7 Days Until A Court of Wings and Ruin

So. I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but I’m a HUGE Sarah J. Maas fan. She, for those unfortunate souls who have not been introduced to her work, is a goddess who is … I can’t think of a single adjective that will do adequate justice to the beauty that is her.

Let me try to describe her.

Most authors have a weak point, world building, character development, the story arcs, something. Sarah J. Maas doesn’t have this issue. Everything she writes is just about perfect. That isn’t to say that she doesn’t make mistakes, she does, but the pure awesomeness of the rest of her work outweighs the small, tiny really, blunders she makes.

This is seen nowhere better than in her plot twists. The littlest of things the smallest of details, they change ENOURMOUS things. I swear, she could have one of her characters dye her hair and have it be a secret message, a trap, and a disguise all while you think it’s just for vanity. And the reveal will come at the moment you least expect it and leave you just gaping

All of this is just my opinion of course, but, I dare you to read her works and not feel the way I do, or at least something close.

To prepare for the third book in Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorn and Roses series, j will be rereading the first two books and posting my reviews here. These reviews, unlike what I normally post, will be full of spoilers, and theories for ACOWAR.

Let the reading begin!


Release Day Spotlight

Hey Guys! Remember that review I did awhile back for Chameleon Assassin? Well the second book has just been published!

Introducing … Chameleon Uncovered! Now in stores!

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The dark sequel to the best-selling Chameleon Assassin.

Libby has a chance to build a legitimate reputation when she’s hired by one of the world’s most prestigious museums to bolster their security. The gig is in Chicago, where her heartthrob lives, so she hopes for a little romance.

She’s on a first-name basis with larceny, mayhem, and death, but Libby’s not used to being on the receiving end. Chicago is far darker and more dangerous than her native Toronto. Amidst terrorist bombings, stolen treasure, and murder, a mutant prophet calls for revolution. Away from her family and friends, Libby has nowhere to turn as enemies assault her from all sides.

Their mistake. Libby is a dangerous enemy.


Author Bio:

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

As to my other interests, I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff.


Blog Tour and Author Guest Post!!!

Hi y’all!


I have some exciting news for everyone! I am one stop on the Stack a Deck Virtual Blog Tour, and as a part of this stop Bestselling Author Sue Duff is here to write a guest post on how she began writing! Let’s all welcome Sue.

Sue Duff

I stumbled into writing. Well, more like tripped, if that’s even possible with skis that don’t eject because they’re set for an experience skier. Only a newbie skier would be stupid enough to slowly ski backwards down an icy run, watching as your son navigates the ice cube hill you just finished. Stupid me, I was worried about him and didn’t see the mogul that reached up and grabbed my rear ski tip, sending me on a tumbleweed journey down the slope. It ended with my son standing over my prone body, then had the audacity to say, “Well that was embarrassing.”

The inevitable surgery two months later laid me up for the entire summer. The beforementioned son, however, eventually discovered that the handicapped car sticker was good for something. A small price to pay for waiting on mom the first couple of weeks. I was used to being active, independent and resourceful. I had to put that aside, along with my self-esteem, and scoot down stairs on my rear and traverse my house while hopping from one stable surface to another.

I turned on the word processor to combat the boredom. It also helped to ignore the whiny teenager who wasn’t old enough to drive himself anywhere and had convinced himself that mom had chosen to make him a prisoner in his own home. Like that would have been my first choice. EVER!

The novel that emerged from that summer was a welcomed respite from my frustration, lack of control and the inevitable self-pity. I loved the newfound control over a world of my making, but especially characters that I loved and loved to hate. Who needs therapy when you can hang out with people of your own creation, have them fall in and, if you feel like it, out of love. Instead of killing my teenager, I killed others and avoided incarceration in the world that frowns upon such atrocities. I found out that I not only enjoyed writing, but that I was good at it. Racing thoughts transformed my fingers into a typing machine and I’d stay up till the middle of the night, having forgotten to feed the dog, eat more than a single meal, or provide sustenance for the boy who peeked around the corner, no doubt wondering where his mother had gone, and who this stranger was that took her place.

I LOVE writing! On my journey to a successful series with four novels and two anthologies, to-date, lining my shelf, more than anything, I cherish the writers I’ve met along the way. They are incredible people with more talent than I, and I want to be them someday. All it took was a stupid accident. May you be so lucky 🙂

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One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

From the New York Times #1 bestselling author, Ilona Andrews, comes a new tale from the Innkeeper Chronicles
One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles Book 3) by [Andrews, Ilona]
Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that!

Before I start this review, I need to give a little background. One Fell Sweep is the third book in a series that Ilona Andrews, a pseudonym for a husband-wife writing team, started as a side project. Already wildly successful authors, they, for reasons of their own, started posting chapters on their blog week by week. When they were done, they took the book off their site, polished it up, and self-published it, with no expectation that people would buy the book after they had already read it for free.

Sales went through the roof.

Three years later, the third book in the series, One Fell Sweep, has gone through the same process and will be be available in stores on December 20, 2016.

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from the authors to review. I am horribly late in posting this, as life kept getting in the way, but without further ado, here are my thoughts on this amazing book.

I loved this book. I can’t say it any better than that. I loved the unpolished version put up week by week, and I loved the more formal, and presentable version just as much. All of the characters, the events, the relationships, everything … just worked.

Let’s tackle this piece by piece, because there is so much to cover.

Dina DeMille

Dina is an amazing character, who I adore. She is such a strong woman, with a moral compass that never wavers. I particularly love the way she never advertises her talents, and skills, and then leaves everyone gaping when she causally says “Oh yeah, I can do that too.”

“They will stop at nothing to kill me,” the Hiru said. “They will run through fire. There is no obstacle you can put in their way that will deter them.”

The room fell silent.

“I don’t deal in fire,” I said. “It’s difficult to control and the inn doesn’t like it. But I’m excellent at creating a void field.”

Sean stared at me.

Arland coughed. “A void field requires a high efficiency nuclear reactor.”

“Or an inn with a skilled innkeeper,” Maud told him.

“You can do that?” Sean asked me.

“I already did it,” I told him.

Character Relationships

Ilona Andrews, is also the master of slow burn romance. The relationship between Sean and Dina is allowed to grow and flourish and change as they themselves change before they ever have sex or become a couple, which is simply amazing, especially in the sea of one book relationships of today. Not that I have anything against books where the hero and heroine come together in one book, I just love the way you get to see the relationship form in Ilona Andrew’s novels.

Story Building

This book was so good in this regard. It brought back things and people we had met before, explained concepts of the past, all while dealing with things in the present, and going towards the future. You learn about inns and their relationships with innkeepers, about ancient civilizations, and people you met in book one, all while battling evil aliens who seek to harm one of Dina’s guests. And the story never lags through all of that!

Small Annoyance

Well, it doesn’t lags because of anything described before. This book is amazing, as I think you might realize already. But in places, the story does slow. And it is because of backstory. Not backstory of characters or places, those all flow perfectly, but the backstories of things that happened in previous books. While I understand the need to catch up readers who have never read the series before, and are starting with the third book, it gets a bit annoying for continuous readers to have to relearn and go over things they already know. But in the grand scheme of things, this was a very minor annoyance.

Everything Else

There is just too much to cover about this book for me to hit everything. So I am issuing a blanket statement about the rest of the book.

It will make you laugh, it will make you cry. It will make you sob, and vow revenge, and sigh dreamily. It is everything you didn’t know you needed in your life.


I rate this book 5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I was given a review copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed are my own.*