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Warmaidens (Gravemaidens, #2) by Kelly Coon

Warmaidens (Gravemaidens, #2)Title: Warmaidens (Gravemaidens, #2)
Author: Kelly Coon
Rating: ★★★★

Warmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them.

Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu, Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of death. Now that the nightmares of Alu are fading, she can finally decide whether or not to take Dagan’s hand in marriage.

But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill the displaced queen of Alu, the maidens realize they’ve been found.

Hungry for revenge, Manzazu’s queen wants to strike back at Alu with her fiercest weapons—her scorpion warrior maidens—but Kammani knows that war harms more than it heals. To save the innocents and any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani must take down Alu’s ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.

I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Warmaidens is the continuation of the fantasy duology Gravemaidens. Readers left off with a crazy ending, so of course there was only more action to come!

After Kammani took the place of her father as the healer for the King and her sister was chosen to be one of the three sacred maidens, Kammani does everything in her power to save the King so that her sister will not have to face the sacred maiden fate: death. After faking their deaths with the death of the King, they now must escape discovery of the new lugal. But of course, they cannot stay undiscovered for long.

Warmaidens was the perfect blend of character growth and action. Nanaea was by far the most annoying character for me in the first installment. But oh my gosh! I see so much growth for her and how mature she has become. I just love it! The action is constant and keeps readers on the edge of their seats. There are some tough events, and the reader can feel the emotion that the characters are feeling. This was a really balanced novel between the character development and strengthening of the plot.

Let’s be real…the person who stole the show is Dagan, but maybe I am biased. He is such a nice guy that any girl would be lucky to have him. However, he acts like a puppy around Kammani and would do anything for her, yet she is confused on whether or not she wants to marry him. Come on! Girls only wish to have a guy like that.

Probably one of my most loved and appreciated experiences in novels are stories within stories. For example, the Three Brothers in Harry Potter. Warmaidens shared that, as well, with the Boatman. I absolutely adored the story and it fits in perfectly with the rest of the novel.

Warmaidens is a story of the power of friendship, sisterhood, love, and the power of good over evil. Coons brings readers a story of a protagonist who defied all odds for the protection of her family. 

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The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising, #2) by Kiersten White

The Camelot BetrayalTitle: The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising, #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Rating: ★★★★

The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

The Camelot Betrayal is the continuation of the fantasy retelling of King Arthur. In a world where kingdom comes before love and magic is forbidden, readers continue on Guinevere’s journey of magic, friendship, love, fealty to the kingdom, and self-discovery.

In the second installment, White brings readers into the complicated and confusing head of Guinevere. After being betrayed by a love, learning how to wield powers for the good of the kingdom (the same powers that could put her in jeopardy of being found out), and blaming herself for the wickedness that plagues the land, Guinevere has more going on than she can handle. We discover the inner workings of our protagonist in a real way: both her strengths and her weaknesses.

While I enjoyed the character building, I felt that the story lacked a little action. Typical for most trilogies, I wanted to be “wowed” and felt a little disappointed. This felt like an entirely different plot line and, I believe, could’ve been emitted from the story entirely without losing any substance. My only objection is that I enjoyed learning more about the relationship between Guinevere and Mordred.

The Camelot Betrayal is a story of the power of friendship, loyalty, and how our own minds can betray us. White brings readers a story of a protagonist who questions herself: her decisions, her friends, and even those closest to her heart; a protagonist who has flaws but is loved despite them, will do anything for the people she loves, and most importantly, who learns from her mistakes.

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Massive Book/Bookish Fun Unload on Poshmark

Hi Everyone,

I know it has been a while, and I’m sorry to inform you that this is not one of my typical blog posts.

I’m trying to “declutter” (not sure if that will ever be possible) and unfortunately, I don’t have enough room for all of my bookish belongings.

Soooo…I’m hoping to unload on you or any other bookish friends through my Poshmark.

Bundle and I’ll make deals, or if there is a specific edition of a book or item you are looking for that I don’t have listed, please inquire and I may be able to part with that item.

I’m planning on posting the rest of my massive unhaul this weekend, so keep an eye out!

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Goodbye

Good morning fellow bloggers and readers,

I am just writing to let you know that I will no longer be posting. I’m not for sure how long, maybe forever. As many of you know, I haven’t had FaceBook or SnapChat in over five years. Any of the other platforms aside from LinkedIn and Goodreads, (and this blog), I have never had (besides for when someone made a Instagram account of me, which was hell to delete!).

Unfortunately, I have always viewed social media as an unnecessary evil. I’m not being condescending for anyone else who does have it; it just isn’t for me.

As for the blog, I appreciate all of the support I have received from everyone over the years and would love to keep in contact with those of you who have interest! As time went by, I found myself almost “forcing” myself to write posts or reviews, and not enjoying it as much. What I believe is the “killer” of my blog for myself is that I wasn’t always reading what wanted to read. Reading wasn’t as fun anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I read a lot of great books, but there are so many hanging out in my TBR that I still need to read/want to read more. And sometimes, quite frankly, I don’t want to write a review (insert shruggy shoulders emoji).

I’ve always told myself I need to live in the moment more, stop living by the deadlines I give myself, and actually enjoy the moment. So, that is what I intend to do. And for me, that is time away to focus on things I want to do, my empire (my two side businesses), and enjoying the beautiful weather outside.

I wish you all of the best on this journey and DO NOT hesitate to reach out if you need anything (support, a laugh, or just a friend)!

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Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace, #1) by Kathryn Purdie

Bone Crier's MoonTitle: Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace, #1)
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Rating: ★★★★★

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really excited for this book; I just wanted the items in the FairyLoot box. Sorry, not sorry.

Aliesse. I’m not leaving you. You’re worth the risk, do you hear me? You’re always going to be worth the risk.

 

Ailesse: Destined to be the next Matrone. Brave. Headstrong. Ambitious.

Sabine: Aliesse’s best friend. Quiet. Reserved. Loyal.

Bastien: Seeking revenge for his father’s death. Head of a gang of thieving orphanswhose father also died from the Leuress.

 

Things I Liked Loved:

  1. Sisterly love. The bond between Ailesse and Sabine is so strong. I loved that it seemed to be the main focal point over romantic love. They will risk anything and everything for each other.
  2. Pacing. It was perfect. There was never a dull moment. I was reading along with the FairyLoot group and I found myself wanting to read more each day, but forcing myself to stop to keep pace with the book.
  3. Multiple POVs. The change from one protagonist to the next kept me on the edge of my seat. The end of every chapter was a cliffhanger.
  4. Mythology. This was such a unique twist on sirens. The magic system was well thought and intriguing.

 

Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. The ending. I wasn’t convinced that there should be a second book. It seemed like this novel could’ve ended with just a twinge difference.
  2. Animal violence. Yes, I know it goes along with the magic system, but I love animals.

 

Bone Crier’s Moon is a story about sisterly love, enemies to lovers, and revenge. People who enjoyed All the Stars and Teeth and Serpent & Dove would enjoy this novel.

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Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke

Of Silver and ShadowTitle: Of Silver and Shadow
Author: Jennifer Gruenke
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ren Kolins is a silver wielder—a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret, he offers her a fortune to join his revolution. The caveat: she won’t see a single coin until they overthrow the King.

Behind the castle walls, a brutal group of warriors known as the King’s Children is engaged in a competition: the first to find the rebel leader will be made King’s Fang, the right hand of the King of Erdis. And Adley Farre is hunting down the rebels one by one, torturing her way to Ren and the rebel leader, and the coveted King’s Fang title.

But time is running out for all of them, including the youngest Prince of Erdis, who finds himself pulled into the rebellion. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out.

I’ll be honest, I’m a little over novels set in Paris. Especially when they all have to do with heists. Let’s be original, people.

Some things are worth the pain.

Ren: Silver wielder. Pit fighter. Poker con artist. Only helps the rebels to pay a debt.

Adley: Assassin. Member of the King’s Children. Fighting for her freedom.

Darek: Rebel. Seeks out Ren for her help in the fight against the Crown. Looking for revenge for his mother.

Kellen: Youngest Prince. Underground fight club owner.

 

Things I Liked:

  1. The violence. Don’t hate me! To be frank, violence doesn’t really bug me. Maybe after growing up with weekly horror movies, I’ve become immune to the gruesome. This was a nice change since most novels “soften” violence, when it wasn’t or isn’t reality.
  2. Pacing. The pacing of the book was excellent. There weren’t many “still” moments and there was never a point where I felt bored by the story. What I really enjoyed was that there was a mix of short and long chapters, not a standard “20” pages.
  3. Kellen. You can’t help but love him.

 

Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. Similar Characters. Ren and Adley are basically the same person. I was starting to get them a little confused. Strong, badass women is a common theme now-a-days with multiple people falling in love with them. I wish their personalities were different, especially being the main protagonists.
  2. Magic System. I don’t really understand silver wielding at all or how it came about. If it is so powerful, then why doesn’t Ren have more power? She is always on the run. I understand she is trying to “hide” since it is forbidden for anyone who isn’t in the royal family, but she could easily stand up to them or threaten others with her power. More explanation of the history of silver wielding would’ve been beneficial.
  3. Romance. Too many different love stories. I’d rather focus more on the adventure.

 

Of Silver and Shadow is a story about political intrigue, enemies to lovers, and character growth. People who enjoyed The Gilded Wolves and Six of Crows would enjoy this novel.

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The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles, #1) by Kester Grant

The Court of MiraclesTitle: The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles,  #1)
Author: Kester Grant
Rating: ★★★★

Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.

In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina’s life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father’s fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger–the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh–Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city’s dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice–protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.

I’ll be honest, I’m a little over novels set in Paris. Especially when they all have to do with heists. Let’s be original, people.

Sometimes we must pay a terrible price to protect the things we love.

Nina: “Black Cat” of the Thieves Guild.

Ettie: Nina’s “little sister”. The root of this war (granted, it was inevitable in time). 

Tiger: Lord of the Guild of Flesh. Lord Kaplan. No Lord will cross him. 

Montparnasse: Loves Nina. My lover. Master of the Assassins Guild. Willing to lay himself on the line for Nina, even if he has to betray his guild.

St. Juste: Loves Nina. Everyone in his family was killed. Leader of the rebellion of people who aren’t in a guild.

The Dauphin: Loves Nina. Prince of France. Nina steels from him at a young age. They see each other later and help each other out. Has a mother who is always on the verge of handing him a glass of poison.

Orso: Has an army of “Ghosts” aka little kids. The only Lord who will stand up to the Tiger.

Thernadier: Nina’s dad. Beats her. Will do anything for whoever offers the most money, even betraying his own.

Tomasis: Lord of the Thieves Guild.

 

if he kills you, I’ll take his head from his body and I’ll set it on a pike in the middle of the Lords’ table in the Miracle Court, and none will ever take it down. There it will rot, the worms will eat it to bone, and all who see it will remember you. Even if Corday asks my life of me in return, I’ll do it. I swear.

Can’t get any more romantic than that!

 

Things I Liked:

  1. Secret societies. I love the idea of secret societies being known for specific talents. I love seeing the atmosphere from each unique faction. I’d love to learn more about how these came about and a look deeper into each society.
  2. Unpredictable. I did not predict one particular event to happen in this novel. That never happens!
  3. The world-building. Grant made this incredibly easy to follow.

 

Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. Hunger Games vibes. If you interchange Nina for Katniss and Ettie for Rue/Prim, you pretty much have the Hunger Games novel.
  2. The beginning. I was ready to DNF right away, honestly. But, I’m not a quitter, so I kept on trekking, and I actually really enjoyed the novel.
  3. The timing. I followed this pretty well through most of the novel, but I got a little confused at times by home much time passed.
  4. Everyone guy loves her. Give me a break! I’m so over the main character having all of these guys wanting her. Not reality!

 

The Court of Miracles is a story about war, ambitious power, and adversity. People who enjoyed The Gilded Wolves and Six of Crows would enjoy this novel.

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The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2) by Roshani Chokshi

The Silvered SerpentsTitle: The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves,  #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Rating: ★★★

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumoured to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

I wanted to love this, but Severin is just an extremely annoying character. He pushes everyone away who is close to them thinking it is for their betterment. How can he lead people when he can’t even face his own demons?! I wish the plot was more focused on the puzzle aspect of the heists versus the emotional. It was a bit too dark for my liking.

Severin: French-Algerian. Leader of the group. Supposed heir to House Vanth. 

Tristan: Severin’s foster brother. Botanist. Pet tarantula Goliath (yikes!).

Laila: Indian. Chef. Dancer. Can read objects.

Enrique: Spanish-Filipino. Historian. Bi. 

Zofia: Jewish-Polish. Lab rat. Autistic? OCD. 

Hypnos: French-African-descent. Heir to House Nyx. Enemy to friend.

 

Things I Liked:

  1. Growth. We start to see the characters’ flaws and how they came to be the people they are today. We see their weaknesses, as well as, them overcoming their fears in the form of strengths.
  2. Not everything goes right. So many young adult novels have characters with essentially no faults. It is nice to see things not work as they are planned.
  3. The puzzles. I love them! It was so fun to try to figure the puzzles out before the characters.

 

Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. People who think they can decide what is best for someone. Severin is a guy that you love to hate. He has the best interests of people close to him in his heart, but he doesn’t always execute in the best way. He takes responsibility for things he has no control over and let’s that fear of hurt for those he loves takeover his life. People can decide for themselves if they want to take risks, they don’t need someone else choosing for them.
  2. Forbidden love. Man loves girl. Girl loves man. Man can’t be with girl for fear of hurting her and vice versa. This is so stupid! You’ll make things work with someone if you truly love them.
  3. Dark. The Silvered Serpents was a lot darker than The Gilded Wolves. Readers can find more foul play, deception, and a look into the darker parts of the human mind.

 

The Silvered Serpents is a story about deception, love, and friendship. People who enjoy heists and a loyal gang of misfits will love this novel.

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The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded WolvesTitle: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves,  #1)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Rating: ★★★

This edition from Owlcrate is signed and has an exclusive cover.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

I’m always a little skeptical going into novels placed in Paris. For some reason, books set in Paris and I do not get along. Probably, mostly due to the lavish descriptions included in the novels. Hey, I’m simple, so just get to the point.

Severin: French-Algerian. Leader of the group. Supposed heir to House Vanth. 

Tristan: Severin’s foster brother. Botanist. Pet tarantula Goliath (yikes!).

Laila: India. Chef. Dancer. Can read objects.

Enrique: Spanish-Filipino. Historian. Bi. 

Zofia: Jewish-Polish. Lab rat. Autistic? OCD. 

Hypnos: French-African-descent. Heir to House Nyx. Enemy to friend.

 

Things I Liked:

  1. I LOVED the aspect of the Seven Deadly Sins cast as Severin’s fathers. That was such an interesting aspect for someone to experience who pretty much lost everything in his life. In this aspect, he thinks the answer is black-and-white when it comes to those emotions, but we see his character start to grow throughout the novel. I think the ending left Severin feeling empty, but we will be seeing his character growth a lot in The Silvered Serpents.
  2. The gang. These friends have each others’ backs, even if it means putting their lives at stake! Give me some friends like that. They are all so different, and honestly, I liked all of this, which is rare for me.
  3. Zofia. She is probably the most similar to me. What I loved most about her is that the Polish are represented! Five five, y’all. I rarely read books where Polish people are represented in a positive light. My mom immigrated here legally from Poland, so it is nice to be represented. She shares my godmother’s name, and for me, was the most “normal”. She is the only one still connected with a family.

 

Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. Magic System. Wait! I did like the magic system, but I don’t feel like it was explained enough for the reader to understand. I would like to know the differences, how they are formed, and more about the history of the Houses and the unique abilities each House wields. A prequel about the history of the Houses would be amazing.
  2. Predictable. The end wasn’t really a surprise to me with how things went. I won’t go into spoilers. But Severin’s situation didn’t surprise me at all. And every time a heist was taking place, it never went like it was supposed to. Normally, I would like that, but things going wrong was the normal, so I wanted to see things run smoothly for once.
  3. The beginning. I had such a hard time getting into the novel. Once I did, it was amazing and I appreciated every minute.

 

The Gilded Wolves is a story about magic, vengeance, and friendship. People who enjoy heists and a loyal gang of misfits will love this novel.

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The Beholder (The Beholder, #1) by Anna Bright

The BeholderTitle: The Beholder (The Beholder, #1)
Author: Anna Bright
Rating: ★★★★

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

 

Peter:

Peter

 

Bear:

At first I think of this guy (just by the name):

bear

But, in reality, this is who Bear reminds me of:

darcy

 

Torden:

torden

 

The Beholder initially gave me vibes of The Selection and The Bachelorette, however, after reading this novel, it is completely different. The motivation is to help her father.

Selah’s story starts off like Cinderella with the evil step mom. Being the heir to Potomac, Selah poses a threat to her step mom’s soon-to-be baby. However, since Selah is a woman, it is best to have a man sitting by her side. Her best friend, Peter, seems like an easy shoe-in for her, but she is rejected and humiliated when making a proposal. With her reputation at stake, she has no choice but to travel abroad and find a husband somewhere else. Of course, her evil step mom helps profusely. The only problem is that everyone on the list is heir to the throne besides for one young man.

First stop is London to find the first Prince Charming, aka Bear. Bear, her bodyguard, is actually secretly the Prince the entire time. I loved this aspect of the story and wish it would’ve ended here. It proves that it doesn’t matter what your status is if the love is real. I totally understand why the King wanted things to play out the way they did and I don’t blame them, but Selah is all butt hurt about it. If she really loved him, she would understand, but she is all self-righteous. This is how the good guys are ruined. Girls like her! Don’t even get me started on how this ended. It makes me want to eat a whole bag of gummy candies.

Then comes Thor, aka Torden. Literally, I felt like I was watching the movie and the rivalry between Thor and Loki. Torden and Selah will never work. I don’t understand the chemistry. They have nothing in common and I feel like she is trying to change who he is. He actually is setting aside his responsibilities for her. Torden told her that his people come first, but we all know that wouldn’t be enough for her.

It was clear as day to me from the beginning that you were the one.

Things seem perfect for Selah and Torden. He promises to go to Potomac with her for a little while to save her father. And BOOM! Oden finds out that Selah’s crew on The Beholder are all rebels, so no proposal for you, sweetie. At least two people found a happy ending 😉

Selah is one of the most annoying protagonists. She says she wants love, but honestly, I feel like she is selfish. She leads these guys on and wants them to fall in love with her, but will always choose something else over them. There is always an excuse for it to not work. A good leader is patient and understanding. How can she rule a country and be a good leader when she can’t even afford to give the same to people she supposedly loves?

Something else confusing was the world-building. We have I’d guess 1800’s England and Nordic Thor. I’m not sure what the time period was. The countries seem to emulate the world today, but it is slightly confusing. There are so many alliterations to other fairytales or stories, yet these are from many different time periods. There just needs to be some consistency, and I found it hard to piece it all together.

A thousand tiny moments.

Yeses and nos that change the world.

The Beholder is a story about finding love, overcoming adversity, and loyalty. Bright makes readers swoon with the introduction of princes from all over. Perfect in their own ways, yet full of flaws. The emotions that Bright was able to pull from my black heart is why I rated it so high. Team Bear!