOW!!!