The Damned #2 by Renèe Ahdieh

Summary

Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien. 

Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn. 

Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.

*E-arc Courtesy of the Publisher*

Review

I don’t know where to start with this review, this damned (hehehe) book has left my mind a hot mess. I’d blame it all on Bastien but that wouldn’t be fair.

Okay, here it goes.

After the events of The Beautiful, we move beyond the world that Celine and Bastien created for themselves, a lot more is at stake – more than their love. Dun dun duuuuuuun.

Renèe introduces many more POV’s in this book, some that took me by surprise. There weren’t many of Celine, as to be expected after the ending of The Beautiful, but I did miss her wit and formidable nature. But we do get more on Bastien YAY, but boy did his first few chapters make me hella sad. Also Arjun and Pepper.. hmmmm? HERE FOR IT!

This book takes us beyond the New Orleans we come to love and more towards the origins of the creatures of the dark and maybe a few others creatures….

The Damned did start off a tad info dumpy, but rationally thinking that was to expected because The Beautiful managed to maintain the sense of mystery around the supernatural and thus we received the history etc in The Damned and it was quite an interesting take.

I found the ending a tad rushed but also WAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!! THAT ENDING WHAT.?!!! NOOOOO!!!!

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I find myself still in shock because OH MY GOD! With that last chapter and the epilogue I find there is much left open for us to discover, like A LOT, maybe a third book…. hmmm is Renèe finally writing a trilogy? OR is there a going to be a spin-off duology?

Ahhh all questions to which I have zero answers. I shall now be in a perpetual state of agony until I find out. Because that ending WAAHHHHHH!

‘I loved and lived. Tonight, I dance in a ring with Death.’

The Kingdom of Liars #1 by Nick Martell

Summary

Michael is branded a traitor as a child because of the murder of the king’s nine-year-old son, by his father David Kingman. Ten years later on Michael lives a hardscrabble life, with his sister Gwen, performing crimes with his friends against minor royals in a weak attempt at striking back at the world that rejects him and his family.

In a world where memory is the coin that pays for magic, Michael knows something is there in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So when the opportunity arrives to get folded back into court, via the most politically dangerous member of the kingdom’s royal council, Michael takes it, desperate to find a way back to his past. He discovers a royal family that is spiraling into a self-serving dictatorship as gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia.

What the truth holds is a set of shocking revelations that will completely change the Hollows, if Michael and his friends and family can survive long enough to see it.

*Copy Courtesy of the Publisher*

Review

As Nick Martell’s first novel, this was a solid debut. As intimidating as the size of this looked, I was hooked and managed to read half in a day.

This book follows Michael Kingman, branded traitor since childhood, on trial for murder. And thus begins Michael’s journey leading up to his current predicament. Michael’s character grows on you the more you read. His character is flawed though to begin with; borderline cocky and many stupid decisions.

This book does require you to power through the first half, which is mainly back story and the build up to the second half, which simply blew me away. Nick Martell has managed to create a unique world choke full of Magic which takes away memories when used (WOAH) and the first fantasy novel to have guns – which I really liked.

As readers we’re only privy to what Michael knows but I suspect Nick Martell has an ace card up his sleeve because there’s a lot left to discover in the sequel and based off that ending I cannot wait for the sequel!

I really liked the characters, the mystery behind some and the attitude from others. And there’s a certain mercenary, who I really like and so excited to read more on. With the first book all about unravelling a mystery from the past, Michael finds purpose and is driven only by one thing – his family.

Nick’s writing style expertly kept me engaged as all the threads of the mystery were unraveled to end with a big shocker I didn’t see coming. The ending has left things wide open for the next book.

The Kingdom of Liars is a stellar debut that took me on one hell of a ride! I’m eager to learn more on the mercenaries, as I was really intrigued by them. Nick Martell’s fantasy debut is one to look out for. A gripping plot and a murder mystery, Michael Kingman is set to play politics and court intrigue to clear the Kingman name.

Review | Incendiary #1 Zoraida Cordova

Summary

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

*Copy Courtesy of the Publisher* 

Review

I cannot, for the life of me, bring myself to write a coherent review. So bare with me guys as I try to put to words how fucking awesome this book is and how it’s now one of my TOP reads ever, which is no easy feat.

Just before I started reading the arc, I sent a snap of the synopsis to a fellow reader (aka my bff) and declared; ‘I think I’m going to like this Prince Castian’ and as the book gods as my witness, I WAS NOT WRONG AAAHHHH!

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Loosely based on the Spanish Inquisition. Sign me the f up! As an Assassins Creeds junky, I was ready and boy did my heart soar with the jumping from rooftop to rooftop and scaling walls! Thank-you, Zoraida!

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Guys the prologue alone left me shook and I had to sit for a minute, to let it sink in that this book was going to be an absolute delight to read. As much as I wanted to pace myself I ended up reading 80% in 5 hours!!

The plot was intense and gripped me right till the very end. The world building was magical, just like Renata’s power because wooow her powers are insane! Safe to say this book did not disappoint in any department, although would have loved more on my Prince Castian, BUT Zoraida has assured me book 2 has more of my Prince Castian and I need it so so bad!

Renata Convida has managed to become dear to me! Her tragic past makes her someone to be feared, after so much death and destruction of her people she is ready to make things right. But because of her past and her rare Robari powers she is mistrusted and feared. But now, Renata has a point to prove, that she can be trusted. But who can Renata trust as she carries out this mission, that will take her back to the heart of her childhood? Can she trust her own mind and memories from the past?

Find out in this fantastical book that has everything you’ve ever wanted in a fantasy book. This book will keep you up long after it’s been devoured, with its luscious writing and unique world, you just wouldn’t want to leave.

Review | The Chosen Ones #1 by Veronica Roth

Summary

A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.

Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended. 

*Copy Courtesy of the Publisher* 

Review

This is the first book in Veronica Roth’s adult sci-fi / fantasy series. This book very much fell more towards sci-fi and slightly dystopian. This book is set after 10 years of the big defeat of the Dark One, and starts off by showing how the 5 Chosen Ones deal with the trauma of everything they went through as teenagers.

I found this concept weirdly interesting, to see the aftermaths of the battle and how the ‘saviours’ deal with it all. It was very interesting to see this perspective because it’s almost never done before. This was a very unique read that kept me hooked simply because I needed to know. I mean, what could possibly go wrong on the 10 year anniversary of defeating the Dark One? Clearly, a lot.

Each Chosen One suffers from PTSD, some more than others. Some have moved on and have built a new life but they are all tethered to one another and the events of the past.

Without giving too much away, because the element of surprise is key in this book, we follow Sloane, one of the Chosen Ones, navigating her life despite 10 years passing, she’s unable to the forget the past – the suffering and destruction of it all, and deals without how she knows best – alone. I really liked Sloane, you really get to understand her beyond what newspapers say about her. Matt, Ines, Esther and Albie, are the other Chosen Ones, and to some degree we see how life is like for them through Sloane.

Roth manages to build an urban Chicago fantasy world where magic exists but not all accept it. With a variety of newspaper articles, essays and top secret CIA files – we slowly discover what happened 10 years ago and what made these 5 the Chosen Ones.

With magic so infinite, knowledge still growing and a horror that is still so fresh, this book shows us the aftermaths of defeating something beyond evil and whether they can do it again – and the nagging doubt of ‘did we really kill him? Is he dead?’. This book is a slow burn and gradually builds up its intensity, despite the ending a tad rushed, Roth has left an opening for the next book to take us beyond the Chicago we come to know and I, for one, cannot wait to discover what’s next for our Chosen Ones.

Review | Of Curses and Kisses #1 by Sandhya Menon

Summary

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending. 

*Copy Courtesy of the Publisher* 

Review

Y’all when I say I don’t read contemporary books I ain’t lying but somehow, Sandhya Menon managed to become an exception to this when Dimple was released and I was just hooked by her writing style. And thus began my undying love for Sandhya Menon’s books, especially with the epic south Asian representation!

Last year it was announced, the Queen of romcom was writing a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a contemporary twist –  sign me up! Also look at that cover just being all cute and shit. Not to mention, this is the first in a trilogy, super excited to see what fairy tales the next books are taking on.

This book has Monarchs and Royals and of course a century old family feud between the Rao family and the Emerson, dating back to the British invasions of India. The Emerson family looted and pillaged before leaving India including something sacred from a temple. Ignorance and pettiness abound, a curse was given from the Rao ancestors to the Emerson’s and thus began the feud. And the feud being the cause of bringing Jaya Rao and Grey Emerson into each-others lives. Or was it….?

It took a few chapters to really getting to know Jaya and mindset, but slowly you start to understand her. Instead of an uptight, judgmental, well put together person, you realise that’s all because of her being the first born and heiress to the business of the Rao Empire, we finally get to know the real Jaya. And then we have Grey, oh sweet beastly Grey, so quiet and reserved. He deserves ALL THE HUGS!!!

Sandhya Menon has written such intense topics, parental neglect and stereotypes of women, so well and incorporated them into the story seamlessly, you see the cause and aftermath of such situations and finally see these characters who have suffered, develop into their own person.

But of course none of this happens without a little teenage drama I mean, we are after all at the international Academy for students with questionable past endeavours, that are so well hidden.

I cannot stress how epic this book was. I read it in one sitting, the atmospheric writing took me right to Aspen. The slow burn romance *swoon*!!! Not to forget Jaya’s unwavering love for her sister Isha, sibling love and of course how seamlessly Sandhya incorporated the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, with such a great and interesting contemporary twist. Sandhya Menon has done it once again, I am in awe.

PS. both Jaya and grey love books! Couple goals!!!!

“Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Barely even friends, Then somebody bends
Unexpectedly
….”

Review | A Heart so Fierce and Broken #2 Brigid Kemmerer

Summary

Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

*Copy Courtesy of the Publisher* 

Review

Okay guys, here it goes. A Heart so Fierce and Broken, a book that I was soooo very eager to read but also a tad apprehensive because I saw a spoiler when I read this back in December… the book wasn’t even out then.

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This book follows Grey, our ex Commander from A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I absolutely loved Grey in book 1, like dayum gimme more Grey and Brigid Kemmerer delivered. I now love Grey even more! Alternating POV with Lia Mara, firstborn of Karis Luran – Queen of Syhl Shallow, but Lia Mara is not heir to the throne, that would be her younger sister. Nolla Verin.

Grey’s character development is amazing, he has become his own person, no longer taking orders but kinda living his own life, emphasis on the kinda because it doesn’t last long *cry* shit hits the fan FAST. And Lia Mara discovers that she’s not just the spare daughter, that she is a somebody and her opinion matters. Truly this series has brought so many badass females. I really hope we see Harper and Lia Mara working together – badass females unite!

The pacing and the plot was great, I didn’t get bored and each character just added to all the awesomeness. I’m glad to see Jake and Noah playing bigger roles. Brigid Kemmerer managed to keep readers in the dark and keep shit intense because GUYS OMG!!!! THAT ENDING! I didn’t see it coming, a part of me is like oh no but the other is like ‘FACCCCCKKKK’, oh Rhen.

I am so very very very intrigued to see how book 3 will play out. Much more is at stake. I really wanted to see more Harper because she’s another fave of mine but alas. There’s more history on magic and it’s not very biased compared to book 1 – and other creatures which I loved. This book has blown me away and I loved it more than the first. And Grey, you have my heart. Truly this book has us beyond the walls of Iron Rose and it is marvelous.

Review | Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance by Jennieke Cohen

Summary

Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.

But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.

Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.

Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day

*Copy Courtesy of the Publisher* 

Review

This book was everything I didn’t know I even needed! it’s safe to say I’m a sucker for YA historical romance, add Jane Austen-esque vibe and I AM HERE FOR IT!

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I absolutely adored Victoria aka Vicky! And Tom, my small cinnamon roll. Childhood friends but forced apart, reunite under not so great circumstances, like seriously woah! The story is told in multiple point of views, Vicky and Tom, and a few other characters including Susie, Tom’s half sister.

Despite the multiple POVs it is mainly Vicky’s story and it’s amazing! There’s much needed backstory to everything that occurred in the past, but not after intense portions of ‘what the hell just happened?’ Oh my feels!!!!

Honestly everything about this book was amazing. I was hooked from the very beginning and Vicky’s character was absolutely witty and just the perfect person to see this story unfold through. This book has everything from romance to mystery, with a tragic past and so many Jane Austen references and some very very well placed comparisons too Vicky’s current situations and Jane Austen novels including Pride and Prejudice.

I absolutely loved Tom’s character and his beloved horse horatio, and a few other not so likeable characters but it is after all Vicky’s first time entering society’s season to find a suitable husband, and there’s all types of people – lord help Vicky. Vicky will go to any length to save her family.

I whole heartedly recommend this book to everyone and I plan to read this book again and again. I need more historical romances like this in my life and this book is not one to miss. Come along and fall in love with this book, after all it’s an Austenacious Romance.

Review | Serpent and Dove #1 by Shelby Mahurin

Summary

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

*Copy Courtesy of the Publisher* 

Review

The title made me intrigued, the cover caught my attention and then the synopsis dragged me in. Then I read it and now, I’m blown away by this book, it was just absolutely amazing I mean I can’t even bring to words how much to book just shook me up !!!!!

First we have Lou, I absolutely loved her, so damn witty and loyal and a badass who doesn’t follow rules and my god does she break rules in this book ! And then we have Reid, a Huntsman/Chassuer devoted to the cause and such an innocent soul I freaking love him. Can’t forget Coco another level of badassery, I just can’t even, and finally Ansel such a little cutie. Truly such a great cast of characters honestly a round of applause to the author for the characters alone!

The plot is one we’ve seen before Witches vs Huntsman but with a twist. Shelby has managed to shake shit up with this book and this plot, this cliché trope feels fucking brand new to me, she just went right on ahead and then topped the game – Witches vs the Church for centuries, what could possibly go wrong when a Witch marries a Chassuer of the Church? But in all honesty, the plot didn’t have 100% of my attention and again its props to the author because it was the flirting that had most of my attention. I mean, it was so cute and funny and also cheesy but isn’t that the best combo ever! Such a love/hate relationship, inject it into me, dammit!

The book does start with Lou having already fled her coven, so it does take a while to figure it all out and piece it all together. The world itself was France with a hint of fantasy. Burning of witches at the stake and of course, medieval views on woman that Lou just disregards and broke all the rules. I shall never forget page 103-104 (pages may differ for finished copies).

Personally I found the last 100 pages so intense it’s where majority of the action and it was a lot to take in, I mean that last revelation about Reid, damn son! Despite the ending being so WOAH, it was such a great read with an amazing set of characters whom I dearly loved, and I for one cannot wait for the sequel.

Review | The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow

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Summary

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

*Copy Courtesy of the Publisher* 

Review

There are books that you just have to devour. And then there are Books (see what I did there) that you just have to savour. To really appreciate the words that you are reading, that are slowly being etched into your heart; painfully, carefully like a tattoo. But by no means is one better than the other, as a reader you experience both – and this book falls under the latter.

Ten Thousand Doors of January is no ordinary book, it’s a grip you tight for hours kinda book. A book where you lose yourself multiple times because there’s infinite numbers of reality we lose ourselves in – and January Scaller is ready to lose herself in all.

It did take me a while to finally lose myself in completely – simply waiting to be reeled in by the author and she did. I was engrossed in the story of January who once stumbled on a Door at a young age. Then like dominoes falling, she found more and more the day she found a book in a chest and decided to read it. She had found her escape from the dreary childhood she had with her father off searching for oddities and rare items for Mr Locke, who cared for January since she could remember.

The book in question was a history and January found truth entwined with history of two people. She found reality far greater than the mind can conjure. Above all, she found freedom, which January Scaller was ready to finally get, herself.

Alix E Harrow has created a masterpiece that’s perfect for all readers! Get ready to lose yourself in the depth of magical pros and characters and a plot that is worthy of a standing ovation. This book will tug at your heart and make you gasp at all the plot twists. Alix has simply conjured up a dream of Doors that need only faith and hope to open. Time to be your own key of your own Door.

Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh

Summary

Astrid is the surrogate for Princess Renya, which means she bears the physical punishment if Renya steps out of line. Astrid has no choice—she and her family are Outsiders, the lower class of people without magic and without citizenship.

But there is a way out of this life—competing in the deadly Race of Oblivion. To enter the race, an Outsider is administered the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memory clear of their past as they enter a new world with nothing to help them but a slip of paper bearing their name and the first clue. It’s not as simple as solving a puzzle, however—for a majority of the contestants, the race ends in death. But winning would mean not only freedom for Astrid, but citizenship and health care for her entire family. With a dying father to think of, Astrid is desperate to prevail.

From the beginning, the race is filled with twists and turns. One of them is Darius, a fellow racer Astrid meets but isn’t sure she can trust. Though they team up in the race, as Astrid’s memories begin to resurface, she remembers just who he was to her—a scorned foe who may want revenge. Astrid also starts to notice she has powers no Outsider should—which could help her win the race, but also make her a target if anyone finds out. With stakes that couldn’t be higher, Astrid must decide what is more important: risking her life to remember the mysteries of the past, or playing a cutthroat game in order to win her—and her family’s—freedom.

*Copy Courtesy of the Publisher* 

Review

This book was crazyyyyy! Like dayum son, Crown of Oblivion was a long, so very long, rollercoaster ride with twist and turns that legit mess with your head.

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We follow Astrid through her journey to win citizenship for her family after horrible turn of events. The girl who would just take a beating for her surrogate Renya and keep in line was now ready to do whatever it takes to protect her family, especially her brother, Marlon, such a sweet boy (PROTECT MARLON). Astrid becomes even more so fierce throughout the book, as you feel all her turmoil because of the memory loss from the Oblivion drug. Just like Astrid we learn everything along the way and it is frustratingggg!

Outsiders and enchanted. Being an outsiders can go either way, as a Citizen or indentured to work for the Enchanted, these have embeds in their neck to signify their status. And as surrogate for Princess Renya, Astrid has been taking beating for her to keep her in line when she does something wrong, by order of the King. Though Renya and Astrid are friends, I found their relationship to be complicated. And Prince Lars is a heartless prick.

This book was epic, a fantasy book with hints of dystopian – which honestly worked so well. I was hooked from start to finish! Along the way we meet many people, one being Darius, a familiar face from Astrid’s past. Can Astrid trust Darius? Find out in this explosive race that cannot be predicted and what will become of Astrid, an Outsider, in the race for her family, with growing powers that she shouldn’t have…?

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