Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee || When second time’s the charm

Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, book 1
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 284 pages, Paperback
Published: August 28th, 2012 by Skyscape
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Travelling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


I read Angelfall and World After back in 2015 but I never got to pick up the third and last book of this trilogy which I finally bought this March. As I didn’t quite remember anything from the first 2 books, I decided it would only be wise if to reread the first of them as well. So, I decided to buddy read it Raven @ Dreamy Addictions because we both kinda had the same situation. Anyway, I think I enjoyed Angelfall more than I did the last time. Well, this is definitely one of the perks of rereading.

Angelfall deals with the post-apocalyptic world where the chaos is everywhere. The angels have taken over the earth and no place is safe anymore. Penryn along with her mother and crippled sister is on the run until her sister is snatched by one of the angels and leaves one of their wounded, behind. Raffe quickly becomes an ally than a leverage when Penryn learns they are on the same side. The search for her sister is not what she expected it to be, will she be able to reach her in time?

“Sometimes, as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.”

The plot was refreshing and I couldn’t put the book down. This book is divided into small chapters which made it a smooth read. Penryn like everyone else just wants to survive. Her whole family which consists of her mother and sister, Paige depends on her. While she is on the run, she witnesses a fight between one angel, Raffe’s against a few others. They cut off his wings but Penryn’s timely intervention saves him but her sister gets snatched by the big bad wolf, Belial. Penryn somehow helps Raffe and they both set on a journey to find her sister. I was constantly on the edge while reading this book.

This book never failed to surprise it. While they are on the search for their sister, they met the rebels who in my opinion were a wackjob. They thought they were prepared to take on the angels but oh well, they got their answers. But I loved Dee-Dum, the twins. They were notorious but they had a good heart, and they reminded me of the Weasley twins. Raffe and Penryn made quite an unlikely team and daaaamn I totally ship it!! According to Raffe, angels are not allowed to socialise with Daughter of Men which kind of made their chemistry more intense. I ship it! I ship it! I ship it! And Raffe’s sense of humour was quite, what can I say… interesting.

“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”

Anyway, I digress. I loved Paige who was wheelchair bound and I felt so bad she got taken. When Penryn finally managed to reach where her sister might have been kept, I was as horrified as Penryn to see what in the hell that was actually going on. I felt equally disgusted. On the other hand, I don’t actually know what to think of Penryn’s mom, she was a nut job but the sanest person at the same time.

I expected the world-building to be more… I don’t know the exact word but let’s settle for precise. I wanted more answers, I wanted to know why the angels were here and what they actually wanted to do which now when I think, half of the angels did not know the answer to this question. And the wingy twist, I definitely wasn’t expecting that. Nonetheless, I hope to get my answers in the next book.

Overall, Angelfall was an intriguing read. I loved how the plot was executed, it was unpredictable and kept me on my toes. Although there isn’t much romance in this book, I loved the chemistry between Raffe and Penryn. The writing was smooth and addictive and it was fast paced throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what did you think about this book? Was it a cup of your tea or did you expect more from it?

Review: Keeping Kyler by Siobhan Davis || Explosive ending which left me wanting for more

Title: Keeping Kyler
Author: Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys, book 3
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format:459 pages
Expected Publication: May 29th, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Nothing or no one will keep them apart…

Kyler Kennedy is in the wind.

Shocked and upset, he has taken off on a solo mission—to track down his mom’s ex and demand answers.

Faye understands what it’s like to have your world turned upside down. Determined to support her boyfriend, she gives chase. Yet nothing could prepare her for the ugly truth. Ky has always been plagued with inner demons, and as he falls apart, Faye finally discovers what he’s been hiding from her—from everyone.

When serious accusations arise, Kyler’s future hangs in the balance. But Kennedys stick together in times of crisis, and they rally around him now.

At least there is nothing to prevent Faye and Ky from being together. They go public with their relationship, but not everyone is thrilled for them. Enemies reappear, and battle lines are drawn, but Faye is ready to fight back.

No one is taking her new family from her.

Especially not a manipulative ex.

With time running out for Kyler, Faye takes matters into her own hands.

But when you play with fire, you risk getting burned.

**********

Please note this series is only suitable for readers age 17+ due to mature content and themes. The first three books in this series must be read together but, thereafter, every book will work as a standalone with an HEA and no cliff hanger.


This book was a wild ride and I am so glaaaad it lived up to my expectations. You can read my review of book 1: Finding Kyler, here and book 2: Losing Kyler, here.

Losing Kyler ended with another cliffhanger and I’ve waiting to get my hands on this book ever since. After finding out another shocking family evidence, Kyler takes off on his own leaving Faye in the darkness but she is not going to give up on him so soon. But fate keeps throwing them one blow after another, will their love for each other be strong enough to hold them together or will it lead them to their ultimate downfall?

“They are far from perfect, but they’re my far from perfect.”

The plot was unpredictable yet again. I was continuously on the edge and I couldn’t stop reading this book. After Kyler hears overhears another shocking truth which involves him, he takes off without thinking. What he did was reckless but I agree with Ky, it needed to be done and the chaos that followed would have happened one way or another. But he shouldn’t have kept Faye in the dark. One thing that I love about Faye is her ability of not giving up on the people she loves and trusts them. She didn’t leave his side for one second and stood there as a shield in front of Ky.

We got to see another side of Addison in this book but one way or another, she is a hell lot of twisted. Courtney is crazy, I knew that but I didn’t imagine her crazy could reach that level. Some parts felt a bit repetitive but other than that I have no complaints. This book also highlighted the fact that not only women but men could be the victim of sexual abuse as well and when I read about the particular aspect in this book, it broke my heart.

“Your scars, your flaws, your fears, your pain – they’re mine too.”

Faye and Kyler together are just indestructible. Their love for one another is so strong and they both are always ready to lay down, even their lives for one another. Their chemistry intensified much more in this book and I loved the romance between them, so freaking much! Kyler is such a romantic, he even became te mushy-gushy type but he was proud of it, now tell me who doesn’t want a guy like that? ❤

Siobhan’s ability to wrap up so many loose ends flawlessly together continues to amaze me. I mean a shitload of things went down in this book but the way they were all wrapped up in the end, I was satisfied yet in need of more and I’m glad we’ll be getting more of them in the future.

Overall, Keeping Kyler was a great read. It was hard to put in down and the plot was executed neatly. I fell in love with the characters even more in this book and I just can’t get enough of Faye and Kyler together. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait for Loving Kalvin!! We’ll finally get to see Kalvin and Lana, I’m sooo excited!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you started this series yet? Or have you read any other book by this author?

Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard || Adorable with a splash of realism

Title: A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Author: Sara Barnard
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Paperback
Published: January 12th, 2017 by Macmillan Children’s Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.


This book was beautiful. I have never read a book like this before and after reading the blurb I couldn’t wait to read this and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. Also, I love sign language since I was a kid and I was also watching Switched at Birth along with reading this, so all of these together was a different but great ride. (I managed to learn figure lettering along with a few other signs!! Yay!)

“I want the world, I think. Even if it scares me.”

Steffi is a seventeen-year-old and a selective mute. Her voice comes and goes depending on her social anxiety. Then she meets Rhys, a new student in their school, he is deaf but he doesn’t let that aspect control his life. She is finally able to open up to someone which does not include her best friend. With Rhys, her little world grows bigger. But life is not a piece of cake. When they finally have to face the ultimate challenge in their relationship, will the move forward together or will their world scatter once again?

This was the first book I read by this author and I absolutely fell in love with it. This book covered various issues like social anxiety, first love and sex and each of them were dealt realistically. I wasn’t much aware of selective mutism, which is a part of anxiety and when everything becomes too much to handle, even little things, no words come out of the mouth. This is not deliberate, the person suffering from this has no choice at all. This book helped me understand it.

“Here are three separate but similar things: shyness, introversion and social anxiety. You can have one, two or all three of these things simultaneously. A lot of the time people think they’re all the same thing, but that’s just not true. Extroverts can be shy, introverts can be bold, and a condition like anxiety can strike whatever kind of social animal you are.

Lots of people are shy. Shy is normal. A bit of anxiety is normal. Throw the two together, add some brain-signal error – a NO ENTRY sign on the neural highway from my brain to my mouth perhaps, though no one really knows – and you have me.”

THIS. Couldn’t be any more true.

Steffi, our main protagonist suffers from it and due to which she mostly stays isolated in her own world. The only person she is able to talk to freely is her best friend but with her gone to uni, she is totally alone until Rhys comes along. With Rhys, she finally finds a whole new world. I loved Steffi so much, and during the moments her world collapsed, I just wanted to give her a tight hug. I felt for her and what she continuously went through every single day.

Rhys is deaf, but he lives like any other normal person. He helps Steffi come out of her shell. He was super adorable and understanding. Their friendship quickly turns into something more and I loved them together, so much. Steffi knew a little BSL and it helped hr communicate with Rhys. Although Rhys strives to have a normal life, he is not bound without insecurities and my heart broke to see how much even a little thing could turn your life upside down.

The other minor characters were well written and I enjoyed reading about each and every character. I also enjoyed the character development throughout the book. One thing that felt too familiar was Steffi and Rhy’s running away for an adventure, that felt too similar to what happened in Everything, Everything. Also, I wanted the ending to be slightly different but it didn’t bother me that much because I was satisfied with the ending.

Overall, A Quiet Kind of Thunder was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. Steffi and Rhys were just perfect for each other and I loved the romance. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read this or is it in your tbr?

Review: Red Days by M.L. Sparrow

Title: Red Days
Author: M.L. Sparrow
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 118 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 23rd, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

2017: 235 taken into captivity, 570 slaughtered.

Keiko never set out to be an activist, but when she’s sent on an assignment to Taiji, Japan, the ball is set in motion. Reporting on the brutal yearly slaughter of hundreds of dolphins alters her life.

Over the course of ten years, Keiko follows the highs and lows of the campaign to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and attempts to bring change through her articles. Will her efforts and that of many others be enough?

*Though fictional, Red Days is based on a series of true events up until January 2017*


This book was realistic and eye-opening. I was horrified to learn about the barbaric way the Taiji Dolphin Slaughter is done on an annual basis.

When Keiko gets a new assignment, she discovers the horrific incident about annual Taiji Dolphin Slaughter. It becomes more than an assignment for her as she tries every possible way to help stop this barbaric tradition. In the end, will she be able to make any difference?

Although twenty-five-year-old Keiko or Kiki lives a charmed life, she is still striving for a deserving position in the industry she works for. When she finally gets an opportunity to cover the story about the annual Taiji Dolphin Slaughter, she takes it. Watching the documentary about the slaughter on a DVD is one thing but seeing everything with her own eyes changes her whole perspective. With the help of Ric O’Barry, an activist and writer who’s fighting for this cause for a long time and Jed Kenrick, she tries to spread the news so that this injustice against the dolphins stops.

Everything in this book was portrayed so realistically. Like so many others, I was unaware of the slaughter and I was really shocked to learn about it as was Kiki. It became more than just a project for work, she became passionately involved with the cause. It was frustrating to see it took so many years for the Government to actually do something to stop the injustice but that’s what exactly happens in real life, doesn’t it? I can’t even imagine how can people stomach this injustice done to the dolphin ages after ages. It’s not only cruel but inhuman too.

After finishing this book, I started searching about this and I can’t even say how much horrified I am. THIS STILL HAPPENS?? I mean, what is wrong with the people!! What we are doing to nature, no wonder karma has already started hitting back. I really, really hope this stops. This barbaric act of killing dolphins needs to stop.

Overall, Red Days was an eye-opener. The plot was a little repetitive but I was able to learn a lot about the Taiji Dolphin slaughter. This was a quick read and I was able to finish it in one sitting. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book?

Review: When It’s Real by Erin Watt || When faking it=never ending headaches

Title: When It’s Real
Author: Erin Watt
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Standalone
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 416 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: May 30th, 2017 by Harlequin Teen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star’s fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt

Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths.

There’s nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star’s got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he’s settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary.

Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley’s image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She’ll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little.

Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there’s no telling what your heart will do…


This book was so much fun to read. It was exactly what I needed and Oakley and Vaughan were a treat to read!

Oakley Ford’s lifestyle is catching up to him while he hasn’t been productive for a few years. If he remains like that, his singing career will do down the drain. To avoid this situation, his PR team comes up with a plan of fake girlfriend to reverse his party image and that’s where Vaughn Bennett comes in. But when fake starts feeling like real, it’s up to Oakley and Vaughan to decide if they should give themselves a chance at something real.

I’m not going to lie, the plot was predictable but I fell in love with the characters and due to which I enjoyed this book so much more. The fake girlfriend trope is something that I quite love and it was executed perfectly in this book. Oakley hasn’t been able to produce new music in two years and if he doesn’t do anything soon, he’ll soon have to say goodbye to the music industry and on top of that his wild lifestyle doesn’t help his image at all. Not only Oakley but Vaughn is in for a shock when they come to know about the PR team’s plan for the fake girlfriend. I liked Vaughn from the start, she was a simple girl trying to help her family as much as possible after her parent’s death which left them in a crap load of debt and when she learns about the money that she’ll get, she reluctantly agrees to play her part to help her sister out.

It was pretty much hate at first sight for them. And their continuous banter was hilarious. Both of their lifestyles were completely opposite to each other and inevitably when they met, they clashed. I wasn’t a fan of Oakley at first, but slowly he warmed up to my heart as did Vaughn’s. The romance was slowly build up and I really loved the chemistry between them.

Oakley was a party animal and indeed he had some issues but with Vaughn, he was finally able to open up about them. With her, he didn’t have to be the rock star, he could just be Oakley which was something I really loved. Also, it was not that much but I did enjoy the family aspect of this book. I was enraged when the thing with the PR happened but I was glad how Vaughn finally fought for herself and snatched her happy ending in the end.

Overall, When It’s Real was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and I loved the character development throughout the book. I loved Oakley and Vaughan together so much! The writing was beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I sooo can’t wait to read more by Erin Watt.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think about this book? Excited to read it? Have you read any other book by this author? 

Dual Review: July Thunder & July Lightning by Shannon A. Thompson || A bitter-sweet yet strong read

Title: July Thunder
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Series: Bad Bloods, book 3
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 165 pages, Ebook
Published: April 10th, 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name–citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.

Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.

That’s when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who’s attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery–and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.

Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.


This book was a quick read. I really loved getting back to the world of the Bad Bloods again and I really enjoyed the diverse characters.  You can read my review of November Rain (book 1), here and November Snow (book 2), here.

The last book ended with the Bad Bloods finally getting recognised as citizens of Vendona. But equal rights are yet to be totally implied. Violet survived the massacre of her flock a few months ago and she’s not ready to forgive the humans for it just yet but when a new rebellion sparks that might be a danger to the Bad Bloods as well, she figures Caleb is the only one who can help but will he?

The plot was refreshing and easy to read. The Bad Bloods were considered a threat to the society because of their powers but after Serena and Daniel fought for their rights, they were finally granted some freedom but the consequences remained. We got a glimpse of Violet in the previous books but we get to know more about her in this book. I really liked the interesting fact about her age and how everything actually worked for her. I really liked her, from the very start. She was rebellious and brave, she just wanted to be treated like a normal person and not someone to be feared but I liked the fact that she didn’t take shit from others and always stood up for herself.

“Some rumors said she was a demon from another world. Other rumors said she was death incarnate, someone to remind us of our misdeeds. But no one had said how beautiful she was. No one had mentioned her eyes. The ones that showed color only for a second. A hint of beauty in absolute blackness.”

We are also introduced to Caleb’s herd where we get to see so many new characters and each one possessed a unique ability. I especially liked Nuo’s powers, Kuthun was quite a unique character as well. This book dragged a little in the middle but it picked up towards the end. Caleb’s true identity is also revealed and it ended on a pretty interesting note which made me pick up the next book in this series immediately after finishing this one.


Title: July Lightning
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Series: Bad Bloods, book 4
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 267 pages, Ebook
Published: May 1st, 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name- son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won’t be easy. Enemies wait around every corner and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves. Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.


This book was pretty awesome. I was on the edge from the very start and couldn’t put this book down.

The threat that looms over their shoulder is becoming bigger and bigger and when Violet finally learns the truth, she knows she has to do something to save them all. With the help of Caleb, will she be able to stop the impending disaster?

This book was not devoid of politics and it was quite and interesting aspect. So many things happened in this book which kept me interested till the very end. I really enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous Bad Bloods duology as well. The character development in this book was one of my most favourite things about this book. I really loved how Violet handled every situation maturely and protected the ones she dearly loved.

The storm added a violent twist to the story. And along with that, the rebellion played a huge role and when we finally get to know who was behind everything, I was a little shocked. Violet knew she couldn’t stop that person and she along with her friends did everything in their power to save everyone but there were tear-jerker moments as well.

“A heroic act is not always followed by glory and parades and forever freedom,” she said. “It’s often small, disregarded, or forgotten. But it matters.”

Another fact that I loved was that Caleb finally forgiving his family and accepting them. He was a real strong character and it took strength what he had to do in the last moments though it was Violet who stole the show for me. This book was unpredictable and although it ended on a bittersweet note, I was left satisfied with the ending.

Overall, July Thunder & July Lightning were a great read. I enjoyed how the plot was executed and the character development throughout the books. The writing was beautiful and smooth and it was fast-paced, I can’t wait to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think of this series? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini || A semi-satisfying conclusion

Title: Witch’s Pyre
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Worldwalker trilogy, book 3
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 384 pages, Paperback
Published: August 25th, 2016 by Macmillan Children’s Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, chosen to face battle again, and (after losing her first love and being betrayed by her new love) she has learned more about loss and grief than she ever wanted to know.

Thrust once again into a society different from anything they have ever seen, Lily and her coven are determined to find answers―to find a new path to victory, a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices . . . and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian’s side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?


This book took me on a wholly different ride and boy I loved it! There were ups and downs and I wish there some parts were explored more but in the end, I absolutely loved this trilogy.

*Beware of Spoilers*

Lily along with her friends are now in the other part of the city they have never dared to enter until now. Surprisingly, Bower City welcomed them. All seemed rainbows and sunshine until they begin to find the crack. Now, they can’t leave and when the shocking truth comes it, everything falls into places. Can Lily and her mechanics win the ultimate fight or will they never see the light of the day again?

The plot and the twists kept me on the edge throughout the whole book. I was still hoping that the ending of book 2 was just a dream and we would get that particular character back but I was shattered once again. *sad face* Anyway, Bower City was completely different than I thought it would be, there is no theft, no crimes in that city, everybody lives in harmony and peace. It was perfect. Too perfect. Until we began to see the creepy side of it which was really disgusting and just very very creepy. It irked me to no end.

Grace was really graceful (I didn’t mean to write it like that… it just happened!!), polite and perfect just like her city but as we got to unravel the actual truth, my goodness, that woman not only committed mass genocide of the humans but also the woven as well for centuries! The sub-plot about the wovens was quite interesting, I have been waiting to know more about that since book one and now finally the truth is revealed, I knew there was something more to them and I liked how much variety there were between them.

I felt sorry for the hives and the warrior sisters after learning of Grace’s manipulation and control over them, in the end, they were no less than victims either. We also finally get to see the actual reason behind Rowan’s action in the previous book but the lack of communication failed to please me, along with the romance which was barely there. I wanted more of Rowan and Lily!

The build-up was quite amazing. I have read a quite a lot of books where the build-up is perfect and then when the main execution comes, everything goes up in poof but thank goodness it was not the case here. The ultimate battle was everything I wanted it to be, it was bloody damn amazing how the humans and the wovens fought together for their ultimate freedom. In the end, Lilian’s end was inevitable. She could have been saved, I won’t say what she did, in the end, was noble, it was something that needed to be done and no one could have done it except her.

But I needed more answers. I really hated agent Simms but surprisingly, I liked how everything was wrapped up in the end but it left me a little dissatisfied. Like how was the new regime, how was Lily handling the new responsibilities and how were the wovens and the humans co-existing after remaining enemies for as much longer they remembered? This book would have gotten a 5 star from me if these areas were answered.

Overall, Witch’s Pyre was an interesting read. I enjoyed the plot and the characters didn’t fail to surprise me. Though I wanted more answers from this book but I did enjoy the ride. The writing was addictive and it was fast paced throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read this series yet or is it in your tbr? If yes, how was your experience?