House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

GoodReads Summary:
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.
Review:
How do I even talk about this book? I’m undecided about whether or not I want to talk spoilers, so I shall start off spoiler-free and if I feel like I can’t get my thoughts across well enough I will clearly label when/if I start to talk about spoilers.
To start off, the world this is set in was a little confusing. It was unclear if it was supposed to be Earth in 15k years, and if it is Earth, are all of the continents in the same place? I was just a bit confused with the combination of fantasy with modern elements. Despite this, I really enjoyed the combination of fantasy and modern society. I thought it was really interesting to see modern technology within this fantasy world.
Let’s get into the characters. I loved Bryce. She’s a girl that presents herself in one way, a party girl. Everyone so easily believes that of her, underestimates her and I loved it. I loved her proving them all wrong. She loved fiercely and having lost her best friend, she’s just not okay. I adored her relationship with Danika. I loved the fledgling relationship with Connor and was totally devastated at their outcome. I loved how Danika’s journey was brought full circle.
Now, Hunt. He’s an interesting one. I feel like we didn’t get all of his history. We learned about his role in the Angel rebellion and I’m totally here for a man that fights for the right thing. I liked that he’s not perfect. Maas manages to write wonderfully damaged men that are so easy to love. I really enjoyed Bryce and Hunt getting to know one another past the party girl and the governor’s henchman.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I have a feeling the series is only going to get better (it seems to be the trend with Maas’s books.) I’m hoping she doesn’t follow the trend of changing the love interest because I really like Hunt and Bryce together. I thought the world was interesting and I’m excited to learn more about it.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

Summary:
They came against her as a child. Now they face the woman.
The ice is advancing, the Corridor is narrowing, and the empire is under siege from the Scithrowl in the east and the Durns in the west. Everywhere, the emperor’s armies are inn retreat.
Nona Grey faces the final challenges that must be overcome if she is to become a full sister in the order of her choice. But it seems unlikely that she and her friends will have time to earn a nun’s habit before war is on their doorstep.
Even a warrior like Nona cannot hope to turn the tide of war.
The shiphearts offer strength that she might use to protect those she loves, but it’s a power that corrupts. A final battle is coming in which she will be torn between friends, unable to save them all. A battle in which her own demons will try to unmake her.
A battle in which hearts will be broken, lovers lost, thrones burned.
Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #3)Review:
Holy Sister was everything I wanted and more. I am so glad to have found this series because it’s become an all-time favorite of mine, especially with this concluding novel. I have not a single negative thing to say about Holy Sister.
Nona, my girl, was kick ass and brave and loyal and kick ass just like she was in the previous books. I adored her and her relationships. She cares so deeply for the people she loves that she will risk her life for them again and again. She’s also so smart and somehow always managed to find her way out of the wild situations she gets into.
Holy Sister is told in two timelines. Three years ago, and present day. I liked this because ‘three years ago’ started us off right where Grey Sister ended. But we also got to see the current events and antics that the characters are getting into. I think Lawrence did the flashbacks really well, though I would have liked to seen more of Abbess Glass because she was a true Queen.
The world building was also incredible. We got to learn more about Zole and the ice people. I thought that was my favorite part. Learning about how her people have found things under the ice and learned how to use them to their advantage was so interesting. I wanted to know more about what was on the planet before the ice. All the talk about ‘the missing’ left me very curious to know more about them and the history of the world.
Overall, I adored this book. Nona will be one of my favorite characters forever. This world was fascinating and kept me interested the whole time. The magic was fun and complex but had limitations and rules. This is a series I will be recommending more often for sure.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.