Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s February 2016 Reads

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Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s February 2016 ReadsThe Prince by Kiera Cass
Also by this author: The Heir, The Selection
Series: The Selection #0.5
Also in this series: The Heir
Published by HarperTeen
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Contemporary
Pages: 128
Format: eBook
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection...

Before Aspen broke America's heart...

There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life...

Don't miss this thrilling 128-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass's hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection. - via GoodReads

3 Stars

The Prince filled in quite a few holes in Maxon’s story. Certain parts involving King Clarkson were confirmed for me. It also made Maxon even more endearing to me. It showed his inner thoughts where we only had America’s perceptions to go by previously.

Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s February 2016 ReadsThe Shadow Throne Published by Scholastic Press
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Personal Collection
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One war.
Too many deadly battles.
Can a king save his kingdom, when his own survival seems unlikely?

War has come to Carthya. It knocks at every door and window in the land. And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees, Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission. But everything that can go wrong does.

His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighbouring lands. In a last-ditch effort to stave off what looks to be a devastating loss for the kingdom, Jaron undertakes what may be his last journey to save everything and everyone he loves. But even with his lightning-quick wit, Jaron cannot forestall the terrible danger that descends on him and his country. Along the way, will he lose what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya's throne?

Rousing and affecting, Jaron's adventures have thrilled and moved readers in The False Prince and The Runaway King. Journey once again with the Ascendant King of Carthya, as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen brings his story to a stunning conclusion with The Shadow Throne. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

The Shadow Throne wrapped up the series well enough. While I enjoyed it, The Shadow Throne was by no means a gripping read. To be perfectly honest, I read it to finish the series. Readers who enjoy middle grad fantasy should enjoy this. It’s a trilogy so not a huge time investment.

Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s February 2016 ReadsMoonglow by Kristen Callihan
Also by this author: Evernight, Firelight
Series: Darkest London #2
Also in this series: Evernight, Firelight
Published by Forever
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Personal Collection
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Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .

Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .

Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul. - via GoodReads

5 Stars

Moonglow took forever for me to get into. I really had no interest in this story until I hit the 1/3 to 1/2 mark. The plot and characters were just not interesting to me. My brain must have shifted gears during this book because it got interesting real fast.

Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s February 2016 ReadsGhost of a Chance by Kelly Apple
Also by this author: The Wicked Woods, The Wicked Wolf
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Paranormal
Pages: 23
Format: eBook
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

When he was alive, Chance Harker was stuck in a boring job and a relationship that was going nowhere. Now that he’s dead, a whole new world has opened up for him.

He has a challenging job with a PI firm, his run of a swank hotel, and plenty of interesting people to keep an eye on. The only thing missing from his afterlife is great sex. Hell, he’d settle for mediocre sex at this point. Any sex at all, in fact.

Finding out the research facility run by Pinnacle Point Pharms is looking for those with strange and unusual sexual issues, Chance decides to check it out. Because if a sex clinic with supernatural ties can’t help him get a little nookie, he’ll have to resign himself to an eternity of unfulfilled desires.

And no self-respecting ghost wants that.

Warning: This book contains a horny ghost who tends to go invisible at the worst possible moment, a woman with exceptional flexibility, and a box of powdered donuts. The break room will never be the same again. - via GoodReads

3 Stars

Kelly Apple is almost always guaranteed to give you a quick and dirty read that will amke you laugh. Did I mention the paranormal sex? Apple does right by paranormal beings. *wink wink*

Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s February 2016 ReadsThe Selection by Kiera Cass
Also by this author: The Heir, The Selection
Series: The Selection #3.5
Also in this series: The Heir
Published by HarperTeen
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 120
Format: eBook
Source: Public Library
Add to: Goodreads

While America Singer's heart was torn between Aspen and Prince Maxon, her friend Marlee knew exactly what she wanted—and paid the price.

Revisit the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series in this digital original novella. Told from Marlee's point of view, this all-new 64-page story returns to the fateful Halloween when Marlee and Carter were discovered, and reveals how that night—and Prince Maxon—changed their lives forever. - via GoodReads

3 Stars

GoodReads kind of screwed me over on this one.The reading order for The Selection series lists this as 2.6 indicating that it falls in place before book 3. Not so. It spoiled a LOT for me. And I fucking hate spoilers. So that happened. The story itself was fine. Nothing special really but it was nice to have another Selection story.

Stephanie

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