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

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?

Swag Giveaway Time!

Here we go, my first ever giveaway for swag! Okay, so it’s not my own book swag, but I still thought this would be a fun thing for my readers to participate in.

Down below are four custom made bookmarkers for Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and A Court of Thorns and Roses (two versions). I’m going to pick a winner on Feb. 24, and they’ll get to pick the marker of their choosing. There will only be one winner, and to enter, just leave a comment down below with your favorite book’s title and your email address (Email optional if it makes you uncomfortable ;). All the best luck to you!

US BASED ONLY

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REVIEW: BY YOUR SIDE BY KASIE WEST

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Synopsis:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

REVIEW

A few days ago I finally got my copy of “By Your Side” in the mail, and despite still being in the middle of reading “The Fill-In Boyfriend”, I couldn’t resist opening it up and diving in. Out of the three books I ordered of Kasie West novels (The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, and By Your Side) I was anticipating this one the most. And since I have the patience of a five-year-old, I put TFIB on the backburner for the time being and lost myself in BYS.

When I was debating how to write this review, I decided bullet points would be the most straightforward option. So please acknowledge exhibit A and exhibit B down below.

WHAT I LIKED

  • Dax and his silent, cute, and mysterious personality.
  • The whole idea of being stuck in a library. Personally, I think that would be any bibliophile’s dream.
  • How Autumn could be herself around Dax and vice versa.
  • Their playful banter.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

  • Dallin the douche canoe.
  • How Autumn couldn’t be herself around her own friends.
  • The way her friends pushed her to do things because they know she has a hard time saying no.
  • The love triangle.

Overall I really enjoyed the premise of the story. I thought it was an interesting, original plotline that showed a lot of heart in its characters, using real life issues a lot of teenagers face as the conflict. One of the main things, though, that bothered me was how almost the entire book was the conflict, unlike most stories that find it 3/4 of the way in, only to have the last quarter of the book to resolve it. I felt drained reading this because it was a constant struggle with the characters, and I don’t know why, but I absorb even fake negative emotions like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. So for me, this was a stressful read lol. But I enjoyed the simple writing style of Kasie West, and thought “By Your Side” was a unique read.

BY YOUR SIDE BY KASIE WEST = 3.5 STARS

And the surprise is…

So, if you follow me on Twitter (which you totally should since I’m even more uncensored on there lol) then you’ll know on Sunday I teased that I had a surprise coming today. And the surprise is…

LEARNING PATIENCE has a new cover!

Ta-da!

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ISN’T IT PRETTY? I am so excited about this one. It’s different than any other cover I’ve ever used for my books. I love the color of it. What do you guys think? I’d love to know, so leave me a comment or like!

If you’d like to pick up “Learning Patience”, you can find it for FREE on kindle unlimited over at amazon.com.

Synopsis:

*This book is a standalone*

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 years old she is the youngest trainer at her aunt Molly’s horse farm, Kellen Stables, and her life pretty much revolves around the horses she molds into prize winning thoroughbreds. So 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.

I hope you liked my surprise, and may whatever book you are currently reading at the moment be the most amazing one you’ve read yet!

Happy reading, friends.