A Bitter Rain by James D. Shipman

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A former professor descends into darkness in this provocative story of a Nazi soldier torn between duty and conscience.

East Prussia, Nazi Germany, 1939. History professor Erik Mueller is a model citizen and a family man. He’s also a decorated sergeant in the Gestapo. Proving his courage on the battlefields of Poland and the Soviet Union, and proud of the German army’s victories across Europe, he embraces what he thinks is the righteousness of the Third Reich’s cause.

But his loyalties are soon tested when he crosses paths with his old university friend Trude Bensheim. Forced into unemployment for being Jewish, Trude and her husband start a secret organization to help Jews escape Germany. But when they are betrayed by someone they thought they could trust, their lives hang in the balance.

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**Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC copy of A Bitter Rain**


This story broke my heart and then mended only half of it in the end. This was my first historical fiction book that wasn’t a Ruta Sepetys novel, and while it didn’t have that special Ruta touch it was still heart breakingly good. Once you start reading and get introduced to these two German families, one that is Jewish and the other that is part of the SS, and you will feel bad for both families; six people total. However, in the end you will end up only feeling bad for four people; and hate two people.

Shipman’s writing is so raw and he doesn’t hold anything back. You will feel the pain and the heart break that his characters feel. But you will also feel immense hatred by the time you turn the last page.

I felt pure hatred towards Corina, she is a selfish, disgusting women. I felt happiness and irritation towards Trude. I felt nothing but sadness for Erik and while I was angry with Johannes past actions, I still felt sad for him as well. Corina was a horrible human being the entirety of this book. I had a feeling that she turned Trude and Britta in, but to found out that she ACTUALLY did made me want to rip her head off. She is horrible to Erik the entire book and then she tops it off by escaping Germany with their family friend, leaving him and his parent behind. What?! What kind of monstrosity leaves her husbands parents at a shipyard while she gets on a ship with her daughter and the man she has been committing adultery with?!

At the end of this book I feel like the two men of the story, Johannes and Erik got the short end of the stick for sure. They both lost their lives with no help from the action of their wives.

I definitely recommend this book! Worth the read.

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The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

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It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

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This book was amazing! I purchased this, and the other two books in the trilogy, on Book Outlet and oh my gosh. BEST PURCHASE EVER! I have never heard of this series but I absolutely loved it. It is full of fantasy and mages and mages and everything that makes books great. I love Sherry Thomas’s writing style, I zoomed trough the first book in a couple of days and can’t wait to start of the next book.

They two main characters, Titus and Iolanthe have such great dialog and they progress throughout the book in a way that warms my heart. I think I just found another favorite author. If you are into magic, witches and super large dragons that protect castles then this series is for you!

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Faerie Moon by Matt Mark & Francesca Tedesco

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Eighteen-year-old private investigator Veronica Dye is only trying to make some quick cash when she agrees to take on a seemingly routine missing person case. But when her client turns out to be a fugitive from the kingdom of the faerie, Veronica must use all of her wits to survive the night of the faerie moon.
After a bungled investigation leaves her desperate to recover lost wages, Veronica believes her prayers have been answered when a handsome young man dressed in outlandish, outdated clothing and seemingly unacquainted with contemporary customs appears in the offices of Dye Investigations seeking help. Sebastian Avery, though, is an enigma. A human being reared in the realm of the faerie, he is a man without an identity. Stolen from his crib as a baby, he has lived eighteen years as a servant in the faerie realm, a minstrel satisfying the faeries’ craving for human emotions with melancholy songs that express a longing for his lost life. When he takes the daring leap through the mystical barrier that separates the faerie realm from Earth, Sebastian arrives a stranger in a home he has never known. To retrieve his lost life, he must locate his double, the evil changeling that was left in his crib in his place. Yet he has only hours to accomplish his mission for at midnight, beneath the intense glow of the unnaturally large faerie moon, the faeries will be able to cross the enchanted barrier and will come to take him back.

When Sebastian is recaptured following an unsuccessful skirmish with the changeling, Veronica must make the perilous journey across the faerie realm to rescue him. Yet even if she can overcome the beast that plagues that enchanted land and outwit the diabolical faerie queen, she must still defeat the changeling if she is to save Sebastian’s life.

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**Thank you to the publisher/author for sending me an ARC copy for review**

Ok. So I will start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. However, the cover is just horrendous. I don’t know who’s idea it was to put this story to this cover but they should be fired. I very much judge a book by the cover when I am looking for my next read and had I not been sent this book then I would have never picked it up…because of the cover. Delving into the story line, it was OK, I read it pretty quick, but it was a little over 230 pages. I think that the author’s are on the right path, but I think that they could have written a lot more. There was a lot in the book that wasn’t explained, and there was a lot of detail that was left out and could have been put into the book. I would recommend this book if you life fantasy and faerie themed stories. But don’t expect too much from Faerie Moon, I hate too say that but it’s true. 2 out of 5 stars from me.

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The Rose Society & The Midnight Star by Marie Lu


Publisher Synopsis-The Rose Society

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Publisher Synopsis-The Midnight Star

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.
When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

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Well. I am going to do a double feature for this review! I read both of these books so close together that I didn’t get the chance to write individual reviews for each. I LOVED this serious. I had read the first book quite awhile ago and was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to pick the series back up again when I started The Rose Society  but I was wrong! The change in character that Adelina goes through is shocking and a little heart breaking. I started to really…hate her. I was not on her side/team for almost the entire book! And I mean BOTH books! One it comes to the ending of the third book, The Midnight Star, I was not sure, and am still not sure, how I feel about the ending. I wont spoiling anything! But I am a sucker for a happy ending and that wasn’t exactly what we readers got at the end of book three. I would definitely recommend this series! Also Marie Lu’s other series, Legend.

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Kings’ Cage By Victoria Aveyard


Publisher Synopsis

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows.

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So. This book. It took me SO LONG to finish this book. It wasn’t…like the others. It was boring. I couldn’t get into Kings Cage. There wasn’t enough action, it was mostly about Maven and Mare’s feeling during the time period that he was keeping her prisoner. Not to mention the end! Cal chooses the crown over Mare?!?! What!!! Are you trying to rip our hearts our Victoria? I may not have enjoyed the book but I looked the first two and was still invested in the characters and story!!! Why can’t Mare and Cal just be happy?!

They definitely left room for a fourth one. However, after King’s Cage i’m not really sure I would be interested in reading a fourth one. Over all it felt like Aveyard is trying to stretch this series out, even though the story line and characters are starting to fall. I think this book was a three out of five stars overall. Red Queen was a great book but after that the books slowly started getting worse and worse. King’s Cage was just not worth the read!

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