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What bookish things did you receive for Christmas?
I didn’t receive any bookish gifts. I am exclusively an e-book reader so other than occasionally needing a new cover for that I have few bookish “needs”. I don’t wear much jewellery and am not one for knick-knacks or doodads, so I don’t tend to receive book-related paraphernalia. I did however give a book as a gift!
A “blast from the past” review. Blending my Throwback Thursday with Budget Tales Book Blog’s Time Travel Thursday this week and featuring a review of the book I was reading this time last year.
After having stalled two-thirds of the way through, because it felt as though we really weren’t making any headway on the story, I eventually picked this back up and finished reading it. Virtually from that very page, the plot picked up and I was recaptured by this great series. So much so that I read into the early hours to finish this! Had the entire book been at this level it would have surpassed 5 stars, rather than almost DNF’ing it. I do need to thank Julie of One Book More blog, as she encouraged me to finish this and was 100% correct about that ending!
This is a long book, a fair amount of which could (and maybe should) have been edited out with no real impact on the story. There was a whole subplot involving Gwen and the Wild Hunt that was far too long-winded, providing very little forward movement. Given the number of words devoted to this, it should have been more significant in driving the plot forward. It does leave me wondering if the series should have been planned for 4 or 5 books rather than 6.
On a positive, we saw Fortuna undergo a great deal of personal growth. There were still some rash decisions, but we saw a lot more forethought, more questioning rather than simply believing more self-awareness. Despite it being heartbreaking to read, I loved how the author handled the trauma that both Fortuna and Collith had endured. There were some beautiful moments between various characters, some incredibly tender scenes, some moving scenes, some terrifying scenes and some confuzzling ones that will no doubt become clear in future books.
I was awestruck by how a throwaway sentence in book #1, by a nameless character, suddenly held great significance. This is a complex story, one where you start unravelling a thread and suddenly have a whole layer seemingly revealed, only for another thread to add a different spin to the story. Relationships and allegiances, that in hindsight should have been obvious, were revealed like a slap to the face. Hints, clues, breadcrumbs and red herrings are scattered throughout and you could drive yourself insane trying to follow and unpick them all.
Sadly the book spent far too long drifting in aimless circles with little advancement of the plot. So whilst this was not quite as good as the previous two based on the last third I WILL continue the series. I’m fairly certain, at some point, that we will discover that “Laurie” at the end isn’t Laurie, but rather is his more evil and conniving brother. I could be wrong though.
At times, the book also suffered from that very annoying trope of “let’s avoid that simple conversation that would avoid lots of angst, suffering and misconceptions”. There were too many interrupted conversations that remained unfinished, despite the opportunity to complete them. And despite the information being important. In addition, I felt there was too much needless keeping of secrets, which smacks of lazy/lacklustre writing, this author is capable of better than that.
This review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… by Miriam perfectly sums up my exact thoughts and feelings around this book. Perhaps I’d been too eager for this book, had built up such great expectations that I was bound to be somewhat disappointed. However, this series here, The Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta, is an example of where each book has its own story arc, whilst also moving the overarching storyline forward too.
Synopsis I pushed myself up and stumbled away. But the memory followed me like a bad feeling. It found its way through the shabby mental wall I’d erected. Within seconds, it filled my skull again. Fortuna has made one too many sacrifices to protect the ones she loves. She no longer knows how to go about her day-to-day life like she’s normal. Like she’s not utterly destroyed. Just a glimpse of Ian O’Connell’s face causes panic attacks, and Collith isn’t much help, considering he’s fighting demons of his own. Amongst so much inner turmoil, Fortuna’s abilities are still changing. However weak she feels, she knows she’s getting stronger. Fortuna does her best to hide it from other Fallen, because in the world of monsters, strength will get you killed. Well, that and unpredictable panic attacks. Unfortunately for Fortuna, it’s when you’re most vulnerable that enemies—new and old—like to come out of the woodwork…
TRIGGER WARNING: This novel contains scenes or themes of PTSD, sexual assault, and rape.
I have a few ideas of what I want to read, though haven’t set anything in stone as yet. January I might read an Eternal Guardian’s novella I have owned for several years and June’s prompt is perfect for the Kit Rocha Beyond series books I still haven’t read. I don’t want to tie myself down too much as I’m very much a mood reader and choosing something now to read in a few months would actually reduce the likelihood of successfully completing the challenge.
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What are your favourite books that you read in 2021?
I will do a more comprehensive round-up of my 2021 reading year, but the following is a brief summary of some of my favourite books read this year. In the end, I picked one book per month.
A couple represent the whole series, this includes both KF Breene books and one of the Ariana Nash books, but I wanted to keep things simple. I will go into more detail in a future post!
This seems to have been the year where I rediscovered my love of fantasy, and boy was there some fantastic new, and older, books to enjoy. The list also includes a couple of contemporary romances along with just one SFR.
I slumped into the sofa once they released me, feeling all the small hurts multiply and flare. Those waned and merged into a sea of pleasant pain, as if I were an instrument recently played by an entire orchestra.
What happens when a girl who wants to be forced is taken by a man who wants to make her obey? You get His Keepsake. This book is twisted, wrong, scorching hot, sexy, dangerous and devastating. It was impossible to guess where the story was heading, whether Emme would ever discover Grayson wasn’t the man she thought he was and how two people who wanted, needed, to eschew free choice could ever hope to find a HEA.
Despite wondering if Emme was entirely sane, I adored her character, strength, determination, and brattiness, whilst I found Grayson utterly intriguing. His morals were so twisted but, despite taking what wasn’t his, he demonstrated a protective and caring attitude towards Emme. An attitude that was evidenced by his response to the CNC party. I found myself constantly wondering where the story would take Emme, Grayson and, possibly, Axl. After all, when your only desire is to be given no choice or to allow no choice, any possible relationship is bound to be fraught with danger and disappointment, this one was no exception.
She squirmed, and I propped my booted foot on her chest. “Do you like breathing, Emme? Move again and my heel will be on your throat, instead. Do you know how fragile a throat can be?” Threats were easy. Threats were nice.
The story is a strange dichotomy of scorching chemistry and excruciating terror, depraved debauchery and gentle tenderness. Lust oozes from its very pages, equalled only by the disquieting sense of wrongness. Yet nestled within the misdeeds is a strong sense of rectitude, a desire to do the wrong things for the right reasons amidst an inclination to do no permanent harm, at least not emotionally. There is also a delightful juxtaposition of snarky humour and dark misadventure that leaves the reader questioning their reading choices!
Grayson is just the right side of bad, well at least most of the time he is. He has a line he will not cross, though it’s open to negotiation. Axl is very much the bad influence in this story, with a desire to do some very bad things to our poor Emme.
“I’d return his toy dirty and slightly damaged. It was the least I could do. The chainsaw he’d borrowed last summer had ended up in the repair shop for a month.”
I shivered with delight at his relegating Emme to having no more importance than a possession, a boy’s toy.
The ending broke me a lot little, and then rather gently put me back together, before slapping my ass, calling me a dirty slut and rogering me senseless. Utter perfection.
I had put myself at his mercy and yet I knew nothing about the quality of his mercy.
Synopsis Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. EMME Some cravings cannot be denied. That was me with CNC. Going to clubs didn’t make me feel anything anymore. I wanted a soul-wrenching, destructive encounter with a stranger. I wanted to be kept by someone… in a basement, or in a cage, like a bird or a treasured object? I could pretend, couldn’t I? As long as we had a code, the beginning was SANE. That would be fine. All good. But when he didn’t say THE word… THAT word. I wonder if he is just messing with me? Maybe this is a real abduction. If so, I should be scared.
HIM Who knew that one day I would do what I had fantasized about for years? Or that my best friend would insist on joining me. This is fun. Filthy. Darker than a grave with the hole filled in, except, she isn’t getting killed. I might keep her forever, though I’m not telling her that. Or that I’m not the man she arranged to meet.I open my cellar door and study this precious creature I’ve caught, from her toes to those pretty, tear-filled eyes.
This story has a HEA but for some that will not be enough. There are more triggers in this dark tale than stars in the sky.