The Bargainer Series by Laura Thalassa Review

Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.
Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want... at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.
If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.

There are worse things than death. Things that lurk in the shadows and slip into your dreams. Things that have no business existing. Things that once slept … but have now awoken.
For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it.

But it’s not just the Thief whose shadow looms over the Otherworld. Des’s father is back from the dead, and he wants revenge on the son who sent him to the grave in the first place.

Des and Callie must figure out how to stop both men, and time is running out. Because there are forces at play working to tear the lovers apart once and for all … and unfortunately for them, death is no longer the worst thing to fear.

I don't know what it was about this book that compelled me to keep reading.

At first I wasn't sure I was going to finish it. The first few chapters where hard to get by. Not because is bad, the book is truly beautifully written I just couldn't get into the story.

I was maybe 3 chapters in when I got really intrigued and after that I couldn't put it down.

The bargainer is such an enigmatic character, you never know what he's up to other than it can be really bad or sinfully good.

Callie is a siren. A beautiful young woman with a troubled past that pushes through her insecurities to live her best life.

There's some dark topics that are mentioned here and there without being overly descriptive but we get the idea of when and what happened. There where times I got so angry for Callie, no child should ever be treated the way she was. I got mad and that's when I realized I was invested in the story.

Des and Callie are good for each other in the weirdest ways, despite the huge age difference they actually work together. I can't imagine Callie with anyone else. She's the good that's missing from Des's life and he's the spark that was missing from Callie's.

Callie is weird personality wise. She can be super self conscious about her looks and how she doesn't want to be a victim but always end up being one. But at the same time she's not cause she spends half the book doing the boom boom and training. Her Siren though it's super awesome I wish she was out full time. Her interactions with Des are super hawt and spicy. I love her.

Des I can't seem to figure out if I love or hate. He's super sweet and caring one second and the next he's scheming and keeping secrets. He's too manipulative but with "good intentions". He's fiercely protective and powerful. Like a huge peacock flaunting his feathers, he flaunts that body of his to have Callie do whatever he wishes.

I'm really liking the story and the hot scenes are super hawt. I love how their backstories are so similar it gives them a common ground. I jus wish there was a bit more info on how the Otherworld works, there are times that Des just through Callie in the middle of things she doesn't have a clue about and as protective as he is that kinda out of character.

I loved the ending. It was the sweetest thing ever.

Callie truly surprised me on this book, she's fierce and embraces her power with a vengeance. I loved her growth from broken girl to powerful woman.

Des will always be Des. He still keeps secrets even from Callie, but I have to admit that He does it all for a good reason.

I can't believe I ended up loving even the side characters that I know close to nothing about. Temper and Malaki should have their own book.

The thief of souls was down right creepy and at times I wondered if he was going to outsmart and outmaneuver Des and Cassie. He seemed an unbeatable force and I was truly worried.

I really enjoyed the story and the pace of it. It was sweet and super sexy, thrilling and agonizing. I was glued to the pages more so than the previous books.

The only reason I didn't give this book a 5 star rating is because I feel that some things were left unanswered or just glassed over but other than that it was pretty darn good.

Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.

… or something like that anyway.

When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

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Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice...

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

Have you ever felt the need to reread a book as soon as you finished it?

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Edition: Kindle
Rating 1000 out of five.
Best read of 2020

I have no words to describe how good this books was. It has everything I love to find in a book and then some. Its action packed, funny, romantic, sad at times and hawt too.

The action scenes are flawless I swear I could see it all as if I was in a movie theater. There where times I thought they weren't going to make it and I cringed with fear for many of the characters.

The romance is slowly paced through the book but once it's on, it is beautiful. Poppy and Cas are perfect for each other. He encourages her to become her best self. He doesn't holds her back, she's his equal and he treats her as such. His love for her is all consuming. Poppy grows into herself, she learns to accept every single part of what makes her unique and in doing so she accepts Cas for who he is.
I won't deny it I cried a lot. There's something about the way the author writes that sucks me in. I felt I was Poppy her pain and fear where my own. It's been years since I was this emotionally invested in a book.

Kiernan I wish I could put him in a bottle and carry him around with me forever. He's one of my favorite side characters ever.

Alastair gave me the creeps at one point I even stopped thinking of the ascended as the main villains. I think he is the one Cas and Poppy should fear.

This is the best book I've read this year. I don't even think I'll be able to find another book that can ensnare me as this one did, at least not for a while.

# 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.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Book Review


Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets - a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Do you prefer action or romance?

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Edition: kindle
Rating: 5/5 and my broken heart

I'm a romance reader, I love books that have a strong couple that endures everything that's thrown their way and come out closer and stronger.

That being said this book got me hooked from the get go. No it's not a romance. It shows a different kind of love, one that is born out hardship, pain, loss and loneliness.

This ragtag crew is as close as a family can get. They bicker and fight but they're there for one another when it counts. They love each other even if they don't say it.

The couples that formed within the crew are beautiful. Each story has a heart of their own. I laughed and cried with them all as their stories unfolded.

This book broke my heart in more ways than one. I feared for them all and when all was said and done my heart broke some more.

Kaz and Inej I loved. They are so scarred inside and at the same time so strong. They both are the glue that holds the crew together and I can't wait to see what becomes of them on the next book.

Wylan and Jes are the funniest. They've gone through hell and back but haven't lost that spark. I loved them and how they worked their way towards one another. They are essential to the crew not just because of their abilities but because they can put a smile on their faces no matter the situation.

Nina and Mathias are the sweetest most lovable couple. He's the most innocent man. He works through his beliefs out of love for Nina and learns to accept everyone for who they are no what they are. Nina seems strong but she's the sweetest. I can't say no more, I won't spoil this for you.

What this crew accomplished is nothing short of a miracle all the book is action packed my anxiety levels went through the roof. I swear I wanted to hurt their enemies so bad.

I loved seeing some characters from the Grishaverse verse too. I missed them a lot.

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her at LeighBardugo.com, and fairly giddy if you liked her selfies on Instagram.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Book Review

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction-if they don’t kill each other first.

Different POVs yay or nay? It's been a while since I read a book with so many change in POVs. So it took me a while to get used to it. That been said I loved it.

Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Edition: Kindle
Rating 5/5

The world #leighbardugo created is amazing. My favorite character so far is Inej or maybe Matthias, I found their backstories super interesting and their voices easy to get into.

Kaz is a tough cookie to swallow but that's what makes me like him even more. All tough on the outside but a scared kid on the inside.

The way the author describes the scenery is beautiful you can picture everything.
All the gang is awesome and their adventure it's epic.

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her at LeighBardugo.com, and fairly giddy if you liked her selfies on Instagram.