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Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

#14 Cruel Beauty

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Title: Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe)

Author: Rosamund Hodge

Release Date/Publisher: Published January 28th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

Borrowed: Trade Paperback (342 pages)

Finished: July 12th 2014

Series: Cruel Beauty Universe

  1. Cruel Beauty
  2. Gilded Ashes

 

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

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Review: A Dark Faerie Tale Series Omnibus by Alexia Purdy

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This Omnibus was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I decided to write a review for each book individually.

Title: A Dark Faerie Tale Series Omnibus Edition

Author: Alexia Purdy

Published: July 7th 2013 by Lyrical Lit. Publishing

Own (Review Copy): Kindle (588 pages)

Started: July 29, 2014

Finished: September 16, 2014

Series:

  1. Evangeline
  2. Ever Shade
  3. Ever Fire
  4. Ever Winter
  5. The Cursed
  6. Ever Wrath (not included in Omnibus)

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Shade is thrown into the Land of Faerie when she meets a mysterious Teleen warrior, made of fire and electricity. Sent on a journey to obtain a rare magic only she can wield to save the Seelie forces against the Unseelie armies, she discovers her unique inner magic and possibly a difficult choice in love.

The Unseelie Queen Aveta is not one to trifle with. She hunts Shade down for her own devices and will destroy everything Shade loves to get what she wants.

After barely escaping the clutches of the Unseelie and stripped of her newfound magic, Shade journeys to the Ice Kingdom, The Great Divide, to hopefully retrieve her bound up powers from an Ancient Faerie King named Corb− but loses her memories instead. Alongside her body-guard Dylan, a former Captain of the Teleen Guard, she lays havoc to the Ice King’s fortress and forces their return to the Teleen kingdom. Hurrying to reach the Southern Realm, Shade claims her rightful throne and prepares for the upcoming battle with the Unseelie army.

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Review: Gateway to Faerie by M.D. Bowden

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Title: Gateway to Faerie (Gateway to Faerie #1)

Author: M.D. Bowden

Release Date/Publisher: Published July 15th 2013

Own: Kindle (269 pages)

Started: June 21st 2014

Finished: June 29th 2014

Series: Gateway to Faerie

  1. Gateway to Faerie
  2. Bell Stone

 

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Set two hundred years after the world has been destroyed by a terrifying faerie invasion, Fayth Blackman is busy studying for her final exams. She has no idea that a gateway has opened to the land of Faerie and that dark haunting creatures are filtering through into her own world. But then tragedy strikes and her life turns upside down. She finds out that she is the descendent of a powerful faerie, and that the key to closing the gateway is in her blood. She must embark on a dangerous quest to find the Bell Stone, and with it stop the world from being destroyed once more. But can she make it in time?

Follow Fayth on her quest for the Bell Stone in ‘Gateway to Faerie.

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Review: Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy

#6 Reign of Blood

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Title: Reign of Blood (Reign of Blood #1)

Author: Alexia Purdy

Release Date/Publisher: Published April 27th 2012 by Lyrical Lit. Publishing

Own: Kindle (319)

Finished: May 23rd 2014

Series: Reign of Blood

  1. Reign of Blood
  2. Disarming
  3. Amplified

 

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Never tease anything that wants to eat you.

My name is April Tate and my blood is the new gold. Vampires and hybrids have overrun my world, once vibrant with life, but now a graveyard of death shrouded in shadows. I fight to survive; I fight for my mother and brother. The journey is full of turns that I am quite unprepared for. And I’m just hoping to make it to the next Vegas sunrise…”

In a post-apocalyptic world, a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth’s population, leaving behind few humans but untold numbers of mutated vampires. April is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after the outbreak. She has become a ferocious vampire killer and after her family is abducted, she goes searching for them. What she finds is a new breed of vampire, unlike any she has seen before. Unsure of whom she can trust, she discovers that her view of the world is not as black and white as she once thought, and she’s willing to bend the rules to rescue her family. But in trying to save them, she may only succeed in bringing her fragile world crashing down around her.

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Review: Airel by Aaron Patterson

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Title: Airel (The Airel Saga #1)

Author: Aaron Patterson

Release Date/Publisher: Published August 31st 2011 by StoneHouse Ink (First published May 1st 2011)

Own: Kindle (186 pages)

Finished: May 12th 2014

Series: Airel Saga

  1. Airel: The Awakening
  2. Airel: The Discovering
  3. Michael: The Curse
  4. Michael: The Mark
  5. Uriel: The Inheritance
  6. Uriel: The Price

 

Synopsis from GoodReads:

All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there’s Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous…and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything. Airel knew change would be an inevitable part of life. But can she hold on when murder and darkness begin to close in and take away everything she loves? Will she have what it takes when the truth is finally revealed?

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