on Aug 27, 2018

Summer is almost over and fall is steadily approaching. What better way to celebrate than with a giveaway? Enter to win some signed fantasy books and some swag to go along with them!

Grand Prize: (One Winner) 1 signed copy each of Lies of Light and Falls the Shadow by Melissa Sasina, 1 signed copy of Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani, 1 signed copy of Opal Charm: The Path to Dawn and 1 copy of Opal Charm: Hope in Nautical Dusk by Miri Castor, 1 signed copy of The Key of Amatahns by Elisabeth Wheatley, 1 tote bag, 2 handmade necklaces, and some swag!
Runners up: (Five Winners) 1 ebook copy of Lies of Light by Melissa Sasina, 1 ebook copy of Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani, and 1 ebook copy of Opal Charm: The Path to Dawn by Miri Castor.

Giveaway begins August 28, 2018 at 12 am EST and ends at midnight EST on September 23, 2018.

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on Jun 18, 2018
When everything is taken, only survival remains. 

Betrayed by those closest to her, Talitha has been stripped of her title, cast from her country, and sold as an anonymous slave into the gladiatorial arena of a foreign land. But betrayal may have come from much closer than she realized.

When the traitor who murdered her family and stole her birthright appears to watch the games beside the only man she's ever loved, Talitha is sure they must have worked together. The former ensaadi sets her heart on repaying their treachery, even if it costs her life. 


Genre: Fantasy Adventure Romance

3 out of 5 Stars

Review: After the absolutely intense ending of book #2, I was incredibly anxious to see what would happen next in Talitha's adventures.

Overall I liked this book but I do think it suffers a bit from being the middle of the story. My understanding is that this series will be 6 books in total: 5 about Talitha and a prequel about Kasrei and Gilzazi. Because this book is in the middle it ends up being a little lost when it comes to a strong beginning and clear ending.

The beginning was a little slow and drawn out. We spend a lot of time in the beginning meeting and getting to know new characters, who then don't feature in the later half of the book. Perhaps they'll show up again in later installments, if not I think it was time that could have been better spent. 

Things pick up some once Talitha enters the arena. I liked the arena and thought battle was well written and engaging. 

I was really hoping for more time between Talitha and Ashek, but they are together for very little of this book. Still we have a super sweet moment that I totally fangirled over. I truly adore this couple and I hope they get to spend more time together in the next installment. Based on the end I think we will. *fingers crossed*

The way in feel in regard to this is sort of how I feel about my favorite T.V. Shows, you can love a show and not like particular episodes. I love this series but this particular installment wasn't my favorite. I think it will be better in retrospect once the entire series has been released. 

Looking forward to book #4! 
on Jun 11, 2018
Skin black as pitch, nails like talons…

A mysterious illness creeps through Acantha’s people—one that even the most powerful healers’ magic cannot touch. When the affliction proves to be something far more sinister and a family dies, Noora Duskbourne finds herself trapped.

Blamed by the King for the incident, Noora’s only ally in her escape from the King’s fury is Vaeros, a man whose identity is shrouded in mystery. However, safety is not quite at hand as she is pursued by a Warder as skilled in the hunt as he is with the deadly arts of arcane combat.

A path wrought with danger awaits Noora and Vaeros as they discover that something harrowing lingers in the light—an ancient darkness that refuses to remain forgotten.

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on Apr 23, 2018
A warlord owes loyalty to no one, not even those most loyal to her. 

Ensaadi Talitha has always been able to trust Gilsazi, her most faithful general. But when Gilsazi is captured and held for ransom, her grandfather forbids her taking the army to rescue him. Her only choice is to seek out Ashek, the unforgettable Dunedrifter who saved her life more than a year ago. 

Ashek is willing to help, but demands a steep price. As it becomes clear there is more to Gilsazi's abduction than a band of simple bandits, the threads of Talitha's obligations and duties become ever more tangled. 

Only the cruel can survive in the brutal world of the Sandsea. And a heart is the one luxury an ensaadi can't afford. 


Genre: Fantasy Adventure Romance

5 out of 5 Stars

Review: Dunedrifter picks up about a year after the events of Ensaadi. Talitha and Ashek haven't seen each other since their duel, although Talitha has been keeping tabs on Ashek. Additionally Ashek hasn't forgotten the woman who put a sword through his ankle.

Talitha has continued to devote herself entirely to her people. But with her rising power comes enemies within the walls of Ilios.

I'm completely loving Talitha and Ashek's relationship. It's passionate but slow burning and slower than most romantic stories nowadays. They have yet to figure out what readers already know—that they belong together! I like that their interactions aren't just based around their mutual attraction. They have some very personal and intimate conversations about religion and past relationships. I also like that Ashek seems to be interested in a more long term relationship, if he wasn't I'd probably hate him.

Shaza and Kasrei feature more prominently in this installment. I'm not a big fan of Shaza but I liked him slightly more in this book. He does add a little somethings to the mix. Kasrei is quite cool and I enjoyed seeing her magian abilities in action. 

I'm really enjoying the size of this stories: novella length 30,000 words. Sometimes with large fantasy novels events and characters can become confusing but it's very easy to keep track with this series.

The last 30% of this book totally wrecked me. I don't want to say too much because spoilers. But oh my gosh I did not see any of that coming! Just crazy and intense. Only book #2 and she's already flipped the script. I am insanely curious about what's going to happen in book #3 since everything was just turned upside down. Loved it! 

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on Mar 12, 2018
Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.

Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.


5 out of 5 Stars


After reading Gilt Hollow (also by this author) I was an instant fan of hers! So ever since I heard about this book I have been anxiously waiting its release.

I absolutely loved this story!

The book begins with a prologue which nicely welcomes us to Langdon's creative take on Oliver Twist. I liked the way she set up the main character: Olivia. Olivia is a sweet, strong, compassionate young woman. Even though this is a historical novel I strongly related to her struggle between what she feels is expected of her and what she wants to do. I like that she doesn't just rush into things, she is smart and thinks about her decisions beforehand. Many readers will be able to relate to her longing to be in love.

Jack is a handsome rogue and I honestly believe its impossible not to like him. Jack is a bad boy with a good heart. He cares so much for Olivia, and for the orphans of the streets. In the beginning he's quite against caring romantically for someone but he soon realizes how much Olivia means to him. Olivia and Jack are so perfect together!

There were really only two things that I wasn't a big fan of.
1. The author skips over several important scenes. Ex: Olivia confronts her Uncle about her half-brother. The reader is never actually "shown" this scene. We learn about it after the fact when Olivia briefly thinks about it.
2. I felt that Monks was an underdeveloped character. He was a one note villain, he seemed to be bad just for the sake of being bad. Not a big deal but odd.

Overall I completely loved this novel! The author perfectly nails the YA genre for me personally. I loved the characters and the setting, and that the novel was appropriately young adult. Now I need to go read the Doon series! 
on Mar 5, 2018
Ensaadi Talitha of llios is the warlord's heir who dreams of peace. Finally, she has a chance to broker a marriage between two feuding tribes, but her efforts are shattered when her besotted cousin claims the bridegroom. 

The treachery forces Talitha and her warriors so flee back to llios. Only through an uneasy alliance with a band of mercenary Dunedrifters and their enigmatic leader can her people hope to make it home. 

With the lives of her warriors and the safety of her city at stake, Talitha will be forced to make the hardest decision of her life. As an ensaadi, no matter what Talitha may want, a heart is a luxury and a conscience is a curse. 

5 out of 5 Stars 


This novel slayed me. 
Oh my frickin goodness. 

I was completely surprised by this novel in the best possible way! I'm a big fan of Wheatley's other series, The Argetallam Saga and I've started reading Fanged as well. So I was very excited to hear about her new series. 

The main character, Talitha, is a badass. She is a strong leader and an even stronger warrior. She kicks butt all throughout this book. Similiar to Janir, Wheatley's main character in The Argetallam Saga, Talitha struggles with moral dilemmas and contemplates the implications of her choices. I love a warrior who fights when necessary but also strives for peace. 

In a more personal note, I'm not sure if I've mentioned it here but I'm a huge romance nerd. So while I enjoy Janir and Saovens chaste, age appropriate teen romance, I was really eager to see the authors skills at work on a heavily romantic series. 

I'm already crushing hard on Ashek. Like holy frick! Definitely swoon-worthy. *wink* This dunedrifter is one hot male lead. I'm so intrigued by this unusual rebel. He's clearly already a big fan of Talitha. Smart boy. The chemistry between Talitha and Ashek is off the charts. I am desperate for more of these two. 

Wheatley's world building is superb as always. She creates a multilayered world complete with: mythology, landscape, religion, and language. I love her attention to detail. The writing is very vivid, this desert and its inhabitants jump off the page. The author dsiplays her gift for fantasy in any form; vampires, teens with magical powers, or in this case badass warrior girls. 

I am officially hooked and I'm starting book #2 immediately! 

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on Feb 26, 2018
Janir Caersynn Argetallam is the girl who destroyed armies in an instant, but winning the war was half the battle. Returning to a homeland she can't remember, Janir is the most despised hero the country has ever known. Even after saving Brevia, hatred and fear of her magic-stealing powers condemns her to isolation. 

When a noblewoman's kidnapping sends Janir on a rescue mission into the heart of the distant Tathansain forests, it becomes clear a trap has been set not only for Janir, but for the man who raised her. Love and loyalty are tested. Oaths are broken and dark secrets revealed. And to save the people she loves, Janir may be forced to betray them all. 

Young Adult Fantasy

4 out of 5 Stars


Today we are heading back into a favorite series of mine, The Argetallam Saga, with book #4 - The Temple of Tarkoth by Elisabeth Wheatley. 

After the intense events of book #3, I was insanely curious about what would be next for Janir and her companions. And if you've read book #3 you know what I'm talking about. Since book #3 found Janir at odds with her true friends for some time I was quite eager for the gang to get back together.  While I definitely enjoyed this book, there were a few hiccups that didn't quite work. 

Unlike all the previous books in the series, The Temple of Tarkoth doesn't have a prologue. Something that I believe is a bit of a hindrance. After I finished book #3 I dove into this book but I found the beginning to be very confusing. I didn't understand where we were at first or how long it had been since the events of Chalice of Malvron. Also for some reason I assumed Janir would get her memory back once she returned to her family, but that isn't the case. I was once again confused by what she could and couldn't remember, it was a little disorienting. At times she seemed uninformed about events in book #3 but from what I can remember she knew what she was doing and what was going on. Maybe I missed something. *befuddled face* Unlike the previous books this one seemed a little stilted.

Janir has grown immensely and she is certainly more mature in this book. She is much more active and progressively becomes more self assured. I was surprised that she didn't remember Armandius, as their relationship is one of the things I love most about this series. On a similar vein, I'm a strong shipper of Janir and Saoven so I was disappointed by how little time they spend together in this book, but I know I like more romance than most readers so I'm sure no one else will be concerned with this.   

I really loved the chase sequence in the temple, it had a very Indiana Jones feel to it and I enjoyed reading it. Very adventurous, thrilling and well written. I also like the insight we get into Lucan's personal life. I was delightfully surprised by his relationship with Genvissa and the depths of his feelings. I hope we get to see more of Genvissa in future books. Spoiler* Genvissa isn't in this book but the way in which she's mentioned is a big deal*Spoiler end 

I'm still a big fan of this series and a few growing pains don't detract from the overall appeal of this book. I love this series and I'm looking forward to future books! 

See you all next month! 
Happy reading! 

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on Feb 19, 2018
She's been chosen to fight the elusive enemy among us...

Phoenix Germaine has been trying to earn back her mother's trust after going into rehab and kicking Onadyn—the drug of choice for New Chicago teens. But when a party in the woods turns into an all-out battle with the most ferocious aliens Phoenix has never seen, she's brought home in what appears to be an Onadyn-induced state. Hello, reform school.

Except, what her mother doesn't know is that Phoenix has just been recruited to join the elite Alien Investigation and Removal agency, where she'll to fight dirty, track hard, and destroy the enemy. Her professional training will be rigorous and dangerous, and the fact that one of her instructors is Ryan Stone—the drop-dead gorgeous, nineteen-year-old agent she met in the woods that night—doesn't make things any easier. Especially when dating him is totally against the rules...

5 out of 5 Stars


We're doing a little throwback-Monday here on the Runaway Pen today. This is a book I loved as a teen and it's one of only a handful of YA books that I can honestly say I love just as much now as I did then. :)

Once upon a time I was a huge fan of Gena Showalter adult books, her collection of short stories, Into the Dark was fourteen-year-old mes first introduction to romance novels and I subsequently devoured all of her writing. While I'm not as die-hard as I once was I still enjoy her writing and have several favorites, Red Handed being one of them. 

I like this book as an introduction to the Alien Huntress books, while there are two teen books, Showalter wrote an adult romance series set in the same Alien Huntress world. Phoenix is a good main character and I like that she is very level headed and wants to get her life back from drug addiction. Personally I wouldn't focus too much on the addiction since this is just fiction. Never the less i think it puts Phoenix in the perfect spot for A.I.R.

My favorite thing about this book is the romance, even though it's not heavy. Ryan is dreamy. 

I highly recommend this book and the sequel Blacklisted!
on Feb 12, 2018
In the snow-covered mountains, Odin's spear lies within a forgotten, slumbering city...

Maeja and her crew must find the relics of the gods before the Empire does, but acquiring Odin's spear will be no simple task. First they must escape from the Empire's capital city, then gain entrance into the long forgotten palace of Ostegrad deep in the icy mountains. There, Odin's spear remains securely hidden in a dangerous, trap-filled labyrinth beneath the fabled Shrine of Ages. Before the city will wake and yield its gates, Maeja must first prove her worth as a Valkyrie. Only then will she be able to lay her hands upon the spear.

With an army of walking corpses ravaging parts of the Midlands and the great serpent, Jormungand tormenting the seas, Maeja and crew are running out of time...

5 out of 5 Stars


I am incredibly excited to bring you my long awaited review of Opening of Lost Doors by Melissa Sasina! This is one of my all time favorite fantasy series and I loved this book so much!

Our story picks where Melody of the Dark left off. Maeja and Ril have escpaed Azrith and found their way to Ashylia, the capital city of the Empire. Their search for Odin's spear takes them to Ostengard, a fascinating city that has a lot of character. I really enjoyed seeing how this slumbering city comes back to life. All these different people coming together to stand against evil.

I love that this story is so extensive, and that we are able to watch it unfold from many different points of view. While we have our main group Maeja and friends, the story also follows Boss and several members of his Adventurer's Guild, as well as familiar faces from all over Midgard. Whenever an exciting event happens we are able to witness it through the eyes of someone close to the action. We even have a bit of the story from Severus' point of view. Severus is now the new emperor after the death of his father, as well as our main villain. It could just be my memory but it seems that we get a more in depth look into his mind and plans and I really enjoyed how surprisingly complex he is. We also get to see the inner workings of Azrith and several of Rils sisters make appearances throughout the story. They are always very interesting to read.

I think Maeja is a great main character, she has the quiet strength about her that I really like. While I  enjoy all the characters, it's no secret that my favorite character is Ril, the alluring and charismatic pirate. I love his sass. I was pleasantly surprised by the ample amount of time we spend with Ril in this novel, including learning much about his past. I like him even more now that I understand his history better. Also Maeja and Ril: I will ship it forever. <3 ;)

Norse Gods, speakstones, and exciting adventures can be found within! Highly recommend this series to fans of Game of Thrones and Forgotten Realms!

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on Feb 5, 2018
Janir Caersynn Argetallam wakes in Adasha with little memory and no certainty of what is real. The Argetallams around her claim to be family, yet feel like strangers. But with war approaching, she fears questioning her loyalties. 

When the Argetallams bring an arcane artifact into the war against the Brevains, Janir stands with them despite her reservations. Only when she meets Saoven and Karile, two spies for the Brevians, does it become clear her past holds secrets far more dangerous than she imagined. 

With invasion imminent and mere days to choose, the time comes to take a side. Faced with two versions of the truth, she must either betray the family she has come to love or a homeland she can't remember. 

Young Adult Fantasy

5 out of 5 Stars


We're staying in the Argetallam Saga a bit longer with todays review...I hope that's okay with you all.^_^  In the future I'll try to avoid doing the same author two weeks in a row, so that way we have something for everyone. I've just been loving this series so much that I had to jump right into the next book. ;)

This third installment of the series brings a whole new layer to the world and characters that we've come to know and love. With Janir now in Argetallam territory with no memory of her Brevian adopted father, or her friends, the Lord Argetallam attempts to assimilate Janir back into the royal family.

This novel was actually a little hard to read at times. Not because it wasn't good, it was. It was just hard to read about Janirs struggles.  It made me so sad when Janir was lied to and manipulated by the people pretending to care about her. The same people that hunted and tortured Janir are now sitting at a table eating dinner with her. It was creepy to say the least. Also the moment when a certain elf shows up and Janir doesn't remember him. Can you hear that sound? It's my heart breaking. *sobbing*

Janir is one strong girl. Like for real. Honestly I don't think any of the previous books compare to how high the stakes were in this installment. Janir is fighting to remember, she can sense that something isn't quite right. I did feel a little bit like I was watching a horror movie at times, I wanted to yell out: stop talking to Kenistrith, she's a bat crap crazy loon!

My favorite part of the book was when Saoven shows up. His appearance makes the conflict within Janir even stronger, in a good way. He sparks something and I love that they have such a profound connection. I want to say more but I also don't want to give away any spoilers. Lets just say their scenes together hit me right in the feels.

While it's clear that some Argetallams are kind of pure evil *cough* Kenistrith *cough*, not all Argetallams are inherently evil. Janir is living proof of that. I love the amount of time that Wheatley spends humanizing all her characters. There is no simple evil. Everybody has the capacity for great evil or great good. In particular I enjoyed the character of Cyrulius, much like Lucan, we can see Cyrulius develop some doubts about the Argetallam agenda. And in quite moments he can be quite compassionate, and in others not so much. Never the less I hope to see more of him as the story progresses.

The story actually opens with a prologue from Lucans point-of-view. The person who at one point hated Janir more than anyone. This provides him with a unique perspective and he, like other Wheatley characters, have a complexity and depth that go beyond their first appearance.

I think it's pretty safe to say I'm hooked in this series. While I try to decide which book to read next I would love it if you would leave a comment and let me know what you think of this review. I hope you enjoyed it! Happy reading!

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on Jan 29, 2018
Surviving exile and imprisonment should have been a victory, but the battle is just beginning. With a new awareness and tenuous control of her growing power, Janir returns home to find half the Brevian High Lords want her dead.

When Saoven is ordered by his king to remain close, it seems the elves suspect her as well. To make matters worse, whispered rumors claim that a Stlavish noble house, the Vanmars, are plotting to invade and Karile is sure the that Janir's childhood home is a part of it.

Ensnared in the machinations of kingdom, Janir must confront the power that is her heritage before everything she loves is destroyed.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

5 out 5 Stars


Today we are heading back into the world of the Argetallam Saga by Elisabeth Wheatley! 

Some of you may remember my review of book #1, The Key of Amatahns that I posted last year. I loved it and had high hopes for the sequel. Hint: I was not disappointed! ^_^ 

After the intense, dangerous adventures that took place in book #1, we now find Janir and her friends returning to her home, Green Haven. Unfortunately home won't be quite as peaceful as they hope, nor will the journey be either.

This is only the second installment and I'm already hooked on this series! Wheatley has a great sense of pace. I really enjoy the bits of quiet rest amid the exciting adventures, it reminds me of the style of the Chronicles of Narnia. I also appreciate the pieces of history interspersed throughout the novel. All the different cultures and locations have a uniqueness that makes them feel as if they are real peoples and places.

Janir is fantastic to read. Wheatley does a great job of balancing her right on the edge of adulthood. Given that she turns sixteen during this book I think she has grown significantly. She has a good head on her shoulders and several times during the novel I was impressed by the compassion and wisdom that she shows. She's very good at listening to other peoples opinions while maintaining her own views. Even at her young age she is very good at self-analyzing and is already contemplating some big questions about the world around her.

The other characters are just as great. After Janir, Saoven is definitely my favorite character. He is just...*fangirl sigh* He is always interesting to read, very mysterious, and has a strong presence on the page. I love how Janirs adopted father, Armandius plays such a large role in the story. I like that Janir has a positive adult influence. One thing I'm not too crazy about is Karile. Don't get me wrong I like him as a character, but occasionally he's just a bit too annoying for me. We also come across more Argettallams in this book. I love how unique and different the Argetallams are. Although I wouldn't exactly call them a friendly bunch. ;)

I loved this book. As I write this review I am looking at book #3 sitting on my shelf and I'm dying to start reading so I'll see you guys back here next Monday for another review! Happy reading!

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on Jan 22, 2018
Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. Except the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn't exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated into something even more deadly. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus's origin: an extinct poison apple.

Legend has it, though, that a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of an impossible labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place no one in their right mind enters. With no other options, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hatter, a wild party boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she'll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares. 

But can anyone actually survive the madness of the maze? And what if there's no apple to be found there? 

3 out 5 Stars (I'm feeling generous)


After finishing Everland, I immediately dove into Umberland. Expecting to love it as much as I loved Everland. I was dead wrong. Remember all those warm fuzzy feelings I had about the characters, the plot, and well, everything about book #1? You don't? No problem 'cause they all went out the window with this book.

What a complete and utter disappointment this book turned out to be. As the story begins we learn that the cure isn't really a cure and everyone is still sick. I'm pretty sure some of them will end up being a flying monkey, I know this sounds stupid but given the ridiculous avenues that this book goes down I believe it to be entirely possible for book 3. The cure not working is fine, but it contradicts what was already set up and...just *sigh* Why bother making Gwen the special chosen one if she's not? Thats already an overused YA plot device. I don't understand the point. And, I'm sorry but the poison apple thing is dumb, it really is.

We need to talk about how this book successfully turns Gwen and Pete, both complex, enjoyable characters into predictable, whiny teens, making stupid decisions. That takes skill, ladies and gentleman. To continually interrupt life or death situations with their petty relationship drama. I absolutely hated Gwen and Pete in this book.

I most hated the fact that this book isn't really about Gwen and Peter (though they make bothersome appearances), contrary to how it's been set up, each book deals with different main characters but also follows the same story line. The first POV we start with is Alyssa (you know, like Alice *eye roll*) Alyssa is actually not too bad, probably the least annoying character of the whole book.

Alyssa has to work with the Maddox Hatter. Maddox is, of course the dangerous bad boy who for some reason will fall in love with Alyssa and also turn out to have a heart of gold. Bleh. The book skims over the fact that he assists children and teens in committing suicide. Which creeped me out to say the least. I'm having a real hard time fangirling on this weirdo. I could go into detail about the creepy ritual surrounding the death parties he throws but its honestly so sickening that I won't subject you to it.

My last hope lay with Hook, who had the potential to have a complex redemption storyline but nope. He's just going to be evil for the heck of it. Just because this book hates interesting characters.

As I'm sure its obvious I could never recommend this book to anyone. That being said one can easily read the first book, Everland as a stand alone novel. Do that and skip this horrid book all together.
on Jan 15, 2018
Find life.
Deep in a forest, Aileana Kameron claws her way out of the earth. Back from the dead with no memory of who she is or what has happened to her, the Falconer now possesses even greater otherworldly powers and a ruthless instinct to kill—and the one piece of knowledge that can change everything.

Find Kiaran.
Two fae monarchs, Aithinne and Kadamach, stand on the brink of war, and according to an ancient curse, one must die at the hand of the other or all the worlds will perish. Once, Kadamach was known as Kiaran, and he was mentor, protector, and lover to Aileana. Now, under the grip of the curse, his better nature seems lost forever.

Find the Book.
Aileana's only hope lies in the legendary Book of Remembrance, a book of spells so powerful it can break the fae curse and even turn back time. But the book has been lost for centuries, and many are looking for it, including its creator, the Morrigan—a faery of terrifying malevolence and cruelty. 

Sacrifice everything.
To obtain the book and defeat the Morrigan, Aileana must form an unthinkable alliance, one that challenges every vow she has made to herself—even as the powers that brought her to life are slowly but surely killing her. 

5 out of 5 Stars

Review: I am beyond excited to bring you my review of The Fallen Kingdom, book #3 in the Falconer Trilogy by Elizabeth May. If you've been a reader with us for awhile you may remember my reviews of books #1 and #2, which can be read here and here. It probably goes without saying but I recommend reading books #1 and #2 as my review may contain spoilers from both. 

This magical series blends elements of steampunk, historical adventure, romance, and fantasy together in a perfectly delightful mixture. 

The Vanishing Throne ended with Aileana's death and her re-awakening after receiving the Cailleach's power. As volume #3 begins Aileana no longer remembers anything, not even her name. She awakens to a world decimated by the battles between Seelie and Unseelie. Between Aithinne and Kadamach. 

As Aileana begins to piece together pieces of her past we meet up again with some old friends as the final quest to determine the fate of the world begins. 

Elizabeth May has outdone herself with Aileana. She is a complex, enthralling human being, during this book we share her fear, her hope, and her outstanding bravery in the face of utter darkness. A badass with a good heart. I'll also add my undying fangirl devotion for the love between her and Kiaran Mckay. I ship them so hard. I've enjoyed reading the evolution of their relationship throughout the trilogy. This book finds a very different Kiaran than readers have become familiar with. Since Aileana's death Kieran has reverted to his former self, Kadamach. A ruthless Unseelie King. Yet Kiaran fights valiantly against his darker nature and is as always, lovely to read. 

Aithinne is back and mad as ever. I love the spark of humor and fun that she brings to the story. Everyone's favorite pixie, Derrick, is the first to meet up again with Aileana and we are reminded of the intense bond of friendship between these two. <3

This final volume is a good deal darker than the previous titles. In these last moments each character will have to face their fears and demons, and stand against the evil that threatens to destroy their world. In fact in order to do this Aileana teams up with Sorcha, who fellow readers probably loathe as much as I do. Nevertheless after learning a bit of her history I do hate her slightly less and she surprises everyone by performing one final noble, self-less deed. (to the delight of all readers, I'm sure ;) 

While it's sad to say goodbye to these lovely characters I can honestly say I've had a truly fantastic time hunting faeries with Aileana and I look forward to re-reading her adventures in years to come! 

~Important Links~
on Jan 8, 2018
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past English borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharp shooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and ever promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook?

4 out of 5 Stars

I wasn't sure at first where this review was going to go since (against my better judgement) I jumped into book #2 and have already finished it, which left me with so many mixed feelings. However, I've decided to work with my original notes from before reading book #2 (the review of which will be posted late this month.:) Happy Monday!

Everland is an exciting and unique spin on the classic tale of Peter Ban by J. M. Barrie.

Our story begins in an alternate steampunk version of London, now called Everland. A deadly virus has been unleashed by the German army under the command of Captain hook. Now children scramble for life amid the falling ruins of a once beautiful city.

The beginning was quite slow, perhaps for the set up since this is the first in a trilogy. I will say in agreement with some other reviews that London definitely didn't feel like London. To be honest it almost could have been any city but for a few key landmarks. I've never been to London but it always seemed like a special place so it's a shame this book couldn't capture the magic, so to speak.

Gwen was a wonderfully flawed main character and great fun to read. I was worried that Pete, would be quit stereotypical but the author has given him a lot of heart and a lot of hope. Both main characters are pleasantly complex. I wasn't really feeling the romance between them at first but I actually think it works. I didn't find the Lost Boys or Bella to be that compelling, their personalities seemed very forced. Captain Hook seems quite interesting, if they redeem him. He has sooo much potential to switch sides and be good. I really hope they do that in the second book.

A popular complaint among reviewers is that Pete is sexist. I'm not sure where they're getting this but I didn't see any examples. There are several instances where Pete doesn't want Gwen to go into danger but it never seemed like he was saying it because she was female. To me he said it because he had feelings for her, you know he "liked liked" her. To me not wanting the person you like, or love, or whatever to be in pain or die isn't sexism...it's caring but whateves.

The elements of steampunk were awesome and creative, they really lent themselves well to this particular tale.

All in all I think this was a wicked cool concept and I quite enjoyed it!
on Jan 1, 2018
College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life. When her favorite character is killed off, Liv Just. Can't. Deal. She launches an online campaign to bring her hero back to life. Step one: Bribe her best friend, Xander, into helping by making costumes for his steampunk cosplay. Step two: Balance her booming fandom life with school, parental disapproval, and her (nonexistent) love life. Maybe a trip to Dragon Con with Xander would help?

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary 

5 out of 5 Stars 


I'm really excited to be starting 2018 with a review of one of my favorite books of 2017. 

All the Feels is a fun, fantastic, angsty, romantic trip of a novel and I loved every minute of it! 

Through Liv, the reader finds a fellow fangirl deeply embedded in the fandom life of her beloved Starveil. Danika Stone expertly conveys the passion that we fangirls (and fanboys) feel for our favorite characters. Liv is a perfectly flawed relate-able main character. I think many readers will be able to identify with her obsessions, anxieties and insecurities. She grows tremendously during the novel and I love how she finds her strengths among the things she already loves. 

What can I say about Xander? *dreamy fangirl sigh* Xander is a wonderful, confident, flamboyant cosplayer who dresses steampnk just about every day. During the book Xander is a loyal friend to the end, ever ready to support and encourage Liv. 

Filled my twitter conversations, blog posts and fanfiction All the Feels provides a very full and interesting story wrapped around the craziness of fandom life.

I hardly ever read contemporary fiction but I'm so glad I read outside my comfort zone for this awesome read!