June Book Haul!

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As you can see, I went out of character and bought three paperbacks on kind of a whim. I mean, when the kindle copy is $10.99 and the paperback is $7, you kind of let logic guide your mouse, lol. These three have been on my to-read list for what feels like millennia, so the fact that they should be arriving in a few days has me feeling like:

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And with new books to read, that means I’ll finally be able to post some reviews again. And that makes me want to get down like my friend Napoleon here.

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Comment below if any of these titles are on your to-read list, or if you’ve already had a crack at one or all three. I’d love to know what you thought of it/them!

STAR REVIEW: HUNTRESS BY JULIE HALL

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Synopsis:

No one’s afterlife is as dispiriting as Audrey’s―at least that’s what she believes after waking up dead without her memories and being promptly assigned to hunt demons for the rest of eternity. She’s convinced God’s made a cosmic mistake; after all, she’d rather discuss the color of her nails than break them on angelic weapons.

It doesn’t help that her trainer, Logan, is as infuriating as he is attractive. And just when Audrey and Logan appear close to developing an amicable relationship, a decision made under duress pushes their hearts in a direction neither of them saw coming.

Despite her sub-par fighting abilities, an ancient weapon of unparalleled power chooses Audrey as its wielder, attracting the cautious gazes of her fellow hunters and the attention of Satan himself. With Satan’s eyes now fixed on Audrey, a battle for the safety of the living looms in the shadows.

STARS

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MINI REVIEW: CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO

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Synopsis:

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn—and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

MINI REVIEW

So if you follow my Instagram (@authorindaherwood) then you’ll know I DID get around to finishing the sequel to “Six of Crows”. It just took me a while since I was super busy with editing my latest project *raises brows conspiratorially*

The whole gang is back in “Crooked Kingdom”, and we leave off almost exactly from where “Six of Crows” ended. I was expecting this book to be as fast paced and exciting as SOC, but unfortunately it didn’t play out like that. I still liked the story as well as the ending, but something was missing for me, and I don’t know what it was. If Leigh had done an epilogue that was like, I don’t know, ten years in the future to see where everyone had ended up, I would have loved that. But still, the characters grew, the plot was detailed and impactful, and I’m glad I got to read this series. Also, I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a Kaz Brekker crush for life now lol.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo = 3 stars

REVIEW: SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO

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Synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

REVIEW

Holy crap, I haven’t read something this good since…jeez, I’m going to say the Sweet Evil series. And I read that a LONG time ago. There was something special about this book. I don’t know if it was the characters and their multiple POVs, the world building, or just the irony of all these misplaced teenagers coming together to pull off the impossible. It was a really fun and entertaining read for me, and I’m kicking myself right now for not having picked it up sooner!

You have a kid from privilege, an ex-soldier, a prison inmate, a girl who makes no sound, a sharpshooter with a gambling problem, and the mastermind criminal. Alone they’re not much to fear. But together, they’re the only crew that has a shot at pulling off the most important ( and INSANE ) heist anyone will ever face. With a little humor, a smidgen of romance, and a lot of danger, “Six of Crows” was a seriously heart pounding read at times, and I absolutely loved it. Each character had their own back story, a personal reason for going through with such a risky task. And I was amazed at the details the author gave them, the descriptions she built, the world building… It’s astounding to me that this was created in someone’s mind and not a retelling of an actual historical event. Though I will admit that at times it was a little too detailed, and I couldn’t properly pronounce maybe half the names of the towns/villages/countries etc. But other than that this was a flawless story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves high fantasy. And suspense. And subtle romance. And… screw it. EVERYBODY READ THIS YOU WILL LOVE IT.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 4.5 Barrel stars

Currently Reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Yo, first off, the hardcover copy of this book is SICK. The outer side of the pages are black. BLACK! It’s almost too beautiful for my emo soul to handle. Seriously, I want to hang it up in a shadow box on my wall, it’s so dang gorgeous. Anyway, enough with my weird affair with the cover lol. I’m only 43 pages in, but already I can tell this is going to be an interesting read. Which brings me to ask: have any of you read this before? I’m going to imagine a few of you have, seeing as how this thing has a billion reviews on Goodreads, haha. Post in comments how you liked it!

LEARNING PATIENCE $.99 SALE IS TODAY!

Happy April Fool’s day everyone! And no, the title is not a joke, lol. Today through Monday I’m having a $.99 sale for my NA romance, “Learning Patience” on amazon.com. So if you haven’t read it yet, go pick up a copy at 67% off while you still can 😉

Synopsis:

St. Claire Adams is the newest up and coming rapper to face music since Eminem. He travels the world, performs to crowds of thousands, and he also finds himself in L.A. County jail. A lot. And his final arrest gets him in some deep water not only with his bodyguard Dylan, but more importantly with his record label. Now Saint has an ultimatum to face. Either spend the summer getting “personality rehab” at Dylan’s sister’s famous horse training center, or forfeit his contract with the label and lose the dream life he has as a hip hop artist. Which do you think he chooses?

Life is pretty simple for Patience Kellen. At eighteen she is the youngest trainer at her aunt Molly’s horse farm, Kellen Stables. When news that one of Dylan’s protection details needs a bit of down to earth rehabilitation, she doesn’t even flinch. That is until she meets the tatted up rapper who has…let’s just say a mouth on him. This summer just got a whole lot more interesting. For both parties.

744,245 words and 2,006 pages…so far!

Recently I was talking with my sister, and we were debating how many pages/words I’ve written since I became a writer 3 1/2 years ago. Well, I decided before I edited yesterday to add up a tally on all of my finished and unfinished projects, and the total came to 744,245 words and 2,006 pages! Honestly, it seems exhausting when I look at those numbers. It’s incredible to think that you can type so many words.  But it made me see that this is a really good motivational tool for authors. So I dare you, my writing friends, to add up your pages and words and see how far you’ve come! And even better, I’d love if you told me the results in comments!

So, do you accept the pages challenge?