Wicked Saints

Things to love about Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan:

  1. A Strong Female lead
  2. Flawed characters that are relatable
  3. A fantasy world to get lost in.

As a woman I love novels with strong female characters. Nadya is a young girl on the brink of womanhood. She has lived her life sheltered in a monastery, hidden from her Country’s enemies. She is headstrong yet throughout the plot she finds herself doubting choices she has already made and decisions she is about to make.

I loved all of the characters in Wicked Saints. Serefin, the prince of the Tranavia. I was eagerly willing to believe him to be the evil doer of bad deeds in this plot, yet as it progressed I found myself sympathetic to his position. I was highly suspicious of Malachiasz’s plans throughout the majority of the storyline but towards the end I found myself routing for him, and I still hold out hope for him in the upcoming installment to Wicked Saints.

I find myself drawn to fantasy worlds based in human history and this novel is full of that. Rich in slavic origins I am still undecided if the world of Tranavia, Kalyazin and Akola is supposed to be its own separate world; or is it supposed to be an ancient past of civilization lost to us??? Our own history is riddled with wars waged in the name of religion and wiping out the heretics so the basis of the war between Tanavia and Kalyazin is all the more believable. It’s only made more exciting by the element of magic and mysticism.

If you enjoy young adult fantasy be sure to check this on out and immerse yourself in this dark gritty world. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Things You Save In A Fire

Cassie the protagonist of Things You Save In a Fire loves her job with the Austin Fire Department. After a shocking awards banquet she finds her career threatened and decides to salvage it with a year spent in Massachusetts with the guise of taking care of her estranged mother.

I usually don’t read books set in the Public Safety community. I can’t really enjoy them as I find myself cringing at the writer’s interpretation of a community that I am a part of. I am an emergency dispatcher. I guess in my world I would be consider a triple threat; I dispatch for Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Things You Save In A Fire represents one part of the public safety family. I feel that Katherine Center does a brilliant job of representing the camaraderie of the people who are united in their “calling” to help others. I especially enjoyed the pranks and teasing between the different characters. I often tell the “rookies” I work with that if I don’t pick on them then they should worry.

I also enjoyed how Katherine Center chose to connect her protagonist Cassie with her protagonist in How To Walk Away. There were moments where I cringed at Cassie’s actions, moments of laughter, and moments of happiness. There was even a moment where my heart was in my throat.

When We Left Cuba

“Fortunately, I’ve never been much for listening to what other people say.” ~ When We Left Cuba, Chanel Cleeton ~

Beatriz Perez finds herself exiled in Florida after the Cuban Revolution. Her twin brother killed during the Revolution, her families fortune are social standing loss. While her father works to rebuild his business and her mother works to rebuild their social standing through her daughters marriages, Beatriz is determined to find her own path.

Beatriz is tired of life in exile, she wants to return to her life in Cuba; she wants to avenge her brother’s death. Recruited by the CIA Beatriz plans to get close enough to Fidel Castro and get her revenge. She doesn’t count on falling in love with an man with his own political ambitions.

When We Left Cuba is a wonderful summer read. Be sure to find a comfy seat poolside or a good sandy spot on the beach while and let the ocean provide the soundtrack.

Necessary People

“The world leaves people broken, but they find a way to put themselves back together again.” ~ Anna Pitoniak, Necessary People.

This book has been sitting on my shelf since May and I wish I had read it sooner. I love the fact that the narrator isn’t very likable. While entertaining this book also made me sit back and think. Normally we view it as a good thing to improve our social and financial standing in society. Is there a point when it starts to have a negative impact on us? Where do we draw the line? Is there ever a point when it’s too late to do the right thing?

Violet grew up in a nowhere town in circumstances she rather no one find out about. College was her chance to start fresh. She see’s her opportunity to move up in status when fate has her rooming with Stella. A wealthy girl who hasn’t a care in the world as she heedlessly spends her families money an parties her way through College.

It seems that things are set to continue in the same vein after College as well. Violet settles into a job working in cable news and Stella floats around from one place to the next. Until Stella decides she wants what Violet has worked so hard to achieve. She lands an internship at the same news outlet as Violet and effortlessly advances from there in unheard of leaps. Violet stands back and watches yet continues on in her traditional role. Until Stella does the unthinkable and muscles her way into a story that Violet has worked tirelessly on.

We all have that relationship that is competitive, at what point do we stop the competition for the sake of the relationship? Or do we forsake the relationship for the sake of our ambitions?

Storm And Fury

Although this novel is a hefty 504 pages and was an entertaining and quick read. I found myself completely absorbed in Trinity’s world. A world of Wardens, Demons and Humans inhabit the world.

Most of the Wardens she lives amongst believe Trinity to be just another Human girl in need of protection. What they don’t realize is she has a secret, a secret, a secret that must be hidden at all costs, until she is called upon along with her Warden Protector Misha.

Then one night Trinity’s world changes forever. She joins forces with Zayne a Warden from another community and leave the compound she has called home for most of her life. In a race to save a friend she discovers there is more to the lore she has been taught and that even the “good guys” can make mistakes while the “bad guys” aren’t always as bad as they’re made out to be.

The Golden Hour

“But it’s the love story of the century, haven’t you heard?” I said. “The King who gave up his throne for the woman he loves.” ~ Beatriz Williams, The Golden Hour.

Lulu finds herself with a plum assignment reporting on the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor while he serves as Governor of the Bahamas. Before long Lulu finds herself entangled in the intrigue and politics that is the center of Island life. Lulu is also drawn to a mysterious gentleman, one she can’t help but fall in love with.

I could not tear myself away from this novel, I read all 462 pages in just two days. I love the setting of the Bahamas, the intrigue of possibility of war time conspiracy from a reported loyal member of the Royal Family. Add in a forbidden love story and a horrific murder and its resulting trial, how could anyone walk away unsatisfied after reading this novel.

A Nearly Normal Family

“It takes all my strength not to run over and throw my arms around her and whisper that Dad is here, that I’m not going to let go of her until this over.” ~ M.T. Edvardsson, A Nearly Normal Family.

A thriller told from three points of view. The father’s, a pastor in the Church of Sweden who struggles with his morals and how far he’s willing to go to protect his family. The daughter, who stands accuse of murdering a prominent citizen. The mother, a defense attorney who must decide to stand with the ethics of her job, or the loyalty towards her family.

An intriguing plot that keeps you riveted with each turn of the page. I found myself constantly changing my mind about the characters motivation with each different view point. A must read if your a fan of thrillers.