Book Reviews

Across the Broken Stars by Jed Herne

Across the Broken Stars

Title: Across the Broken Stars
Author: Jed Herne
Rating: ★★★★

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

“5/5. If you are looking for an epic fantasy that has a unique setting, this is it.” – Reedsy Discovery Featured Review.

Leon has a secret. He was once an angel – a winged warrior sworn to protect Paya, a realm where people live on discs that float in space.

He failed.

Now Leon’s a broken man, trying to forget the past. He thinks he’s the last angel. But then a young fugitive stumbles onto Leon’s doorstep. She’s an angel, too. And she has a riddle leading to a place where angels still live. Or so the stories claim …

Desperate for redemption, Leon begins a perilous quest through myth and folklore. But will Leon and the fugitive find their legendary destination? Or will Leon lose his last chance for salvation?

Brutal and gripping, this is a story about a flawed man’s search for forgiveness.

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REVIEW

Angel novels have been rampant in the last ten years, especially with Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters. Mentioning stars, I was interested to see how angels would be incorporated into space and how the magic system worked.

I loved the message woven throughout the plot: no matter what wrong you have done in the past, there is still time to right your future. Leon is an angel in hiding, an older man who lost his lover and best friend because of cowardice. In order to fit into the modern angel-free world, he cut off the very thing that made him special: his wings. Used to keeping to himself, a young lady, Elena, asks him to embark on a journey with her to find the lost land of angels. The farther they get along into their journey, the more courage and connection Leon finds himself feeling towards his kind.

I absolutely loved the aspect of riddles and logic. It was so fun to try to figure out how the characters would get past certain obstacles with this history the author provided throughout the novel. It is no wonder how Leon and Elena became so close in such great accomplishments. While most of the novel was predictable, I believe that was partially the intention…mostly because the ending threw me for a ride I wasn’t expecting.

My only suggestions would be to provide readers with a map of the world, elongate some of the high-stress situations, and a little less predictability.

Across the Broken Stars is a fast-paced story of friendship, redemption, betrayal, and hope. This is the perfect read for someone who loves adventure, unique world-building, and the old 90’s show The Hidden Temple.

★★★


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jed Herne

Jed Herne is a fantasy and sci-fi author from Perth, Western Australia. His short stories have been published in The Arcanist, Scarlet Leaf Review, and more. Fires of the Dead is his debut fantasy novella.

In addition to writing, he hosts the Novel Analyst podcast. Each episode, he deconstructs a book to help you become a better writer. On his YouTube channel (Jed Herne – Write), he posts new writing advice videos every weekday.

If you prefer listening to watching, you can hear the same daily writing advice and more writing-related goodness on his other podcast, The Jed Herne Audio Experience.

Outside of writing and reading, he loves board games, indoor soccer, and talking about himself in third person.

To stay updated with his writing, learn more about him, and to read a bunch of his free fantasy & sci-fi stories, join his email newsletter at:

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Purchase Across the Broken Stars here.

 

 

Connect with him – he loves hearing from you!

Website: JedHerne.com
Twitter: @JedHerne
Facebook: facebook.com/jedhernewriter/
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novelanalyst.com (or just search on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.)
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Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com

Email is the single best way to contact him. He reads and responds to every email from his wonderful readers, because he loves us!

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See my review for his novella Fires of the Dead here.
Book Reviews

Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers, #1) by Nicki Pau Preto

Crown of FeathersTitle: Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers, #1)
Author: Nicki Pau Preto
Rating: ★★★★★

“Absolutely unforgettable.” —Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
“A beautifully told story about justice, sisterhood, and warrior women.” —Shea Ernshaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep
“Epic in the truest sense.” —Quill and Quire

An Ember in the Ashes meets Three Dark Crowns in this lush debut fantasy novel about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors that ride phoenixes into battle.

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Crown of Feathers is an epic fantasy about love’s incredible power to save—or to destroy. Interspersed throughout is the story of Avalkyra Ashfire, the last Rider queen, who would rather see her empire burn than fall into her sister’s hands.

Crown of Feathers is a story of animages (people who can communicate and control animals) suppressed by their government. Anyone caught practicing magic is subject to life as a slave or conscript (if you’re lucky).

Growing up, Veronyka had been told many stories about phoenix riders by her maiora, or grandmother. Always feeling like her purpose was to become one of these mysterious beings, Veronyka decides to embark on a country to find the hidden land harboring the phoenix riders after her sister Val poisons her young phoenix.

I had a sister once. If I had known then what I know now, I might have chosen not to love her. But is love ever truly a choice?

Putting out those Mulan vibes, “Nyk” dresses like a man in order to have the chance to become a potential phoenix rider apprentice. Using only males, both apprentices and phoenixes, Nyk hopes to ensure her spot as a potential apprentice. Working as a stableboy to earn his keep and be near the phoenixes, Nyk becomes friends with the commander’s son, and helps him overcome his fear of fire.

As things start to take a direction toward the better for Veronyka, Val shows up. Soon after, a war begins…animage vs. soldiers.

That’s the thing with secrets. They never really die. Just when one bursts into flames, another rises up to take its place.

Told from the perspective of three different characters with entirely different upbringings, we learn just how connected each character is with each other. I loved the aspect of the letters between the two ancient queens Avalkyra and Pheronica. They interwove seamlessly into the story and provided history of the prior magic war.

Crown of Feathers is a colorful story of magic, firey phoenixes, and the premise that blood is not always thicker than water.

 

Book Reviews

Given by Nandi Taylor

GivenTitle: Given
Author: Nandi Taylor
Rating: ★★★★

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

“The captivating worldbuilding of magical lands and well-paced plot and character development combined with intriguing twists will have readers looking forward to more. ” – Kirkus Reviews

A subversive fantasy-romance steeped in West-African and Caribbean traditions.

Yenni has never been this far from home. With only her wits, her strength and her sacred runelore, the fierce Yirba warrior princess is alone in the Empire of Cresh. It’s a land filled with strange magics and even stranger people—many of whom mistrust anyone who’s different. But Yenni will prove herself, and find a cure for her father’s wasting illness. She will not fail.

No one warned her about the dragons. Especially not about him.

Yes, there is something powerful and compelling about the violet-black dragon known as Weysh. In human form he’s muscular, beautiful—and completely infuriating. What kind of arrogant creature claims a stranger as his Given; as his destined mate? Yenni is no man’s—or dragon’s—plaything. But other magics must be at work here, because Weysh might just be her best hope at finding the answers she seeks.

Only now Yenni can’t tell if she’s fighting her attraction to a dragon…or fighting fate itself.

The premise of this novel was so intoxicating: a land where people can change into dragon form within a breath. Not only that, but a school exists where students can learn both in human and dragon form. What is interesting is that students also learn spells and runes.

The story changes perspectives between Yenni and Weysh. Yenni is a princess who excels in the art of rune making. Weysh is a dragon/human. Givens are a dragon and a person or dragon destined for each other. Normally, people would die for the opportunity to be someone’s Given, however, that isn’t Yenni. All she cares about is learning healing runes to help her sick father. Of course the last person she wants to see is the only one who can help her.

I promise you this: I will do my best to listen to you and take your needs and concerns to heart. I will respect you and cherish you as no other man will.

I thought there was so much more that could’ve come from this concept. The love between Yenni and Weysh wasn’t really believable for me. It happened too fast and went from hate to love all of a sudden. I know you can’t help who you fall in love with, but then don’t make promises you can’t keep. I wanted more action and thought something more was going to come. The wait for a big fight was real…but then it didn’t come.

I will never give up on you. And if you choose to leave, I’ll be waiting until my dying breath for you to return.

Readers would enjoy this because of the world-building. The descriptions of Yenni’s family made me feel like I knew them and the geography made me feel like I was in a Harry Potter movie. After reading the end of the novel, there is potential for this to become a series.

Given is a story of diversity, adversity, and how love overcomes all.

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[BLOG TOUR] Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

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Welcome to my stop on the Tweet Cute book tour! Thank you to Wednesday Books for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour stop!


ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: TWEET CUTE
Author: Elizabeth Tammi
Pub. Date: January 21, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N, TBD, Google Books, Macmillan

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

 

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

 

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

 

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.


REVIEW

Tweet Cute is a light-hearted romance novel featuring an enemies-to-lovers couple, a Twitter competition, and grilled cheese.

Initially, this reminded me of A Cinderella Story, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. We have a “diner girl” who is kind of a nobody. A school dating chat app exists where students don’t know who they’re conversing with until a certain random time in the future. However, Pepper doesn’t know that the boy she is chatting with is also her arch-nemesis and the one she has been in the Twitter war with. Jack, brother to the “popular kid” in school happens to be the guy who created the app and has been tweeting Pepper back.

Tweet Cute is a fast-paced, witty, sarcastic, and “cheesy” enemies-to-lovers story that is perfect for readers looking for a light read.

★★★


Emma LordABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online at @dilemmalord on Twitter.

Follow Emma:
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EARLY PRAISE

Tweet Cute delivers in every possible way: a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance, a whip-smart plotline, and endearingly real characters. I devoured it.”

– Francesca Zappia, author of Eliza and Her Monsters

 

“Sweet and fun! An adorable debut that updates a classic romantic trope with a buzzy twist.”

– Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately and Serious Moonlight

 


“A witty rom-com reinvention for the Twitter age, Tweet Cute pairs delicious online rivalry with deeply relatable insights on family pressure and growing up. This fresh, funny read had us hitting ‘favorite’ from page one.”

– Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and If I’m Being Honest

Book Reviews

Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian

Eight Will FallTitle: Eight Will Fall
Author: Sarah Harian
Rating: ★★★★

In a land where magic is outlawed, eight criminals led by seventeen-year-old Larkin are sent on a mission to kill an ancient evil that plagues their kingdom. Descending into an underground realm full of unspeakable horrors, Larkin and her party must use their forbidden magic to survive what lies in wait, teeth sharp and jaws deadly.

As she fights for her life, Larkin finds a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. Soon Larkin and Amias realize their fates are entwined. The eight of them were chosen for a reason.

But as the dangers multiply and her band of felons are picked off one by one, Larkin must confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.

Eight Will Fall is a novel unlike anything else. Eight “criminals” are sent underground to kill an ancient god that has been wrecking havoc on the kingdom.

Being a lover of scary movies, the first thing that came to mind was the scary movie The Descent. Harian has such descriptive world-building that makes the reader feel the creepy, eerie feeling of being underground, in the dark, and on edge for the undead to make a presence. I felt like one of Kyran’s monsters could jump out at me at any moment, and what was so frightening was that some things weren’t even visible.

The magic system was developed and enticing. The disciples all had specific strengths and it was fun to figure out those strengths for each character.

Eight Will Fall is a novel with a unique plot. Readers will be sure to have read nothing like this before. While sometimes predictable, Harian creates a powerful magic system within a eerie, creepy world that readers are sure to enjoy. Lovers of scary movies should definitely add this to their list of novels to read!

Darkness cannot exist where this is Light.

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The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising, #1) by Kiersten White

The Guinevere DeceptionTitle: The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising, #1)
Author: Kiersten White
Rating: ★★★★

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

*THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY*

The Guinevere Deception is a fantasy retelling of King Arthur. In a world where magic is abhored and protection of land means more than love, White gives readers Guinevere, a girl who constantly deceives herself, wields magic, and is married to a King covering for his wife who is the epitomy of what he has been defending against.

White provides readers with lush description of Camelot, a kingdom based on tradition, justice, and a little bit of magic. Who wouldn’t want to live in a land where you get to experience jousts and the grandeur of feasts?! That’s what Medieval Times is for, right?! haha. While at times a little scary, Camelot sounds like a place I wouldn’t be opposed to visiting.

That ending, though! I could kick myself for rooting for a certain someone and Guinevere being together. Although, I do find some potential for her and a different certain someone being together. Anyone else feel the same?

The Guinevere Deception is a story of the power of women, justice, and how even those you trust can deceive you…including yourself. White brings readers Guinevere, a kind-hearted soul who is only looking acceptance of all, the defeat of evil, and reciprocated love.

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2020 Beat the Backlist


This reading challenge, hosted by Austine @ NovelKnight, is all about knocking off those older books from your to-read list. Any genre, any format, any length. My goal is to read 25 books for this challenge.

 

GUIDELINES

The book must have been published in 2019 or earlier to count. It can be in any format (including an ARC/eARC) as long as the release date is earlier than 2020.

You have to start and finish the book in 2020 to count it. Any books started in 2019 and finished in 2020 do not count. Any books started in 2018 and finish in 2019 also do not count.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
(your local time)

Please keep in mind that while this reading challenge has several different community elements to it, reading through your TBR comes down to you! I wish you the best of luck!

 

HOW TO JOIN

POST your backlist TBR for the year somewhere online! This can be in the form of a blog post, instagram photo caption, Twitter thread, Goodreads shelf, YouTube video, whatever works for you! You are NOT locked into these books, it’s just something to get you started! Make sure to share a link to this page somewhere in your post so others can find the challenge!

SIGN UP using the form below! Sign-ups will stay open all year long so you can join at any time.

READ backlist books and knock them off your TBR!

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Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2) by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Storm and ShadowTitle: Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2)
Author: Natasha Ngan
Rating: ★★★

In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.

Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.

Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?

Ever read every trilogy and the second book is the fluffer for the dynamic ending? Well, this won’t disappoint that generalization. I absolutely loved Girls of Paper and Fire, but Ngan left me high and dry on this sequel. I wanted more action, more deception, and what I got was everyone falling in love. Just didn’t seem believable to me.

Nothing is worth losing yourself.

As I said in my Girls of Paper and Fire review, Girls of Storm and Shadow brings to life the same problems still present in today’s culture: We have the Paper Caste (fully human), the Steel Caste (part human, part demon), and the Moon Caste (fully demon). We see the oppression imposed on by the upper castes and the prejudice present. That hasn’t changed. But what we are now seeing is a possibly revolution taking place. But just like with The Hunger Games, sometimes the revolution has some of the same issues that the threat they’re trying to abolish has.

You’re not the same. I see you, the way you fight. The way you are towards others. You’re soft where they are hard. You have love when they only have hate. Hold on to that as tightly as you can, Lei. Because war will do everything it can to take that good from you. I think sometimes people forget there will be a time after all of this — for the lucky ones, at least. And when that time comes, we’ll all have to live with what we have done. And what we have left of ourselves.

There was so much buildup to the climax, but we never got to see any of that, so it was a little frustrating. Lei just got way too soft for me. She used to be this strong woman that I could admire, but she so easily forgives and is losing herself by being blinded by love. Everything just seems so one-sided. Either she is neglecting the demons she is leading by choosing Wren, or she neglects them by welcoming betrayers so easily back. She isn’t reliable and completely did a 180 on me. Maybe it is because most of the characters seem selfish or whatever, but this wasn’t the most enjoyable read and I found myself somewhat sympathetic to the Demon King. I wanted to hear more from him.

I’ve found you.

I’m hoping to get more action in the next novel, maybe some more deception, and maybe a not-so-happy ending.

Girls of Storm and Shadow is a story of love conquering all, overcoming oppression, and keeping true to oneself.

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Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1) by Amelie Wen Zhao

blood heirTitle: Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)
Author: Amelie Wen Zhao
Rating: ★★★★

This hot debut is the first book in an epic new series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to clear her name for her father’s murder.

In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

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

The Blood Heir is a compelling story based on oppression, prejudice, and overcoming familial expectations. Ana is known to the world as a blood witch and seen as a monster. Her family even kept her hidden away from the rest of the world until one day she escapes and attempts to prove everyone wrong. Affinites are people who have powers and are condemned to a terrible life or are used as puppets. Seeking revenge for the death of her family, she finds a stranger along the way who is seeking to destroy the same person. But maybe something more evolves out of what they both share.

It is up to us to fight our battles in this world.

As many of you know, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the novel. In my opinion, it was totally uncalled for and I think the author did a great job of depicting the harsh realities of oppressive lives. Did those people even read the book?! If you want to call this “racially insensitive” then please explain to me the mass killing of people in Poland (my mom immigrated from there when it was still under communist rule and it actually wasn’t even a country on a map at one point), or any other example of oppression. It affected every race, not just one. We all know those times were bad for those involved, but the author luckily stayed true to her vision and published the novel. She was unveiling the truth behind oppression, not condoning it. The bullying of people’s free speech needs to stop. This criticism was totally unwarranted. Rant over.

But perhaps all monsters were heroes in their own eyes.

I loved Ramson the world-building, the deception, and the justice that was conducted in the story. The novel was great, but I find myself looking back and not feeling this novel to be super memorable. But I want it to be because I did enjoy reading it.

The Blood Heir was a moving, unpredictable story about the struggles facing people in oppressive countries. Reader who love a slow-burn romance, deception, and a twisted plot will love The Blood Heir.

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The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) by Holly Black

The Queen of Nothing]Title: The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)
Author: Holly Black
Rating: ★★★★★

The finale to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, from award-winning author Holly Black.

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watches her fair share of reality television, and does the odd job or two, including trying to convince a cannibalistic faerie from hunting her own in the mortal world.

When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking of a favor, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal.

When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and uncover how to break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

So, I’m probably in the minority here. I did enjoy this novel…a lot. While this was predictable, the main reason I liked this novel so much because for once, we see a healthy relationship. There wasn’t as many tricks or deceptions. The brooding and banter is fun, but it is tiresome after a while knowing that they actually do truly love one another. But I guess everyone wants the bad boy, so they’re disappointed. I always prefer the direct, nice ones, but oh well.

Girls, you really want someone like this?!

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I mean, give me this kind of guy any day…I know you all love him more…

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That boy is your weakness.

I loved the adventure side this time around. Grima Mog was a fearful, fun creature as opposed to the hateful, deceptive Madoc. Nothing came easily for Jude and we experienced her struggles with her. She was adaptive and realistic, and quick to forgive. Those are some great qualities.

By you, I am forever undone.

Guys, I’m a sucker for a happy ending this time around. I think I’m getting soft with old age. I think readers wanted a different ending, but realistically, this was a great ending. It was tied together really well. There was no question of what would happen to each character in the future. I thought it was well put-together in a healthy way that brought out the best (and worst) characteristics of our beloved protagonist.

I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn’t have one at all. Even now, it is a shabby, worm-eaten, and scabrous thing. But it is yours.