Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

There are a lot of good reviews for this book, so I don’t plan to go into too many details. I recommend reading the book but I’m still up in the air about the series.


Daughter of smoke and bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Published: September 27, 2011
Pages: 422

Stars: 3.5 of 5

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Synopsis:
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Review:
It took me a bit before I figured out what was happening in the book. And then it took me till I was half way through before I truly understood. Karou is strong, compassionate, and cares deeply, but has no idea who she is. And when faced with love or finding out her identity and saving her family- is there any question on what she will choose…

Akiva knows only death and war. A long time ago he lost the one person he loved, Madrigal. And recently he meets someone who is no closer than a stranger yet as familiar as Madrigal. What will Akiva do when faced with a second chance, will he choose an old love or family?

I thought the characters were creative and the plot was familiar yet unique. I really enjoyed Brimstone’s character. The plot surrounds themes such as oppression and forbidden love. And so much pain.  

I didn’t really like how the story kept going from present to past without much if any transition. And at times, I felt like the plot dragged or I was reading information that didn’t add anything to the plot. Overall, I enjoyed the book enough to want to read the second. 

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One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3)

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I have been looking forward to reading this book. Usually I Ilona Andrews work is impeccable. But this book fell a little short for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it and would buy the next book. But one thing that is interesting is how there is not one (okay, maybe one but you get the idea) character introduced in this series that doesn’t come back around. There aren’t a lot of books like this and I can see why. In many ways, this series doesn’t appear to have small characters. And because of this, each character is thought out and comes with a complex background. I absolutely love Ilona Andrews work!


 

One Fell SweepAuthor: Ilona Andrews
Published: December 20, 2016
Pages: 257

Stars: 3.5 out of 5

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Other books in this Series:
Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)
Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, #2)

 

Synopsis:
Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.

Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.

Review:
One Fell Sweep is similar to the previous books in this series with the constant action and detailed description of what everything looks like and what’s happening. I will be honest, there were parts of this book that I skimmed. I never thought I would say this but Ilona Andrews took her descriptions a bit far. At times I fought boredom and just felt like some of it was an overkill. 

Like I said above, this book starts with action and ends with not so much a cliffhanger but something close enough. I’m not going to tell you every action packed detail of what happened through this book. But what I will say is there is heartache, love, death, bad omens, and potential. The ending of this book, possibly the last third of the book, was the most captivating. I couldn’t put the book down even if I wanted to. I needed to figure out what happened next. 

Overall, this isn’t my favorite series by this author and the book isn’t perfect. But it’s still a good series/book. Knowing this, the book is still highly entertaining and a fun read. Ilona Andrews provides a world that is hard to imagine with deadly flowers and different dimensions. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. 

 

Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, 2)

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I really enjoyed this book. Sweep in Peace is the second installment in the Innkeeper Chronicles Series by Ilona Andrews. I just love the world Andrews created and the characters are deeply developed and so much fun to read!


Sweep in Peace

 

Author: Ilona Andrews
Published: November 13, 2015
Pages: 237

Stars: 4 out of 5

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Synopsis:
Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina’s door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn…and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it’s all in the day’s work for an Innkeeper…

Review:
Six months later, this book opens with a similar problem as before, the inn Dina runs only has one guest. For her and the inn to grow stronger, they need more guests. If only Dina knew how to attract more guests.. Just as she is trying to solve her dilemma, an arbitrator by the name of George stops by. And as you can imagine, he holds the key to her problem- host 30 magical beings while they try to come to an agreement without killing each other. And although this is highly dangerous, this is just the thing she needs to save her inn. 

Preparations didn’t go as smoothly as Dina would hope and she soon finds herself stretched for time and money. With less than a day and still needing to find a chef, she comes across the perfect solution. Hire a chef who lost his ranking because he was accused of poisoning a guest. But the chef she hires, Orro, is absolutely wonderful! I found myself laughing at his dramatic speeches and just loving his character. 

As you can imagine, other obstacles come up and many things go wrong. And to top all this off, Dina is constantly mourning for Shawn. But honestly, what would this book be without a little drama and sexual angst. Except when Shawn returns, he isn’t himself. The old Shawn seems to be a figment of the past and the new one is haunted by war and death.

I really enjoyed this book. There were parts that seemed to drag and that were full of too much, slightly boring, information. The end of the book almost brought tears, but that’s probably because as a mother my greatest fear is losing my children. Trust me, if you read the book, you will understand the connection. I loved all the characters and am grateful the author decided against a love triangle. I’m not sure where Sean and Dina stand, but I’m sure it will be fun finding out. 

Deadly Descendant (Nikki Glass, #2)

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I didn’t like this book as much as the first. This book had a good dose of Nikki making some stupid choices that make you want to yell at her.. I’m not sure I’m done with the series but I wasn’t as impressed with this book.


Deadly Descendant

Author: Jenna Black
Published: April 24, 2012
Pages: 355

Stars: 3 out of 5

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Dark Descendant (Nikki Glass, #1)

Synopsis:
As a living descendant of Artemis the Huntress, private investigator Nikki Glass knows how to track someone down. But when an Oracle shows up, warning the Descendants about wild dog attacks in Washington, D.C., Nikki is afraid it might be a trap. The Olympians believe the “dogs” are really jackals, controlled by a blood-crazed descendant of the Egyptian death-god Anubis. Whatever. . . . If Nikki hopes to muzzle Dogboy, she’s got to catch him in the act. But when she stakes out a local cemetery, she ends up face-to-snout with a snarling pack of shadow-jackals whose bite is worse than their bark. These hellhounds are deadly—even for an immortal like Nikki. “Dog” spelled backward may be “god,” but that won’t stop Nikki from teaching these old gods some new tricks. Like playing dead.

Review:
As we know from book one in this series, Nikki is a descendent of Artemis. So in other words, she has perfect accuracy with any weapon and can almost turn anything into a weapon. She is also known for her ability to track down people who don’t want to be or can’t be found. Anderson is one scary guy. A God of destruction and vengeance, he is capable of killing any Liberi. So when he manipulates Nikki into reviewing records to make sure the people he has hidden are truly that, she can’t say no. Unfortunately it isn’t long before the Liberi are tasked with finding one of their own, another Liberi,  and stopping him from killing any more innocent. 

I felt like Nikki was a little harsh with how she felt about Emma. Although Emma has gone through hell, she criticizes every move she makes. There’s a possibility she’s right about Emma manipulating Anderson. But I think some slack is due. Things between Jamaal and Nikki change from him hating her to them finding a commonality, maybe even the beginning of a relationship. But Nikki’s attraction to Jamaal is confusing and complicated. When he surprises her with a kiss, she makes the encounter awkward and refuses to kiss him back. I just don’t get it. She has made numerous comments about how attractive he is and how much she likes him, but then she pushes him away. I guess I just don’t understand the reasoning behind it. As things progress in the book, Nikki’s reaction to Jamaal changes. 

I didn’t like this book as much as the first. There was a lot of repetition of information. And the plot had some noticeable holes. There were things in this book that irritated me – For example, the team is worries about people hearing Nikki’s gun shots when tracking the Jackle. Has no one heard of a silencer? With money not being an issue, I would think getting a high performance, powerful, but silent gun would be no problem. And Nikki’s character is starting to get on my nerves. The saying ‘self fulfilling prophecy’ circled around my mind while reading the book. I’m still going to give the third book in this series a try. Hopefully it’s better 

Dark Descendant (Nikki Glass, #1)

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This book is mystery meets mythology and I loved it! I loved how strong Nikki is and the potential for romance was the perfect mix of attraction and contempt.


Dark Descendant

Author: Jenna Black
Published: April 26, 2011
Pages: 336

Stars: 4 out of 5

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Synopsis:
Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy.

But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . . .

Review:
Nikki thinks she is a 25 year old private investigator but she soon finds out she is much more. Being the descendent of Artemis,  Nikki finds herself with a crash course on what it means to be a Liberi and that not all Liberi are good. 

Getting tossed in the middle, Nikki must choose whose side she wants to align herself with. The plus side to all this, is one side really sucks in the evil, kill innocents kind of way. While the other side is an obvious better choice, to say Nikki got off on the wrong foot with them is an understatement. 

Forced to move in with Anderson and those he protects, Nikki discovered not everyone was happy about this. As Nikki gets to know the others, she learns not all their ‘powers’ are fun. In fact, most come with sacrifices. Nikki tries her best to survive the new life she finds herself in and keep those she loves safe. But at every turn, she is faced with violence and those who don’t trust her. But more surprisingly, she uncovers secrets that will get her killed. 

This book is fast moving with a ton of action. Nikki is a strong character but she is also flawed. Her background of moving from one foster home to the next has tainted her. And because of this, she never truly feels like she belongs. I feel for Nikki’s character. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next one. I’m curious to see if anything happens between Nikki and Jamaal… 

Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)

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When you see a book written by Ilona Andrews, you know a couple things. First, the writing will be fantastic and you will be drawn into the story within the first chapter. And second, the plot will be complex, fascinating, and unique. Clean Sweep is no exception. But one thing the author did that I have not seen before was add pictures throughout the book. There were only a couple but nonetheless it was kind of fun to see. 


Clean SweepAuthor: Ilona Andrews
Published: December 2, 2013
Pages: 235

Stars: 4.5 out of 5

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On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, “normal” is a bit of a stretch for Dina.

And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night….Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans—an alpha-strain werewolf—and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

Review:
Dina is the owner of the local bread and breakfast. But when the dog killings begin to increase and the thing killing them begins to get bolder, Dina isn’t sure she is able to sit back and watch her neighbors get threatened. Sean is not what he seems. Although he is new to town, he takes no time in marking his territory. As a werewolf, Dina goes to him for help but getting his help isn’t as easy as she would hope. This puts Dina in a predicament – do nothing and keep her neutral stance within the world of creatures and monsters. Or get involved and lose part of her protection and possibly jeopardize her inn. 

Both Dina and Sean are far more complex than they seem. Dina’s powers match those of her inn. Her little dog Beast is amazing. But Dina is not a usual innkeeper. She is caring, loyal, and unbelievably strong. Yet, there are parts in the book that hint her skills and powers are highly underestimated, even by her. 

Sean is arrogant, dangerous, and highly attractive. Watching the interactions between him and Dina is not only entertaining, but also fun in the building of sexual tension kind of way. 

So much happens in this book, I honestly don’t know what else to say without giving too much away. I love the flow of this book. The author does a great job creating a unique world. The book ends with the possibility of a love triangle. Normally I hate this kind of thing. But I have a feeling it won’t be much of a love triangle for long. 

By the end of the book I had a huge smile on my face and could only think one thing – man, I love this book! I am really looking forward to the next installment in this series. 

The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy, #2)

the perilous sea

 

Author: Sherry Thomas
Published: September 16, 2014
Pages: 414

Stars: 5 out of 5

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Synopsis:
After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

Review:

The first chapter grabs the readers attention but I was not exactly sure what was going on. Like with most series, months or maybe even a year has past since I have read the previous book. And for me, when I saw this book was available, I felt excitement and wanted to read it right away. The description of the book reminded me who the characters were and the overall plot. But I couldn’t remember how the last book ended. And starting the book out with the main character having no memory who who they are, doesn’t help. Luckily the following chapters fill in the gap.

The chapters go back and forth between the Sahara desert- where Titus and Iolanthe (Fairfax) have lost their memory and aren’t sure why they are there, to the past – which describe the events leading up to the Sahara desert and memory loss. Reading the chapters of when Titus and Iolanthe don’t have their memories is fascinating. In a way, it is very similar to the first book- the emotions, the connection between them, and the slow development of respect, companionship, and more. But I will admit, I am drawn to the romance. Titus is so sweet and Iolanthe is perfect for him. This series really is turning into an addiction. The author did an amazing job with developing deep characters.

One of the hiccups in Titus and Iolanthe’s relationship is an important discovery. I wish I could expand on this but honestly I think it would be giving too much away. But I will say this discovery makes Iolanthe feel betrayed and I have to agree with her. This part of the book made me question- Did the first book not matter? Everything Iolanthe went through, all her sacrifice, everything she has overcome, does it not matter? In the first book Iolanthe killed the Bane in the crucible. That has to count for something… 

The ending of this book left me with goosebumps!! Talk about a cliffhanger. I can’t wait for the next book. The action in this book was intense, the plot fast paced, and the romantic jesters were beautiful. I must agree with the critics, this series is the next big one. 

This book reveals so much, I wish I could say more but I would be spoiling it if I did. But what I can say is how you read Titus’s mothers prophecies in the beginning of the book is not how you look at them, read them, or interpret them later on.

If you haven’t read the first book, you can find my review for it here. Otherwise, happy reading!