Endless Knight by Kresley Cole Review

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)

Title: Endless Knight

Series: The Arcana Chronicles #2

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy

Synopsis: Evie has fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jack was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, Evie realizes that there is a war brewing between the teens who’ve been given powers following the apocalypse, and it’s kill or be killed. When Evie meets Death, the gorgeous and dangerous Endless Knight, things get even more complicated. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history. One that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. Evie is drawn to Death, but in love with Jack. She is determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, and in the process, struggles to accept her place in the prophecy that will either save the world, or destroy it.  

Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 320 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★★

Tags: Beauty and the Beast

Themes: Love Triangle, Hate to Love, Enemies to Lovers, Possessive Hero, Jealous Hero

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Review: Ok, I loved this one again but a love triangle pops up here. It’s not too annoying (yet) but it does take over the story a bit. It’s the first love triangle I have read where I genuinely can’t decide between the guys!! I have an idea which one she will go with in the end but only because he was introduced first.

It doesn’t take over completely, we get some story development and find out a good bit more about the Arcana.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_

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March Reading Plans

Since I’m doing the Irish Readathon this month I will hopefully be reading mostly Irish literature but I would like to mix it up a bit and continue with some of my urban fantasy or paranormal series as well. I also have a few other reading challenges that I’m taking part in.

Romanceopoly

My current spot on the board is “Heartbreak Hospital – Read a book with a doctor hero/heroine – OR – Read a tearjerker”. I hate tearjerkers so I’m going to read a book with a doctor. I put Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward on my MBR for this challenge but I think I’m going to read Shadow Game by Christine Feehan instead.

Shadow Game (Ghostwalkers #1) by Christine Feehan

Shadow Game (GhostWalkers, #1)

The classified experiment is the brainchild of renowned scientist Peter Whitney and his brilliant daughter, Lily. Created to enhance the psychic abilities of an elite squadron, it can transform their natural mental powers into a unique military weapon. But something goes wrong. In the isolated underground labs, the men have been dying-victims of bizarre accidents. Captain Ryland Miller knows he is next. When Dr. Whitney himself is murdered, Ryland has only one person left to trust: the beautiful Lily. Possessed of an uncanny sixth sense herself, Lily shares Ryland’s every new fear, every betrayal, every growing suspicion, and every passionate beat of the heart. Together, they will be drawn deeper into the labyrinth of her father’s past and closer to a secret that someone would kill to keep hidden.

Kick’n Down Your TBR

This reading challenge is hosted by Gotta Have Romance with a Kick on Goodreads. It works kind of like bingo. You create a shelf on Goodreads for the challenge and then use the spinner to decide the book you’ll read. I’m doing the monthly level which is one book per month. For March the spinner gave me Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian which is the 9th book in her Midnight Breed series. I read the 8th book in 2013 so I can’t really remember the series very well but I’m just going to continue on. I really don’t feel like rereading the first 8 books right now.

Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed #9) by Lara Adrian

Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9)

DELIVERED FROM THE DARKNESS, A WOMAN FINDS HERSELF PLUNGED INTO A PASSION THAT IS DEEPER THAN MIDNIGHT.

At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well—the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.

Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Dragos’s reign of evil—even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart.

Muses Mandate

Muses Mandate is the monthly group read for My Vampire Book Obsession on Goodreads. Picking a book to read each month wasn’t working out for us so instead, we decided to choose a monthly author and call them muses. People can read whatever book they want by them. It’s worked out really well for us so far.

March’s Muse is Patricia Briggs. There are two books by Briggs that I would like to read and can’t make up my mind on. They’re set in the same world following different characters. Cry Wolf is listed as the first book in her Alpha & Omega series but it’s really the second. You need to read the prequel novella Alpha & Omega in order to have an understanding of the characters. I’d also suggest reading the first few books of the Mercy Thompson series before reading it.

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)

Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs

River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)

Being a different breed of shapeshifter-a walker-Mercy Thompson can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now, on her honeymoon with the Alpha werewolf Adam. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence known to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil…

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The Irish Readathon

We have a list of 5 challenges for the readathon but you don’t need to do them and you can combine them if you want.

My first choice would work for two of the challenges, “read a book by a female Irish author” and “read a book by one of the hosts favourite authors”.

Almost Love by Louise O’Neill

Almost Love

If it doesn’t hurt, it’s not love: the gripping new novel from the bestselling author of Asking for It. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Jodi Picoult.

When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard.

So it doesn’t matter that he’s twenty years older. That he sees her only in secret. That, slowly but surely, she’s sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him.

Sarah’s friends are worried. Her father can’t understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she’s on the verge of losing her job.

But Sarah can’t help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew.

And love is supposed to hurt.

Isn’t it?

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My next choice will work for “read a book by a female Irish author”.

Echoes of Grace by Carragh Bell

Echoes of Grace

Even in death, love survives

Grace Molloy was the darling of the theatre scene. Young and dazzling, she gave it all up to marry the playwright Henry Sinclair, thirty years her senior. Then, one stormy night, she died giving birth to her daughter, Aurora.

Left with no memory of her mother, Aurora is raised by Henry and her nanny, Maggie, in a huge old house on the Cornish coastline. All the little girl has of Grace is a portrait – a painting of a woman in a white dress, her beautiful face frozen in time.

Aurora grows up, resembling Grace in looks and talent. She pursues her dream of being on the stage and soon achieves great success in the world of theatre, like her mother before her. Then a secret unfolds – a secret that could threaten all that she holds dear . . .

Echoes of Grace is the story of a young woman who, having overcome a painful past, must now embrace it to find her real self.

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My next choice works for “read a book that isn’t a novel” and “read a book older than you are”.

The Plays of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde

The Plays of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde took London by storm with his first comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan. The combination of dazzling wit, subtle social criticism, sumptuous settings and the theme of a guilty secret proved a winner, both here and in his next three plays, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and his undisputed masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. This volume includes all Wilde’s plays from his early tragedy Vera to the controversial Salome and the little known fragments, La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy. The edition affords a rare chance to see Wilde’s best known work in the context of his entire dramatic output, and to appreciate plays which have hitherto received scant critical attention.

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So those are the books I would like to read this month. I would be happy with completing about 4 of them but we’ll see how it goes. I’m spending the last week and half of March with my family so I probably won’t get much reading done then.

What are you reading this month?

Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole Review

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)

Title: Poison Princess

Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1

Author: Kesley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy

Synopsis:  

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophecy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side.

Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 385 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★★

Themes: Alpha Male, Magic, Suspense, Hate to Love

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
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Review: I enjoyed this book way more than I expected to! I loved it!!! I devoured it and gobbled up the next two books straight away!

I’m always a bit iffy with young adult books but this one had enough of Cole’s style to keep me very happy. A lot of the usual YA cliches are present but they don’t frustrate me in this book and all of the characters are so well developed it never feels like one of those books that centre around this super teenage girl that everyone is obsessed with.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_

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February Wrap Up

“February – the month of love..?!! 
No wonder the shortest one in the calendar.” 
― Dinesh Kumar Biran

eBooks

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne ★★★★★

99 Percent Mine

Romance, Contemporary

I stayed up until 6.30am to read this book. That should really tell you enough about how much I enjoyed it 😅

It was a complete joy to read that left me with warm fuzzy feelings and a book hangover.

Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo ★★★☆☆

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Fantasy, Young Adult

I have such mixed feelings about this one. It started with a bang and ended with a bang but the middle was a bit of a chore to read. I think this book could probably be taken out of the series and make it a duology instead of a trilogy…

There were some interesting moments and we get a lot of character growth during the middle when nothing is going on but I feel like it could have been condensed a bit more.

I would give it 3.5 stars because I loved the opening so much.

Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo
★★★★☆

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

Fantasy, Young Adult

3.5 stars
Ok, I’ve never experienced this before but the first book was the best.
I did enjoy this one. The conclusion to the story is mostly satisfying BUT I feel like a lot of the complications for the main characters that had been developed were too easily resolved. Almost conveniently resolved to tie everything up in a neat little bow and the consequences for everything that happened were minimal or actually beneficial.

But it is a really good story and the villain is one of the best I’ve read.

Audiobooks

Harry Potter: A History of Magic by The British Library, Narrated by Natalie Dormer ★★★★★

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

History, Fantasy, Exhibition

This was so interesting! I loved the interviews with Stephen Fry, Jim Kay and Jim Dale and all the little snippets about Rowling writing the first Harry Potter book. And I loved all the actual history of magic and creatures that inspired Rowling.
Natalie Dormer was a great narator as well.

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Print Books

Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6) by Chloe Neill ★★★☆☆

Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6)

Urban Fantasy

I’m not sure how I feel about this one… I enjoyed it but found it a bit boring at the same time. It was very predictable.
I think the previous books were so high-octane that this follow-up was a bit of a letdown. It was good but not as good as previous books in the series. It does have a satisfying ending though.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)

Fantasy, Young Adult

Oh my god, I wish I had read this the day I bought it instead of waiting months and months! I was really surprised by this book. By how much I liked it and by how unpredictable the plot was (for me at least).

I absolutely LOVE the complex and alluring nature of the main villain. He’s as well rounded as Loki in the MCU. Someone I just love to hate (and maybe just love a little bit in general…).

It was just fantastic! I loved it and really want to keep reading the series but I have a feeling this is the kind of story I could get obsessed with so I’m going to try to pace myself….. try.

My edition included bonus material in the form of a letter Mal wrote to Alina while he was searching for the stag and an interview with Leigh.