Heart of the Raven Blog Tour

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So I guess this is the last post on my blog.

The blog tour for Heart of the Raven is stopping by my blog today. This is the 5th book in the Amaranthine series.

Heart of the RavenTitle: Heart of the Raven
Author: Joleene Naylor
Series:  Amaranthine #5
Release Date: March 2013
Pages: 845 pages (ebook)

Rating  3.5 Stars

Goodreads Summary

A myth with the power to destroy the world…

Katelina has barely recovered from the chaos of Malick’s revolt, yet she and Jorick must go to Munich to testify before the True Council. All hopes of a vacation are dashed when they’re assigned an entourage that includes Verchiel, a vampire Katelina never wants to see again.

Her hatred is forgotten when Malick and his henchmen penetrate the stronghold in Munich. Jorick hijacks the trip and diverts them on a quest to reclaim the Heart of the Raven. Said to be the disembodied heart of Lilith, the relic may be more reality than myth, and if it falls into the wrong hands it could have disastrous consequences for the world. Can they reach its hiding place before Malick?

The fifth installment of the Amaranthine series sees Jorick and Katelina draw closer as they surround themselves with their own miniature army to outwit the machinations of the ancient master. Katelina grows stronger and learns to stand on her own because there’s no room for the fainthearted in a world where darkness is eternal and the night tastes like blood.


I ended up reading this book without reading the other books in the series. Despite this I was actually able to follow the story and enjoy it. There is something to be said about a book that doesn’t require you to read the other books in the series and can stand on its own. Of course if I had had time to read the other books it would have helped me understand the world this book takes place in a whole lot better.

The opening of this book was really great. The author starts us off with the myth this book will revolve around. However even with the great opening, there were some parts in the book that weren’t so great and some parts that definitely made me jump up in excitement.

The characters are rather interesting, I liked some, I didn’t like some and some of them were fishy. My favorite character was definitely Verchiel, he’s funny and always helps lighten the mood. I am not exactly sure about what he did in the previous book to hurt Katelina but I think he really did feel bad about it. Neil is another one of my favorite characters because it’s so rare to see a vampire that is not sure of himself. They are always shown as strong and cocky. The fact that the author included a character like Neil makes the vampires seem like a whole other race instead of a bunch of evil creeps that sleep in coffins.

I am not sure how I felt about our main character. She seems so dependent on Jorick but then there are those times she won’t take shit from anyone. She doesn’t just randomly go around making a bigger mess of things and actually does listen to what Jorick tells her to do in extreme situations. I don’t think it’s a bad thing for a character to listen to instructions if it’s going to end up saving them, I think it shows that they are smart. But again there are times when she sits around doing nothing waiting for Jorick to come and save the day. She also tends to make silly remarks which makes me question the fact that she is actually in her late 20’s (or so).

Jorick kind of annoys me. He is always bossing Katelina around and despite the fact that his girlfriend is a human he is always looking down on humans. He also cannot take a joke really well and is ready to beat the hell out of anyone who looks at Katelina the wrong way (this is an exaggeration of course). Even with my issues with Jorick, there are moments when he does shine, because he is kind of clever.

I am not sure I can comment on the world building because this being the 5th book, the author has already established that so there isn’t much for me to say.

The plot is interesting. As I’ve mentioned the opening of the book introduces us to the myth that this book will revolve around. We start off with Jorick and Katelina going to Munich to stand before the True Council and from there things get interesting. These guys are always on the run trying to figure out an ancient mystery and running away from the bad guys.

The ending is satisfying and the last few pages of the book… *fans self* *whew* so much action. After reading this book I definitely plan on picking up the previous books and maybe I’ll even try out the 6th book.

I think everyone should give this book a try.


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About the author:
Joleene Naylor grew up in southwest Iowa surrounded by soybeans, corn and very little entertainment – so she made her own. She has been writing and drawing since she was a small child, with a particular leaning towards fantasy, horror and paranormal. It is this love of all that goes bump in the night that led her to write the Amaranthine series.
In her spare time she is a freelance artist, book cover designer and photographer. Her current projects include the sixth novel in the Amaranthine series, and The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy, a web manga collaboration with writer Jonathan Harvey. Joleene maintains blogs full of odd ramblings and hopes to win the lottery. Until she does, she and her husband live near Bolivar Missouri with their miniature zoo. However, unless she starts buying tickets she may never win anything.

Find Joleene on Her Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Her Website | Goodreads


Follow the rest of the blog tour:
http://liftyouup.blogspot.com – author interview
http://booksbycenteno.com – review
http://pennyforthem1.blogspot.co.uk – review
http://bookeatereviews.blogspot.com/ – guest post
https://rashikathebookowl.wordpress.com/ – review
http://mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/ – excerpt reveal
http://phoenixwriter.spruz.com – review
www.crimsonflowerreview.com – excerpt reveal
http://wiccawitch4.blogspot.ca/ – character interview

Moving to a new blog

Hey guys.

So I am going to be blogging on a new blog starting at the end of the week and  I won’t be posting anything here.
I’ve had a great 3 months here and I am thankful for all my followers for reading my reviews. It made me feel a lot more sure about myself.

In the three months I was blogging here I’ve learned so much more about writing good reviews and I met some really interesting people.

I hope you guys decide to join me on my new blog with my co-blogger Paulina.

Check out the blog: http://tangledinpages.blogspot.com

The official launch won’t be until tomorrow because we are still sorting some stuff out.

Thanks for reading my blog and hopefully I’ll see you on my new blog as well.

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Title: Golden
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon & Schuster books for Young Readers
Release Date:  May 14, 2013
Pages: 288 pages (hardcover)

Rating 5 stars

Goodreads Summary

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Every once in a while you run across a book which really makes you think.

There were a couple of things that attracted me to this book, for starters there were some really great reviews about this one and I am kind of a fan of Frost so I was intrigued about what the author was going to do. Although this book doesn’t focus on Frost it does talk about some of his ideas. The good reviews made me want to see how much Jessi had grown. I read In Honor a while ago and I wasn’t particularly impressed but I really wanted to give this book a chance.

It’s amazing to see how much she has grown. There is so much more depth and meaning to her work.

The way she writes is amazing; the whole book had this fantastical feel to it. I was just sitting there trying to read the whole book in one go because I didn’t want to stop.

Parker is one of my favorite female leads. She is relatable and down to Earth. She has her own issues but she isn’t a broken human. Most of us normal people here have issues, they affect us and define us but they don’t necessarily break us. One of my favorite things in this novel was to see her grow from the awkward person she was to someone who was willing to take more risks. She didn’t have a complete personality transplant by the end of the book but it was great to see her stand up for things that were important to her.

Kat was a great friend. The author could have portrayed her as a boy crazy girl or someone who pushed Parker so much that Parker couldn’t stand it. Kat could have easily been someone I hated but I didn’t. The author did a great job with her. She was supportive and always trying to get Parker to let loose a little because she was always strung so tight. She stood by with Parker through her crazy plans and tried to push her in the right direction.

Trevor was an interesting guy; I wish we got to learn more about him but this book isn’t about their relationship. The focus isn’t on who Trevor is but the role he plays in changing Parker.

Parker’s mom has always made choices for her and pushed her to do things she might not have chosen on her own. Most of the things Parker has done were because she wanted to please her mom. I wish we could have seen more development in their relationship but I don’t necessarily mind the fact there wasn’t. Change takes time and I believe eventually her mother will understand as well.

Now the actual plot isn’t so much of a mystery as more of a story about how the choices you’ve made can change things. There is some mystery of course with Parker piecing everything together but the real plot revolves around Julianna and her choices and how those lead Parker to think more about her own choices.

Julianna is a girl hidden behind the labels she has been given and what people expect from her. Everyone believes her and Shane to be the golden couple, and once upon a time they were but now Julianna starts to doubt the reality of their relationship when she realizes that she has no real friends and her life revolves around Shane.

Had the main character been Julianna instead of Parker I might have not understood the love triangle of sorts going one, but through Parker, I got to look at things through another angle, her choices made a lot more sense and I was able to see how confused Julianna was because she wasn’t sure what was the right and the wrong choice.

In the end this book is about finding yourself, about breaking that barrier between what people expect from you and what you want.

The romance in this book is well done, from the small romance between Trevor and Parker to the whole Shane/Julianna /Orion triangle. The romance on Julianna’s side is rather bittersweet though, Orion isn’t a better than Shane or vice versa, it’s about who is better for Julianna because they do both love her. I just wish things turned out better for Julianna.

The ending is kind of open and I am not sure how I feel about that, on one hand I should be happy because I believe things did turn out the way I wanted them to but we don’t know for sure.

I recommend this book to everyone who loves a good contemporary novel that goes beyond just a romance.

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman

Title: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
Author: Alison Goodman
Series: Eon #1
Publisher: Viking
Release Date: December 26, 2008
Pages: 531 pages (hardcover)

Goodreads Summary

Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he’ll be able to apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragon-eye, the human link to an energy dragon’s power. It is forbidden for females to practice the Dragon Magic and, if discovered, Eon faces a terrible death. After a dazzling sword ceremony, Eon’s affinity with the twelve dragons catapults him into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, where he makes a powerful enemy, Lord Ido.

This book was a bundle of awesome. I am so glad I read it; although I am sure my librarian is happier I finally returned it.

It took me a long time to get around to this and even when I did I stopped reading when I found it there might be a love triangle in the sequel. Lucky for me there are nice people in the world and they cleared that up for me and so I continued reading.

I don’t pick up fantasy often mostly because it is a special genre; I don’t want to read anything in this genre that I am not sure won’t blow my mind.

From the plot, to the characters to the world building, everything was done very well in this book, so it’s safe to say my mind was blown.

It took me a while to write this review because my brain was too scattered to actually come up with anything that would justify this book.

There were times I wanted to smack Eon in the face because she didn’t realize the truth of what she was and didn’t want to embrace it but I understood it. I couldn’t call her stupid because if people knew she would be screwed (even though at one point I did exactly that).

The characters in this book are somewhat complicated, not all of them are likeable but that doesn’t mean you hate them. You never understand what their motives are because that’s what life at court is like; there are tons of politics, sides and my favorite, secrets. The secondary characters are well developed and also happen to be my favorites (Lady Dela, Ryko, Rilla and Chart).

The world building is done beautifully. It’s amazing how much of the culture Goodman incorporated into this book.

The plot was rather interesting, we know who the bad guy is but I think this first book was meant as an introduction into this world and the sequel is where we’ll learn more about the dragons and have tons of fighting scenes. Beside that what made the plot really interesting was what was going on in the court. It’s a very interesting place, plus.. the prince.

I believe book does the fantasy genre justice; it has action, a strong female lead, a good plot, great world building and my personal favorite, DRAGONS! So I recommend it to everyone who loves the genre as well.

I look forward to reading the sequel and seeing how the romance works out.

Waiting On Wednesday #11

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Title: Sweet Peril
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Pages: 374 pages (paperback)

Goodreads Summary

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things. 

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

My Thoughts: So… I loved Sweet Evil and I am pretty sure plenty of people have already used this for the WoW but still. The first book was awesome and I hope the second is more so. I already ordered it and I am waiting for it to come to me..😀

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan Cover

Here is the blurb:

Free from bonds, but not each other

It’s time to choose sides… On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?’

So holy effing shit. Untold has a cover. Oh My God. My feels! I’ve been waiting for this book for too long… I need it to be published sooner and now with this pretty cover… how will I survive? I didn’t even know there was a cover like until a few minutes ago and I was like wait a second.. is this for MY Untold? and and I clicked on it and. Oh my god. Excuse me while I go fan girl a bit.

Rush by Eve Silver

Title: Rush
Author: Eve Silver
Series: The Game #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Pages: 352 pages (hardcover)

Rating 3 stars

Goodreads Summary

“So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?”

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

After I requested this book it took me a while to get around to it because I was kind of nervous about the whole ‘game’ concept. I am not a gamer so I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to enjoy this book or not but because of my obsession with the sci fic genre I finally picked it up (that and I kind of had to review this).

But because I couldn’t overcome some of my minor problems with the book, I ended up not enjoying huge chunks of it.

I am glad however that the ‘game’ part of the book was epic. I guess I should have never worried about that one because shooting evil aliens is always going to be cool (jk. No offense to aliens). Add to that the whole game like structure of this alternative reality. It was definitely something I could enjoy and this is coming from someone who despises gaming (I suck at it that’s why).

The relationships between her dad and her friends aren’t as well developed as I would have liked. There were some issues between her and her dad that were briefly looked at but no steps are taken. As for her friends, Carly is the only one who was focused on and frankly, I dislike her. She is a boy crazy girl, which I could have overlooked if there was more to her character. Carly fights with her best friend because of a guy and doesn’t even try to listen to the whole story. Hello woman since when do guys have the ability to separate best friends?

Miki is an interesting character, she has some issues and they do define her to a certain degree but really I rather like her. The little bit about her obsession with having control goes as far to her eating habits but I get it. Her mother died because of cancer she doesn’t want to have something like that dropped on her out of nowhere, she wants to be in charge of herself.  One of the other great things about her is she always asks the right questions. Sometimes you’ll sit there wondering if she can read your mind.

However, I cannot declare her awesome. I am so tired of having my female lead fall for the asshole. What is it about assholes that calls out to them? Oh please. Don’t throw the tortured asshole cliché at me.

“He pulls emotions out of me that I’m not used to feeling”.

Uh huh. I don’t even know what to say to this. How can someone say that and not expect me to think that this is cheesy. She barely even knows the guy at this point.

Why cannot characters be upfront? Luka, who clearly has had shit happen to him, wasn’t an asshole. So don’t tell me it cannot be done. Layers are interesting in a character if the top layer isn’t asshole. I would have been a lot more sympathetic towards Jackson had he not been such an ass and said things like:

“I’m trying to stay away from you, I’m not a good guy Miki”

No. Don’t say that if you want me to like you. NOPE.

I guess two things I can appreciate about him is the fact that the author doesn’t focus on how hot this guy is and his determination.

For those wondering if there is a love triangle, there wasn’t one but maybe it might be possible in the future. Luka seems to be interested but he isn’t really given a shot. There are a couple of stare downs between Jackson and Luka which pissed me off because at this point neither have made a move on her so they don’t have a right to claim her, aside from the fact that she isn’t something you can claim or fight over. Yeah after that I wasn’t such a big fan of Luka either.

The “I Love Yous” came out of the blue (uninvited). I was really surprised. I was hoping for more development because I am not sure they even knew each other well enough to make those declarations.

Also a warning for those who detest cliff hangers, the ending isn’t pretty.

I really wish this book had focused more on the science fiction part of the book and developed it more because my favorite scenes where when they were fighting. Had the focus been less on the relationship/school drama and more on the pure awesomness of the world the author had created this book just might have been a 5 star deal.

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Title: Another Little Piece
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Pages: 432 pages (hardcover)

Rating 4 stars

Goodreads Summary

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.

Another Little Piece is one of the most interesting books I’ve read this year. I’ve been exploring the paranormal genre lately, although most of my focus was on Urban Fantasy, and I haven’t come across something this original in a while. Last year I found Nevermore and this year I found Another Little Piece.

This book opens on a great note. I was pretty sure I was going to love it right then except I didn’t. About half way through the book I was kind of bored and wanted nothing more than to skip to the end and finish the book but I couldn’t do that seeing that it was a book from the publisher. I am glad, so glad I didn’t give up.

It is a difficult book, the flash backs come out of nowhere and it’s confusing but that’s the point! It’s about a girl who lost her memory her flash backs aren’t exactly supposed to make sense to us if she cannot make sense of them.

I love how the author gives us the chance to experience the journey with the character, with her we slowly connect the pieces and put together the puzzle and it isn’t until near the end that we see the big picture. The author doesn’t try to give the reader clues..she gives them to the character and through her to us. I guess that’s the beauty of it and that is also why after the first half I wanted to give the book a rating between 2-3 because I was confused out of my mind.

The second part however is worth a million stars. Things start to finally make sense, things click and I can see how much Anna has really changed as a character.

One of the things I really loved about the book was the poems by Annaliese. They were so beautiful and talked about such real things. There was this one that really really got to me. They were also the one thing that urged me to read on when I felt lost after the first half.

The paranormal aspect of this book is *goes to look up a word that will convey what I am trying to say* *doesn’t find one* STUNNING. It’s unique. There are some people who turn to dust, who want to bite people (no not vampires or werewolves), traditional witches, creepy physicians (that’s what they call him, he could be the devil for all that they know about him), the perfect revenge, the perfect love (lust), special razors. I am not going to explain further, it’s definitely something you should read on your own.

The secondary characters consist of her parents, Dex, Logan and Gwen. Gwen isn’t a huge part of the novel. Usually that would bother me but this story focuses on how Anna puts together the pieces of her past and what she will do with that information. The little flash backs of Gwen and Annaliese bother me though, Annaliese was a horrible friend to Gwen and I guess that is the point, Annaliese was so wrapped up in Logan she forgot her friend. Anna apologizes and that really made me happy because she didn’t have to but she did.

Dex is one of the cutest males ever. He is kind of a geek-he loves videotaping stuff and he has the ability to know how people will die by looking at them. It’s changed him as a person, he cannot tell people how they will die and he cannot really do anything about it. He doesn’t want to see people die. This secret eats him from the inside. That’s why he and Annaliese are such a hit because they both have dirty secrets that kill them on the inside.

Their romance is also a great one (YAY two awesome romances within two weeks.. the other one was Grave Mercy if you are wondering). They trust each other and don’t keep secrets and become rocks for each other when shit gets tough. Tell me who wouldn’t love a couple like that?

The ending is just perfect and the way the author writes it even more so.

This book is great and as much as I’d recommend it to everyone I know everyone will not have the patience to read it but I ask that you try because this book is worth it.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Publisher: Andersen Press
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Pages: 484 pages (paperback)

Rating 5 stars

Goodreads Summary

‘Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?’

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

This book waited for a long time to be finally read by me. I found it early last year and bought the book about 5 months ago. It sat on my bookshelf patiently waiting for me to make my mind up and give it a go.

Really the only reason I added this book was because of assassin nuns. That was enough inspiration, however I thought it would be historical fiction and because I am not a huge fan I put it off for a while. Still I bought because I wanted to buy something and this appealed to me.

I got the feeling after a while that this book would indeed be one of the best things ever and with my recent luck in finding books that blew me away, I didn’t want to have to give this one up so easily so I  sat in anticipation waiting for the ‘right time’.

The wait was worth it because when I finally picked it up … I fell in love.

This book starts with Ismae’s wedding day. She is 14 and has suffered a life of abuse. She thinks that maybe this wedding will be a turning point for her. Sadly she is mistaken, after being beaten nearly to death by her husband; she is rescued and sent to the Covent of St. Mortain.

Here she learns tons of ways to kill men and is prepared to carry out the work of Mortain, the god of death. The sisters at the Covent believe in vengeance and don’t think people deserve second chances.

Because of this, Ismae ends up killing an important informant and thus angering Duval. They strike an agreement where Ismae is to join Duval at court and won’t kill anyone important unless they are certified traitors.

Thus begins Ismae’s journey into the world of politics.

Every corner you turn you won’t be able to tell friend from foe. You don’t know who is conspiring against you. Although this book is technically not a mystery, it has the feel because there are so many lies being told and secrets being kept. On top of it, it seems realistic. The author doesn’t make the traitor predictable nor unpredictable, there are signs that point to him/her but it doesn’t stick out because there could be so many possible traitors and of course there are more than one.

What I like most about Ismae she doesn’t let her naivety about the court be used against her, she does her best to find out everything she can and adjust to court life. She questions stuff that has been taught to her but she doesn’t completely let go either which makes her more real. You cannot just throw away what has become your life.  Plus she is a kick ass chic. She has her own set of insecurities and weaknesses but she is also brave, determined and loyal.

Duval is one of my favorite love interests. There are many things to like about him. For starters there is almost no focus on his looks. Besides this he is a very clever person. He is always a couple of steps ahead and always has a back-up plan. However, he is kind of a serious guy (not that that bothers me). He is also very loyal to his sister and his puts his duty as a brother and as one of the dutchess’ most trusted confidants at the highest priority , which I really appreciate because no, love doesn’t make the Earth go round.

The romance between Ismae and Duval is slow to develop but the cutest thing ever. I cannot count how many times I squealed or said awww. They start with hating each other and then they become comrades because of their common goal, to protect the dutchess. Slowly they began to trust each other and open up and before they know it, they are in love.  The romance in this book is one of my favorites and seeing that I haven’t come across good ones lately I am really happy.

This book is an amazing read and will always keep you on the edge. I recommend it to everyone (although a lot of people have read it already). I might or might not read the sequel, I don’t know because if it aien’t about Ismae and Duval then I don’t know if I want to read it but I still want to re-read this one.