Review: The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

Puck has a book!!

I have been waiting years for this. I’m such a sucker for the Fae and I will read all the faerie stories. The Iron Fey was one of my first YA series that I read when I became a reader and I loved it. I read the spin off a few years later and shared them both with my daughter. She was Team Puck, by the way.

When Julie announced that Puck was getting his own series we were both over the moon. When I was given an ARC I wanted to dive right in but I waited til life slowed down so I could give it the attention it required. I am so happy it did that.

I’ll admit as I reading I was a bit nervous for Puck. His story seemed to go off in a way that had me biting my nails. But I trusted Julie to spare my nerves and make things right. AND SHE DID.

We get a new batch of friends, including Keirran, Meghan and Ash’s son. We met him in the spin off series, and he caused a bit of trouble and heartache, but he’s trying to make things right.

There’s a evil that’s lurking and causing lots of issues and it’s up to Puck and his crew to make things right. I am quite excited to see where this series will go. But it definitely feels good to be back in this world.

~Melpomene

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Review: Dancing with Danger by Kerrigan Byrne

Let me tell you, after reading the previous book, Courting Trouble, I was so hoping that Raphael would get a story soon. We met him briefly but he had this quiet danger and that I was just itching to get more of.

While Mercy Goode is a twin, she’s one of a kind. At least in her time. She strong willed and passionate and doesn’t want or need a man to define her. She’s fascinated with crimes and solving them but she doesn’t realize that this current mission might just destroy everything she ever thought about herself.

Raphael was struck dumbfounded when he first caught the eye of Mercy Goode. There’s something about her that pulls him. And unfortunately that’s something he doesn’t have time for. He has a plan and it doesn’t include falling for this beautiful woman with a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I would call this rivals to lovers most definitely. They both want the same thing and that pushes them together until they explode. From the moment these two stumble upon each other, in the beginning of the book, I couldn’t stop reading. You could feel the passion even through their arguments. I love these types of romances!

Kerrigan Byrne knows how to write love stories. Some that start out slow and some that are immediately burning. This was a bit of both. It was simmering underneath. While you could read this as a standalone, it’s so much better if you read the series in order. Heck, start with the Victorian Rebels and then to the Goode Girls. You’ll meet everyone and then become just as obsessed with Kerrigan’s work as I am.

~Melpomene

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Review: Sea of Ruin by Pam Godwin

I adore pirate books. I wish there were more. Not YA, but historical romance ones. And if they were like Sea of Ruin, I would never read anything else.

I’ll admit, it takes me a while to try a new to me author. I have so many auto-buy ones that I just don’t make the time for new ones. But when one of my auto buy authors raved about a super dark and sexy pirate story, I knew I needed to give it a try.

While Bennett runs from one pirate she ends up caught by a pirate hunter. Planning her escape has her doing things she never thought she’d be doing. Her life ends up being one twist after another. That is til everything comes to an explosive end.

The crazy thing is that the cover is very deceiving. It looks all whimsical, but in reality far from that. Let me tell you, it’s dark. I mean super dark. Triggers all over the place. But since I don’t have any, I was game for it. Were there places that made me cringe? Heck yeah. Super dark parts. But again, I had faith that things would work out.

If you like adventure with dark and twisty mixed in then this book is definitely something you will like! Go forth and grab it!

~Melpomene

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Review: The Earl of Christmas Past

She’d only known him one night. And that was all it took to fall.

If you’re in the mood for a quick Christmas read then The Earl of Christmas Past is just what you need!


I’ll admit, ghost stories aren’t usually my thing, but a Kerrigan Byrne book most definitely is. I was sucked in almost immediately and very intrigued with the idea of a ghost haunting, especially one such as handsome as the Earl.


Finding a ghost in her lodging room wasn’t exactly what Venessa had planned but when one is traveling alone for the holidays, you won’t hear her complaining about the added excitement. And of course after hearing his story she wants nothing more than to help him.


Let me tell you, I could feel the sparks, between these two, through the pages. My heart even got a bit of a squeeze a time or two.


While this is technically 1.5 in the Goode Girls series, it can be read as a standalone. But I recommend reading the series though. Kerrigan is a wizard when it comes to historical romances.

~Melpomene

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Review: The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve had this book since release day but never found the time to read it. When I was scrolling social media I discovered that Ben Barnes was doing the male narration and I adore him! He’s going to be The Darkling in the Netflix show, Shadow and Bone! Of course, he’s Prince Caspian to many, but The Darkling!! Eep! The female narrator was one of the characters in the Six of Crows duology so I knew she’s be fabulous.

The narration was soothing and I’m so happy they chose these two to read it. I found myself just sitting and staring off in the distance as I listened. I didn’t wanna miss a moment.

The Lives of Saints is a short but very intriguing addition to the Grishaverse. I was swept away by the stories of miracles and saints. It made me like the Grishaverse even more now.

And I’ll admit I teared up on the last one.

If you get the opportunity to listen instead of read this, you should definitely take that opportunity.

-Melpomene

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Quick review: Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker

I don’t know what it is but there’s just something about this Simple Wild family that sucks me in. These books make me feel like I’m in Alaska with them. Since I’ll never go there, this is the next best thing. This is book 2.5 in the series so you definitely need to read the others first. You can thank me later. This series is probably my favorite from K.A. Tucker. It holds everything I want in a series.

Watching Jonah and Calla has been a blast. After finishing this I really wanna read The Simple Wild again and remember all those crazy initial feelings. So many emotions were flying! In Forever Wild Jonah and Calla’s part of the story comes to an end. In a good way, of course! We’ve been waiting for this and I can’t tell you how happy I am that we got it. There were a few bumps, as all true love stories have, but their HEA was worth all of them.

I adore Jonah and Calla and their families, blood and made. They’re all quirky and amusing and I look forward to more stories from them.

~Melpomene

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Review: A Warm Heart in Winter by J.R. Ward

As you may know already, I don’t read blurbs or search reviews before I read a book. Especially not from an auto-buy author like JR award. So I went in expecting a novella, since it’s labeled a .5 I’m the series. Boy, was I wrong. 

This book was more BDB than any of the last few books in the series. This had everything I wanted, more of the brothers, more family moments, and way more emotion. I cried three times. And once was legit full on tears, setting the book down to collect myself, type of crying. I was so not expecting these things to happen.


This tiny MMP packs a solid punch. While a Nor’easter slams Caldwell, things at the mansion are anything but smooth. You would think that having a snow day would be fun but one thing after another seems to go wrong.


Blay and Qhuinn aren’t my favorite couple, if I’m being honest. So spending more time in their heads didn’t sound like fun to me but this book changed my mind. Their love story is definitely one of the rockiest we’ve seen, sprinkled with the craziest family dynamic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It makes me so very happy to see how far they’ve come.


Fans will be happy to see who else’s POV we get in this book. It was nice to be back with him and see that even people, or vampires in this case, still have to continue working on yourself even if you have a family. Having a family isn’t always the sure fire way to normalcy. There will always be demons you must destroy.


Last, but definitely not least, we have Lassiter. That angel is one of a kind. He can drive you crazy one minute, and the next have you in tears. I adore him. His scenes are evolving and it makes me stand up and take notice. The angel is definitely growing into himself. We better all hold on.


I wasn’t planning on talking so much about this but again, this little book packs a punch. There’s so much more I could say but I’ll let you just read it for yourself.

~Melpomene

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Quick review:Dream Bites Cookbook by Kristen Ashley

Dream Bites was a such a unique reading experience! For those who’ve never read a Kristen Ashley book they don’t realize how many recipes are scattered throughout them. She has some in her website but it’s nice to have some in book form. I also like the super short stories that accompanied each set of recipes. I plan on making a few of them myself as soon as I go grocery shopping for the ingredients.

I love that half of the proceeds of this cookbook go to the Rock Chick Nation Charities. What a great idea!!

It was nice to visit with each Dream Team, even those couples that aren’t officially a couple yet. And one surprise guest made super smiley. I see fun things happening in the future. AND I AM HERE FOR IT.

~Melpomene

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Review: Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen

This is the 4th book in the Proper Romance Steampunk series. While it’s technically an interconnected standalone, I highly recommend you read the others first to get the full effect. Plus you’ll get to meet some of the current characters.

Emme is all about full rights for everyone, including shifters. Unfortunately there are those who disagree and have made their feelings known, in the way of a death threat. So Inspector Oliver Reed is charged with being her bodyguard. After dealing with the aftermath of her many protests, he is less than thrilled with being forced to be around her even more.

Watching these two together was so fun. They circled around each other for a while. It was bit like enemies to lovers, which is my favorite sub genre of romance. They clearly didn’t feel good and happy thoughts in the beginning. But the more they’re put together the more they come to the realization that they care for each other.

Plenty of butterflies in the belly moments sprinkled with a few heart stopping ones makes this the perfect sweet romance. I really hope we got more from this world!

~Melpomene

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Review: Skyhunter by Marie Lu

After reading the Warcross duology I hoped this would be similar in feelings and actions. It was. And I’m very happy.

I received this audible from Libro.fm and then the DTB from Bookish First so I went back and forth from reading to listening. I was fully caught up in the action. I hated to put it down to do life.

Talin is a striker and her only job is to protect her world from the Federation. She knows what horrific things they can do so she is willing to fight to the death to protect others from living what she barely lived through.

When a prisoner is brought in she discovers that he is way more than a simple Federation runaway. He just may well be the answer to how they can win this war.

I fell in love with all the characters. They each had a bond that was unbreakable. It was inspiring to see that. They would do anything and everything for each other.

Skyhunter is an action packed YA fantasy filled with emotions, family bonds and even a hint of love. I was on the edge of my seat as I neared the ending and frankly I’m a bit anxious to see what happens next.

~Melpomene

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