Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves # 8

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews  and is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves be it in virtual form or physical. You can include books you’ve won, bought, borrowed from the library or review books.

In the month of March I got......

For Review/Won/Bought

An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice #1)  by Jody Hedlund (For review)
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff (Won)
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard (Bought)

I have to admit I can't wait to read the Red Queen but I do have to say I was a bit annoyed at myself for accidentally buying the paperback UK version of Red Queen instead of the hardback. God, I was so excited that I didn't even bother checking what version I was buying. *shakes head* Oh well, it happens! As for An Uncertain Choice and Paper Valentine don't they both have such pretty cover's, I'm totally reading them when I get the chance!

That's all for this week! Leave a comment and/or link to your Stacking the Shelves. I'll make sure to check them out too. Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Believers: Truth in Deception ~ Blog Tour: Book Spotlight

Title: Believers: Truth in Deception
Author: Tamara D. Taylor
PublisherTamara D. Taylor
GenreYoung Adult

About the book:

Mary lives in a world of the future where an anti aging drug has torn society apart, creating an insurmountable divide between the wealthy and the poor. Her life is thrown sideways after she receives an unsolicited promotion at work, which leaves her as assistant to one of the most notorious playboys of the wealthy elite.

Mary struggles to find solid footing in a world that drastically conflicts with her humble upbringing. Her moral compass is tested as she finds herself falling in love with a man she knows she should not trust,  compromising her relationship with her childhood sweetheart.

After her life is threatened, she fears for her safety and that of her family. Will she be able to guard her own secrets to prevent even further danger? Will death be the consequence of falling in love with the wrong man?

Book Excerpt

What would you do if you knew you could live forever? How would you change your life? The world? Would you be the one to make it better? I thought the cure for aging would be the answer to so many of humanity’s problems. I really believed this little pill would help us make the world a better place. 

Yet all I have seen is the further deterioration of generosity, love, compassion and freedom. It has not brought out the better side of the human race. It has created a darker side where compassion and generosity are rare traits that are almost extinct. It has taken me over 400 years to realize that the end of aging does not give one freedom. Your body becomes a prison in which you are trapped and from which you can’t escape.

It saddens me that the world has entered such a dark time, to the point where I no longer want to stay and witness the pain that we, as people, are putting ourselves through. 

To many, this will come as a shock. My success has only forced me to put up a wall, one that keeps away even those who feel they are my closest friends. I do not trust anyone. The friends I have left only appear to be interested in their association with me to advance their own political aspirations in life. 

I feel that if I can’t offer the peace that eternal life brings to all, then none of us should have it. It is not fair of us to choose a select few to live far past an age that God has intended. 

I have watched too many good people come in and out of this world, knowing that, “in the end,” I could have saved them. However, like many other people, I had started believing that I deserved this gift, that it was my right, and that if a person was not smart enough or rich enough to buy this gift, then they did not deserve to obtain it.

Looking back on my life, I can see that I am the origin of all the world’s troubles. As intelligent as I was to invent this amazing drug, I can’t begin to imagine that I am brilliant enough to change the course of our planet.
My heart is broken, my soul damaged and weak. My resilience is nothing but a shadow left. I cry, for humanity, mother earth and the faith that we have lost in God. So the only thing left I can offer is the end. Tonight will be my last. I have settled my regrets, sins and all other misgivings with God and look forward to joining all of those I have cared for over my 400 years on this planet.

He slowly raises the gun and puts it into his mouth. With a quick fluid motion, the trigger is pulled.

    For More Information

    • Believers: Truth in Deception is available at Amazon.
    • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
About the Author:

Tamara D.Taylor was born and raised in the East Bay of California until she moved to OmahaNebraska to attend CreightonUniversity. Today, Tamara still resides in Nebraska where she and her husband, John, are raising their five young children.

A life long lover of all forms of the written word, Tamara is an avid reader, and has been writing short stories and poetry since elementary school. After watching her son struggle with succeeding in school, she decided to finally write the novel she had been thinking about for years in an effort to show her son that no dream is too big to achieve. 

Her latest book is the YA, Believers: Truth in Deception.

For More Information

Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Have you ever been to BEA, if so what was your favorite experience there?

I'm very sad to announce that I've never been to the BEA or any book event for that matter.  :( I didn't even know what BEA was I'd only heard little tidbits about it on Twitter, which is why I had to ask Mr. G (Google) to inform me on it...........And now I wanna go!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Soundless by Richelle Mead

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

Soundless by Richelle Mead

Publication: November 17, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Retellings, Historical Fiction, Romance

Goodreads Summary 

From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...

Why I'm desperate for Soundless:

Richelle Mead, you guys! RICHELLE MEAD!! The author of my two favorite series, Vampire Academy and Bloodlines!! You cannot even imagine how loud I screamed and fangirled over her writing a Chinese Folklore fantasy book!! I can't even!!! I love watching Chinese Historical drama's and Wuxia one's as well, so I'm just so freaking excited over Mead writing a book on Chinese Folklore!! But its so far away!! I want to read it so badly, plus that cover is just so beautiful!! *grabby hands*

What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 23, 2015

All the Rage by Courtney Summers (ARC) Review

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Abuse, Thriller
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Pages: 336

Goodreads Summary

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

My Review

I don't read that much realistic fiction and it's not because I don't like the genre, its just that I never really felt the urge or the want to read one. And that's why All the Rage completely caught me off guard, it was just sitting on my shelf and I don't even know what compelled me to read it but as soon as I read the first page I knew there was no going back. I can't quite put into words how this book made me feel as a whole. How POWERFUL the words that this book contains are. The pain and the darkness that Romy goes through its so much, too much and yet I can't help but continue to read it. 

Romy knows what hell is like, she's living it. She's ostracized over something she had no control over, the horrific things that happened to her are thrown back in her face every day but she bares with it because she thinks that its inevitable for being who she is and what she is...a girl. All her thoughts and feelings were so heart-wrenching and painful that just reading them made me want to do something, anything for her. 

All the Rage is one dark and gritty book full of such raw and painful scene's that will show you the harsh reality and repercussions of what happens when an act of sexual violence occurs. Courtney Summers is not afraid to show just how cruel and horrific high school kids can be, and her depiction of living in a small town where nothing is kept secret and yet everyone turns a blind eye to it because there are those who have more power over other's is truly appalling. All the things happening in this town all the skeleton's in the closet screaming to be let out but can't be. It's all just so much more than I expected and yet, I couldn't stop reading.

Sexual violence is something no one in this world deserves to go through but it happens to Romy and they shame her for it, as if it's her fault. It made me so angry for her because she couldn't do anything about it. She was powerless and even the adults who are supposed to be watching out for her and everyone else force her to become silent or straight out call her a liar even when they know the truth. 

This book left me feeling so much that it took me a long time before I could organize my thoughts and it still doesn't feel like enough. This book is harsh and isn't afraid to show it. This is not a light read, it's a dark and dreary book and is not for the faint of heart. It will make you feel uncomfortable, angry, disgusted, and horrified. I had to put this book down a couple of times and take a breather before continuing because it's that powerful. There's no other way to put it.

All the Rage will get in your head and leave you thinking long after you've turned the last page. 

Rating: 4 stars

Friday, March 20, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Have you ever been inspired by a book character to do something? Who was the character and what was it? Suggested by Eternity Through Pages

I feel like every book I read influence's me in a way (except vampire books because vampires aren't real or are they?). Whether its to become stronger or go on and keep searching for that dream I can't seem to find. I know I'm being very vague but at this very moment I can honestly not think of a book. Gaahhh I feel very lame....and frustrated because it's a simple question and yet I can't answer it properly. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Publication: October 6, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling

Goodreads Summary

Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow.

Why I'm desperate for Spinning Starlight:

OMG! You guys, I'm seriously fangirling right now! R.C. Lewis the author who wrote Stitching Snow which I completely loved (you can find my review here) has made another retelling and this time it's of my all time favorite story, The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen! It's a dream come true! I'm so happy but also very desperate! Why until October??WHY?? I want an Arc but with my luck eehh yeah...I'll just have to wait.

What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier Review

Series: Precious Stone Trilogy #1
Publisher: Henry Holt
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Pages: 336

Goodreads Summary

Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended - and rather eccentric - family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors' peculiar history, she's had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn't been introduced to "the mysteries," and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesly. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.

She's totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He's obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she's seen in any century . . . .

My Review

I finally got around to reading Ruby Red and I'm sorry to say, I was a bit disappointed. Although, it did keep my interest I don't think I'll be continuing this series. I like time travel books and I enjoyed that aspect of this book but the rest not so much.

Gwen is  just a normal 16 year old girl that is until she finds out that instead of her perfect and beautiful cousin Charlotte she has the time travel gene in this generation of her family. She's scared and feels overwhelmed by this and that's understandable. After all she hasn't had the training that her cousin has had. At the beginning I didn't quite enjoy Gwen's character, it wasn't until I got halfway through the book that she grew on me.

As for Gideon her love interest, I simply couldn't stand him. He was arrogant and loved to push Gwen around a lot, which just annoyed me but at least Gwen didn't do as she was told (thank god). Yes, I get that he's handsome with vibrant green eyes and shoulder length hair but god he irritated me and it wasn't until close to the end that he redeemed himself but even then....

I enjoyed the time traveling and the secrets and how Gwen didn't know who to trust, I always love a good secret or secrets in this case. Though I would like to have known more about Paul and Lucy because they were talked about a lot and yet we never really got to know them. What I really disliked was the ending! It left me feeling confused, I finally got so invested and just cuts off and ends suddenly. It made no sense to me and I'm not sure if I'll continue.

Rating: 3 stars

Friday, March 13, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Have you come up with any special memes or features on your blog that you'd like people to visit more?

Sadly, I haven't though I have tried to come up with some but it was just a complete failure. I couldn't come up with anything and then I got a headache (and annoyed) just trying to come up with just one. *cries* And don't even bother asking about discussion post.....

 So I give props to those who come up with some, you guys are amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Escape Through the Wilderness by Gary Rodriguez ~ Blog Tour: Review

Title: Escape Through the Wilderness
Author: Gary Rodriguez
Genre: Teens/Children, Suspense, Adventure
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Pages: 254

Sixteen-year-old Savannah Evans walks with a slight limp thanks to a gymnastics, accident that dashed her Olympic dreams, but didn't stop her from attending an adventure camp in Idaho. At Camp Arrowhead, she quickly befriends Jade Chang and Rico Cruz, but Conner Swift taunts Savi because of her injury. 

When the four are teamed together for an overnight white-water river rafting adventure, Savi refuses to get in the same raft with Conner. Unfortunately, the director will not reassign her. 

A fun expedition down the river turns into a nightmare when their raft slams into a huge rock and their adult guide disappears down the river. 

Without their guide and desperately trying to steer an out-of-control raft, they pass the "last chance" marker and enter the larger rapids. With Jade pinned between the raft and a rock, and Rico clinging to a lifeline, Savi must cut the raft free. 

When the four drag themselves out of the river, they're bruised, beaten, lost, and twenty-five miles from camp. Because of late-night campfire tales of Vexel, a vicious animal that roams the nearby woods, Savi and the others are terrified. 

Savi becomes the unlikely leader who tries to guide the group back to Camp Arrowhead. Limited supplies, injuries, and the constant threat of Vexel, who Savi fears is stalking them, complicate the harrowing return trip. 

Readers will enjoy dramatic survival scenes and the group working together, solving problems, and learning to overcome adversity.

My Review

Escape Through the Wilderness is a pretty entertaining read! There was a great amount of suspense and adventure in it which I'm sure many teens would definitely enjoy, I know I did. Especially the character's, each and every one of them had such different personalities. They seemed like true insecure teens with many things on their minds.

There are 4 main character's in the story that I'm sure will appeal to every teen. There's Savannah or Savi, who seems tender and a bit timid at first but as the book progresses we see the real her who in fact is a smart and powerful leader. And Jade the pretty Asian girl who seems kind and confident and befriends Savannah quickly. Then the two remaining character's Rico and Conner, who at the beginning despise each other because Conner is a bully at least that's how he acts at the beginning and Rico is strong but likes to keep to himself.

Throughout the story I see them not only struggle to survive in the dangerous woods but also come to terms with themselves and work together. The scene's in which I see them sharing their insecurities and confiding in each other really called to me. I loved seeing them grow to care for and trust one another! Especially Conner he was such a jerk at the beginning to both Rico and Savi but I came to understand him just like they did and he changed for the better.

Apart from the character's I truly enjoyed the adventure part of the book, it kept me glued and made me nervous for all of them. Being in the wilderness with all kinds of wild animals stalking them was truly creepy and I was so scared for them because there were so many close calls but they all kept on pushing through together.

I would definitely recommend this to teens who love a great adventure and a suspenseful read!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3.5 stars

Purchase Links for Escape Through the Wilderness

About the Author

My name is Gary Rodriguez, and I live in California. I’m the president of LeaderMetrix Inc., a consulting company that specializes in senior-level executive coaching, organizational development, and conflict resolution.
Previously, I worked for eighteen years in the radio business as an executive where I spent several years as one of the original managers of Infinity Broadcasting.
Following a successful radio career I became the president of a non-profit organization for a season.
As a young man, I spent a tour of duty in the U.S. Army where I was recognized as the youngest Drill Instructor in the Army’s history at age 18 years. I was also awarded the Silver Star (the nation’s third highest award for valor) while serving in a combat zone.
Over the past few years, I’ve written three non-fiction books and then I decided to write a novel.
My first book, Purpose-Centered Public Speaking, was published in 2009 and was re-published this summer (2014). Then I wrote a companion workbook designed to help people implement the principles taught in my first book. Next, I wroteOvercoming The Fear Of Public Speaking. And this past year, I wrote my first novel, Escape Through the Wilderness

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Isle of the Lost (The Descendants #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

Publication: May 5, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Fairy Tales

Goodreads Summary

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that's been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon's eye: the key to true darkness and the villains' only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it...who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent's daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon's eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen's daughter, Evie, doesn't know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she's a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal's little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he's not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon's eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil's son may not be bravest, but he's certainly clever. Carlos's inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon's eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon's eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the dragon's eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.

Why I'm desperate for Isle of the Lost:

OH MY BOOK GODS! You guys this book! This is the book, I've been waiting for my whole life! The children of villains teaming up! It sounds so amazeballs! I WANT it so badly!

What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers Review

Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Paranormal
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Pages: 549

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?

My Review 

Grave Mercy was a compelling read! I devoured it in less than two days, I would have finished it in one but there's this thing we humans need called sleep. Simply put, I fell in love with this book! More than I actually thought I would. I wasn't sure at first but I'm glad I finally decided to read it because it was truly amazing. It had mystery, betrayal, suspense, romance, action, and adventure all the genre's I love and I'm glad I had a chance to read it!

Ismae is treated as nothing more than an object at the hands of men. Beginning from her father to the man she was to wed, Guillo a pig farmer whose no better than her abusive father. But before Guillo can consummate the marriage, Ismae is taken to a convent.  This isn't just any convent though, it's a convent dedicated to serving the Saint of Death. Where the daughter's of death are trained in the arts of killing. And Ismae is one of them and she is given the choice to become one and of course she chooses to train after all she's been treated horribly her whole life. After she's perfected the skills to be Death's assassin, she's sent on her biggest mission yet, to pretend to be Gavriel Duval's mistress and find out if he's the traitor sent by the French. Ismae thinks this is going to be easy just find out the truth and kill him after all this is her 3rd kill and the convent sister's are never wrong. But to her dismay it isn't that easy......

I was completely enraptured by this book and I understand that in the beginning other's found it to be a bit slow paced and although I'm not saying that's not true. For me I found it captivating because were not just thrown into the story were slowly introduced to it and I loved that! We learn new things just like Ismae does and come to understand them. We are also just as clueless as she is as to whose pulling the strings behind the things that are happening and who the traitor really is.

Ismae and Duval were the perfect match! They were both clever and didn't trust too easily which is why they disliked each other at first. I know what a great relationship, right? But that's what made them such amazing character's. And although Duval at times could be a bit harsh and Ismae was really kind too, they had that spark that made them such a wonderful couple. Though, Ismae had her doubts after all she thought he was  the traitor but soon saw that he cared far too much for his sister the Duchess to ever cause her any harm. I loved seeing Ismae grow to trust and love Duval!

Grave Mercy made me realize why I love reading historical fiction books! I love it when a book's full of intrigue, politics, mystery, and romance. I love reading about the things that happen in a high court, the deceit and pawns just intrigue me. And I seriously need to get my hands on the sequel, Dark Triumph!

If you love historical fiction, fantasy, and romance then you need to read this book ASAP!

Rating: 4 stars