From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I’m Obsessed (Review)

Caitsbooks Reviews From Blood and Ash - 5 Stars

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: From Blood and Ash was incredible. From the romance to the world, I was captivated. Excuse me as I count down the days until the sequel.

“Fear and bravery are often one and the same. It either makes you a warrior or a coward. The only difference is the person it resides inside.”

[ Related: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Funny, Political, & Cute (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Mature Content, Suicide Mention, Abuse, Animal Death, Murder, Kidnapping/Abduction //

Release Date: 3/30/2020
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Page Count: 634
Premise:

From Blood and Ash follows Poppy, who was chosen to be the Maiden. The Maiden must live a solitary life until she is given to the gods at her Ascension, a fate Poppy dreads, despite it being the highest honor. When she gets a new guard, the attractive and alluring Hawke, Poppy finds herself drawn to him, despite knowing that it could make the gods deem her unworthy. But with a fallen kingdom on the rise, she not only has to worry about losing the gods’ approval, but also her life.

“Some truths do nothing but destroy and decay what they do not obliterate. Truths do not always set one free. Only a fool who has spent their entire life being fed lies believes that.”

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Would I Lie to the Duke (Union of the Rakes #2) by Eva Leigh – Couldn’t Put It Down (ARC Review)

Caitsbooks Reviews Would I Lie to the Duke: 4.5 Stars

*Thank you so much to Avon & Netgalley for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.*

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Would I Lie to the Duke is a fun, sexy read that you will want to reread the second you finish.

“Love isn’t a weapon. It’s not a way to blind someone to you or make someone feel obligated. It should be a gift, a blessing.”

[ Related: Reading & Reviewing Every Tessa Dare Book, in One Month (Part 1) ]

// Content Warning: Mature Content //

Release Date: 7/28/2020
Publisher: Avon
Page Count: 384
Premise:

Would I Lie to the Duke follows Jessica McGale, who, in a desperate attempt to save her family business, poses as “Lady Whitfield” to try and get investors. There, she meets Noel, the Duke of Rotherby, and as they grow closer, Jess must decide if her family business is worth breaking Noel’s heart, and her own.

“You destroy me– piece by piece. And I welcome it.”

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The Sky Weaver (Iskari #3) by Kristen Ciccarelli – (Giveaway + Review) – An Epic (And v. Gay) Conclusion!

Caitsbooks Reviews The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli - 5 Stars + Giveaway

Before I get into the review- be sure to read to the end for information on my latest giveaway!!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own! *

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.8/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Sky Weaver is the f/f enemies-to-lovers pirate fantasy I’ve always wanted. This book is breathtaking, and an absolute must-read.

“There was something so soothing about chaos. Something almost beautiful.”

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, PTSD, Animal Abuse, Assault, Torture, Rape Mention, Racism, Kidnapping/Abduction //

Release Date: 11/12/2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 400
Premise:

The Sky Weaver is the third and final book in the Iskari series. It can technically be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the first two books, The Last Namsara and The Caged Queen, as well! This time, we follow two characters. Safire (a familiar face if you’ve read the first two books) is the commandant to her cousin, the King. Her job is to maintain peace and order in Firgaard. Eris has an ability to walk through worlds, which helps her as a thief, but has also made her irreplaceable to the ruthless pirate to whom she owes a debt. Forced to work for him, Eris is sent to the palace to steal a royal jewel, however, when she meets Safire, she finds something more valuable– a worthy opponent in her games.

“You’re not that difficult to figure out, princess. Order, routine, control… these are the things that excite people like you. Not spontaneity. Not beaches and sunsets.”

Read more for all of my thoughts on The Sky Weaver!!

[ Related: The Caged Queen (Iskari #2) by Kristen Ciccarelli – (Giveaway + Review) – Everyone Must Read This Series!]

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These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – A 5 (Unbroken) Star Read!

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I’m sorry for that title. The pun was just there and I had no choice.

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: These Broken Stars was the first Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner book I ever read, and it made me fall in love with this author duo. It’s funny, adorable, heartbreaking, and slightly ominous- basically everything you could ask for in a book.

“But who names a starship the Icarus? What kind of man possess that much hubris, that he dares it to fall?” 

[Related: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Review)]

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, PTSD //

“You don’t mention death when it’s hovering near someone you love. You don’t want to attract the reaper’s attention.”

Release Date: 12/10/2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Page Count: 384
Premise:

These Broken Stars is what you would get if you put Titanic in space (except, with a lot more Man vs. Wild in there too). Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are from two different worlds. Lilac has lived in luxury her whole life, as the daughter of the richest man in the galaxy. Meanwhile, Tarver is a soldier who came from nothing. But their two worlds collide on the Icarus, a luxury space-liner. However, the Icarus itself then collides with a planet in the middle of nowhere. Lilac and Tarver are lucky to survive the crash, but can they stay alive on this mysterious planet?

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Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – The Perfect Read for Pride Month (Review)

Caitsbooks Reviews: Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, 5 Stars

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: I spent 95% of my time reading this book smiling. I’m sure I terrified some people, but oh god was it worth it. (Side note: The other 5% was happy crying)

“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.” 

Read more for all of my incoherent ramblings on a book that completely destroyed me!

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