Reaper’s Rival (Satan’s Son’s MC: Book 2) by Simone Elise


Reaper's Rival

Title: Reaper’s Rival

Author: Simone Elise

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: March 22nd 2017

Genre: Romance

POV: Alternating 1st person

Number of pages: 532

Series: Satan’s Son’s Motorcycle Club

Reaper’s Claim – Book 1 (review here)

Reaper’s Rival – Book 2

Where this book can be found: Amazon

Book synopsis (through Goodreads):

The steamy and dramatic sequel to the Best Selling Reaper’s Claim by Simone Elise.

After the events of the first book Abby has joined her half sister’s gang Hellbound. Can Reaper claim her back?

Reaper:
This life gives you regrets on a silver platter. This life makes you colder, and there is a coldness in you now Abby, and I don’t like seeing it. It is what I was trying to protect you from. You always had an innocent heart, but something got inside and messed around with it, and I don’t like it. You can come back from this. Let me take all the bad from you, so you can go back to being you. Ain’t ever gonna stop trying to make you mine.

Abby:
You have to lose yourself to really find yourself. You have to crawl through the dark times to understand and crave the light. And sometimes you need to lose the man you love to realize that what you had in the first place was in fact love. We had a history between us. But more importantly, we had love between us and time doesn’t affect love, or at least I hope it won’t affect our love. Right now I don’t belong anywhere, but I know that no matter what happens or where I am, my heart will always belong to him.

Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules.

My review:

I am going to start this review by explaining what happened shortly after I reviewed Reaper’s Claim (and why I was beyond confused when I started reading Reaper’s Rival). The author decided to split the first book up into two books. So, when I started reading Reaper’s Rival, I fully expected it to take up after the events that I had read in Reaper’s Claim….which ended up being the end of Reaper’s Rival (confused yet….lol). Which confused me because I was expecting Reaper to be in full get Abby mode after what I read in Reaper’s Claim and instead she was in Blake’s gang which happened in Reaper’s Claim (and no, not a spoiler).

I heard back from the publisher (and big thanks Emma!!) about what happened. The author decided to split Reaper’s Claim into two books and she added 40K worth of words to the new book, which is Reaper’s Rival. To be honest, I think it was a wise move on the author’s part. So much went on in Reaper’s Claim that it was almost too much when you read it. With the story being continued in Reaper’s Rival and new material added, it made the book a lot easier to read and follow.

Reaper’s Rival takes place 3 months after the events of Reaper’s Claim. Abby has shed her “good girl” persona and is now in a gang, working as a hit woman. If she even had a shred of me liking her in the first book, it was stomped on in this book. I don’t know if the author intentionally wrote her this way but she came across as an insecure, whiny, immature little girl who freaked if she even thought Reaper was looking at another girl but it was OK for her not to call him for months on end. I really couldn’t stand her and I would be lying if I said I wished she was taken out. But then there wouldn’t have been a story so its kinda a wash….lol.

Reaper was still a tough biker but I like how the author wrote in scenes that made him human. What I mean by that is that he had feelings and he really wasn’t afraid to let Abby, Kim or Roach see them. He also loved Abby no matter what. Which I am not sure she deserved with the way she acted (read the book). When he found out what she was doing in the gang, instead of running guns like she lead them to believe (not that running guns were good), he understandably freaked out. There are reasons why he freaked out. Want to know what?? Read the book.

I will say that this book had some crazy action scenes. If you don’t like blood, don’t read this book because it kinda gets a little gory at points. But it doesn’t take away from the book, it actually adds to it. But, like I said in the review of Reaper’s Claim, this is a pretty realistic view of motorcycle clubs and guess what, stuff like this is reality for hard-core members. This club isn’t one of those clubs where the members meet up on the weekends and go cruising…..this is a club where killing, drug deals, stealing motorcycles/cars and other criminal activities are a way of life.

Reaper and Abby’s sex scenes, while hot, really didn’t do it for me. I am going to admit it is because of Abby. I just didn’t like her.

The book ends on another cliff hanger and I can’t wait to read book 3.

How many stars will I give Reaper’s Rival: 4

Why: Like I said above, I think it was great that the author decided to split the first book into two and add content to Reaper’s Rival. It actually made for a better read than reading it all at once. The characters were more in-depth, the situations that they got into were more in-depth and there was more of an understanding about why what happened at the end happened. I was very happy with it.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex, language, violence. Also a pretty graphic scene of a 10-year-old being murdered.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

More Than A Slave by Anaelle Gadeyne


More Than A Slave

Title: More Than A Slave

Author: Anaelle Gadeyne

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: March 8th 2017

Genre: Romance, Historical Romance

Number of pages: 460

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis (via Goodreads):

Alexander Anderson has a reputation that would strike fear into the heart of the devil himself. And now, Aria Starbird is his property.

Aria has spent only a few months as a lowly slave, but already her happy childhood memories were starting to fade under the weight of her brutal existence.
When she is sold to Lord Anderson at an auction, she cannot help but be afraid. Lord Anderson is known for his cruelty. He is fiendish and handsome and as wicked as he is wealthy.

However, as she gets to know her new master, she realizes there is more to him than meets the eye. Over time, she is able to penetrate his tough exterior, and begins to understand the struggle of a man who believes love is a weakness, but whose heart is now yearning for something unknown.

As the two let down their walls and discover each other’s truths, will Aria be able to tame Alexander’s inner-beast?

My review:

Inkitt has been good to me over the last few months. I have reviewed many good books for them. Books that I enjoyed reading. So when I was asked to review More Than A Slave, I didn’t hesitate because of my history of getting good books from them. I was actually excited to read it. So, needless to say, I went into this book with high expectations and oh boy, did they get smashed.

This book takes place in America (around Marietta, Georgia if I am not mistaken)….pre-Civil War. Aria’s parents sold her into slavery because they all were starving and they needed the money. They sold her to a family friend with the stipulation that she would be treated well and off they went with their lives. 8 months later, Aria is being brought to auction to be sold because she was very disrespectful to her master.

Aria is dragging into town on a rope by her master and she catches the eye of Lord Alexander Anderson. Alexander is from England and has settled in Georgia with his sister and brothers to make a new life for himself. He quickly built a reputation for being a cruel slave owner. The slaves that go work at his manor are never released and never seen alive again. He is so casual about talking about killing slaves with his brother Oliver, it made me sick.

Aria is bought by Lord Alexander and brought to his manor along with another slave called Harriet. She keeps running into Alexander and he keeps treating her like she isn’t a slave. Except when he wants to make a point and then he gets mad and treats her like a slave, if that makes sense. But he always feels bad and apologizes to her. Their relationship quickly escalates to her sharing his bed (not sleeping with him) and her getting very upset whenever he kills someone or threatens to kill someone. At one point in the book, she makes him promise not to kill someone when he gets mad. The book is put down but this time I went “Great, he’s a psychopath (because he enjoys killing)”.

He actually kills one slave after she got into a fight with Aria. That scene was gruesome and so unnecessary. He goes on to imprison her father (in his defense, he didn’t know it was her father at the time) and then tells him to never talk to Aria again, takes part in this hunt called “Little Red Riding Hood” (slave girls were put into red capes and set loose in woods for the lords to hunt down and kill), torture Harriet (Aria’s archnemesis) and Aria’s old master. Plus, when he gets mad, he beats on one of his siblings. But its ok that he does it because deep down he’s a good guy, he just had a hard life. Excuse me while I go puke. It sounds like every excuse that people make for an abuser.

The end of the book was a surprise too because of the turn around Aria does on certain subjects. To be honest, I was proud of myself for finishing this book without have a melt down or DNF’ing.

How many stars will I give More Than A Slave: 1

Why: Awful storyline. Awful characters. I couldn’t wrap my head around the use of slavery during Colonial America as even being OK to use as a romantic plot line.

Will I reread: No

Will I recommend to family and friends: No

Age range: Adult

Why: Violence and sex

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Spectra by Ebony Olson


Spectra

Title: Spectra

Author: Ebony Olson

Published: Inkitt

Date of publication: February 22nd 2016

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Number of pages: Unknown

POV: Alternating 1st person

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis (via Goodreads):

One touch of Spectra’s fingers leaves the predator Bay craving more.

Spectra is a Balance; a decadent of angels whose soul has been intertwined with that of sorcerer Alexander, although her heart belongs to Mercury, the son of an archangel.
Bay is a predator de Sang and sorcerer, who runs his own private security company, fighting the purist organization Essence. Seeking out Spectra for her special abilities the last thing he expected to find was a Balance strong enough to withstand his potent energy. With her heart and soul already claimed, could there be room for another in her life?

When Bay’s infatuations bring Spectra to the attention of Essence and put her life at risk, he must learn that sometimes sacrificing the ones you love is the only way to save them.

My review:

When I started reading Spectra, I went into it thinking that it was going to be one of those paranormal romances that focuses more on the sex than the story. Boy, was I wrong. While sex does get mainlined for a while, the real story ends up being the relationships that Spectra has with Bay, Merc and Alexander and, of course, the Essence storyline (which was fascinating).

Spectra was a tough chick. She was dealt a crap hand in life. Her sister was killed by a predator (think vampire/were animal), her mother just couldn’t deal and committed suicide when Spectra was 14. Then she is date raped after her college boyfriend slips her a Rufie and she dies from an allergic reaction to it. She is brought back to life and she makes it her life’s mission to help those who can’t help themselves (victims be it of abuse or other things).

Alexander was so sweet at first and then he morphed into a jerk. I was kinda taken aback when he did the 180 because it went against how he was portrayed. But when it was revealed why he morphed into a jerk, I wanted to reach into the book and smack him. Put it this way: Can’t have your cake and eat it too!!!

Next to Spectra, Merc was my favorite character in the book and he was a perfect fit with Spectra. They’re relationship was a little strange (totally open, both were able to see/sleep with other people) but it worked for them because they didn’t get jealous. I mean, the first time we meet Merc, he is nailing a girl in Tommy’s bar……lol.

I wasn’t too sure about Bay at first. But the more I read, the more I started to like him and by the end of the book, I loved him. He also was a good fit with Spectra but, and stress but, because he was a predator (aka vampire) and a sorcerer (which is the first time I think that I have read those two being combined). He was the one the uncovered the wrongs that Alexander was doing to her, thinking that he was protecting her, and he was the one that was there, along with Merc, when Spectra needed him the most.

The whole storyline as to who Spectra’s father was and the storyline about exactly what she is was played out beautifully. I kinda felt bad for her when it was revealed who her father was, and a little shocked to be honest. Then when Bay finds out exactly what she was, again it was a huge surprise to me. There were hints dropped throughout the book but I didn’t exactly put two and two together until Bay found out.

I would be a fool if I didn’t address the sex scenes. They were all hot. Very hot but what ruined them for me is that Spectra would go from one man’s bed to another in the same day. Also, the whole cumming in her until she was married. It was great (and that she insisted on condoms was awesome) until well, you have to read the book. I wish that it was carried out until the end because it was kinda different.

The ending was good but I couldn’t tell if there was going to be a book 2? I am so torn because there was so much left in the air.

How many stars will I give Spectra: 4

Why: A great paranormal/fantasy with hot sex scenes. The ending I was a little torn on and I wish there was better clarification on if there is going to be a book 2.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex, violence and language

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Reaper’s Claim by Simone Elise


Reaper's Claim

Title: Reaper’s Claim

Author: Simone Elise

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: February 15th 2017

Genre: Romance

POV: Alternating 1st person

Number of pages: Unknown

Series: No

Where this book can be found: Amazon (will put link in as soon as it shows up on there)

Goodreads synopsis:

In my motorcycle club I’ve earned the name ‘Reaper’ and now I have my claim on Abby Harrison.

Reaper:
I didn’t know what love was, but I knew what want was, and I wanted Abby. When I walked out of the club and saw her I was stone cold sober. She was quietly beautiful and unlike any other woman I’d had before. But she was the daughter of the president of Satan’s Sons MC and completely out of my reach.

Abby:
Everyone knew The Reaper and how he got his name, so I never expected him to be my salvation when my sisters drunk boyfriend wanted to lay hands on me. I thought my innocence would be lost in that alley, until he showed up and saved me. I know being with Reaper will lead to trouble, but I don’t know if I have the strength to stay away.

Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules.

My review:

What I liked about Reaper’s Claim:

  1. It was a motorcycle club book. I am slightly obsessed with them since getting an ARC last year. I don’t know why. Maybe it is the allure of a bad boy or maybe it is the romance that comes with the story. I really don’t know why I am obsessed with them.
  2. The realistic look on motorcycle clubs. I said above that I am slightly obsessed with motorcycle club books. But it doesn’t mean that I am blind to when they are being showed as bikers with hearts of gold. It might be true for some clubs but lets face it, motorcycle clubs in real life are not all good. They actually do very bad things to people and that is what makes this book refreshing. The author didn’t hide that Reaper, Roach, Kim, Abby and the rest of the club were bad people.
  3. Reaper and Abby being portrayed as real people. What I mean by that is that they have real issues. Abby has Daddy issues (Roach wasn’t exactly father of the year), anger issues and makes some not so great decisions in her life. Reaper has anger issues and when he fights with Abby, he ends up sleeping with a club girl (a woman who lives at the clubhouse and sleeps with everyone there….aka a whore). Together they had communication and trust issues. Major trust issues. To be honest, there was a point in the book where I thought that they needed to see a therapist.

What I disliked about Reaper’s Claim:

  1. The numerous 1st person POV’s. I love reading different point of views. It adds flavor to the book to read from another perspective. But, and stress but, there is only so many POV’s that you can have in a book before it starts to get confusing. Not only did we have Abby and Reaper’s POV but we had Trigger, Kim, Roach, Brad, Vivienne and a couple of other people whose name I can’t remember. Too much, way too much. It should have just been left with Reaper and Abby. The story wouldn’t have seemed as bogged down as it is.
  2. Abby. I couldn’t stand her. She was given a rough deal in life with her mother dying at such a young age, her father being who he was and her sister sleeping around. I get it but it didn’t excuse her actions after she was forced to go live with her aunt. Honestly, she acted like a 3-year-old trying to get her father’s attention (which I really think she was). She never listened to reason. If Roach or Reaper were trying to tell her something that might save her life, she would take off. By the end of the book, I was pretty sick and tired of her.
  3.  I couldn’t tell where this book took place. I know it is a petty thing to dislike but I couldn’t flipping figure out if the book took place in Australia or the UK and it drove me absolutely crazy. I know people are going to be reading this and going “Ok”. Here’s the reason it was driving me nuts. I read with accents and I couldn’t figure out what accent to give to the characters. I know, petty and weird, but it totally threw me off stride when I couldn’t do that.

How many stars will I give Reaper’s Claim: 3

Why: I was so torn on giving this book a lower star rating. I actually liked the book and found it refreshing that it gave a pretty realistic view on what motorcycle clubs are really like. But between the multiple 1st person POV’s and a very unlikable main character, I couldn’t get into the book and that affected my rating.

Will I reread: Probably

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes but I would warn them about the sex, language and violence in the book.

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex, violence and language.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Esper Files: The Sky Cult (Esper Files: Book 2) by Egan Brass


Esper Files: The Sky Cult (Esper Files #2)

Title: The Sky Cult

Author: Egan Brass

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: January 25th 2017

Genre: Steampunk, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Number of pages: 183

POV: 3rd person

Series: Esper Files

Esper Files – Book 1 (review here)

The Sky Cult – Book 2

Can be read out-of-order from series: No

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

After the events of the first book, Freya has joined the Institute – an organization created to help Espers control their powers, and she thought she’d finally found peace.

That is, until Anti-Esper weapons find their way into the hands of The Coalition, a radical group who is determined to kill anyone with powers.
At the same time, the Sky Cult has arisen, claiming that Espers have the right to rule over lowly humans.
The timing couldn’t be worse, as all of this happens three days before Esper Day, the first holiday designed to show that humans and Espers can coexist.

Now Nathan, Freya and the team have to fight both organizations in a race against time before one of the radical groups tips the scales, and plunges the entire world into their own version of Armageddon.

My review:

 

The Sky Cult was a fast paced, excellent second book to the Esper Files. Picking up shortly after The Esper Files ended, the book starts off with a bang and there are two new villains introduced. Jupiter, who can control thunder and lightning, and Lichtmann who can burn people with his touch and exudes a golden light (he also thinks he’s an angel). Jupiter is the leader of the Sky Cult and he believes that the Espers should rule over the non Espers. Lichtmann’s agenda is to protect Jupiter……as long as Jupiter is in the good graces of the mysterious Hades.

Freya is still my favorite character in this series. She is a typical teenager, except she can wield ice like Elsa in Frozen (sorry, I had to put it in there). And her mouth, oh boy, I was laughing in some parts. But, she was also someone you didn’t want to mess with. When the Institute gets attacked by the Anti-Esper Coalition, she was there defending it from the Coalition with her ice powers.

Nathan was still as suave as he was in the first book. He was also still absorbing other Esper’s powers. That is something he does by touch. I will say that he did get plenty of action in this book. The poor guy was injured more often than naught….well until he absorbed Red Cap’s powers.

The main storyline of the book was great. I loved that there was so much action and the steam punk elements (Hello….airships, RAILGUNS!!!!!!) were absolutely great. If it seems like I am going on a little overboard with the praise it’s because I can count on one hand how many good steam punk  books I have read and truly enjoyed. This series is one of them.

The secondary characters of this book made it. I cannot wait to see if the Phantom Thief, Red Cap (who cracked me up while reading because while he was so evil, his one liners that had me rolling) and more of the Espers from the Institute will be featured.

I loved the climax of the book. I was not expecting what happened to happen. It threw me for a loop. I also liked the explanation about why Nathan couldn’t absorb Jupiter’s powers. It made so much sense. Well at least it made sense to me.

While the Coalition storyline was somewhat wrapped up and the storyline about the weapons that can cripple the Espers was definitely wrapped up (want to know what that is?? Read that book), another storyline opened up. I am very curious about what is going to happen with it and if we will ever find out who the mysterious Hades is. I also want to know how Nathan fits into this whole insane thing.

The end of the book was different and it raised more questions than it answered. Which is makes me want to read the next book.

How many stars will I give The Sky Cult: 4

Why: A strong second book that I couldn’t put down. It was full of action and humor, as well as mystery, and I loved it. Plus, it was a steam punk and I love, love, love steam punk!!

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Young Teen

Why: Mild violence

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Inkitt App now live on Android


So remember a few months ago when I posted about Inkitt having an app going live on iOS (click here for the post). Inkitt is a digital library and publishing platform for writers. So, not only do they publish books but they allow authors to develop the stories on their site. What I found fascinating is that they use an algorithm that analyzes reading behavior and through that they are able to predict future best sellers. In their words “If readers like it, Inkitt publishes it”.

I got involved with them through NetGalley and I have been regularly reviewing books for them. The list of books I have reviewed are:

Incursion

Just Juliette

I Was A Bitch

The Esper Files

Kings Lament

The Aureate Spectacles

Well, they have released the app for Android today. I am so excited for this release….seeing that I have an Android phone :).  Actually, after I am done writing this post, I will be downloading it onto my phone.

Through the app, users will be able to:

  1. access thousands of novels for all fiction genres: fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, horror, romance, drama, action, adventure,YA and more
  2. will get personalized reading suggestions: hand-picked novels based on a reader’s favorite fiction genre
  3. customize look to match user preference (e.g. font size, color combinations)
  4. Online/Offline: readers can save novels to their offline libraries to access them anytime.

So, if you want to try out this app, and I strongly suggest that you do, click here to get it.

The Aureate Spectacles by Eliott McKay


The Aureate Spectacles

Title: The Aureate Spectacles (was published under Midnight Engagement before)

Author: Eliott McKay

Publisher: Inkitt

Publication date: January 4th 2017 (original publication date: January 28th 2013)

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

POV: 3rd person

Number of pages: 372

Series: Yes

Standalone: No

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Would you sacrifice your people for the man you love?

Michaela was a seemingly normal high school senior, hiding behind a pair of hideous spectacles which masked her true identity. When she’s abducted by an intriguing werewolf, she learns that her father was a powerful vampire, and she has been chosen to protect his city from her predatory kin. As the situation grows dire, the fate of the city rests in her hands, and she must choose between peace for her people or the man she’s growing to love.

My review:

Michaela has lived with her Aunt Hazel for as long as she could remember. Her parents were killed in a hiking accident when she was around 3 years old and Hazel had raised her since. Hazel was a very cold, very uncaring person who ignored Michaela unless she absolutely had to pay attention to her. It was a very lonely existence made even more so by the fact that Michaela has to wear hideous, rhinestone encrusted, yellow lenses spectacles. When she finally asked Aunt Hazel why she had to wear the glasses (at the age of 7 1/2), Hazel replied

It’s because you have a rare disease,” said Aunt Hazel, emphasizing the last worked with a double measure of disdain, “which causes your eyes to need extra protection from the light.” And Aunt Hazel made as if to turn back to her article then paused with a second thought. “And if you stop wearing them, you might go blind.

Michaela, at the age of 7 1/2, could tell that Aunt Hazel’s explanation was full of it. At a later date, she broke her glasses during a game of field hockey and the school nurse told her that the eyewear was no more protective than a drop of honey. Which just reinforced what Michaela thought.

The glasses were a bane of her existence. The older she got, the more gaudy, the more hideous the glasses got. She was bullied relentlessly and had no friends. By the time Michaela was almost 18, she had somewhat resigned herself to her life until she found a pocket watch with a miniature portrait of a beautiful dark-haired woman in it.

The portrait made her feel loved and filled by looking at it.  During this time, she started having dreams of a mossy pond in a courtyard of stone and a voice that called her name, Kayla. She would also hear a song that she couldn’t quite catch and would hum the song. But once she realized what she was doing, the song would disappear.

Then there came the night that Aunt Hazel woke up Michaela from a nightmare. One where she was talking French (something that she learned she was fluent in when she was in 8th grade) and calling for Conrad. During Aunt Hazel’s interrogation, I guess you could call it that, the pocket watch was discovered and Aunt Hazel went nuts.

Long story short, Aunt Hazel freaked out on Michaela. She fitted her with what Michaela considered a dog muzzle with straps coming out of it. That apparatus was to hold the glasses in place while Michaela slept. Aunt Hazel also upped up security around the house to an almost insane pitch. She even went as far as to board up Michaela’s windows, make it so the door locked from the outside only and was outfitted with a triple lock. Michaela had no idea why but she believed that it had something to do with why she had to wear those ugly glasses all the time.

She ends up making a break for freedom after Hazel takes to locking her in her room. Getting rid of the spectacles, she is a hit at school. After school, as she is walking down the street, she runs into a mysterious young man whom she feels that she knows and who definitely knows more than he is letting on.

Returning home, she finally has the confrontation with Hazel that was a long time coming. She learns that her mother had sent her to Hazel, believing that she would be safer with Hazel and the man who delivered Michaela to Hazel told her that she would be safer if her eyes were hidden and faked Michaela’s death. Michaela is able to pry out her mother’s name, Marguerite, and her father’s name, Julian. Hazel also told her that her last name was fake. Instead of Morley, it was Mohrlock. Hazel also implies that Julian is still alive.

The next day, at lunchtime, Michaela was whisked away (via the mysterious man who repelled down from a helicopter, grabbed her, kissed her and took her back up to the helicopter). After being out of commission for a few (four) days, Michaela wakes up to find herself on a boat in the middle of the Black Sea. What he tells her, stuns her.

She is the heir to a land called  Mons Maledictio Ruwa (rough translation: Cursed Mountain of Thunder) and her name is Michaela Alandria de Mohrlock Comptesse. She is the daughter to Julian Philip Benoit de Mohrlock and Marguerite Emmaline Fitzwallis…both deceased.

It is after she arrives at the castle that her adventures begin. After attempting to escape the castle by climbing down the side (and getting stuck), she is put right away into intrigue. Every year, in the 8th month, she goes to a summit with the people who live on the other side of the mountain. They are called the Sylva and they have a shaky treaty with Michaela’s people.

Michaela was a hoot to read and I loved her character. She was loyal, loves deeply and is willing to do anything to protect her people from the Sylva. I loved her misadventures.

Conrad was such a mystery and I really liked how the author drew out Conrad’s secrets. He was also perfect for Michaela.

The romance between Michaela and Conrad was cute to read. Painful in some parts (if you read the book, you will understand exactly what I am referring to) but very cute.

The secondary characters are what made this book. They were very well written and just didn’t fizzle off into the background once their storylines were ended. The author kept them in the story. When the bad things happened in the book, and yes some pretty upsetting things happened, these same secondary characters were right there with Michaela and Conrad.

The end of the book was bittersweet. I wish that there was an epilogue that followed up with the characters. But, with some of the storylines not wrapped up, including the V and W storylines, I do wonder if there will a second book. Because I have questions about certain characters that I would like to see answered.

How many stars will I give The Aureate Spectacles: 4

Why: I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were likeable, if not relatable (and I am not talking about the H, V or W storylines….talking about the romance and day-to-day activities that are detailed). I will say that I wanted to smack Aunt Hazel because she was a jerk. Besides my dislike of Hazel, this was a very enjoyable read.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age Range: Teen

Why: No sex (some kissing), mild violence and no language.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**