Book Review: “The Forest Queen” by Betsy Cornwell

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.”

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While reading this book I LOVED all the original Robin Hood references like instead of Little John it was Little Jane, and even Mariam showed up in one of the scenes. Sylvie’s brother was the sheriff and was abusing the commoners just like in Robin Hood. There was even a robbery scene, even if it was only one.

Probably the best part of this book was the GIRL POWER! With Sylvie being the ultimate girl boss. She helped so many people and was the ultimate supporter. She had so many moments where I felt proud of her, whether it was her sticking up for self against her brother or comforting her new friend Little Jane, there was always some girl power that needed some proud recognition.

Thorny Features     

I’ve noticed that throughout my years of reading, I’m not the biggest fan of books with slow plots, and the plot in this book was slow. I was bored for most of the book because there wasn’t an exact direction where this book was going in. It just kind of flowed. Even when the plot did pick up, it wasn’t that exciting.

There were a few ‘gory’ scenes like Sylvie and Little Jane splitting and eating a heart together, and I’ll be honest, those scenes are just not for me. Even the first chapter is pretty descriptive when it talks about Sylvie hunting and killing a deer. Just a little warning, this book does contain mention of rape, suicide, and assault.

If you’ve been following my blog for long, you know I love romance, well not in this book. I feel like Sylvie and Bird just kind of ended up together at the end, there was no build to their relationship. I would have preferred if, throughout the book, it showed their relationship developing, even a few short scenes would have made a difference.

Final Thoughts     

Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. I loved the idea of this book, but this book just wasn’t for me. There were too many little things that just ruined the book for me. I liked the darker twist to Robin Hood as well as the women empowerment, but I don’t know if I would read this book again. I would recommend that you at least try reading this book because there were some nice qualities to this book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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✰ ‘The Forest Queen’ by Betsy Cornwell

Book Review: “Stolen Songbird” by Danielle L. Jensen

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…”

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Despite not really liking Cécile, the main character, I LOVED Tristan! He was so entertaining. His sarcastic remarks had me dying laughing. Even though he seemed very carefree and funny, Tristan was very caring and dedicated.

Now I’ll be honest, the plot took me a while to get into, which is a little strange considering I’ve read so many other books with similar plot lines. However, once the plot took its shape, I found the storyline to be much more entertaining and unique. Involving different aspects, I wouldn’t have even thought about. More plot twist took place, and I loved all the different twist and turns! Once the storyline took off, I couldn’t get this book out of my hands. So much so that when my book fell asleep my lofted bed when I was sleep tried using different things to get out. Hangers, tongs, but I just ended up squeezing my way in-between the window and the bed, lol.

Fun fact: I’m a sucker for a good family drama (Check out my blog post about some books with family drama), and this book had some difficult family dynamics between Tristan’s family. With the wicked king, strange queen, and insane brother, Tristan’s family was a handful. I enjoyed reading about their entertaining family.

Thorny Features

            I didn’t hate Cécile but, I didn’t love her either. Sure, there were moments where she was selfless and brave, but there were also moments where acted like a brat. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cécile, she was kind of irritating. Just the way her personality was in some of the dangerous scenes annoyed me. I felt like I was watching a scary movie and was yelling at the main character not to go into the basement.

The relationship between Cécile and Tristan had me conflicted. Sure, they had cute moments but, in my opinion, the whole relationship went by to fast. First there married and don’t talk, then they have one meaningful conversation and now it’s at the ‘I love you’ stage. I just didn’t get how fast it went by.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. The plot became a lot more enjoyable towards the end. With the different twist in turns, I finished this book in two days. Now even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cécile, I loved Tristan and the different layers to his character. The drama in this book reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl, but with trolls, haha. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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Book Review: ‘Wake’ by Amanda Hocking

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D E S C R I P T I O N
“Gemma Fisher seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now she’s falling harder for him every day. But Gemma doesn’t know that her ordinary life is about to change forever.

Penn, Lexi and Thea are strangers in town for the summer—and they’ve been watching her. Three sisters with mysterious powers, they invite Gemma to join their exclusive circle, and it changes her in ways she never imagined. Suddenly she’s stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.”

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For starters I found the plot of this book to be really entertaining. I found the idea of sirens to be unique and fun to read about. I think the whole idea of these beautiful girls who come to town only a couple of times a month and are this big mystery to be intriguing.

I found Gemma to be interesting. While she wasn’t the most unique character she was fun to read about. She has this care free personality but also seems to be very ambitious when it comes to her passion of swimming.

I thought the relationship with Alex and Gemma was cute. It’s your stereotypical boy next door situation just add a tail into the mix. They were sweet together and I thought Alex was ADORABLE. He had me giggling anytime he said anything.

If you do decide to read this book one thing that I found interesting was the backstory of the sirens. When Pen was talking about how they became sirens I liked how the author tied in Greek mythology. To me it made the book feel more authentic and interesting to read because it was surprising (unless you know a lot about Greek mythology, then maybe you already know, lol).

Thorny Features

I’ll be honest, I hated reading the chapters with Harper. In my opinion those chapters kind of ruined the book for me. I would be so engrossed about what was happening to Gemma in one chapter and then the next its talking about Harper and her feelings for Daniel. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t hate Harper’s characters, in fact, I feel like I could relate to her in some degree about being the older sibling but it was when the chapters were focused on her I ended up getting bored.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. Yes, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to other people. I know there is a second book to this series, but I’m not 100% sure if I want to read it. Maybe if I really don’t know what to read next then I’ll read it, but I’m not sure. I’ve read ‘Switched’ by Amanda Hocking and I loved it! So definitely make sure to go check out those books (link below). I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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Book Review: ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ by Anna Brashares

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them.

But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them.

Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye.

And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.”

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Ahh! I liked this book so much more than I thought I would! I remember watching the movie in middle school and absolutely loving it! I didn’t read the book but now I’m questioning why!! The book is so good! It has it all: romance, drama, humor, character growth and adventure!

On with the characters, I loved them. Each girl was different from the other. From looks, background to personality they were all completely different. I’m sitting here trying to decide who was my favorite character but I can’t. I loved them all! Don’t get me wrong they all had their own flaws, like Carmen was had her own jealousy and insecurities.

I didn’t expect to like reading about the different girl’s summer but I loved it! I found it refreshing. I would read an intense chapter with Tibby but then have a nice breezy chapter with Lena. I think reading the different stories was one of my favorite things about this book.

There were two different relationships Lena and Kostos and Bridget and Eric. It’s safe to say that they both have major issues. For starters Bridget and Eric have a bit of an age gap and he’s her camp counselor. While Lena and Kostos just have this horrible misunderstanding that las throughout the whole book.

The end of this book. Ohh it got me good. I felt like I just went on the most emotional rollercoaster ever! I was laughing. I was crying. I loved it!

Thorny Features

I honestly can’t think of one thing I didn’t like about this book. Just reading it brightened my mood.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I really enjoyed this book as you can tell and I would definitely recommend it to other people. I will say that I am sixteen and enjoyed reading this book so I don’t think this book is just for middle school students like I thought it would be. I liked how all of the girls were all different.  I think that made the book more enjoyable especially in the since that I could connect with each of the girls about something. I liked reading about the growth of the characters and I think other people will too. It was interesting reading about how the girls started out in this book and how they needed. I know there is a second book but ‘m not sure if I will read it. I will probably have to read some reviews and look over it. I just enjoyed the first book so much I wouldn’t want anything about the image of this book to change because of the second book. If you have read the second book let me know if it was good and if is worth reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

Book Review: ‘On The Fence’ by Kasie West

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.”

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I actually enjoyed the characters in this book, surprised gasp. I feel like the for the past couple blog post I haven’t really liked the characters in books. Charlie was charming. She was nice (most of the time), she had a fun personality. Even though Charlie’s life seems well-made, Charlie has a problem expressing her emotions. At the end that comes and bites her in the butt.

Charlie’s brothers were hilarious, especially Gage. They were friendly, but also protective over their little sister. I loved reading scenes with them in it because the brothers always made me smile. 🙂

The story was engaging. I liked reading about Charlies ‘double life’. While she was at home, she’s this crazy tomboy, and at work, she’s this girly model. Charlie starts to do more of the girly activities and slowly starts to change herself from who she really is to what a boy might like. Which becomes one of the conflicts as the book goes on.

Something that I loved was the connection between Charlie and Gage. They have these calm talks by the fence (hence the title of the book), and their feelings start to grow. Their relationship doesn’t start for a while, but it was definitely worth the wait. In my opinion, a slow and steady romance beats a fast and instant relationship. Charlie and Gage are both different when they are with other people, but when they are with each other you see a different side of both of them.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you know I LOVE plot twist! Well no spoilers from me, but just know that this book has one and it was a twist I didn’t expect that’s for sure.

Thorny Features

Even though I liked Charlie, sometimes she was annoying. Like I said earlier, Charlie had her own issues. She lied SO many times! It just got so annoying to the point where I was shaking the book. Ahhh

Maybe this is just my inner feminist, but I didn’t really like the way that some girls were portrayed in this book. I mean I get it, it’s just a book, but the book made it sound like there were only two types of girls either tomboys and girly girls. It was just annoying because I didn’t like reading about that type of stereotype.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. I liked this book, but I will say I had higher expectations going into this book. This book is short, so it’s super easy to read. Lots of entertaining moments. I would recommend this book just because it was fun to read. It’s the perfect sit by the pool and read a book type of book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

Book Review: ‘Sixteenth Summer’ by Michelle Dalton

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“Sixteenth Summer’ by Michelle Dalton

D E S C R I P T I O N

Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer on Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon, her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love.

But with every perfect afternoon, sweet kiss, and walk on the beach, Anna can’t ignore that the days are quickly growing shorter, and Will has to leave at the end of August. Anna’s never felt anything like this before, but when forever isn’t even a possibility, one summer doesn’t feel worth the promise of her heart breaking… ”

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If you’ve been following my blog for long you know I’m a sucker for a cute romance! Even if the book is terrible with a capital T, I can manage as long as there is a strong chemistry between the characters. Straight off the back I wasn’t a big fan of this book, but I will say that the romance between Anna and Will was ADORABLE! If you love a sweet young romance then I think you might enjoy this book.

Thorny Features

Now maybe I’m just being picky but when I read books I like there to be chapters. It not only leaves a good stopping point but it also just makes me feel better that I’m not just pausing at a random point of the book

Now on to the main character Anna. She was fine for most of the book but towards the end she was a little bit of a negative Nancy. She always thought about the bad things that were going to happen with her and Will’s relationship. While Will was happy with just living in the moment, Anna kept overanalyzing things and that got annoying after a while. I just wanted to yell “JUST BE HAPPY”

There wasn’t any real direction going on with the plot. It never really went anywhere. The whole book was just Will and Anna hanging out. Don’t get me wrong, there were cute moments but honestly, I got a little bored after a while.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. No, this book wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great. Out of all the books that I read this summer, this one is probably my least favorite. There were some sweet moments between Will and Anna but the whole book is pretty much just that. It got annoying after a while and that coming from someone who LOVES romance is a little weird. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

Book Review: “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

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“The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

D E S C R I P T I O N

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the future they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.”

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            One thing that I loved about this book was the complexity of the characters. If I could describe the Plumb family in one word, it would be dysfunctional. The oldest was Leo, and it’s safe to say that he’s a HOT MESS. He’s a player, irresponsible and makes stupid decisions. Next, there was Bea, and honestly, she wasn’t that involved in the book. There were a few chapters that were following her, but she wasn’t always in the book. Bea is an author and the closest sibling to Leo. The third sibling is Jack, and he was one of my favorites. He is ambitious, hard-working, sometimes a snob, but still one of the most intriguing characters. Last but not least there is the youngest sibling, Melody. Melody was an interesting character. She is the only one of her siblings who had children, and I found it interesting to watch her grow from being a mother.  Melody was quiet, but she definitely had a problem with spending money. My favorite characters were Jack and Melody. I liked reading their chapters the most, and I found them the most interesting.

            I did like reading about the relationships in this book. I loved the inclusivity with Walker being gay and Nora, Melody’s daughter questioning her sexuality. Leo was a hot mess in the relationship department. He’s going through, a divorce, he starts up with an old fling, which leads to a big surprise. He is the king of terrible relationships. Bea starts things up with a guy, but it’s not really focused on.

Thorny Features

            The plot was something I had mixed feelings about. I love a well-structured plot with a clear problem, but this story seemed a little off. At first, it was about the Plumb family trying to get their trust fund, The Nest, but that isn’t mentioned as much towards the end of the book. Then Leo its all about finding Leo. There wasn’t a set problem. There were lots of moments that I found entertaining to read, and even though the plot was kind of messy, it was still entertaining to read.

            There were some moments in this book that was kind of confusing. Like I didn’t understand anything that involved Matilda. Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention, but I wished it just stuck to the Plumb family.

            This book talks about the rocky relationship between the Plumb siblings and their mother, but it only mentions it a couple of times. I wished there were more scenes with the mom involved, I think that would help explain why this family was so dysfunctional.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. This book wasn’t bad, and it had some interesting moments. I liked the complexity of the characters. If you liked watching Lorelai’s wealthy life and her struggles with her mom and dad, then I think you will like this book. There were some things that I wasn’t a big fan of in this book, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.

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✰ ‘The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Book Review: “Sudden Frost” by Anna Giblin

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“Sudden Frost” by Anna Giblin

D E S C R I P T I O N

“Sometimes the scariest parts of the world reside in your mind.

A voice has echoed in seventeen-year-old Vivian Frost’s head for years, tormenting her at every turn. While the therapists say it’s a coping mechanism and the nuns sing a far more sinister tune, Vivian just wants to believe it out of existence. When she wakes from a nightmare in excruciating pain, she’s left with three haunting words and no way out.

Something that laid dormant inside her for years is threatening to claw itself out, and change her forever. Will Vivian be able to rise above her limits, or will this inner darkness win?”

Out of all the books I’ve read so far from kindle unlimited “Sudden Frost” was one of the most interesting books but it was also the messiest book.

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            While reading the synopsis of this book I thought it was kind of interesting that Vivien, has this voice in her head. As creepy as it sounds, to me it made the book so much more unique. Because the author described the voice vaguely I liked how I got to make my own ideas about the voice. I would ask like is the voice a boy or a girl? Is it evil or good? Is Vivien a werewolf and the voice is her wolf? Yeah, the voice popped up a lot of questions in my head.

            I didn’t mind Vivien. She was average. She has her own struggles. Like her insecurities with her adoptive family, her curiosity to know more about the voice in her head but also the feelings that she’s feeling for the boy she just met Aiden. I didn’t mind Vivien but if the book was a little bit longer I would have liked to read more about her.

Thorny Features

            The plot was a HOT MESS! One second Vivien is working with friends then she’s kidnapped by these two guys. Her hair was dyed TWICE, which confused me because it was just random. The conflict didn’t completely connect until the end of the book, which I didn’t mind but I wished everything connected a little bit earlier.

            The romance between Aiden and Vivien seemed to lack chemistry. The talked only a couple times but by the end of the book they were together and I felt SO lost. Were they soulmates? Did I accidently skip a chapter? At first everything felt so slow and they were taking there time but towards the end everything was rushed.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 1.5 out of 5. Another harsh review. This book had some really interesting moments especially in the beginning but towards the end I found myself getting bored and lost. Things went into overdrive and all of a sudden her and Aiden are together, she finds out who she really is and so much more is revealed but it just happened so fast! This book is REALLY short, 162 pages and all. It was a fast read, I started and finished this book in one day. I might recommend this book but it just depends on what you like. Ok so random fact, I don’t see how the tittle, “Sudden Frost” has to do with the book. Sometimes tittles have nothing to do with the book but this just had NOTHING to do with the book. Anyways I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

Book Review:”House of Darken” by Jaymin Eve

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“House of Darken” by Jaymin Eve

D E S C R I P T I O N

“When Emma moves to Astoria, Oregon, she is given two rules:

#1 – Don’t cross to “their” side of the street.

#2 – Don’t mess with the elites, especially Lexen Darken, top elite and resident bad boy.

While she finds this both weird and insulting, Emma has no actual intention of breaking these rules – until her guardians go missing. Now all bets are off. Only a single line separates her side of the street from the elites’, and she’s crossing it.

Captured and held by Lexen and his brothers, she learns the rules are in place for a very good reason. There’s a secret world hidden in this small town which goes far beyond the one she knows and understands.

A world not for humans.”

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            I’ll admit, when deciding which book to read this week this book immediately caught my eye because of the pretty cover but once I read the description I was intrigued. I was curious about what supernatural being the Darken brothers were so I read the book and found out!

            One thing that I really loved about this book were the characters. Emma’s personality was hilarious and I loved how complete opposites her and Lexen were. Lexen was a major snob when I first read about him but as I continued reading I began to like him more. The Darken brothers were all different and unique, plus who doesn’t love that overprotective brother moment. This book definitely had a few of those.

            Who doesn’t love aliens? I am definitely an alien romance book lover ever since I read ‘Obsidian’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book there were aliens but with a little fantasy twist. It was interesting and I think because it had that fantasy twist it made this book a little bit different from other alien romance books.

            The romance in this book was great! It started out as a love hate relationship but developed into something more. There were lots of sweet moments that made me happy and I found it really entertaining When Emma and Lexen fought.

            The storyline was engaging. It kept me interested and was interesting to read the whole time. There was never a dull moment while reading this book.

            Be prepared for LOTS of twist. I’m an absolute sucker for plot twist so enjoyed each and every twist that the author threw at me!

Thorny Features

            The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of were that the action scenes weren’t that long and engaging. I feel like I would start the action scene and as soon as it started it would end. I feel like I could put this book on pause and then go back because it just wasn’t that interesting.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this a 4 out of 5. This book is definitely not a bad. It was interesting and engaging to read. I liked reading about the Darken family and how they were all so different. This book was fun and I definitely recommend reading it because it was a nice light hearted read. It had that Gossip Girl prep school vibe, with family drama like The Originals but just add aliens and boom that’s “House of Darken” for ya. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.