May 25, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday

 

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

 

A pulse-pounding new thriller from the bestselling author of Wherever She Goes and Every Step She Takes.


If someone was threatening your home, how far would you go to protect it?

Celeste Turner has a woman living in her shed. A woman who is definitely not supposed to be there. The local police, however, are ill-inclined to help. Celeste is a newcomer to a region of rural Florida. It doesn't matter that her family is originally from the area or that she returned to nurse her dying grandmother. All the locals see is a city girl who swooped in to secure her inheritance . . . a rundown house in need of extensive repairs. Celeste needs her new life to work, and this woman is a threat to that.

Then she meets her. To her surprise, she finds out that Daisy is polite and friendly; a backpacker who is just making her way through the area. Quickly, Celeste begins an unlikely and beneficial friendship with Daisy--she can't help herself and, besides, Daisy will be moving on to her next stop soon. Why not take advantage of the extra help?

Both women have secrets they want to keep buried, and when a body is discovered in the glades near Celeste's house, they must move quickly to prove their innocence and protect the lives they've built for themselves.

 

I still need to read Kelley's other thrillers she's been writing, but I still add them to my TBR! This is the first one she's written with a pen name, so I'll be curious to see the writing style of it! 

 

TITLE: The Life She Had
AUTHOR: K.L. Armstrong

PUBLISHER: Double Day Canada
GENRE: Thriller
RELEASE DATE: July 19, 2022

 


 


 

May 24, 2022

Review--A Touch of Ruin by Scarlett St. Clair

 

Persephone's relationship with Hades has gone public and the resulting media storm disrupts her normal life and threatens to expose her as the Goddess of Spring.

Hades, God of the Dead, is burdened by a hellish past that everyone's eager to expose in an effort to warn Persephone away.

Things only get worse when a horrible tragedy leaves Persephone's heart in ruin and Hades refusing to help. Desperate, she takes matters into her own hands, striking bargains with severe consequences.

Faced with a side of Hades she never knew and crushing loss, Persephone wonders if she can truly become Hades' queen.

 

 

 

 

Scarlett St. Clair returns to the intensely heated relationship of Persephone and Hades in A Touch of Ruin. This book continues the couple's developing relationship and all the trials and tribulations that they are about to face in the coming weeks. Loyalties will be tested, feelings will be tested, let's just say, there's a lot of tests ahead and there's a lot threatening to tear the two apart. Will their love be strong enough to overcome it? Time will tell. 

This story pretty much picks up where the first book left off with Persephone and Hades pursuing a relationship with one another. And it seems all of New Athens is already made aware of Hades' new love interest as they are splashed all over the tabloids. It isn't long before Persephone finds herself questioning a lot of things about Hades and his past. Especially when a nymph, Louce appears who claims she's Hades' ex-lover and is making demands of him. Just how many women came before Persephone? She wonders if she's just another fleeting distraction for him. The secrets just seem to be piling up and Persephone finds herself questioning everything about their relationship.

Persephone's relationship drama isn't her only problem, her friend, Sybil has a major falling out with Apollo and she loses his favor along with her powers and everything else. Persephone gets into a rage and writes a scathing article about the god that pretty much puts a bullseye on her back and only Hades can protect her from the other god's wrath. If that wasn't enough, tragedy will strike once again and Persephone will find she will need Apollo's help and she will have to become indebted to the wrathful god in order to make things right once again.

I honestly thought when I started this book there would no longer be any strife between Persephone and Hades. After all they overcame in the first book, I thought their relationship would have more time to develop. Instead, they have a lot more to learn about each other, although, it's more Persephone learning more about Hades, who still remains very secretive. I'll be very interested to know what he was thinking and doing in his next book, which I plan to read before diving into Persephone's third book. It kind of amazes me that Hades is only now getting his side of the story, but I am enjoying it regardless! I almost wonder if a dual point of view story would've worked just as well, but perhaps not since Persephone continues to do a lot of growing on her own when Hades isn't around, but I would almost like to see how St. Clair would tackle that style of writing as well.

There was yet another small "conflict" you could say that popped up that I felt like wasn't given enough emphasis. I remember seeing the first sign but then it was there and gone and forgotten before we got a twist near the end. I guess I just don't understand how it fit since it wasn't given enough page time. When the connection is made at the end though, I guess you could say it was more prolonged than it was...it just felt weird to me. I don't quite understand how it fit into the story other than to add one more end problem. I know, I'm being vague but I don't want to spoil things. If there had been more buildup with this problem throughout the story it wouldn't have seem so off course, but yeah, it kind of threw me a bit. I wonder if this is something that will be more explored when we get to Hades' pov of this book or not. Time will tell I suppose!

I guess one thing that continues to nag at me regarding the romance in this series is how the lovemaking is referred to f***ing each and every time. I know this is a weird thing to get hung up on, but from all my reading over the years, I've pretty much associated "f***ing" as sex without the feelings and emotions behind it as that is how it's be written every time it's referred to as such. F***ing is pure physical, no emotions involved. But here, it seems to be the opposite as it's literally how the couple refers to their sexual activity. Legit at the end for one time only, "lovemaking" was used and it totally threw me when I read it. I know, I know! I need to let it go. It's just a word choice, but it nags at the romantic in me when one word refers to a physical act and the more flowery word--as cheesy as it is--feels a little more romantic on the emotional level. That when this word gets used, it really gets down to the nit and gritty of love where the other just sating a physical need for sex. Again, just my personal impressions or beliefs based on all the other romance books I've read all these years. So I'll get off my little soapbox here and end it.

I did enjoy the continuing growth of Persephone and Hades' relationship though. That it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows was refreshing, though oddly, I kind of thought they'd have that for most of the book before "the big problem" popped up. Since the third book is waiting for me soon, and I see that St. Clair plans to write another Hades' point of view book for the third "Persephone" book, I wonder again what problems will be coming between them to cause so much separation to warrant yet another book solely from the god's point of view. 

The ending was something of a surprise I guess you could say! I mean the last act, not so much, but the teeny tiny grand finale moment was very foreboding. I would have thought this meant for epic buildup to a grand finale, but I have since learned there will be a fourth Persephone book, so now I'm really curious as to what's going to happen next! I may be having a few personal issues here and there with this series to date, but I still find myself reading them! It's an addiction I guess! Lol. Scarlett St. Clair definitely puts a new spin on the Greek gods and since I've been a fan of Greek mythology since I was youth, I'm all for this passionate spin! I look forward to seeing what will happen next!



Overall Rating 4/5 stars







Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

 

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker



Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.

 


"'Everyone needs protecting,' he said. 'Life's hard.'" p 132


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE: A Touch of Ruin
AUTHOR: Scarlett St. Clair

PUBLISHER: Bloom Books
GENRE: New Adult Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2020

 


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

 

This week's topic is: Top Ten Book Quote Freebie

 

*in no particular order
**these are just quotes I liked from recent reads...or at least ones I wrote down recently! Some may come off as slightly morbid but it is what spoke to me.

 

10. "The world is neither kind nor is it cruel. It simply exists. We have the ability to view it however we choose."
9. "When it comes to books, better to have too many than not enough."
8. "Books became my friends because I didn't have real ones."


7. All stories are made of both truths and lies. What matters is the way that we believe in them.
6. "I've always loved words. They have so much power. They can hurt or ruin. Or they can heal or uplift or fill. Words don't judge or discriminate. They are t be read, regardless of language or type. Words revive as quickly as they slay. Illuminate as fast as they can keep the reader in the dark."
5. But sometimes the story chooses the writer, not the other way around.




4. There is so much to fear in this life that you cannot live at all if you let it rule you.
3. The world was full of small enchantments, when one was willing to look for them.
2. The point of fantasies is to dream big, imagine things beyond our reality.


1. She tried to take comfort in the books. Stories had always felt as if they were her friends.