Happy Book Birthday Balance by Janelle Stalder!

Balance (The Balance Series, #1)Balance by Janelle Stalder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Janelle has done it again!! I honestly do not think that I could ever read something that she wrote that I do not like!

This is a paranormal romance about fallen angels and demons. I have not read a book in this genre in such a long time, so when I saw this one, I was immediately intrigued! I was completely sucked in from the moment I started it until the very end! This is definitely a one-sitting kind of book! You all have been warned, so I can easily say “I told ya so!”

My favorite character would have to be Caleb! Can I say “la swoon?” I really liked him from the beginning with his silent sexy smirk and his don’t care about anyone attitude! I loved how much he got under Viv’s skin before she had even started talking to him!

Oh holy son of a cliffhanger!!! Janelle is superbly good at these also and darn it, she has done it again! She has left me wanting even more after I had spent a whole day with these characters only to leave me hanging!!! BUT…She was nice enough to let us know that the second installment is right around the corner…which makes me INSANELY happy!!!

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ARC Review: The Tree of Truth by James Huss

Tree of Truth (Book of Pilgrimage 1)Tree of Truth by James Huss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great dystopian read from a “new-to-me” author! Thank you to Elephantine Publishing for the review copy!

The premise of this book is great! It takes place in the far future where there is a “great disease” that takes the lives of many. There is zero technology so they rely on books to get answers to any questions they may have. (LOVE THAT!)

I was a little lost on how the pilgrims were chosen, I believe that only males were sent on a pilgrimage and I believe the only male that was safe was the family leader?? Not sure about that but the idea is that a male gets sent out in search of the cure for the great disease. No one knows where the disease came from and they do not have much knowledge about it.

None of the pilgrims have ever returned from their search and they always “go to the light” (die) somewhere along the way. My favorite part of the book was that the pilgrims will write about their journey in a book that they keep with them until the end. Once the books are found, they get taken to the closest village and placed in the “Pilgrim’s Library”. This is where you can read accounts of thousands of people’s stories about their journey.

The two main characters are Marlowe and Shelley. The story is told in Marlowe’s POV and I normally do not enjoy reads from the male POV but this book was the exception. I think it was because of the story line which really intrigued me. Marlowe and Shelley really like each other but they are not destined to be together.

The ending was a bit sad and we are left on a cliffhanger. Looking forward to the next in the series!

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Review: The White Rose by Amy Ewing

the white roseThe White Rose by Amy Ewing

To Be Published on October 6, 2015 by HarperTeen

320 Pages

ARC given in exchange of an honest review.

Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

My Review

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, it was a “cannot put down” for me. This sequel did not disappoint and quickly became another “could not put down”! I was nervous going in because sometimes the sequel is not as good as the first book but this was not the case with this one! I did have to really read carefully though in the beginning to get back into the swing of the characters because I had forgotten some things that happened in the first book but I was quickly able to adapt and really enjoy this read!

We get to meet some new characters in this installment but have to say goodbye to some of the old:( We also get to see a few people from the VERY beginning of the series during the auction.

I cannot say if I have a favorite character. I kind of enjoy the mix of all of them together honestly. I really had just gotten lost in the story and had not concentrated on each character individually.

This book left us on ANOTHER cliffhanger and I am UNpatiently waiting for the next book. Seriously, I may have thrown a slight temper tantrum. Ms. Ewing seems to have a knack for leaving us hanging. (secretly, I love it!)

5 star rating

ARC Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

17901125The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Published on January 27, 2015 by Bloomsbury

510 Pages

ARC copy received from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.


Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

My Thoughts:

Okay, here goes! I loved the first book in this series, The Bone Season. I could not put that book down and I could not wait for this book to arrive!!! I finally got it in my hot little hands and I was so excited! Unfortunately, this book just fell flat and I have not finished it.

I kept trying and trying to finish. I had put it down several times only to pick it back up, read a chapter or two and then get bored and put it back down again. I have actually had this book since February and really wanted to finish but just cannot bring myself to pick it back up.

I was really bored with this installment and it really felt like a “filler” second book in a trilogy. I missed the romance and the tension from the first book. I may pick it back up at some point because I would really like to see where this series is going since I loved the first book so much. We shall see?

If you have read this book, please let me know what you had thought??

“You told me once that freedom was my right.” I held his gaze. “Maybe you should do something with it.”
Samantha Shannon, The Mime Order