About the Book
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
Ok, like where do I even begin with this book?! It was just even more than I expected, wanted, could ever imagine? But I guess first things first is admitting that I’ve been in at least a month long spiral of binge reading JLA. What can I say? It started with my addiction to the Lux series and need to reread it…. again… And I probably shouldn’t admit this, but it was at least my second time rereading the series this year alone. Armentrout is just one of those few authors that sucks me into a black hole and I would literally be happy to restart any of her books as soon as I finish it and jump right back into the world. But I digress, and I want to get this review up ASAP so that I can remind everyone that this book is available for $1.99 on the kindle TODAY, and there’s like an hour left in the day so I need to share this with the world quickly. And I blame my lateness for this review today on the fact that I’ve been a sleep deprived sloth all day because this book forced me (legit held my brain against my will) to stay up until 8AM to finish it. But there’s just so much I want to say about this book, so I’m going to try and fit it all in nice and neatly!
So, first things first. DAYUM! I typically keep things pretty PG on my reviews (which is funny because I swear like my father), but this book just blew my mind. JLA is amazing at paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy, but I never knew that I absolutely needed an epic fantasy from her as well. Like, mix my absolute favorite genre with probably my most addicted to author and it’s a match made in heaven. Plus we still get that steamy romance, snarky and beyond gorgeous men, and a kick-ass heroine. This book actually made me slip into my really bad habit of reading ahead (I know), and I wound up basically skim/fast reading the book as soon as I started because I was so into it and then I went back and slowly sucked in each and every word.
And I know I’m mostly just talking about my feelings and not the plot, but I really just don’t want to give anything away. It’s just so good that just experiencing the story while you read it is everything. But in a brief synopsis: Poppy is the awkward but tough MC that I love to see. She’s so cringey, but in all of the best ways and I kept finding myself snorting and dying laughing from second hand embarrassment but also applauding and fist pumping for her proving that she can fend for herself. Hawke, oh mamma. Just, muah *kisses*! The snark. His absolutely amazing kink for loving a girl who isn’t afraid to throw a dagger at his face. Just, you need to read it for these two alone. But they’re not the only amazing characters, but you should read it so that you can learn about them all on your own. And then there are also the evil characters that will make you cheer when they get served what they owe, there is a massive curveball (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it), and so much more. So, for probably the millionth time in this review: *psssttttt* read this book, you won’t regret it!
About the Author
# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.
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