Book Review: Springhatch (Bridge of Legends #5) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Title: Springhatch (Bridge of Legends #5)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Publisher: Indie
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“With the new revelations Marielle and Tamerlan learned in the mountain city, their way forward seems clear – or is it?
Because the only way to defeat the Legends is to destroy them all. And some of them are living inside Tamerlan.
As they race to save their world, both Marielle and Tamerlan are haunted by the suspicion that the only way to destroy the Legends forever might be through their own deaths. Can they find some other way to free their people from the clutches of ancient magic?” (Goodreads)

Another series crossed off my list! I am glad I finally got around to finishing this series. It’s been a whirlwind of a ride.

This book is told from multiple point-of-views like the rest of the series. I think for this book in particular, it really helped to bridge the thinking of the characters and add to the finishing of the plot points. The legends do get pretty spicy in this one as they are out for blood!

Marielle really stole the show when it came to the characters. She is trying to do the right thing and that’s a lot to do when she has to keep everything a secret from Tamerlan. Each of the characters are fighting their own internal battles and I think it really ramps up, especially for Jhinn. He is still my favorite character. I also enjoyed his story arc.

I would say that I only had two complaints. My first would be that even though the romance was already a bit fast paced, it really goes fast in this one and I couldn’t help but be a bit turned off by it. My second would be that I needed a longer epilogue!

Overall, I really liked this series and the conclusion was one of the better ones I have read recently. I still need to read a few more series by this author and hopefully I can get through some this year!

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Book Review: Winterfast (Bridge of Legends #4) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Title: Winterfast (Bridge of Legends #4)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: February 5th, 2020
Publisher: Indie
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Marielle is free from the clock and free from Grandfather Timeless but now that she’s free they’re in a worse situation than ever.
Stuck on the back of a city-sized flying dragon with their allies possessed by Legends and hunting them through the burnt-out city, how will Marielle and Tamerlan survive this madness?
Because as new information comes to light, it turns out they are the only two people who can save the Dragonblood Plains from distasters that are rooted in decisions made centuries ago.
Can Marielle and Tamerlan finally quell the dragons and put the Legends to rest forever?
Or are they already too late?” (Goodreads)

Here is another review for a book in this series! I’m still glad I have finally had some time to get back into it. This series is a real gem and definitely needs more love, especially since it is an indie book.

The book is still told through two point-of-views, Mariella and Tamerlan. They aren’t always on the same side when it comes to forming a plan. Etienne isn’t always a fan of them either. He is also too ready to sacrifice anyone as long as it’s not him. Sometimes I’d like to punch the guy, haha. I do think that they all have the same goal in mind. Also, Jhinn is still wonderful!

The plot has thickened in this book and it’s hard to figure out how everything will be set right in the last book. There is seriously so many plot lines going at this moment! I’m glad that we are continuously learning more about the legends. I can feel some sympathy towards them because the predicament they are in wasn’t their choice. It sucks when you no longer get to choose. I liked a lot of the conversations to be had around that and just being a decent human being/friend.

Until now, there hasn’t been too much information involving the dragons besides the basic. It has been expanded on a lot throughout this book. Although it is one-sided, I can see the understanding from their perspective and do feel bad for them. It’s also about choices being taken away. It’s one theme that has been consistent throughout.

Overall, this was another enjoyable installment. Sorry it is a smaller review but I don’t want to give too much away!

Book Review: Autumngale (Bridge of Legends #4) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Title: Autumngale (Bridge of Legends #4)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: November 5th, 2019
Publisher: Indie
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“She’s stuck in a clock. He’s going mad.

Tamerlan has lost an eye, a friend, and a future. And with guilt raging through him like the fires destroying H’yi City he has only one pathway to redemption: find the Grandfather, capture him, and release Marielle from his clock.
Because Grandfather Timeless has his own nefarious plans for the world. And unless someone stops him – he’ll raise the dragons again and destroy everything.
Worse, every city of the Dragonblood Plains is preparing for Autumngale in their own way – and every one of them is under the threat of political upheaval, destruction, and death.
Can Tamerlan change the course of history, or will he only be a pawn in the hands of the Legends?” (Goodreads)

Another four star read for this series!

I honestly thought this series couldn’t get anymore action packed but it sure does in this edition.

The book is told from two point-of-views just like in the first two books. They come from Tamerlan and Marielle. They are both in different places again so the change in point-of-views was really nice for that reason. I wasn’t sure how the plot would go with Marielle being stuck in a clock but I liked that there was a lot of background story for characters that have been around and mentioned since the beginning through her time there. I also like Tamerlan’s and Marielle’s continuous growing connection. They are very cute together even if nothing has really been done that. Their words and thoughts are enough!

Etienne continues to be an interesting character as I’m never really sure where he stands on anything. I guess you could consider him morally grey. I am very curious to see where his plot line will go. I also continue to like Jhinn and hope nothing bad ever happens to him or I will be quite sad.

The legends are still around and we learn more and more about them through each book. They also seem to have their own agenda and who really knows what they want. They are always morally grey but some of my favorite characters in the book.

Overall, this was an enjoyable edition to the series. It has a lot of action and we continue to get more character development throughout.

Book Review: Dawnspell (Bridge of Legends #2) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Title: Dawnspell (Bridge of Legends #2)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 6th, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Prepare for the Rise of the Legends. Prepare for the Sifting of Souls.

With the destruction of everything she’s ever known, Marielle is like a ship without a rudder. But when she finds an ally in a former enemy, she finds even the last shreds of her control slipping away.

Plagued by guilt, Tamerlan seeks redemption in the only way he can find it. but when the Legends begin to rise more powerfully than ever, he finds himself again with an impossible choice.

Can Marielle and Tamerlan save their world or are they both destined to become playthings of the rising Legends?” (Goodreads)

When starting the first book for the first time back in 2019, I had every intention of continuing on with the series but unfortunately arcs got in the way, haha, and I’m finally starting it up again after a reread of the first.

The book is told from two point-of-views: Marielle and Tamerlan. Each character has a different personality and what they want to focus on. I will say that even though they both can be empathetic, each one still has a different line as to what they will do for those around them, especially those they care about. Even though they are together for some of the book, they each have their own missions when it comes to being in a new city and it does keep them a part at times. It is nice to have the dual perspective to fill in the gaps and tell us exactly what they are thinking.

My favorite character is a guy named Jhinn. He has been loyal to Tamerlan since the first book after he saved his boat from being set on fire. It’s also interesting that he can see the legends who interact with Tamerlan as well as being able to hear them. I feel like there is more to him that we don’t know and I’m excited to see what he does in the next few books!

Other characters from book one do come back as well. One in particular has their own motives and it’s hard to decide if I like or despise them. I still don’t have my mind made up, haha.

One thing that this author does well is plot twists! I love being surprised by the characters that appear or even the choices that the characters make. It’s never a dull moment while reading her work.

The sequel does end on another cliffhanger and it is one that is rather large. Since the problems in book one haven’t been resolved yet and more seem to appear, I am curious how book three will go. Are more surprised in store for me?

Overall, I enjoyed the sequel. I forgot how much I liked these characters and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Book Review: Summernight (Bridge of Legends #1) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

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Title: Summernight (Bridge of Legends #1)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 28th, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

*Free to read on Kindle Unlimited

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“Tamerlan has just five days to save his sister or she’ll be sacrificed to a legendary dragon at the height of the Summernight Festival. But as an alchemist’s apprentice, how can he oppose his city’s rulers?
Marielle has just five days to catch a thief of magic or the fate of her city will be sealed. As a Scenter – a branch of the City Watch with the magical ability to smell magic and emotional residues – everyone is counting on her.

But if one of them succeeds, the other will die.

Because when Summernight comes and the Legends rise again –
There will be no more choices.
There will be no more chances.
There will be no more ways to escape.” (Goodreads)

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This was definitely a book I wanted to read because of the cover. I had three months for free for Kindle Unlimited and I found this gem. Honestly, this book surprised me! I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I only had one minor complaint and that doesn’t happen often.

The book is on the shorter side. At under 300 pages its amazing how much was packed into it. At first, I wasn’t really impressed with the characters but as the plot progresses we really get to see who they truly are. There is a better understanding for them and I loved the raw feelings that we get from the male character, Tamerlan.

Tamerlan was a great character. He was charismatic, kind, and wanted to save his sister even if that meant breaking the law. He definitely walked a very fine line between right and wrong at times. Sometimes, it would tip over into the wrong. I liked it!

As for Marielle, she was such a unique character when it came to her ability! She is a scenter which basically means everyone has a specific scent and magic also has one. It was cool to see what everyone would smell like. She also shared a few characteristics with Tamerlan. She was kind and even though she is supposed to uphold it, lines can be blurred at times.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to the plot but I can say that it didn’t disappoint. There were some interesting plot twists and everything was quite fast paced.  There was also this grimoire that housed these legends that would posses Tamerlin. It was a really cool concept. It was hard to set this book down. Good thing it wasn’t long!

Overall, I enjoyed this one and I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book!

Book Review: Fae Conqueror (Tangled Fae #5) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Title: Fae Conqueror (Tangled Fae #5)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy / Fae
Publication Date: July 13th, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

She can conquer the Fae – but at what cost?

From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes this thrilling conclusion to a deliciously trope-filled young adult romantic fantasy series about a viciously funny mortal girl and her quest to hunt, trap, and conquer powerful fae.

Allie had an army, allies, and a plan, but with all of those things slipping through her fingers she is being driven further and further toward a path she hadn’t planned to take and a choice she didn’t want to make.

How selfless is Allie, really? Would she give her own life to save her people … and her new husband?

Or will she have to carve out another way forward? And what might that way cost her?” (Goodreads)

Fae Hunter / Fae Captive / Fae Nightmare / Fae Pursuit

I have finally finished the series! And with that comes heartache as I have to say goodbye to another group of characters and the world that they live in. It’s always bittersweet.

Since this is a conclusion there was a lot of plot lines that needed to be tied up before the end and I think the author did a really good job with this. The stakes are still quite high when it comes to the impending doom of the human world and Allie is giving it her all to rid the mortal realm of the fae. She is also throwing insults every step of the way while doing it, ha. Honestly, the humor never ends in these books and I love it.

The relationship between Scouvrel and Allie is still one that has big impact in the games they are playing but it’s very minor intimately between them. They aren’t always on the page together but when they are their moments together are still sweet but nonethless have a good amount of banter. I still wish there would have been a bit more from them though.

I did think her sister would have a bigger role after book three but with another evil introduced her role kind of minored out and the other was more of a threat. I didn’t mind it though as it gave more plot twists.

A lot of good messages can be found throughout the book like sacrifice and having hope that someone can change.

Overall, this was a great conclusion. I’m glad I have another series knocked off.

Book Review: Fae Pursuit (Tangled Fae #4) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Title: Fae Pursuit (Tangled Fae #4)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy / Fae
Publication Date: June 5th, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Allie Hunter is playing a dangerous game for mortals.

From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes a deliciously trope-filled young adult romantic fantasy about a viciously funny mortal girl and her quest to hunt, trap, and conquer powerful fae.

Allie thought she was saving her own mortality and stopping the Fae incursion when she killed the Balance – one of four Fae roles – and took a particularly essential Fae as her captive.

But Allie didn’t think through the consequences. Now, she has one of the four roles of the Faewald. A role she must fulfil by force of magic.

Worse, the Blood Moon has risen in the Faewald and that means it is the time of the Wild Hunt.

Can Allie find a way to save her people while fleeing the Wild Hunt and fighting against a magic that seeks to control her?

It’s still just one mortal girl against the Faewald, but now the stakes couldn’t be higher.

For lovers of The Cruel Prince and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a world of violent fae, trickery, and magic. Grab the fourth book of the Tangled Fae series today!” (Goodreads)

Fae Hunter / Fae Captive / Fae Nightmare

I have been determined to get some series I have started completed and I am back to this one! I can see the finish line!

There are so many good things to say about this book like the cat and mouse games that Scouvrel and Allie play. You never know which one is which because their roles are always switching. I also like that Allie is determined to play the fae games by her own rules. She is kindhearted and still tries to save the human world even when they weren’t kind to her. She definitely doesn’t hold a grudge towards them but the same can’t be said for her twin sister or Scouvrel, haha.

When it comes to the romance aspect, there isn’t much besides a few kisses here and there. I’m okay with this but I will say that sometimes I wish there relationship would progress past the games a bit more. I do like their back and forth but it still feels the same as previous books.

As with the other books, I am never expecting what will happen when it comes to the plot. Characters from previous books make appearances and really know what it means to be a plot twist. I liked that there was more from her sister and there has also been glimpses into the past when it comes to events that have previously happened in the faeworld. Everything is coming together and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the fifth and final book!

Overall, this was another great installment!

Book Review: Fae Nightmare (Tangled Fae #3) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Title: Fae Nightmare (Tangled Fae #3)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Paranormal / Fantasy
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“The hunt is on.

Allie Hunter has lost ten years in the blink of an eye.
But though the town she left has changed, some things – the worst things – remain exactly the same.
As Allie battles conflicting loyalties, the censure of the town, and her own broken family, she begins to realize that she might be the only one standing in the way of a war between fae and mortals.
Can she possibly craft a trap good enough to stop the coming fae army?” (Goodreads)

Book One Review / Book Two Review

After finishing up the second one as a reread before finally continuing on with this series, I was really excited to dive in. The cliffhanger tugged at my heartstrings and I needed to know what would happen to our heroine Allie and the devious Scouvrel. Good thing I bought all the books last year, haha. This whole series is available on Kindle Unlimited as well.

Since this is book three on of the series, be prepared for spoilers!

Allie is back in the mortal realm and honestly it is the worst. Everything has changed as time moves much differently and ten years have passed for her village. The ones she grew up with are older and have taken on different roles. Those she thought were friends are in much higher positions of power and have changed their ways. It’s not the life Allie remembers and I’m sure it would be hard to get used to. The only thing that hasn’t changed is their hatred towards Fae and magic. This gets Allie into a lot of trouble but I do love her fighting spirit!

Very little of the book takes place in the Fae realm but I didn’t mind as the last book was solely focused there. It was a nice change of scenery even if most of the people living in her village are dillweeds and treat her like she has a plague. I do understand why at times she thought about leaving them to the fate the fae had in store for them. It wouldn’t be easy to help those who want nothing to do with it. Although there was growth for one person in particular that had been cruel in the first book and I liked seeing the change.

As for Scouvrel, he is still playing those games! I’m never sure whether to trust him or not. He has his own agenda and maybe he does truly care for her but it could also just be a way to save himself. Either way, I love his morally greyness and find him irresistible nonetheless! He may not have been super presence but I did love what was seen of him.

The plot was intriguing and added new characters and some very intense plot twists. It’s hard to see how it will all play out in the end because there are so many moving parts. I mean, the Fae do love their games.

The only thing I wish I had more of is a backstory for Allie’s sister. She is the opposite of Allie and I still can’t figure out her motives! It’s not like no one liked her in the mortal realm but it does seem she likes power. I hope we get more about her thinking in the next book.

Overall, this was a great edition to the series. I am still loving the characters and finding the plot to be entertaining. I am looking forward to starting the fourth book soon!

Book Review: Fae Captive (Tangled Fae Book #2) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

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Title: Fae Captive (Tangled Fae Book #2)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: February 13th, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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“Think you could craft the perfect bargain?
From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes the second book in this stunning new fantasy series.
Allie Hunter thought all she had to do was make an exchange to buy back her father’s life. She was wrong. Mortals are so often wrong about the Faewald. Usually, that kills them, or mires them in bargains that will suck their life out sip by sip.

With Allie caught in a cage and the Fae she had once tormented her new captor, can she strike the right bargain to save everything she loves?

For lovers of The Cruel Prince and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a world of violent fae royals, trickery, and magic. Grab the second book of this hot new series today!(Goodreads)

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I have been waiting for this book since I finished the first in January. Besides Acotar, this is my favorite book about Fae. They are more cunning and cruel then the others I have read about and I am so here for it! When I saw it was available sooner than I had originally thought I couldn’t resist diving in straight away.

Allie and Scouvrel are back. Allie is still determined as ever to but obviously he isn’t going to let her go just yet. I like how the first book was about him stuck in the cage and second book is all about her being stuck. It’s fun to see both sides of the coin. Their banter is stronger than ever and there feelings are definitely changing between each other. I mean, I wouldn’t be able to resist him even if he does use a glamour. He is just so irresistable!

The plot keeps ramping up and more is at stake. We also get more from Allie’s sister and I can tell you right now, I do not like her one bit. I really hope she ends up getting what she deserves. There are more than one plot twist and it’s amazing how this author can pack so much into a smaller book. Mad props!

This series is one that has grasped onto me and won’t let go. The world building is done well and the changing of the setting is always exciting. I love that even though a few days pass in the fae realm but time works different and it could be more in the mortal realm. This plays out at the end and man, that ending was intense! I can’t wait to see how this will all turn out.

Overall, I can’t help but love this series. It gets better and better with each book and I am sure that book three will be no exception. Hold on to your feelings, folks!

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

E-Arc Review: Queen Magic (Empire of War & Wings #5) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Title: Queen Magic (Empire of War & Wings #5)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: December 22nd, 2020
Publisher: Self Published

Thank you to the publisher for an earc to read in exchange for a review!




CAN THIS QUEEN GUIDE HER SWARM TO VICTORY?
Forced into a marriage and role against her choosing while the revolution she supported is only just taking root, Aella must decide whether she can do the unthinkable – sacrifice her own life and future for the sake of her family and fledgling nation.
But even if she can make that choice, accomplishing it might be tougher than she ever imagined as she finds herself outnumbered, surrounded by enemies, her magic depleted and the Forbiddign intent on sifting her.
Will Aella finally find the depth of power her bees contain, or will she be swept away by the overwhelming odds stacked against her?(Amazon)

What a crazy ride this series has been! I can’t believe it’s finally over.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book is the development of the main character, Aella. She was the outcast due to her magical ability but she loved her family and would do anything for the good of others. It was never an easy journey for her and even when all hope felt gone, she still put others before her.

When it comes to villains, Juste is definitely up there on my list of people I dislike the most! I don’t know if I quite understand his motives even after reading this one. It seems like it was all for power and trying to have it all can definitely be someone’s downfall. I just thought there would be a bit more to it but I do like how it all went down. He was more calculating then I thought.

The relationship between Osprey and Aela does continue but it also has its obstacles. I like how Osprey never gives up on her even when it doesn’t seem like she, or even him, will make it out. They never stopped caring for one another and that is a love that knows no bounds. It definitely did my heart good.

As for the plot, it’s dark, intense, and has a lot of plot twists that are unexpected! One in particular being so sad! It’s a book that you are easily able to get lost in because there is a lot going on and I just wanted to know how it would all end.

Overall, this was another great book in the series and a very satisfying ending. I’m sad to see these characters go but I am looking forward to whatever this author writes next.