Posts By: Bonnie

Bonnie

Lover of tea. Crazed Bibliophile. Daydreamer.
I have a ridiculous love for the written word. I read anything and everything: Adult fiction, YA, Middle Grade, even the occasional Non-Fiction.

When I'm not reading I'm caring for my step-children, drinking obscene amounts of tea and contemplating what life will be like in the impending apocalypse.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of November 11th, 2019

November 11, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of November 11th, 2019

The Killing Light (The Sacred Throne #3) by Myke Cole
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Tor.com

Revolution (Cold War Magic #2) by W.L. Goodwater
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Ace Books

Flamebringer (Heartstone #3) by Elle Katharine White
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Harper Voyager

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Orbit

The Menace from Farside (Luna) by Ian McDonald
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Tor.com

Peter Watts Is An Angry Sentient Tumor: Revenge Fantasies and Essays by Peter Watts
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Tachyon Publications

Realm of Ash (The Books of Ambha #2) by Tasha Suri
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Orbit

The Pursuit of William Abbey by Claire North
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Orbit

Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum #26) by Janet Evanovich
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

River Run (A Delia Chavez Mystery #1) by J. S. James
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Mulholland Books

Anything For You (Valerie Hart #3) by Saul Black
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

The Wrong Girl by Donis Casey
Expected publication: November 11th 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Berkley

Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, the World’s Most Wanted Criminal by Steve Murphy & Javier F. Peña
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

My Penguin Year: Living with the Emperors by Lindsay McCrae
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by William Morrow

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Monthly Rundown | October 2019

November 7, 2019 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 10 Comments

Books Read = 14

It never fails, I make a game plan for the month and I end up doing the opposite. I’ve been struggling for a while now to balance blogging and reading and have for many weeks ended up avoiding both completely, but I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things, at least in terms of reading. Blogging is still a whole other matter but, baby steps. I did manage to post some reviews this month so I’m considering it a success. I didn’t manage to read quite as many horror books as I planned on but I read a whole lot of other things and all in all it was a good month.

Posted Reviews

Unreviewed Reads

25985241. sy475 Best of the Month: Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray ★★★★★
By this point, I’m already fully aware that Libba Bray is an incredible storyteller, but she continues to astound me with how much better she seems to get. This series is simply fantastic. Complex and creepy storytelling with one of the largest cast of characters that amazingly enough all end up being central in some way to the plot. January Lavoy is an absolute marvel and is quickly becoming my favorite audiobook narrator ever.

Least Favorite: Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren ★★Rapid Reviews – Twice in a Blue Moon, Wanderers, The Unkindest Tide, Sapphire Flames
It’s sad, but I think I’ve fallen out of love with CL. I’ve read every single one to date and with each new release I feel they keep getting less and less special. (And actually, I’ve already attempted their upcoming 2020 release and it’s sitting firmly on my DNF shelf). I think it’s time to call it quits.
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Biggest Surprise: Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes ★★★★★
Admittedly, this could probably be considered more a podcast than an actual book, but however you want to designate it, this was riveting. Having read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, I thought this would just be Paul Holes’ side of things but it was a fascinating look at the ins and outs of the investigation that eventually led to the Golden State Killer finally being captured.

Biggest Disappointment: The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire ★★★Rapid Reviews – Twice in a Blue Moon, Wanderers, The Unkindest Tide, Sapphire Flames
This series has been consistently well but this installment had me all frustrated. It took me ages to get through and I just wasn’t loving it and I couldn’t understand why. Still not sure if it was the book or myself (and my mood) to blame.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of November 4th, 2019

November 4, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 4 Comments

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Week of November 4th, 2019

Fortuna (The Nova Vita Protocol #1) by K.S. Merbeth
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Orbit

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Doubleday Books

Fate of the Fallen (The Shroud of Prophecy #1) by Kel Kade
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Tor Books

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Scholastic Press

Life and Limb (Blood & Bone #1) by Jennifer Roberson
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Daw Books

The New Voices of Science Fiction by Hannu Rajaniemi (Editor)
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Tachyon Publications

Jakarta by Rodrigo Maarquez Tizano
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Coffee House Press

And Go Like This: Stories by John Crowley
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Small Beer Press

The Siberian Dilemma (Arkady Renko #9) by Martin Cruz Smith
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Simon Schuster

36 Righteous Men: A Novel by Steven Pressfield
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by W. W. Norton Company

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Simon Schuster

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Atria Books

The Poppy Wife: A Novel of the Great War by Caroline Scott
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Riverhead Books

The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Counterpoint

The Worst Kind of Want by Liska Jacobs
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by MCD

Space Invaders: A Novel by Nona Fernández
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Graywolf Press

The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Imprint

This Is Pleasure: A Story by Mary Gaitskill
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Pantheon

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Hachette Books

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Acid For The Children: A Memoir by Flea
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Avon

We Met in December by Rosie Curtis
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Freeform

Someone to Remember (Westcott #7) by Mary Balogh
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Berkley Books

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Spotlight On: November 2019 Releases

November 1, 2019 Bonnie Spotlight On 2 Comments

Spotlight On is a new feature that focuses on the ones I’m most excited about in the coming month.

We’re getting to that time of year when fewer and fewer books are being released. In theory, this would be the perfect time to get caught up on all those books we missed. In theory. 🙂 I’ve already pre-ordered my Audible copy of The Toll (the narrator is fantastic for this trilogy) and I treated myself to an early birthday splurge and got the OwlCrate limited edition copy of Call Down the Hawk. Cannot wait to see how gorgeous that is in person!

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

From New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman comes the thrilling conclusion to the Printz Honor–winning series Arc of a Scythe.

 

Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Scholastic Press

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Boys, a mesmerizing story of dreams and desires, death and destiny.

 

 

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Doubleday Books

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

 

Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Freeform

No one is quite who they seem to be in this twisty, soapy, gasp-inducing sequel to Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ unputdownable Little White Lies.

 

 

What are you most looking forward to releasing this month?

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2019 Bonnie Holidays 1 Comment

Today, I get to fulfill my lifelong dream of dressing up as Wednesday Addams. 💀

Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Ominous October – Terrifying Reads for All Ages

October 30, 2019 Bonnie Ominous October 3 Comments

Personally, I’m always looking for a new list of books telling me what I simply must read next, especially this time of year. Horror can be kind of an obscure genre that tends to be hidden in mystery sections or paranormal and it can sometimes be hard to find true, terrifying, horror stories. Most often when you do manage to find a list it’s full of well-known titles (and especially anything and everything King, which I love, but I’m already well aware of everything he writes.) So in an attempt to write a list that I myself would love, here are some horror novels for all ages, and hopefully there’s a title or two you might not have heard about before.

Adult

Kind Nepenthe by Matthew V. Brockmeyer
Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle
Dead Souls by J. Lincoln Fenn
Mayhem (Dr. Thomas Bond #1) by Sarah Pinborough
We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill

Young Adult

Dreadful Sorry (Time Travel Mystery #1) by Kathryn Reiss
Long Lankin (Long Lankin #1) by Lindsey Barraclough
The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
MARY: The Summoning (Bloody Mary #1) by Hillary Monahan

Middle Grade

Small Spaces (Small Spaces #1) by Katherine Ardenz
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt #1) by John Bellairs
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin
A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 21st, 2019

October 21, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

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Week of October 21st, 2019

Secrets of the Chocolate House (Found Things #2) by Paula Brackston
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

The Blue Eye (The Khorasan Archives #3) by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Harper Voyager

The Burning White (Lightbringer #5) by Brent Weeks
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Orbit

Supernova Era by Cixin Liu
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Tor Books

Interference (Semiosis Duology #2) by Sue Burke
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Tor Books

The Girl with No Face (The Daoshi Chronicles #2) by M.H. Boroson
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Talos

The Night Fire (Renée Ballard #3) by Michael Connelly
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

The Deserter: A Novel by Nelson DeMille & Alex DeMille
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Simon Schuster

Agent Running in the Field (George Smiley) by John le Carré
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Viking

To the Land of Long Lost Friends (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #20) by Alexander McCall Smith
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Pantheon Books

The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street (Tradd Street #6) by Karen White
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Berkley Books

Strangers at the Gate by Catriona McPherson
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Minotaur Books

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All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

From Hell to Breakfast by Meghan Tifft
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Unnamed Press

There You Are by Mathea Morais
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Amberjack Publishing

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Gallery Books

Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West by H.W. Brands
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Basic Books

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 14th, 2019

October 14, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

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Week of October 14th, 2019

The Throne of the Five Winds (Hostage of Empire #1) by S.C. Emmett
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Orbit

Salvaged by Madeleine Roux
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Ace

The Quantum Garden (The Quantum Evolution #2) by Derek Künsken
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Solaris

Firefly: Generations (Firefly #3) by Tim Lebbon
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Titan Books (UK)

Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Tor.com

A Book of Bones (Charlie Parker #17) by John Connolly
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Dark Pattern (The Naturalist #4) by Andrew Mayne
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Ecco

The Art of Theft (Lady Sherlock #4) by Sherry Thomas
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Berkley

Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Mulholland Books

The Guardians by John Grisham
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Doubleday Books

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D. by Nicholas Meyer
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Minotaur Books

Fishnet by Kirstin Innes
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Gallery/Scout Press

If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Finding Christmas by Karen Schaler
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Olive, Again (Olive Kitteridge) by Elizabeth Strout
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Random House

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 7th, 2019

October 7, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

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Week of October 7th, 2019

Ninth House (Ninth House Series #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Tor Books

A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror by John Hornor Jacobs
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Harper Voyager

The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Quirk Books

False Bingo: Stories by Jac Jemc
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by MCD X Fsg Originals

Sharpest Sting (Elemental Assassin #18) by Jennifer Estep
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Jennifer Estep

The True Bastards (The Lot Lands #2) by Jonathan French
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne & Delilah S Dawson
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Del Rey Books

Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Harper Voyager

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Arthur A. Levine Books

The 19th Christmas (Women’s Murder Club #19) by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Expected publication: October 7th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

A Bitter Feast (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #18) by Deborah Crombie
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by William Morrow

Best Kept Secrets: A Novel by Tracey S. Phillips
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Watershed by Mark Barr
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Hub City Press

Before the Devil Fell by Neil Olson
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Hanover Square Press

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Faker by Sarah Smith
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Berkley

Seven Letters: A Novel by J.P. Monninger
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by St. Martin’s Griffin

The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Grand Union: Stories by Zadie Smith
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Penguin Press

Horror Stories by Liz Phair
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Random House

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Rapid Fire Reviews – Twice in a Blue Moon, Wanderers, The Unkindest Tide, Sapphire Flames

October 4, 2019 Bonnie 2019, Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Rapid Fire Reviews 12 Comments

Sometimes review writing is hard. Sometimes you don’t have a lot to say. Sometimes you’re just lazy as fuck. Sometimes you’re just trying to clean up the backlog of reviews because you’ve been a terrible blogger lately. These are Rapid Fire Reviews.

Rapid Reviews – Twice in a Blue Moon, Wanderers, The Unkindest Tide, Sapphire FlamesTwice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on October 22, 2019
Pages: 368
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Short Summary: When eighteen-year-old Tate fell in love with Sam, she couldn’t foresee that he’d not only break her heart but her trust. Fourteen years later everything has changed but when Tate sees Sam for the first time since that day, she realizes that her heart never truly recovered and never truly got over him.

Thoughts: This story felt completely mediocre until the last 20%. Then it felt like I was sledding down a hill on a piece of cardboard and that fucker was deteriorating before I had even hit the bottom.

Verdict: This was not the standard of book I’ve come to expect from this duo. Between the lackluster side characters, the laughable subplots, the super “I don’t even buy this crap” type of romance, and the ridiculous ending, I’m just going to pretend like this didn’t happen.

In a nutshell, GIF style:

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two-stars

I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rapid Reviews – Twice in a Blue Moon, Wanderers, The Unkindest Tide, Sapphire Flames

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
Published by Del Rey Books on July 2, 2019
Pages: 800
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Short Summary: After a comet passes over the Earth, seemingly random individuals in a sleepwalk state begin walking as a group in the same direction towards an unknown destination.

Thoughts: This one had a lot of layers between the sleepwalkers, their loved ones following their progress across the United States, the religious nutters, the multitude of characters, and then the explanation of everything, but in all honesty the comparisons to The Stand were erroneous.

Verdict: Wanderers starts out very strong but between the unnecessarily long page count and a few curveballs in the plot that I found wholly unnecessary, this one essentially lost me when it was all said and done.

In a nutshell, GIF style:

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two-stars

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rapid Reviews – Twice in a Blue Moon, Wanderers, The Unkindest Tide, Sapphire Flames

The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #13
Published by DAW Books on September 3, 2019
Pages: 368
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Short Summary: The Unkindest Tide, the thirteenth installment, when the Sea Witch decides it’s time for the Selkies to finally fulfill their promise and Toby must be there to help her bring the Roane back.

Thoughts: This installment was the most tedious since this series began and I’m not sure if it was my expectations of awesomeness, the plot, the marshmallow ending, or Toby’s proclamations like “Someone call for a hero? I asked, and punched her in the face, but reading this was like slogging through quicksand.

Verdict: This installment felt like a whole lot of filler and did little to nothing to progress the actual storyline. Or maybe not, maybe the small moves in this series will amount to something far greater later, but as it stands, I was simply expecting more from this.

In a nutshell, GIF style: 

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three-stars

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rapid Reviews – Twice in a Blue Moon, Wanderers, The Unkindest Tide, Sapphire Flames

Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #4
Published by Avon on August 27, 2019
Pages: 393
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Short Summary: Catalina Baylor, the new Head of House Baylor, begins investigating a double murder that just so happens to involve her teenage crush Alessandro Sagredo.

Thoughts: The original Hidden Legacy series was filled with snarky humor, off the charts chemistry, and fascinating worldbuilding. This spinoff series is lacking everything but the latter.

Verdict: I absolutely adore this magical world that IA has created and while I’m pleased that they decided to continue writing stories set in this world, Catalina and Alessandro just aren’t Nevada and Rogan. I’m still satisfied with the story itself so it’s not a complete loss.

In a nutshell, GIF style: 

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three-stars

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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