What I've recently finished:
The Traitor Queen
This is the follow-up to The Bridge Kingdom.
In the first half of the book, I feel like Aren was too hard on Laura, who in my mind hasd more than made up for her mistake in the first book.
I do wish there had been a little more smexy time, but overall, it ended well. If you read the first book, The Bridge Kingdom, then you should read this one too.
The Devil Wears Black
L. J. Shen
I finished this book in one day. It was sooo good.
I love practically anything Leigh writes, and this didn't disappoint. It had just the right touch of angst, sweetness, and character growth to keep me turning the pages well past my bedtime.
If you enjoy a good contemporary romance with a HEA, check it out!
Shadow and Bone Trilogy
I went into this series knowing nothing about it. I'd heard the buzz about it on Netflix and decided to give the first book a try.
It sucked me in. The author has created such a wonderful, fantastical world and characters, but the character who steals the show, in my opinion, is the Darkling.
He's the epitome of an anti-hero and there's something seductive about his darkness, his pain, and his loneliness.
Team Darkling all the way!
Try this one if you enjoy Love Triangles, Villains, and Fantasy. It's great.
The Bridge Kingdom
If you've read my books, you'll know I'm a big fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope and slow burns.
This book did not disappoint!
The author shows how harsh the heroine's upbringing has been, and how she has been brainwashed to believe the man she's being married off to is responsible for her country's demise.
Though the marriage seems like an attempt to bring the two countries together, she's actually a spy and is sent to destroy her father's sworn enemy.
But what happens when everything she's ever known is proven to be a lie? Can she love her enemy?
It's a great read.
The Cruel Prince
This is a great YA fantasy filled with the world of fairy...and a cruel prince.
As the title implies, it's an enemies-to-lovers story,
It has great character development, and the reader can't help but feel for the main character, who's a human.
She's had to survive her parents being slaughtered by the very man who is raising her, and then endure torment by a Prince and his gang.
Since she's a mortal, she is seen as ugly, temporary, and completely expendable.
I love how the author grew these characters and how she ended the first book of the series. Do give this one a try!
Six of Crows
After watching the Netflix series Shadow and Bone, which sets up the events prior to this book with the side characters, I understand things so much better.
I enjoyed this book almost as much as I did the Shadow and Bone trilogy, and I kind of want to re-watch the series because Kaz is becoming a great anti-hero, right behind the Darkling.
I love the Crows and how they take care of one another. No mourners. No funerals.
What I'm currently reading
I have about four hours left of this audiobook and I have not been disappointed.
This is the first story I've tried from this author and it won't be the last.
Without giving away spoilers, it starts out with a human woman, Rose, escaping alien captivity, aided by an AI with whom she also helps escape.
From there, it evolves into a space opera romance with intrigue, betrayal, and just plain fun.
I especially love Sazo and his morally gray view of life. I'm looking forward to seeing how this ends and will be reading the rest of the series.
I find myself struggling to get through this book. As much as I love the Grishaverse, this one lacks that magical spark I loved so much in the Shadow and Bone trilogy.
I'm about halfway through, and while I love Kaz and the gang, I think too many viewpoints hurts the flow. Or maybe it's just because I'm impatient to get to the next book, King of Scars, to find out what happens to King Nikolai and the Darkling's resurrection.
Here's hoping it'll pick up and grab my attention once more.