Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

A Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (The Kingmaker Chronicles Book2): 4.5/5!

SHE’S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD… 
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT

“Cat” Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat’s tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what’s a warrior queen to do when she knows it’s her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world—for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin risk sacrificing everything they’ve fought for. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom…or die trying.

Breath of Fire is a great sequel in a compelling series! In my opinion, the second book in any series is very hard to write well. The reason people read the second book is probably because they loved the first and are expecting a book just as good, if not better, than the first. Amanda Bouchet clearly has no problem keeping readers enthralled in her world. Breath of Fire had the same intense action, adorable and steamy romance, and heart warming camaraderie as A Promise of Fire. The story progresses at a nice pace and Bouchet continues weaving in the magical mythology that truly makes this story an original in the New Adult/Fantasy genres.

Cat, our leading lady, proves her strength time and time again, while learning how to lean on her new friends and family. I very much enjoyed the secondary characters as well; they have dimension and are crucial to the story. Griffin is of course strong and protective towards Cat, but we see him come to terms with the fact that he can’t always be their for her.

I loved this book and can’t wait for the next!holly

Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (The Kingmaker Chronicles Book 1): 5 Stars!!!

KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…

BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT

Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin’s fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.

What a gem! A Promise of Fire is everything a new adult fantasy should be. It is creative and original with a kickass heroine, a swoon worthy hero, a steamy romance, and a real plot. This take on ancient Greece with its Gods, Goddesses, and magic is new and enchanting. Ms. Bouchet filled the story with fun, laughter, good friends, and terrifying villains. Her writing is magnificent throughout and keeps you turning pages well into the night.

Cat, our heroine, is strong, brave, and knows her value. I barely ever got annoyed with her (which is not normal) and was constantly surprised by her knowledge and actions. Griffin, our hero, is strong and smart with just the right amount of caveman. The plot is something new and exciting and the characters prove themselves time and time again.

I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to start the next book in the series!holly

Review: Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Review: Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa: 4.5/5 stars!

Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear. Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects. But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more. For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken. If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

This was a wonderfully written story with originality, well developed characters, and a beautiful love story. It isn’t very often that I find original ideas in the young adult and new adult fantasy genres. But Laura Thalassa has built a solid and interesting world in this book with werewolves, faeries, seers, sirens, and more living relatively harmoniously in our world and others. Thalassa’s world building is solid with some supernatural generalities utilized well. The characters are fleshed out and believable and the romance is swoon-worthy. The only problem I had with this book was the mystery part; some sections of information were redundant and other parts were rather sparse. While I very much like Callie in general, she was agonizingly slow when it came to her dreams and other situations related to the mystery.

Out of everything, the romance was hands down the best part of Rhapsodic. Callie and Des are beautiful together and I thoroughly enjoyed the brief flashbacks scattered throughout. I generally hate flashbacks because they’re hard to pull off and usually end up wasting time and pages. But I really, really enjoyed these flashbacks because they were pertinent to the story and added significant depth and insight to Des and Callie’s current relationship.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series. While Thalassa’s storytelling isn’t quite on par with Maas’s, it’s certainly well on its way and I can’t wait for the second book in The Bargainer series!holly