It Was the Truth Wrapped in Lies (The Burning Shadow – A Book Review)

The Burning Shadow (Origin #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2019

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Rated T for teen angst, lusty turmoil, and truths that only lead to more questions. But, you’re addicted by this point, aren’t you?

 

A girl Luc had loved and lost—a girl he still loved.

A girl who used to be me.

A girl I couldn’t remember no matter how hard I tried. (p. 46)

Evelyn “Evie” Dasher is at a crossroads. After discovering that she’s really Nadia Holliday, Luc’s best friend and more, Luc who is an Origin that owns the nightclub: Fortoken, her head is spinning. Even more, she’s got holes in her memory and knows something happened. Flashes of words in her head leave her more confused than anything Every answer she discovers only leads to more questions.

As she hunts for answers about herself that nobody else is coughing up answers to, she grows closer to Luc. Arrogant, funny, and inhumanly gorgeous, he keeps her grounded, but he’s looking for answers too.

Amid searching for answers, the world is going crazy as people protest Luxen, demanding they leave, and kids are getting sick and dying, which people think is the Luxen’s doing. Evie and Luc know this is only leading to something much worse and dangerous. War. And, it may be one they can’t win.

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I was so pumped to get this book and it wasn’t a letdown! Just as much of an adrenaline rush as The Darkest Star if not more. Non-stop from one moment to the next. Evie’s struggles really pulled at my heart. I can’t imagine what it’s like to deal with losing your identity and then be stricken about who you are and were and whoo you’ll be. I certainly don’t envy her for it. Not to mention dealing with alien problems on top of that and discovering you may be more dangerous than let on. But seriously, being as in the dark as her is rough! You’re killing me here and I have to wait for the next book? Gahhh! The struggle…But I can’t wait, especially after discovering that Evie is pretty special on a level that even Luxen and Origins are nervous. Super excited to see what comes next.

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Luc + Evie F-I-N-A-L-L-Y! The way they play around each other and bounce off one another is intense yet sweet. It got me blushing a few times and not because it was hot and heavy, though there were a few moments. I was just blown away by how adorable Luc was with her. At times, it felt like he was desperate to get the girl he once knew back, but I about melted with the way he reassured Evie just how much he cared about who she is now. It really complimented how he shared about Nadia with her, showing her special moments that he’d shared with her, knowing how important it was for Evie to understand who she once was.

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The danger isn’t even close to over. It’s intensified greatly and now Evie is a part of it. JLA rose up and up and up and even by the end I know she still hasn’t come down. The big peak of action and climax hasn’t even happened yet. April coming out of the woodwork as a serious enemy was nothing, just one drop in a hurricane. The losses were heavy though, putting into perspective that nobody is safe. Not loved ones, friends, past acquaintances, possibly not even Evie and Luc, which makes me shiver.

I was surprised with the political and social justice connections made. Thought-provoking and bold in the way JLA maneuvered today’s issues into the book, just through what’s happening in this book’s world. She took it to a universal scale. Bravo!

 

Overall

I had to jog my own memory for a good second before catching up to where Evie and Luc’s story was at. After that, I was hooked. Old characters made a cameo, making me squeal incessantly. Daemon has not lost his charm.

 

Quotables:

“You were all my good memories.” (Evie, p. 34)

“Oh my, holy llama babies everywhere…” (Evie, p. 129)

“Just be yourself. Or be a unicorn. One of the two.” (Luc to Evie, p.222)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? In the Shadows by The Rasmus.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Feb. 17, 2020

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Hello, precious book hoarders!

Happy Monday! And, if it’s not then I hope this playlist perks you up, or at the very least, distracts you. Sing to it, read to it, do the weirdest head-banging jig to it, whatever you want. I put it together just for you. Personally, I love reading while listening to music. Here’s the playlist of the week!

1. Alone – Kelly Clarkson

2. Masquerade – Ashley Tisdale

3. Tell Me Why – Taylor Swift

4. Try – P!NK

5. Before the Storm – The Jonas Bros ft. Miley Cyrus

6. Daylight – Maroon 5

7. Swing Swing – The All-American Rejects (I miss these guys and wish they had new music.)

8. It Ends Tonight – The All-American Rejects

9. If We Ever Meet Again – Timbaland ft. Katy Perry

10. I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran & Justin Beiber

11. Long Shot – Kelly Clarkson

12. What About Now – Chris Daughtry

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Speedy Quote Sunday

Speedy Quote Sunday

Hey, book delinquents!

This is the Speedy Quote Sunday where I take up five minutes of your day and share a couple of my favorites quotes from books I’ve read.

“Lightning, like love, is never ruled by logic. Accidents happen and they always will.” (Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman)

Alice Hoffman’s words alone are magic. I’m always a sigh away with her. She’s just wistful and it’s takes nothing but the softest of breezes to sweep me away. Lightning, love, beautiful. to define love as lightning in how it strikes the same spot only once and how it is always accidental and unexpected is perfect.

“A witch shouldn’t keep secrets from other witches. Bad things happen when she does.” (A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness)

Sometimes it’s not lingering inspirations that gets to me with a quote. It’s the power of the moment. This one gave me some seriously ominous goosebumps and shivers. So amazing when a book does that!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Once Upon a Fairytale – A Book List

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Howdy, book adventurists!

I come to you with the book list of the month! After peeking at the upcoming YA for this year I was inspired to do this list. Of course, from the title you’ve got a gander already. Rewriting fairytales is a tale as old as time and every time there’s something about each retelling that the author puts into in that really makes it splash and become something more than its original.

I love fairytales. I even have my own special bound, gold paged, with a ribbon mark edition of the Grim Fairytales, and I’m talking about the original tales with blood and torture and not done up for bedtime storytelling. It’s beautiful and I treasure it like Gollum/Sméagol treasure the one ring. I’m also a lover of the Canterbury Tales and would be totally up for a unique twist and telling of those. King Arthur’s Tales of the Round Table is right up there too! I could list it on and on.

Getting to the main event here: below are some rendition of fairytales, given a glow-up and unique life! Maybe you’ve read a couple and maybe there are a few you’ll be adding to your TBR! Bear in mind, a majority will be YA because I’m a sucker for it.

 

Hood

Author: Jenny Elder Moke

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Robin Hood gets his own moment when his daughter seeks him out for his help.

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The Lunar Chronicles (Series)

Author: Marissa Meyer

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Taking a serious twist here with well-known ladies such as Cinderella, better known as Cinder here, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding hood where there’s not a damsel in sight.

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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales

Author: Michael Cunningham

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Fairy tales come to the modern-day with dreadful and abysmal ends, yet with a feeling of norm. Twists that stun and possibly leave you disturbed. Having read this one myself, there was the occasion when I was here and there.

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Dorothy Must Die (series)

Author: Danielle Paige

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Dorothy is evil and Oz is dying. A new Kansas native is dropped in the middle of it all and doesn’t want any part of the war that’s going on. Toe get home, she’ll have no other choice but to put an end to it.

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Beastly

Author: Alex Flinn

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Beauty and the Beast come to the modern-day hierarchy of high school. Doesn’t get more angsty than that.

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Twisted Tales (series)

Author: Liz Braswell (though on occasion a few other fantastic authors pop in like Elizabeth Lim & Lisa McMann)

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Okay, so this one mostly aligns with Disney, but who didn’t grow up on Disney as their fairytales? Plus, a good majority derive from originals by the Grimm brothers. And, I don’t know about anybody else, but Pinocchio was/is creepy as hell. Aside from that, there is an array of books that range on tales from Aladdin to Peter Pan to Cinderella to Mulan. So many! There are a few I really need to consider reading.

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Stepsister

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

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I’m a sucker for delving into the backstories of secondary characters. It drags me even further into the enchanting world of the series they’re a part of. Like, getting to look behind the door that is usually locked. This one follows Isabelle, an ugly stepsister of Cinderella.

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White Cat (Curse Workers Book Series)

Author: Holly Black

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Magic comes with aa price. Always.

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Devoured

Author: Amanda Marrone

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A unique twist on the story of Snow White where the mirror is the true villain, not just an instrument of the evil queen.

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Spelled (The Storymakers)

Author: Betsy Schow

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Enough is enough for this princess. There’s a lot to enjoy, but an arranged marriage? No way. So, wish upon a cursed star and get reverse-tornadoed, leading to the princess to Kansas. Oh boy.

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Study By Day, Try to Stay Alive By Night (The Morganville Vampires: Vol. 2 – A Book Review)

Midnight Alley & Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires: Vol. 2)
Author: Rachel Caine
Published: 2010

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Rated B for bigger and badder threats of the fanged variety that might too much for even the most badass. Then again, there’s Claire Danvers.

 

“Mortals simply aren’t what they used to be.” (Midnight Alley, Myrnin, p.62)

 

Midnight Alley

Claire Danvers has experienced a lot since coming to Morganville to attend Texas Prairie University after being admitted at the age of sixteen. But, with the help of her friends, she’s navigating it pretty well. Now under the protection of the founder, the most powerful vampire and owner of the town, she’s dragged even deeper into the town’s secrets. As her life takes a new turn and her studies take her into unknown territory, people begin popping up dead around town, and the protection Claire started to feel dwindles and she begins to wonder if she or her friends may be next. That is if her new professor doesn’t get her first.

Feast of Fools

The Glass House along with all of Morganville is turned on its head when Mr. Bishop and his friends come to town. An ancient vampire that is determined to take over the town, even Amelie is nervous. A formal ball is being held in his honor really shakes everyone. Attended by vampires and their human dates, Claire realizes this ball is more than it seems. This isn’t a welcome party, it’s a trap for the town. One in which Mr. Bishop plans to take over the town.

 

The Morganville Vampires series is 1 of 3 that I am rereading as a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is 4 of 15 books.

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 1 Review

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The Glass House is in rocky shape and on the verge of an explosion with Shane and Michael at each other’s throats and Eve’s brother, Jason, is out of jail and on the loose. In particular, he’s looking for payback. Meanwhile, Claire is finally excited about being challenged in new classes arranged for her by Amelie, and for the first time, was on the outside with her housemates for not being an original Morganville resident. It was such an uncomfortable feeling that left me feeling bad for Claire, but she’s no longer just a college student, but officially a Morganville townie and whether she admits it or not, I think she likes it. It gives her something she’s not had very often: purpose.

Changes abound in this volume. Some are emotional, others are physical, surprising ones are strangely normal, but all of them are hard. The Glass House is forever changed and so are the lives of its residents. Hell, I squealed when Claire and Shane finally got together and completely admire the respect he has for her. Sure, they bicker and fight, but they still work out their issues and he doesn’t go too far. I wouldn’t say they’re the Nicholas Sparks Dream, but they give me that feeling.

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Myrnin is the newest character addition to the series and I must say, he is my absolute favorite vampire of all of them. Okay, that’s not true. He’s in my top three. Sam’s actually my favorite followed up by Michael. So, the top three. Still great. One of my favorite things about the vampires in this series is how independent they are. They each carry their own time like a cloak almost. It’s rather beautiful and fearsome at the same time.

Vampire Alzheimer and a true old-world vampire really amped up the intensity levels of Morganville in this volume. Like a delightful topping on a sundae, there’s also family drama and Glass House drama, and of course, Monica drama. More avenues of the town opened up too, which pulled me in even further. Exploring a book’s world even deeper and seeing new places is always so much fun and gets me all kinds of giddy. This volume definitely had me on the edge of my seat.

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Overall

This series just gets better and better. An exhilarating ride with surprises, both delightful and filled with nail-biting cliffhangers. I can’t get enough of this series. One of my favorite addictions. Never dull and filled to the brim with daring heroism in unexpected places, love in friendship, and unbelievable power in the unlikeliest of places and people. If you haven’t read this yet and you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer then what are you waiting for?

 

Quotables:

 “Home. Home is where the heart is. Why don’t you leave yours here? I’ll take very good care of it.” (Midnight Alley, Myrnin to Claire, p. 63)

“Claire, little girls who take candy from strangers in Morganville get hurt. Or worse.” (Midnight Alley, Eve too Claire, p. 99)

“Creative people. They think the world stops when they think.” (Feast of Fools, Eve, p. 283)

“Parents are supposed to protect their children, Claire. We’ve done a bang up job of that, haven’t we?” (Feast of Fools, Claire’s Mom, p. 346)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Ain’t It Fun by Paramore.

 

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The Snack Food Book Tag

I snagged this tasty, over-indulgent book from over at Flying Paperbacks book blog. It was so yummy that I couldn’t resist!

I’m excited to reach out to something a little crazy for my book tag of the month. Books and food. Is there a better combination?

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Chocolate covered Pretzels- A book couple you thought would never work together.

 Maybe this comes from a place where I dislike chocolate covered pretzels, and I do, but I’m a good portion through the Red Queen Quartet by Victoria Aveyard. There are so many who favor Maven and Mare and I don’t get it. Not one bit. I even felt the same about Cal and Mare, but as the story went on and tortured me, the more I liked them. I haven’t reached the end yet, but I can’t imagine it ends well. Don’t spoil it for me! LOL.

 

Prungales (at first I didn’t know what this was… it’s a trademarked name… I see what you did there…)- An addictive book you can’t get enough of.

I kid you not, The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine, which I’m on my fourth round in rereading, is just so good! It’s actually a part of my New Year’s Resolution and I haven’t reviewed them until now.

The series is jam-packed with humor, wit, sarcasm, action or the “oh god, oh god, am I going to die?” variety, ride or die friendship, crazy family, and of course, murderous vampires. I legit couldn’t only read the first one. I had to have them all.

 

Trail Mix- A book with a variety of characters

This one was tricky. First of all, I’m hit or miss when it comes to trail mix. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I’m only in it for the M&Ms and Cheetos.

A book that has a trail mix? I have to go with American Gods by Neil Gaiman for right now. New Gods, Old Gods, Gods of Norse, Gods of Egypt, Gods of Africa. The incredible surplus of gods is mind-blowing and culturally immersive. I loved it!

 

Fruit Bowls- An unpredictable character.

 Legend of Caraval by Stephanie Garber has to be the most unpredictable character I’ve come across yet. Mysterious and mischievous, you never know if he’s good or evil. One of the main prospects of the book is wondering who he is and how he has such powerful magic. He’s enticing and alluring.

 

Nut Bar- Your go-to book.

 So, if you haven’t discovered it yet, Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klaus the go-too book. Now, I’m doing a reread this year, sure, but this book is one I read every July. It never gets old. The imagery is gorgeous and I get lost in the coming-of-age story every time. Just beautiful through and through. Granted, I won’t consider it a nut bar. More of a Twix Bar I feel.

 

Popcorn- A character you can’t help but like.

Going outside my go-to character because of course, they’re likable. A character that took a little work or possibly none at all is Daemon Black of the LUX series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Arrogant and eye-roll worthy I was won over and melted like butter over fresh popcorn as I got sucked into the black hole of this series. Bad boy that sticks his nose in places he shouldn’t and really tests your boundaries AKA trouble.


Who do I tag for this delicious tag? If you feel nibbly then go for it!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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