Book Review: The Burning Shadow

Book Review: The Burning Shadow

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Origin #2
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Genres: YA sci-fi
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

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WWW Wednesday #15

WWW Wednesday #15
A weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer 3 simple questions…

What are you currently reading?

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

What have you recently finished reading?

When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis

Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things.

The stars.
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.

When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.

Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

ARC Review: When the Stars Lead to You

ARC Review: When the Stars Lead to You

When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Genres: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things.

The stars.
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.

When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.

Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?

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I’m Back on Instagram!

I started my instagram account a few years back, but I never fully got into it. Over the past few months, I started following more people, and my feed got a lot more interesting. I also started taking some photos, for fun. Turns out I really like it lol.

If anyone has an instagram account for their blog, definitely drop those links in the comment section.

And if anyone is curious, here’s mine: https://www.instagram.com/astarryreader/

I just started it, so there’s not too much. But I’d love to follow more people. 🙂

Kiss, Marry, or Cliff Book Tag

Kiss, Marry, or Cliff Book Tag

It feels like I haven’t done a book tag in a while. I’ve seen this floating around the internet for years, and I finally sat down and did it. It’s a super simple and fun tag and I had a lot of fun doing it. Some rounds were harder than others.

THE RULES:

  1. Put your Goodreads shelf on random and pick the first book
  2. Open to a random page and select the first character you see
  3. If you don’t remember the book/character just reshuffle and try again!

Let’s do this!
Round One

  1. Kiss – Barrons from Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning: This was a really easy choice, and let me tell you I’d want to do a lot more than kiss him.
  2. Marry – Julian from The Hunter by L.J. Smith: I think marrying a villain would end horribly, but it’d be fun while it lasted.

  3. Cliff – Marc from Stray by Rachel Vincent: Yeah, he’s a dick lol. I will happily throw him off the cliff.

Round Two

  1. Kiss – Saint from Something About You by Riley Hart: Saint is confident, outgoing, and sexy. This was a no brainer.
  2. Marry – Veritas from Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost: She’s full of secrets and doesn’t take any shit from anyone. I love her.
  3. Cliff – Carson from Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley: I don’t remember much about him, however I’ve read a few KA books and I always hate her characters.

Round Three

  1. Kiss – Jay from Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway: I hate this choice. This was a such a tough one, I went back and forth on it. Jay Fields is mysterious and funny, I adore him. I’d marry him so fast, however there’s one other worthy character in this round.
  2. Marry – Grace from How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake: One of my all time favorite characters. For that alone, I have to marry her.
  3. Cliff – Meg from Written in Red by Anne Bishop: While there’s nothing specifically wrong with Meg, she’s also not very memorable or exciting. So… sorry, Meg!

Round Four

  1. Kiss – Charley from First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones: Charley is fun. She can be a bit much sometimes, which is why I’m not marrying her, but she’s cool.
  2. Marry – Adam from Where She Went by Gayle Forman: Adam is basically one of the few broody male characters I can stand. Maybe it’s because I 100% get where he’s coming from. I’d marry him in a heartbeat.
  3. Cliff – Drew from Tangled by Emma Chase: LOL. I’m sorry, but process of elimination and all that.

Round Five

  1. Kiss – Dimitri from  Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: While I’m not dying to kiss Dimitri, there’s no way in hell I’m not throwing Miles off the cliff.
  2. Marry – Sam from The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune: One of the most delightful characters I’ve ever read. My life would never be boring.
  3. Cliff – Miles from Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover: He’s the worst and one of the many broody male characters I hate. Easiest choice in the game.

Round Six

  1. Kiss – Allison from The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: She’s a badass, a cynic, and absolutely spellbinding.
  2. Marry – Luka from Infini by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie: They say the perfect man doesn’t exist. False. Luka Kotova is right there.
  3. Cliff – Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Nothing personal, but the other two characters are too amazing to throw off a cliff.

Round One

  1. Kiss – Evie from The Diviners by Libba Bray: She’s the life of the party. I could never throw her off the cliff.
  2. Marry -Henry from Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: Girl, don’t I wish. Henry is prickly, uptight, and kind. I love him with all my heart. He’s gay, so our marriage wouldn’t be a traditional one, but it’d be exciting to marry a royal and spend my life with someone like Henry.
  3. Cliff – Claire from Glass House by Rachel Caine: Claire is a wallflower, and a forgettable one at that. Down the cliff you go.

I tag anyone who wants to do this. Have fun!

September Wrap Up & October TBR

September Wrap Up & October TBR

Wrap Up

  1. Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins. YA contemporary, 5 stars.
  2. Sinful Like Us (Like Us #5) by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie. Contemporary romance, 5 stars.
  3. Goalie Interference (Hat Trick #2) by Avon Gale, Piper Vaughn. M/M romance, 4 stars.

TBR