Romance

The Gathering Storm (Daughters of the People #6)

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Summary:

Born a Viking and an immortal warrior of the People, Sigrid Glyvynsdatter has spent her entire life chasing wars and men, not necessarily in that order. Now one of the People's leading geneticists, she longs for the thrill of battle and the spoils of war. Even her work on the recently discovered Bones of the Just isn't enough to break the routine boredom she's fallen into.

Until Will Corbin snags her attention with a stolen kiss.

Will has been watching Sigrid from behind the bar of his parents' pub since she walked through its doors two years ago. In a fit of exasperation, he dares to kiss the woman he's wanted for so long, risking her wrath and his life.

But will that one kiss lead to something more, or will the forces aligned against them destroy the fragile attraction stretching between Will and Sigrid before they can fall in love? (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author and I voluntarily chose to write a review

Review:

In this much-awaited book we finally get to find out (some!) what happens next in the world of the People and what is yet to come with the Shadow.  Will is one of the characters I was hoping would end up with a happy ending and I was happy to hear that he was the focus of this book along with Sigrid.  Sigrid is an interesting character who has been a daughter much longer than many and in an interesting way has a both more and less flexibility because of it.

I found this book to be a little less intense than some of the previous books, but that is partially in the nature of the topic being based locally for the People.  This was a book that had a lot of setup for the next books to come so it will be particularly interesting to see what happens as they start to bring the different stakeholders together.  All in all it was wonderful to be thrown back into the series and I cannot wait to hear what happens next!

Warning: Contains violence and repeated sexual content.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of kickass women and the series – start at the beginning though!

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Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)

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Summary:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica-the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both-and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was a beast of a book, but I didn’t find it dragging on or repetitive.  There are some parts that perhaps could have been shortened, but overall I enjoyed the character development and the slower pace of relationships building.  Chaol and Yrene deserved the time to develop more as authentic characters as themselves rather than the side character they somewhat were relegated to up to this point.  (And if you hadn’t read the novellas you wouldn’t know Yrene at all!).  It was a bit of fresh air after the intensity of Aelin and crew in the series as well.  I went to an author event with Sarah J. Maas and she actually said she found it therapeutic to have a bit of a different change of pace for her as well!

Two of the things I really liked about the book was Maas’ thoughtfulness in the world-building and creating a place that had a taste of authentic history interspersed with the fantasy world.  She also made some very conscientious choices in disability representation.  Diversity in writing shouldn’t be something that needs to be called out and I appreciate that Maas always makes it a matter-of-fact item rather than something that’s supposed to be novel and controversial.

All in all, this was a fantastic continuation of the series and I cannot wait for the final book in the series!  Considering I wasn’t sold on the idea of this “distraction” book, there are a lot of things that are tied together well and set up a lot for the finale!

Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of the series otherwise I think you’d be fairly lost

Want to read the whole series?

Finding the Dream (Dream Trilogy #3)

Finding the Dream

Summary:

In the final novel of Nora Roberts’s Dream Trilogy, Laura struggles to mend a broken heart and broken family—until someone from her past makes all of her dreams come true … 

Laura Templeton found out the hard way that nothing in life is guaranteed. The daughter of a wealthy hotelier, she had always known comfort, privilege, and security. But by the age of thirty, her storybook marriage had been destroyed by her husband’s infidelity. Laura’s divorce left her both emotionally and financially devastated—but determined to rebuild her life without the Templeton fortune. 

Laura had always defined herself as a wife, a daughter, or a mother. Now, she must finally discover Laura the woman ...(Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

At first, I thought this was the weakest book in the series, but the finale of the book pulls it through into being just as good.  Laura can come across almost like a pushover simply because she lets her strength shine through in a subtler way.  With the fallout of all the chaos of her marriage she’s forced to face some unfortunate decisions and Mick doesn’t see that right away.

Mick drove me nuts before he was able to see a little more clearly and, in fact, I really dislike some of his internal dialogue around Laura.  That being said, he’s forgiven as he gets quite a few shoves in the right direction from everyone around him.  The Templeton family up in the house has their eye on Laura and Mick, for better or for worse, and in that way this book reminded me of the “In the Garden” series by Roberts as well.  I think Roberts wraps up the series in a somewhat predictable, but very satisfying way that left me content with the way things turned out.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of the previous two books, if you don’t start with those the ending of this book isn’t going to fit very well!

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Heart of the Sea (The Gallaghers #3)

Heart of the Sea

Summary:

The breathtaking conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with “Jewels of the Sun” and “Tears of the Moon”...

Darcy Gallagher has always believed in the pull of fate, the magic of legend... and the importance of money. She longs to find a rich man who will sweep her away - into a world filled with glamour and adventure, and the exotic life that is her destiny...

A wealthy businessman with Irish blood, Trevor Magee has come to Ardmore to build a theater - and uncover the secrets hidden in his family's past. He thought he had given up on love long ago, but Darcy Gallagher tempts him like no woman ever has. She's gorgeous, intelligent, and she knows what she wants - and he's more than willing to give it to her. But as their mutual attraction flares into passion, they look into their hearts - and find out what happens when you truly believe...  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

Darcy is the woman who adds a dramatic flair to the Gallaghers and isn’t afraid the flaunt what she has.  There’s something you have to respect about a woman who knows her own mind and heart and unapologetically goes for it.  I think that everyone could handle a little more Darcy in their life.

Trevor on the other hand is so eager to push everyone away that sometimes it seems that he misses what’s right in front of him.  I like that he has to start to open himself up while also balancing a business around the world.  Both of them need to learn what might be hidden in their hearts while also pursuing their dreams.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans who enjoy a flair of fantasy, but it’ll be a bit confusing if you don’t read the others in the series first.

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