Blood & Honey

Magic is neither good or bad

On a site note, I was going through my decisions of how many starts should I rate this book. Then the last pages and chapter came to me like a slap. The result is brilliant.

I must say one thing I love about this book is the different moods. You have humor, you have thrill, you have questions and blood, much, much, much blood. The book is called Blood and Honey and I asked myself about the title. Sure Serpent and Dove made sense but Blood and Honey. I still loved it but I was intrigued by it until of course the books tells you and you understand why. Then it makes more sense because at the end of this book you will need some Blood and Honey too.

The book starts with the same crew and where we left them. Lou with Reid, Coco as the fiercest and most beautiful blood witch there is, sweet and innocent Ansel and and so on the rest. This book is all about alliance and keep yourself safe. Morgane is on their tail, hunting them, watching every step and scheming in darkness. They know how powerful the witch is. They also know the Chasseurs are too looking for them with Jean Luc as commander. And they know, they are not enough to bring her down to stop them. So they take action. They decided to visit the blood witches clan of Coco’s aunt, leaving Reid behind as they come across the witches. On their way Lou sees the awful thing Morgane has done to Reid’s family and decides to lie when they meet again. They try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of fox and hunters that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

Like I mentioned before this book get you on edge, makes you feel bitter and sad. On a quick note, the love between Lou and Reid, I find it annoying in the most beautiful way. It’s perfect. You don’t feel like we’re in love and everything works for it. You don’t see the pink and pretty colors. Sure they are married and they love each other. But going from a relationship to knowing each other, a hunter and a witch. One raise strict with morals and rules and anything out of church is abomination as for the other one a witch full or magic and desire. It not easy to combine. But when they do it’s beautiful. And what I loved about it most, it’s real.

After that ending I can’t wait for the third and final book. It’s been an awesome ride and now that the cliffhanger is on, Shelby, make the third one count as the first two.

Book Review: Cemetery Boys

Dia De Los Muertos is a dead deal

Yadriel has summoned a ghost and now he can’t get rid of him. When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

My Life as Books: 2018 Edition

I did these on Poisoned Rationality since 2009, and continued the tradition here in 2015, 2016 & 2017…so what’s new?

Using only books you have read this year (2018), cleverly answer these questions.   Try not to repeat a book title. (links lead to GoodReads)

Describe Yourself: The Wrong Girl by RL Stine

How do you feel: Mortality Bites by Ramy Vance

Describe where you currently live:  In Arcadia by Andrea K. Host

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Academy of Assassins by Stacey Brutger

Your favorite form of transport: Planet Ladder by Yuri Narushima

Your best friend is: Marked by Stars by forthright.

What’s the weather like: Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren

Favourite time of day: NightS by Kou Yoneda

What is life to you: How to Life An Undead Life by Hailey Edwards

Your fear: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

What is the best advice you have to give: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Thought for the Day: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

How I would like to die: A Choice of Secrets by Barb Hendee

My soul’s present condition: In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire


Lexie Words

Book Review: Prisoner of the Crown


She was raised to be beautiful, nothing more. And then the rules changed . . . 
In icy Dasnaria, rival realm to the Twelve Kingdoms, a woman’s role is to give pleasure, produce heirs, and question nothing. But a plot to overthrow the emperor depends on the fate of his eldest daughter. And the treachery at its heart will change more than one carefully limited life . . .
Princess Jenna has been raised in supreme luxury—and ignorance. Within the sweet-scented, golden confines of the palace seraglio, she’s never seen the sun, or a man, or even learned her numbers. But she’s been schooled enough in the paths to a woman’s power. When her betrothal is announced, she’s ready to begin the machinations that her mother promises will take Jenna from ornament to queen.

But the man named as Jenna’s husband is no innocent to be cozened or prince to charm. He’s a monster in human form, and the horrors of life under his thumb are clear within moments of her wedding vows. If Jenna is to live, she must somehow break free—and for one born to a soft prison, the way to cold, hard freedom will be a dangerous path indeed…

Note: I have not read any of Kennedy’s Twelve Kingdoms novels so I can’t speak as to how this relates to those.

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Book Pre-Order Campaigns


Everyone likes incentives right? And incentives that come from doing what we do anyhow? Even better. Now I don’t have unlimited money…but if I did I would probably go bankrupt pretty quick. These are the pre-order campaigns I’ve put into because they’re books I already know I wanted to get.

I’ll be updating this as new ones appear, but some of these end soon so get a move on!

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BOOK DEAL: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire Hardcover for $5.99! (Rosamund Hodge)

Dear Readers,

A Romeo and Juliet retelling by amazing Rosamund Hodge (author of Cruel Beauty, Crimson Bound) is selling at for only $5.99 (HARDCOVER!). That is a STEAL!

Book Deal

Don’t like Hardcover? The kindle price is $3.99! Verryy good deal, amazing author. Click on the image above to get you to the book’s amazon page.

Keep on reading,

Taschima Gradient

#BookExpo 101: The Basics

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Back on my old blog, Poisoned Rationality, I used to do a round up of helpful posts for the Book Expo n00b. Its been a few years since I did my last one (2015!) so I thought I’d revise and repost some of those blog posts to help anyone looking for a nudge of help.

So you’ve heard about this crazy little thing called ‘Book Expo’ and you say to yourself ‘What in blazes in that?’  First, why are you talking like that?  Second, Book Expo is an industry event when publishers, booksellers, teachers, librarians, media and authors all get together to party.

Here’s a low down on the who, what, where, when, why, how and omg in all its proverbial glory.

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Book Review: Spindle Fire


It all started with the burning of the spindles.
It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood–and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.

Pros – Isbe & Aurora’s relationship, the Prince, the structure of the book

Cons – Book 1 of 2, Isbe’s relentless quest to sacrifice, Aurora’s relentless quest to be right

Spoiler – None. Well, there’s a spoiler involving the Princes, but the information is pretty quickly revealed in the book so I don’t know if its a real spoiler or not.

Note – I do some speculation in this review, because once again I went in thinking this was a stand alone and its not.

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