Book review: Bound in silver (Solis Invicti #3) by Josie Jaffrey (4 stars)

I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review from the author.

“He was in love with someone else.”

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Title: Bound in silver (Solis Invicti #3)

Author: Josie Jaffrey

Format: Kindle (Review copy)

Genre: New Adult, Dystopian, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Horror

Rating: 4/5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

If you’re living against the clock, try not to do it in a cage.

Exiled from the city and from the affections of the vampire who had loved her, Emmy finds herself pushed into a captivity she never expected to experience. With the bond to her former protector broken, she knows that the chance to turn Silver is now a monstrous obligation rather than a glittering opportunity.

In an unfamiliar place among unfamiliar people, Emmy feels deserted by those Silver she had thought of as friends, out of sight and out of mind. If only her enemies were equally forgetful.

Bound in Silver is the penultimate book in Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance quadrilogy, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Emmy is exiled from London and sent to serve her punishment in the farms, with the Casting drawing near and the bond broken, she knows that the last task of the agenda is that she will turn into a Weeper.

In the third instalment of the Solis Invicti series, we see a lot of the character’s true colours and a ton of revelations are unravel, some will shock you and other will leave you breathless.

I loved that this book focuses on love, and how it all differs according to each character, similar to us in real life.

I really detested Mark and Ada (Read to see what happens that makes me so annoyed at them!) While I absolutely adored Tommy and Cam for putting their lives on the line for Emmy.

THAT PLOT TWIST, I was guessing it since book two and it was true! I was actually really glad since I still had hope for this character and knowing that he pulled through really made me relieved. I did feel bad for the other character though.

I loved the story development of this book and how Emmy’s character arc has grown over the three books. The stakes and risks are definitely higher in this book.

The ending had me really worried about the fourth and final book in this series and I’m quite sad to start reading it, knowing that it would be the end.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: The price of silver (Solis Invicti #2) by Josie Jaffrey (4 stars)

I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review from the author.

“A connection that could bring his death at the same moment as mine.”

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Title: The price of silver (Solis Invicti #2)

Author: Josie Jaffrey

Format: Kindle (Review copy)

Genre: New Adult, Dystopian, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Horror

Rating: 4/5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

In the straits of necessity, sometimes there isn’t room for freedom.

The Price of Silver is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.

Emmy is fenced in by the city, the walls marking the edge of safety closing in around her and sealing her in with one vampire who loves her and another who wants her dead. As she struggles to keep herself and the people she cares about alive, her fellow humans chafe against their enforced submission, and it becomes clear that there are bigger schemes and greater deceptions in play than she had ever imagined.

All the while, the monsters wait outside the barricades for their moment. Of one thing she is certain: without the help of the Silver, the humans won’t be safe for long.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

I was so hung up after I read the first book and was totally stuck on the world building of the book, I didn’t dare to read anything else. Although I didn’t feel an emotional connection with the story at first, I really wanted to see how the characters and story would turn out. But by the end of this 2nd book, I was slightly more attached to the characters.

In the second installment of the Solis Invicti series, Emmy is forced to make decisions and choices, most of which she is not ready for. As the weepers grow in numbers, she is certain that without the Silver, there may not be any humans left at all.

So a nice fact we find out in this book is that if a Silver had silvered for someone and that person returns their love, their eyes will turn gold! (I would really want to see this)

Tommy was really sweet and always looked out for Emmy on behalf of Drew. For me the MVP character for this book was Cameron, he really risen from his initial character in the first book and became a really strong supporting character in this novel.

The world building of the 2nd book was as great as the first and the love triangle has me confused yet I want to know more. The love triangle is frustrating and confusing! I really enjoyed the story progression as the stakes were higher in this book.

After this 2nd book, I actually would rather Emmy ended up alone or maybe with Oliver? Both Sol and Drew are so competitive, scarily possessive and confused and that leaves me torn too.

That cliff-hanger ending had me really fearful for what was about to happen in book 3 of the Solis Invicti series.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Anime Review: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Crystal (4 stars)

Anime Review: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Crystal (4 stars)

“Always in the end, comes hope and rebirth.” – Tomoe Hotaru (Sailor Moon)

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Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Magic

Number of episodes: 39 (Season 4 to be announced)

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis:

New Sailor Moon anime commemorating the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon.

Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.

Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold….

Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?

(Review)

I binged watched the entire 3 seasons so I will condense the review into one big post! This version of Sailor moon is more true to the manga and I actually never actually watched Sailor moon, only knew bits and pieces, so with this newer and nicely animated one, I shall give it a go!

Season 1

After Usagi runs into a black cat who bestows upon her the power of sailor moon. Sailor moon and her friends have to prevent the Legendary Silver Crystal from falling into the wrong hands.

I was totally shipping Mamoru and Usagi since the first episode. This anime was trying to mislead me but I already knew the story. Progression of the story was pretty fast lol.

HOLY SHIT, I didn’t realise how Cinder’s story resembled Sailor Moon! A princess from the Moon and a Prince from the Earth? The more I watch the more I realise how similar it is. HOLY SHIT.

Love the entire story arc for season 1. Definitely emotional and has great themes of love and friendship.

Season 2

A new antagonist appears (Prince demande) ! And a girl named Chibi Usagi appears and Usagi definitely does not trust her. The new bad guys take each of the sailor guardians as hostage on their quest to find the Legendary Silver Crystal.

It was definitely weird to see Chibi Usa kissing her future dad, which is freaking weird lol. But the risks were great in this season and they get new powers.

Season 3

I feel so sad that Usagi has to compete with Chibi usagi for Mamoru’s attention LOL. It’s funny to see how much Mamoru acts like a dad in this season. So many new characters and ships forming.

A new season and new villains appear again seeking the Crystal that is similar to their Taioron crystal.

And I like that it’s really more similar to the manga LOL (that’s what I heard). OMG the return of Sailor Pluto! Hotaru is half cyborg (HOLY SHIT, like Cinder). The risks are even higher in this season compared to season 2.

I love Sailor Moon’s new transformation. The darkness that takes over Hotaru’s body is cray cray man. LOL, Chibi usagi getting her new powers so quickly was quite a turn off though.

Sailor moon’s character arc was great, she decided to sacrifice herself to stop Master Pharaoh 90. Wow the ending was so sad and then suddenly so happy again and definitely opened potential for season 4.

Season 4 will be 2 part movie, the date has yet to be announced!

Have you watched this anime before? Let me know some of your favourite anime in the comments down below!

Book review: One Small Thing by Erin Watt (4 stars)

(I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review from Edelweiss.)

“This is my life now. I’m imprisoned in my own home, with no privacy and no escape.”

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Title:  One Small Thing

Authors: Erin Watt

Format: kindle (eARC)

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 4/5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Beth’s parents have beens strict and dictating ever since her sister, Rachel passed away. One night, Beth sneaks out to attend a party and there, she meets Chase. Chase is just released from juvie and wants to have a fresh start, but the demons from the night Rachel died still haunts him.

This book reminded me of Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel.

Beth and Chase’s forbidden romance was definitely the highlight of the book for me as it was a very interesting pairing. I also finished this book in one sitting!

One small thing is an important and heartbreaking book that teaches us about loss, forgiveness and love.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: A bargain in silver (Solis Invicti #1) by Josie Jaffrey (4 stars)

I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review from the author.

“I am afraid that it is the only way your race will survive.”

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Title: A bargain in silver (Solis Invicti #1)

Author: Josie Jaffrey

Format: Kindle (Review copy)

Genre: New Adult, Dystopian, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Horror

Rating: 4/5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life?

A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.

A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.

After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.

But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.

As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

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(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

When Emilia is attacked by weepers, she is saved by Drew, who introduces her into the world of the Silver, a vampiric race that ensures the protection of humans against the weepers, in exchange for their blood and freedom. Emilia is left with little choice as all the events lead up to her in the arms of the enemy. Or are they?

I really liked the story development of the book. I also LOVED the world building for this book, it definitely sucked me in (heh, get the pun?) and had me addicted!

Emilia and Drew are so cute together and the whole push and pull type of relationship was perfect for the circumstances. Their relationship was pretty confusing, but that makes the story even better! Tommy and Drew’s friendship was really cool as Tommy was always looking out for him.

I did feel that although Emilia started off as a strong heroine, by the end of the book was more oppressed. I was hoping to see her fight against the Silver more!

I trusted my gut feeling while reading this book and a lot of things that I supported were actually true! (Read to figure it out!)

To be honest, I didn’t expect to like this book and the amount of pages daunted me, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised and I really wanted to read more of the books and follow the characters on with their journey!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂