Siege and Storm Review

siege and storm

 

You guys, reading this second book in the Grisha series hurt so good!

Alina and Mal manage to escape from the Darkling. They eke out a meager existence, and cling to hope of a future together.

Until the Darkling shows up again, with a shadow army he created from the void Alina left him with. They are forced to hunt a mysterious sea serpent, and thus gain a second amplifier. The Darkling will stop at nothing to gain more power.

No one expected the cunning and courageous Sturmhond, privateer extraordinaire. He tricked the Darkling, and kidnapped Alina and Mal. Only the sea fox is not what he seems. (Vague, but spoiler free!) As Alina attempts to build a fighting force of Ravka’s remaining Grisha, she fully assumes the role of leadership and embraces her power.

And still the Darklin plagues her. She sees him in her bedroom, in the war room… He can speak to her, taunt her, even touch her. Are there no limits to his power? Or is Alina going mad?

And then the strain on Alina and Mal’s relationship reaches the breaking point. Heart hurt, weary, and worried, can Alina pull it together to defend her country and defeat the Darkling for good?

Bardugo nearly killed me with this one. She is merciless. She is not afraid to kill off characters, or force them to go through unthinkable traumas. I hate it on one hand, but on the other, it keeps things interesting knowing that nothing is off limits. As a reader, I have no idea what to expect. Terrifying yet thrilling at the same time!

Alina’s struggle felt very real. She is both good and bad. Saint and pure evil. Patriot and prisoner. I LOVE HER. There were so many times I wanted to jump through the pages of the book to give her a hug, or at other times to give her a high five for a job well done. She’s afraid, but she does her best. She’s a total bad ass.

Mal is still swoony! The ups and downs of their relationship were very realistic, and it broke my heart seeing how helpless their romantic situation seems. I WANT to think that true love will conquer all, but honestly? I’m not sure it will. Another reason why Bardugo rocks. Love isn’t all sunshine, puppydogs, and cotton candy. Sometimes love is impossible. It will be interesting to see where it leads and what happens.

I’m DYING to read the third book now! Love, Love, LOVE this series!!!

 

Purchase the book HERE!

 

Cover image obained from Goodreads.
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Totlandia Series… thus far

Review of the Totlandia Series… thus far

Hey Chick Lit Chickadees! I just discovered this crazy new series called, “Totlandia” by Josie Brown. This series has tons of drama, drama, drama! Right now, there are four books out, but the series isn’t over. Considering that the playgroup featured in the book goes up to Fivesies, there could be up to 20 books in the series! The four books out chronicle the lives of four wanna-be members of the prestigious PHM&TC playgroup. They also show the secret life of the club’s founder, Bettina. Each of the wanna-be members has a secret that, if revealed, would probably prevent them from joining the club. You see, the club has many unwritten rules from Bettina- no overweight moms, no working moms, no single moms, etc.

Bettina’s life is the club. She wants the club to keep its prestigious social standing and continue to be feared and revered by the other moms. However, Bettina’s personal life is not nearly as perfect as it looks on the outside. Her husband, Art, isn’t handling their finances well (among other secrets that I can’t give away, but you will find out later!)

Jade has a scandalous past and is being paid by her ex-husband to play mommy to her son, Oliver, to keep him in the club. Jade’s ex wants nothing to do with her, except for using her to get their son in the club. But Jade is determined to win him back.

Lorna is Bettina’s sister-in-law and they’re constantly in competition for Bettina’s mother’s attention and doting. Lorna loves her son, but is worried that he is developing more slowly than the other babies. She’s trying to hide his slow development from the others, especially Bettina, who she believes would use any excuse to get them kicked out.

Jillian is mom to twin girls, who finds out her husband is cheating on her and wants to leave her for “the other woman.” Jillian is in a huge financial mess due to this situation, but has to act like she is still married to a successful man to stay in the club. She struggles to pay the mortgage, but is expected to finance club events and charities.

Ally’s story was most interesting to me. Her gay guy friend, Barry, donated sperm to make her daughter, Zoe. He and his partner are Zoe’s godparents, but for the purposes of the club, Ally acts like she’s married to Barry. Ally and Jade’s ex-husband have a mutual attraction to each other that Ally tries to fight.

I loved getting to be inside each person’s story. I loved how they were all different, but had some things in common- each wanted an exclusive spot and had something to hide! It was crazy and funny to read about the Mom and Tots Club events and how particular Bettina was about everything. The parents all want the best for their children and truly want to find friends, so they were likeable. I thought a book about wealthy, high-class parents fighting for exclusive spots would make me HATE the characters, but they were much more likeable than I expected. 

Each book chronicles a season in the lives of the “onesies.” Secrets eventually come out as the books continue and drama ensues, but friendships also develop. Each of the books made me immediately purchase and download the next book because I was so sucked into each person’s story. The stories are shorter than most e-books.

Mature reader warning: There are some S & M scenes as the book series goes on. I found those easy to skip, since they are only part of one character’s story, and it’s easy to see where the next character’s story starts.

Overall, this is an enjoyable, engaging, easy-to-read story series. I’m definitely going to continue reading it as new books come out! 4 out of 5 chickadees singing.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday – Between the Notes

This lovely is coming June 16th!

 

between the notes

 

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

 

When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

 

*Cover image and description obtained from Goodreads*

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Happy Book Birthday! 3/17/15

We here at Chick Lit Chickadees would like to wish Stacy Lee the very happiest of book birthdays!

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(Remember when we met her at the CA Capital Book Festival?!)

 

 

under a painted sky

 

Under a Painted Sky by Stacy Lee

 

A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans ofCode Name Verity

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.
This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.

 

*Cover and description obtained from Goodreads*

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Man Crush Monday – Arin

the winner's curse

 

Marie Rutkoski’s novel, The Winner’s Curse, kicked my butt with ALL THE FEELS!

 

I both loved and hated this week’s Man Crush Monday, Arin.

 

Purchased as a slave by the general’s daughter, Arin is actually a spying revolutionary determined to overthrow the invading government that took over his country and enslaved his people. Too bad he ends up falling in love with his owner. Betrayal and heartbreak ensue, and I was taken on an emotional roller coaster of love and hate. Ugh! So many feels!

 

Arin possesses many good qualities one looks for in a swoon-worthy character: good looks, brilliance, sarcasm, and musical talent. That being said, I kept calling him an idiot in the last half of the book!

 

I suppose he did the best he could with the hand he had been dealt. He treated Kestrel well, and did his best to become a good leader. I just wish he hadn’t stomped all over Kestrel’s heart in the process. (Sorry to be so vague, but SPOILERS!)

 

And just when I thought things might get better, there was THAT ENDING. Gaaahhh!

 

I don’t know what’s in store for Kestrel and Arin, but I DO know this, Arin makes one hell of a Man Crush Monday!

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