Friday, June 27, 2014

Title: Pressed Pennies by: Steven Manchester

Title: Pressed Pennies
Author: Steven Manchester
Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: 252
Format: Paperback
Source: Author Requested

Description:

Rick and Abby grew up together, became best friends, and ultimately fell in love. Circumstance tore them apart in their early teens, though, and they went on to lives less idyllic than they dreamed about in those early days. Rick has had a very successful career, but his marriage flat-lined. Abby has a magical daughter, Paige, but Paige's father nearly destroyed Abby's spirit.

Now fate has thrown Rick and Abby together again. In their early thirties, they are more world-weary than they were as kids. But their relationship still shimmers, and they're hungry to make up for lost time. However, Paige, now nine, is not nearly as enthusiastic. She's very protective of the life she's made with her mother and not open to the duo becoming a trio. Meanwhile, Rick has very little experience dealing with kids and doesn't know how to handle Paige. This leaves Abby caught between the two people who matter the most to her. What happens when the life you've dreamed of remains just inches from your grasp?

PRESSED PENNIES is a nuanced, intensely romantic, deeply heartfelt story of love it its many incarnations, relationships in their many guises, and family in its many meanings. It is the most accomplished and moving novel yet from a truly great storyteller of the heart.

My Thoughts:

In this book we follow two stories that find themselves intertwined in the beginning it's the story about Abby and her daughter Paige as they have left their home to move into a more affordable home.  Abby has just finalized her divorce from her ex-husband Patrick and finding starting over hard and also trying to reassure Paige it will be ok.

Richard has realized his marriage was missing something and since he wasn't able to fix it with his wife, he has realized that he had no option left but to divorce her.  Luckily they didn't have kids to complicate the matter, when he goes to a party hosted by his friends he bumps into a girlfriend from when he was a teenager, Abby.

Abby and Richard try to rekindle what they had but find this is harder with Abby's daughter who is not even giving Richard a fair shake so afraid that he will mess up her relationship with her mom.  How long can Richard stick around with a girl wedging her way in-between him and Abby?

This was a great book, it reminds me so much of why I love Steven's books they remind me of Nicholas Sparks on so many levels.  To see a guy write a great romance and be able to delve into female emotions and angst is great.  He continues to amaze me with the characters he creates and how they find their happily ever after.  This was so good I couldn't put it down for a second!  Definitely a keeper of an author and I'm such a huge fan of his.  As long as he writes books I will be a die hard fan!  Keep up the good work.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Title: Drive Bye by: Amy Saunders & Giveaway


Title: Drive Bye
Author: Amy Saunders
Pages: 174
Series: The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book Three
Format: ebook 
Source: Great Escapes Book Tour

Description:

Belinda’s recent blunders have come back to bite her – and Bennett – in the monster cupcake. But they’re not the only ones with problems.
A car crash uncovers the body of an unlikely murder victim. But the more they learn about her, the more the answer to her death seems to lie in issues that reach far beyond Portside.
As the truth comes out, and Belinda’s personal life teeters on the breaking point, she takes life by the maraschino cherries, and finds help in very unexpected places.

My Thoughts:

In this book Bennet and Belinda are having issues as the last case Bennett took the fall for what happened to Belinda and the two are sort of fighting about it.  Also Belinda's grandmother throws an ultimatum at Belinda which has her even reeling more.

In the beginnning of the book is a dead body which seems to be the case with every cozy book.  The victim Elena was found dead at one of the houses she cleans for a living and Belinda gets contacted by a local news reporter to help snoop around to find out what is going on, also with a hint of something about another reason that Bennett retired from the police force then just what Belinda knows.

Upon investigating the situation she learns more about the victim then she knew and about a rash of stolen property being takin from their owners when Belinda catches a burgular in her own house and finds her cameo stolen now Belinda is taking some of the situation seriously.  Who is stealing from people and what do they hope to gain?  And how is this connected to the dead girl Elena?

This book was so much fun with it's ups and downs, and finding out if Belinda and Bennett would stop running in circles around each other and just get on the same page.  I loved this story it had so much going on.  A nosy reporter, a stubborn matriarch grandmother, hidden secrets!  Definitely a great adventure for those who love cozy mysteries!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

New Cover Reveal: A Root Awakening by: Kate Collins

Kate Collins has shared with everyone the cover picture of her next book:


Synopsis:

Abby and Marco’s exciting house hunt takes a dark turn and prompts a new murder investigation, when a painter’s fall from a ladder to his death is proven to be no accident.

This book will be released 2015! Here are the list of her other books to keep you busy until then:

1. Mum's The Word
2. Slay It With Flowers
3. Dearly Depotted
4. Snipped in the Bud
5. Acts of Violet
6. A Rose From The Dead
7.  Shoots To Kill 
8. Evil in Carnations
9. Sleeping With Anemone
10. Dirty Rotten Tendrils
11. Night of The Living Dandelion
12. To Catch a Leaf
13. Nightshade on Elm Street
14. See No Evil
15. Throw in the Trowel

Which ones have you read?  Are you looking forward to her newest book?  Feel free to share in the comments below!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Title: Scrappy Summer by: Mollie Cox Bryan

Title: Scrappy Summer
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 60
Series: A Cumberland Creek Mystery
Format: ebook
Source: Purchase

Description:

Summer's in full swing, and it's time once again for the Cumberland Creek County Fair Pie Competition. DeeAnn Fields just knows this is her year to finally win with her brilliant apple green chili pie. But after the judges take one bite and spit it back out, ordering DeeAnn to leave at once, she's baffled as to what went wrong. . .until she discovers someone sabotaged her pie.

Banding together to find out who hated DeeAnn enough to ruin her chances of winning, the ladies of the Cumberland Scrapbook Crop scrap their summer plans to get to the bottom of this mystery so that they can return to what they do best--cropping and crafting!

My Thoughts: 

This was cute little who screwed with DeeAnn Fields pie?  She enters her pie into a contest and is devastated when she finds out that someone altered her with cumin instead of cinnamon.  Her friends are quick to find out what is up and solve the mystery using a recreation method having DeeAnn take them through her day of baking the pie and find who put the cumin in the pie. 

Granted it was a small novella but I found it cute.  I got this book with a gift card when I got my new nook so it was definitely worth the .99 purchase and I wasn't disappointed in the least.

Review - Half Bad by: Sally Green

Title: Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pages: 394
Format: Paperback Turkish translation
Series: Half Life Trilogy #1
Source: Received from Turkish publisher

Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.

You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.

You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.

You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.

You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.

All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.


Easy.

My thoughts:

It seems like Sally Green has done a lot in her life except for writing-- she delivered newspapers, worked as a waitress while she was a student, worked as a bartender... Between 1985 and 2001, she worked as an accountant. This woman who's lived in the world of numbers and preferred movies to books even as a child attended creative writing classes at Open University in 2010 and then wrote Half Bad. I can only say WOW.

Viewed as a rival to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, Half Bad is the story of an England where witches and "muggles" live together. (Green does NOT use this word by the way; I just didn't wanna say "regular people.") White Witches, as the name suggests, are the good witches. Black Witches, on the other hand, are the bad witches. Our main character Nathan is a mix of both; his mother is a White Witch, and his father Marcus is one of the most powerful Black Witches. The council can't tell whether he should be classified as a White or a Black Witch after their evaluations, and knowing who his father is, they're rather scared of him. This is because they think it's likely that he'll follow in his father's footsteps. This is why the 15-year-old Nathan finds himself at the hands of Celia, handcuffed and locked in a cage, waiting to turn 17 and receive his gift. Gift is a cute and happy word, but if these witches don't receive theirs, they die. 

I'm sure the world of witches is no stranger to most readers. Green must be aware of this because she wrote a story that even those who are familiar with witches can read in a single breath, use what they already know and still enjoy the excitement and suspense. First of all, our narrator being a male was refreshing for me because in YA, it's mostly females that tell their story. Also, there are obstacles in every story, yet what Green puts before Nathan are very, very dark, which makes you think about what he must be and will be feeling, how it'll all unravel. All through this, Nathan never seems to lose his sense of humor, which I guess is the only way he can hold on, and that makes you feel even more sorry for the poor thing.

The book is filled with as much light as the darkness. More like a "there's light at the end of the tunnel" kind of story, really. There's a romance when Nathan falls in love with Annalise, and his relationship with his brother Arran was very, very touching; you'll know what I mean when you read it especially if you have a brother or sister. Killing is in Nathan's blood, and most believe that he was made to kill. We will see in the next installments whether he will give in to the urge or not.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Title: The Diva Wraps It Up by: Krista Davis

Title: The Diva Wraps It Up
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: The Domestic Diva #8
Pages: 304
Format: Nook ebook
Source: Purchase

Description:

In the latest novel in the national bestselling Domestic Diva Mystery series, it’s beginning to look a lot like murder…

The holidays are domestic diva Sophie Winston’s favorite time of year. But this season, there seem to be more mishaps than mistletoe. First, Horace Scroggins tumbles from a balcony during his office Christmas party. Then, Sophie’s neighbor takes a fall from his ladder while decorating his roof with lights. But it’s the cookie swap that really starts her wondering who’s naughty or nice….

Sophie arrives at the annual event with high spirits and thirteen dozen chocolate-drizzled gingersnaps. But when an argument erupts and a murder ensues, it becomes clear that the recent string of events is anything but accidental. Now Sophie has to make a list of suspects…and check it twice!

My Thoughts: 

This was great to return to Old Town and see what everyone is up too.  In this book Sophie Winston is getting ready for Christmas.  At a Christmas party hosted by Horace Scroggins who ends up falling from his balcony with a dagger sticking out at him, he is rushed to the hospital to recover.  Then there is the cookie exchange party hosted by Gwen Sophie's neighbor. Of course Natasha and Gwen end up in a heated fight, and not long after that Gwen is murdered and stuffed into Natasha's carriage house.

There are so many secrets this Christmas season like who is related to whom?  How will Sophie and pals figure out who had the most to gain with Gwen out of the way?  And the mysterious Christmas letter listing lies and truths for the neighborhood to figure out.

I really wish Sophie and Mars would get together but that may just be wishful thinking on my part.  I like the relationship between the two and bring Wolf back into this book I just haven't figured out what to make of their new relationship.  Can the two find friendship when the love had died out.  Granted Sophie went beyond the extra mile for Wolf but can you just back peddle to friendship I'm not sure about.

I love Nina she is hilarious the way she is always finding the juiciest gossip and helping Sophie with her sleuthing.  I am a huge fan of Krista Davis she rocks at everything she turns her hand at!  Can't wait to see what in next for Sophie and her friends!


Review - The Rosie Project by: Graeme Simsion

Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 384
Format: E-book
Source: Personal purchase


Meet Don Tillman.
Don is getting married.
He just doesn't know who to yet.
But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman.

One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie.
Absolutely, completely, definitely not.

Don Tillman is a socially challenged genetics professor who's decided the time has come to find a wife. His questionnaire is intended to weed out anyone who's unsuitable. The trouble is, Don has rather high standards and doesn't really do flexible so, despite lots of takers, he's not having much success in identifying The One.

When Rosie Jarman comes to his office, Don assumes it's to apply for the Wife Project - and duly discounts her on the grounds she smokes, drinks, doesn't eat meat, and is incapable of punctuality. However, Rosie has no interest in becoming Mrs Tillman and is actually there to enlist Don's assistance in a professional capacity: to help her find her biological father.

Sometimes, though, you don't find love: love finds you...

My thoughts:

My favorite things about taking journeys is what I see as I get to where I'm trying to get to, what I hear and do on the way. I enjoy wondering people asleep at airports are dreaming about, witnessing posh ladies on flights snoring like bears, going through radio channels until I find a song I like, roll the windows down and sing it out loud when I find one. I like trying to read in the little light of a bus as the highway shakes underneath, hearing the whispers of other passenger while I go back and forth between being asleep or awake...

This is how I view reading books. To me, what makes reading magical is how the story unfolds even though the ending might be obvious. While reading The Rosie Project, the journey wasn't that interesting. There weren't any surprises. And the ending was way too obvious.
Don Tillman, the main character, suffers from a situation that I can only describe as Asperger's Syndrome, even though it's not at all mentioned in the book by this name. He has a "Wife Project" going on, in which he has come up with certain criteria for the woman who shall be his wife. He evaluates every women by the answers they give to the questionnaire he's prepared. One day, his best friend sends him a woman called Rosie, saying she's a candidate for the project. After their meeting and Rosie's answers to the "test," Don is sure Rosie is definitely NOT someone he'd like to marry. However, when he finds out that Rosie is trying to find out who her real father is, he decides to help her find him, which makes him start The Rosie Project.  

A professor of genetics, Don really is a corky character. If you imagine a much older and less fun version of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, you can understand what kind of character he is. He has a strict timetable. He knows way beforehand when and how long he'll sleep, what he'll do everyday, down to what's for dinner. Rosie, as you might imagine, becomes the woman who breaks Don's strict rules and timetables. Even though he doesn't realize it himself for a long time, Don falls in love with her. And he tried to change himself to her liking so Rosie will fall in love with her, since, lacking the average social skills, he's not aware that she already is. Him trying to change himself that much was the big thing that didn't sit well with me...

If you're looking for a cute, fast read for the summer, then I suggest you try out this book. But if you'd like to be surprised and swept off your feet, stay away from it.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Review: Thread End by: Amanda Lee



Title: Thread End
Author: Amanda Lee
Publisher Signet
Pages: 319
Series: An Embroidery Mystery
Format: Paperback 
Source: Great Escapes Tour

Description:

Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer is about to have the rug pulled out from under her....

Marcy can’t wait to see the new exhibit at the Tallulah Falls museum on antique tapestries and textiles, including beautiful kilim rugs. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to terror when, the day after the exhibition opens, she discovers a dead body behind her store, the Seven-Year Stitch, wrapped up in a most unusual fashion.

The victim appears to be a visiting art professor in town for the exhibit. Did someone decide to teach the professor a lesson, then attempt to sweep the evidence under the rug? Along with her boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, Marcy must unravel an intricate tapestry of deception to find a desperate killer.

My Thoughts:

In this book we meet shop owner Marcy Singer who is getting ready for an exhibit at the museum with her boyfriend Detective Ted Nash, and their friends.  The cops are on the lookout for a art thief who conveniently meets his demise not long after the exhibit.  Marcy has the unfortunate ability to be the one who found the dead body, and no between Ted, Marcy and their close friends they are determined to find out who killed the victim?  And what did they have to gain by committing murder?

Add to this murder is also a theft in the museum and all fingers are pointing at the curator.  Is the theft related to the murder and what is the connection between this and Mr. Cummings being around who previously had his art stolen by the victim or did he?  This book was incredible with all the mystery described in this book.  What is new to this type of cozy is having a theft and murder which makes people really want to know who's connected.

With the help of George the son of the murder victim Marcy is able to figure out who killed the professor and why he stole a painting.  This book had so much going on it was great!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Review: Maltipoos Are Murder by: Jacqui Lane



Title: Maltipoos Are Murder
Author: Jacqui Lane
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pages: 211
Format: ebook
Source: Great Escapes Tour

Description:

Can a murder investigation keep these opposites from attracting? 

Cara Rogers wants a fresh start after a slew of bad luck in Washington DC. Moving to Virginia to help her aunt run La Maison de Chien, a doggie spa, is just the peace of mind she needs. No stress. Just her aunt, the dogs, and wide-open country.

But when she finds Aunt Marian floating in the doggie swimming pool, the rest she so desperately needs flies out the window. The only witness to the death is Rex, an apricot maltipoo, and while he may not be able to talk, he’s communicating the only way he knows how—one paw at a time. And Rex’s clues lead to murder.

Can Cara keep the doggie spa afloat, convince Middleburg homicide detective Cole Sampson that Aunt Marian’s death was no accident, and keep Rex from the killer’s clutches before they all end up as dead as dogs?

My Thoughts: 

In this book like many others I've read the main character is having a dead person fall into their lap.  This one is made harder as the main character Cara Rogers is having a really bad year.  She moved to Virginia to help out her aunt with her doggy spa until Cara can fix her vet license and go back to D.C. to do what she does best care for animals.

When she finds her great aunt dead in the pool it's up to Cara to push the cop in charge of the case Cole Sampson to investigate and not just assume old age did her Aunt Marian in.  Right away you can sense the romance brewing between the two characters both unsure of where it will lead and being stubborn about even starting something.

There are so many possible murderers from a local teen working in the spa who was misbehaving while at work.  To angry pet parents as they are called in this book.  Trying to find out who had the most to gain made this book addicting.  I wasn't about to put it down it was so good and look forward to going back to Ms. Lane for future books to see how the residents are doing.  

I loved reading about the animals, their parents, and the community and how small and quaint it was especially the two couples that are mentioned Cara and Cole, and Cara's mom and J.D. a local attorney.  They just remind me of the cute older couple running around together.  Such a fun story.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Editorial: Throwback Thursday #1


I was on facebook today checking on things and notice alot of people participate in Throwback Thursday which is things from long ago that you share or mention and decided to incorporate it here.  So todays throwback will be my first post and Simay's first post when she joined us!

Title: Long Time Gone
Author: J.A. Jance
Pages: 448
Publisher: Avon
Series: J.P. Beaumont



Description:

 Two family tragedies 50 years apart challenge J.P. Beaumont, Seattle investigator for the Washington Special Homicide Investigation Team, in bestseller Jance's taut, colorful 17th entry in a series that started 20 years ago with Until Proven Guilty. The state attorney general assigns Beaumont a cold case after a nun, Sister Mary Katherine, reports horrific dreams that indicate a long-repressed memory of witnessing a murder. But he's distracted when the former wife of his best friend, Ron Peters, is killed and suspicion falls on Ron's family, causing havoc. Jance is smart enough not to combine the two disparate cases in anything but locale, but she forces Beaumont to choose between friendship and duty—his relationship with the distraught Peters family forbids him from working their case, but he aches to help. The clever and complex plot line involving the nun shows Jance at her best, revealing a coverup that still threatens after many decades. The Peters plot is a frightening lesson in miscommunication, and though the reader may suspect the murderer early on, the stunning motive is only slowly revealed. While Jance writes without the humor of an Ed McBain or Robert B. Parker, fans of those authors will appreciate Beaumont.

My Thoughts:

This is a great book it really has you turning just when you think you have it solved there is another twist that you aren't expecting. The main character is J.P. Beaumont who has been around for a while. He has moved up from Seattle P.D. to a special team

known as S.H.I.T squad. He has been put on a very cold case which proves to have many twists and turns through out the book. Should be a great read for anyone who likes a good story with twists and turns and a major surprise ending. I definitely give this book 5 cups! 


Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Pages: 369
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: ebook
Source: Kindle Store

Description:
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. 

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

My thoughts:

Anna Dressed in Blood is the story of the 17-year-old ghost hunter, Theseus Cassius Lowood (I can't continue without mentioning that no matter how  big a Shakespeare fan you are, you should never name your child this). When you read the synopsis, you can't help but hear this music in your head. Then you start reading, and it reads very much like a Supernatural episode. I love both these things, so, of course, I didn't have a problem with it.

Anna Dress in Blood was different from the other YA books I've read in many aspects. First of all, I liked that the narrator was male. Everyone calls him Cas for short because he has an impossible name. His father was a ghost hunter, and one can say that Cas is carrying on the family business. His mother knows what he does, and she helps him out, which was another thing that made this book different than many others. I was quite glad that there was no "what if mom/dad finds out?" drama this time. Cas and his mother move from city to city, wherever the dangerous ghosts lead them.

One day Cas goes after Anna Korlov's ghost. However, Anna isn't like the ghosts he's encountered before; she's not stuck in the moment of her death, unaware of what she's doing. In the end, as expected, Cas helps her get rid of the urge to kill, and they fall in love. I'm not sure how a human and ghost can be together really, but I have a feeling we will find out.

My favorite part about the book was Cas being portrayed as a regular 17-year old. Unlike most main characters in YA, he's not the odd-one-out or the most popular, the most lusted-after. He uses a special knife to kill ghosts, and it comes up more often than I like. And sometimes the "am I in love?" parts seem to continue for too long, but overall it's an enjoyable, quick read.


The next book in the series, Girl of Nightmares was released last month. I must admit I'm very curious about how Cas and Anna's relationship will continue, so I will be reading this one as well.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Editorial: My Plans Oh Me Oh My! What is she thinking?

Happy Monday to everyone I know let the groaning commence.  Monday has got to be the most hated day of the week as people go to work and some kids still have school.  Well I was reading other bloggers this weekend and noticed a theme which I am going to jump in on as well.  Reading the t-b-r list that is growing to insane levels.

What do you mean?  You may be asking yourself what the heck am I talking about.  


Like every other blogger out there we find books we want to read so we quickly add it to the coveted to be read list.  Well my list is insane I've got too many books and not enough days in the week to read them.  This happens all year round and it seems to be getting vastly out of control.  I'm sure others have lists just as bad.  So this summer aside from a few book tours 2 in June 2 in July I am going to be focusing on my to be read list because I have the ones from NetGalley I want to read, then there are the reading apps you know which apps you are Barnes and Noble Nook, and Kindle.  All total I would guess about 3,000 books all together then there are books that get sent to me for reviews.  I'm sorry if I haven't gotten to your book yet I'm working on it.


I want to be able at the end of the summer look back and looked at what I have been able to accomplish and be able to do a post about what I've read during the summer with total books and things like that so this summer will be playing catch up, because as many of you may know I got really sick this winter for like 3-4 months sick and really am regretting not being able to pick up a book then.

I also have series, trilogies etc that I would like to finish and put behind me.  Which ones you ask?  Well the Crossed series by Allie Condie, The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, books like those that I have the books in the trilogy but haven't gotten to them.  This weekend I was able to catch up more with the Iron Fey which was great I swear Julie is the Goddess of Faeries.  I also finished L. Filloon if you haven't read her trilogy you have to check them out they are so similar to Julie Kagawa's series just with Elves and not the Faeries.

So that is my summer agenda what is yours?  Feel free to share yours in the comments section I would love to see where everyone else is in their t-b-r list?  And out of curiosity how many t-b-r's do you have?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Review: Iron's Prophecy by: Julie Kagawa

Title: Iron's Prophecy
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 67
Series: The Iron Fey # 4.5
Format: ebook
Source: Purchase

Description:

Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child… 

My Thoughts: 

Meghan Chase is finally adjusting to being the Iron Queen with her knight by her side Ash when an Oracle appears to Meghan and warns of something that could destroy the courts to which Meghan, Ash and Puck team up again to find out what this Oracle is offering Meghan.  I enjoyed going back to the Iron Fey and seeing what everyone is up too and how they are adjusting to their various roles.  It was also great to be back with Meghan who only had a brief appearance in The Iron Knight!  Keep up the good work Ms. Kagawa!


Review: The Iron Knight by: Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Pages: 399
Format: ebook
Source: Purchase

Description:

My name - my True Name - is Ashallayn’ darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…
To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase - a half human, half fey slip of a girl - smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end - a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan's side.

To survive in the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Thoughts:

In this book Ash is trying to fulfill a promise he made to his Queen Meghan Chase to find a way to be at her side.  Along the way he picks up Puck, Grim (the cat), The Big Bad Wolf and a special friend we finally get to meet.

We also learn alot about what Ash has gone through when he was with the Winter Court and the things he's done.  He ends up going through many challenges where he has to face alot of crap he's put others through and how's he has to face the consequences of what he did how he treated people.

I loved watching Ash and Puck, but primarily Ash handle everything he has learned and the decisions he's made to get back to Meghan.  I really love this series and think it was great Ms. Kagawa gave Ash his own book so we can learn more about him.