My Thoughts on Kingdom of the Feared (Kingdom of the Wicked, Book 3) by Kerri Maniscalco

My Thoughts on Kingdom of the Feared (Kingdom of the Wicked, Book 3) by Kerri Maniscalco

Kingdom of the Feared is the final installment of the Kingdom of the Wicked trilogy by Kerri Maniscalco. I was looking forward to this book as we were promised to learn all the secrets that had been laid out in the previous two books. As the book opens immediately at the close of the second installment in the trilogy. So, if you don't want spoilers for the previous books in this series, look away as I'm going to be getting into it during my review of this book.…

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Book Review: From These Dark Depths (Aisling Sea, Book 2) by Vanessa Rasanen

Book Review: From These Dark Depths (Aisling Sea, Book 2) by Vanessa Rasanen

The second book in the Aisling Sea trilogy by Vanessa Rasanen is similar to the first book, From These Dark Depths in that it ends on a cliffhanger and features multiple POVs in the third person limited style. This series has been compared to Black Sails and Throne of Glass. While I haven't read Black Sails, I can see the Throne of Glass parallel. They are on the hunt for a magical dagger that will aid them in defeating a corrupt ruling body. Not to mention the presence of fae, sirens, and other mythical creatures.…

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Book Review: On These Black Sands (Aisling Sea, Book 1) by Vanessa Rasanen

Book Review: On These Black Sands (Aisling Sea, Book 1) by Vanessa Rasanen

Ever since reading From Tormented Tides by Val E. Lane, I've been into more sea-faring tales (pirates, Vikings, etc.) so I had put the Aisling Sea series by Vanessa Rasanen on my TBR. Originally, I wasn't going to read the series until it was completed, as both books in the trilogy end on a cliffhanger. But on my recent trip to Boston, I felt called to pick up the first book, On These Black Sands, as the sea was calling to me. Not to mention, this series features a morally grey hero, a found family, a slow-burn romance, and the one-bed trope. Not that I pick up books for tropes, but those are the ones I enjoy.…

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My Thoughts on From Tormented Tides by Val E. Lane

My Thoughts on From Tormented Tides by Val E. Lane

I learned about this book through TikTok from the author and was super intrigued about it right away. And was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of From Tormented Tides by Val E. Lane. This book is a contemporary pirate fantasy with a slow-burn romance that starts out with a snippet of what's to come at the climax of the book. And I was hooked right away from the prologue. So, I'm going to be breaking down my thoughts on the book without giving too many spoilers.…

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My Thoughts on The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom, Book 2) by Danielle L. Jensen

My Thoughts on The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom, Book 2) by Danielle L. Jensen

After reading The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen I was looking forward to the next book in the series called The Traitor Queen. Aren has been taken captive after Lara's father conquered Ithicana using plans by Lara that she decided against sending to him, thus making her a traitor and banished from Ithicana. I was curious to see how this was going to play out especially between Lara and Aren, as the last time they saw each other Aren kicked her out of his kingdom and stated that he would kill her if he ever saw her face again. How they are going to reconcile was something I wanted to know, as I couldn't see a happily ever after happening for them after those events.…

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My Thoughts on The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom, Book 1) by Danielle L. Jensen

My Thoughts on The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom, Book 1) by Danielle L. Jensen

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen is something that's been on my TBR for a hot minute, and I finally got around to reading it. No spoilers, this book was an interesting read. It goes back and forth between Lara's and Aren's POVs to tell the events of the story. Lara was set to the Bridge Kingdom to act as a spy, so her father could invade and take control over the bridge (the only true route for trade between Northern and Southern countries). However, during the course of the book, she learns that not everything she was raised to believe is true. It's a compelling and intense story from start to finish.…

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Tandem Reading Guide for A Touch of Ruin and A Gate of Retribution by Scarlett St. Clair

Tandem Reading Guide for A Touch of Ruin and A Gate of Retribution by Scarlett St. Clair

When I initially read A Touch of Ruin by Scalett St. Clair, I was wondering what the heck Hades was doing the majority of the time. He's apart from Persephone for a large amount of time, not to mention he doesn't really get into his motives or reasons for things. So, I was looking forward to A Game of Retribution coming out. Now that it's been released, I'm sharing a tandem reading guide between the two. This is not perfectly lined but as close as possible without going by the page.…

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My Thoughts on A Game of Retribution (Hades Saga, Book 2) by Scarlett St. Clair

My Thoughts on A Game of Retribution (Hades Saga, Book 2) by Scarlett St. Clair

A Game of Retribution by Scarlett St. Clair is A Touch of Ruin from Hade's POV. While the two books occur at the same time with many of the same scenes, there are a lot of new things. Scenes are expanded upon or shown completely differently. As Hades picks up on things that Persephone doesn't, and some additional ones that don't make appearances at all in A Touch of Ruin. So, even though they are essentially the same book, they are different enough that you could enjoy both. Plus, the plot regarding what they do apart is different, which makes A Game of Retribution a good read.…

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