Book Review – The End of Hatred by Rebecca Hefner

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Hello lovelies and Happy Wednesday! Today, I’ll be sharing my review for The End of Hatred by Rebecca Hefner, the first book in the Etherya’s Earth Series, which is a reimagining of the age-old Vampyre/Slayer saga. The rest of the books are all published so it’s totally binge-able if that’s your kind of thing. I’d binge if I could and I want… but I have quite a long list of book reviews to do. Anyway, I think you should try to stay away from any type of distractions — go on a mini reading vacation, send the hubby out with the boys, hire a weekend baby-sitter, or even call in sick from work (guilty of doing that in the past) before binging this series cause once you start, you will get sucked in…badly.

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Twilight sparked my love for reading and interest in anything paranormal/vampire related. I also think there’s something super sexy and exciting with forbidden love stories. So, when Rebecca Hefner emailed me and asked me to review The End of Hatred, I obviously said yes. The premise sounded really amazing, so I had a feeling I would really enjoy it. And, I absolutely did… more than I expected and I’m utterly and wholeheartedly in LOVE with this book/series. I have KU, so while I was reading, I downloaded the second book already. It was that GOOD!

Unfortunately, I did have to put finishing the series on hold since I had other reviews to do. BUT, I can’t lie… I’ve been constantly thinking about this book and I’m honestly beyond excited to continue.

So, let’s get to my review and hopefully by the end you’ll be tempted and intrigued enough to grab a copy for yourself.

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Published: November 18, 2018 by Rebecca Hefner

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Formats: Paperback 232 pages Kindle Edition, 330 pagesbuyonamazon

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synopsis

These are dangerous times on Etherya’s Earth… 

Miranda, princess of the Slayers and heir to the throne, has hated the Vampyres for a thousand years. Since the Awakening, she has fought to protect her people choosing to be a warrior more than a royal. When a female Vampyre washes up on the shore of her compound’s riverbank, she seizes the moment to take the offensive.

Sathan, King of the Vampyres, distraught at his sister’s disappearance and captivity, agrees to travel with Miranda to resect the Blade of Pestilence, also hoping to change his people’s state of endless war. Although the woman hates him due to the constant raids on her compound for the Slayers’ life-giving blood, he can’t help but admire the stubborn and strong princess.

As their journey progresses, both begin to understand that they are aligned in their hatred of Crimeous, leader of the Deamons, as well as their hope for peace between the Slayers and Vampyres. Determined to fight their growing attraction, they forge a tentative truce. But old wounds run deep and trust is scarce. Their faith in each other must remain strong or all will be lost…

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A Deliciously Enticing and Satisfyingly Addictive Paranormal Romance

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I’m seriously so in love with this story and characters and just WOW! The End of Hatred by Rebecca Hefner is such a deliciously enticing and satisfyingly addictive paranormal romance about slayers, vampires, and demons. It absolutely captivated me from the very beginning and left me desperate for more in the end.

The Slayera Princess and the Vampyre King must learn to trust each other to fight a common enemy and restore peace between their people. As they journey to find the weapon that’ll defeat the leader of the Deamons, Crimeous, Miranda and Sathan find themselves not only on a similar path towards the same goal, but also undeniably attracted to each other. Will they be able to bring their people together to defeat Crimeous and eventually find a way to be together?

Hefner has a beautifully seductive way with words that I completely fell in love with this book. Her writing is effortlessly engaging and so utterly alluring. I was sucked in and I loved reading about all these supernatural beings and immortals. The world-building is simply outstanding and I thought the concept about Etherya’s Earth is creative, unique and undeniably intriguing. The plot is wickedly fun, dark, and mysterious. It’s fast-paced and so deliciously thrilling that I was literally holding my breath a few times. I thought the action, drama, humor, suspense, and romance were perfectly balanced creating a remarkably enjoyable reading experience. I honestly didn’t want to finish the story, but at the same time I was dying to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed the secrets, the betrayals, the angst, the heartbreak, and all the crazy twists and turns that made my heart race. The ending is heartwarming and fabulous in every way and I found myself smiling so much. There’s just so much to love about this story and I really cannot wait to see what happens next!

The characters are all really AWESOME. Miranda, the Slayera Princess, is a fantastic heroine. She’s fiercely loyal, kind, brave, and incredibly determined. She’s a bit stubborn and impulsive at times, but deep down, she has a really good heart. Miranda just wants what’s best for her people and will do anything to restore peace. The Vampyre King, Sathan, is such a lovable hero and like Miranda, he’s also looking for a way to end the ongoing war between the vampyres and slayers. I love that he’s caring, patient, honest and I fell so hard for him. Didn’t hurt that he’s ridiculously charming, sexy as hell and just so darn irresistible. AND he’s also a super sweet and loving brother. Yup, my heart melted over and over.

I love the supporting characters too. They all have a special place in my heart and there’s so much about each of them that I admire and love. But, I don’t want to spoil anything. I’ll let you have some fun getting to know their wonderful and intriguing personalities. I do want to mention that I’m most definitely looking forward to Darkrip’s book and just getting to know him more.

Absolutely love the romance. It’s dripping with yummy swoons and so much heart! Miranda and Sathan have that perfect chemistry I find absolutely irresistible. It’s hot and steamy, but also adorably sweet. It’s incredibly fun and beautifully touching watching Miranda and Sathan interact. I love their playful bantering, their sexy moments, and all their heartfelt scenes. Miranda and Sathan definitely made me smile and laugh, feel anxious and excited, and get emotional in the best way. I love these two so much and cannot get enough of them together.

With heart-pounding suspense, breathtaking adventure, intriguing drama, and thrilling action scenes, The End of Hatred by Rebecca Hefner had me gripping the edge of my seat. The world-building, the narrative, and the character developments are exquisitely and flawlessly well done. I loved the twists and turns, the conflicts and complications, the romances, the lighthearted moments sprinkled here and there, and everything else in between. This is such a wonderfully engrossing story about war, politics, family, forgiveness, redemption, friendship, and love. I will rave about this book with blood, tears, and all my heart. I honestly can’t recommend it enough and think it’s perfect for fantasy, paranormal, and romance lovers.

Sending virtual hugs to Rebecca Hefner for contacting me and sending me a paperback copy of The End of Hatred. I’m forever thankful for having the opportunity to read this book and being introduced into this enthralling world. My opinion and thoughts are my own and not affected by receiving a free copy of this book.

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favoritequotes

It’s the will to find a peaceful solution that shows one’s true strenghts.

Our future can be what we make it, if we have the courage to try.

I’ve never felt about anyone the way I feel about you. It’s frustrating and infuriating and wonderful and amazing, all at the same time. I’ve never been in love before so I pretty much suck at it.

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rebeccahefnerphotoRebecca Hefner grew up in Western NC and now calls the Hudson River of NYC home.  In her youth, she would sneak into her mother’s bedroom and raid the bookshelf, falling in love with the stories of Judith McNaught, Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts.  Years later that love of a good romance, with lots of great characters and conflicts, has extended to her other favorite authors such as JR Ward and Lisa Kleypas.  Also a huge Game of Thrones and Star Wars fan, she loves an epic fantasy and a surprise twist (Luke, he IS your father).

Rebecca published her first book in November of 2018.  Before that, she had an extensive twelve-year medical device sales career, where she fought to shatter the glass ceiling in a Corporate America world dominated by men.  After saving up for years, she left her established career to follow the long, winding and scary path of becoming a full-time author.  Due to her experience, you’ll find her books filled with strong, smart heroines on a personal journey to find inner fortitude and peace while combating sexism and misogyny.  She would be thrilled to hear from you anytime at rebecca@rebeccahefner.com

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Website – Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – Amazon – Goodreads – BookBub

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies and I hope you enjoyed reading my review. Let me know if you decide to add this on your TBR and if you’ve already read this book/series and comment below and let’s chat!

As always, have a great and lovely day!

sincerelykjologo

 

 

Blog Tour – ARC Review for Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Hello lovelies and welcome to my Blog Tour stop for Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout hosted by TLC Tours.

From the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY and internationally bestselling author of the fantastical Dark Elements and the Lux series comes a new novel set in a world of gargoyle protectors, rising demons and one girl with an explosive secret.

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Published: June 11, 2019 by Inkyard Press (Original Edition)

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Format: Hardcover 512, Ebook

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Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

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synopsis

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

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A Flawlessly Capitivating and Utterly Addictive Paranormal Romance 

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This book definitely deserves a spot on your TBR! Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a flawlessly captivating and thrilling paranormal romance that had me glued to the pages.

JLA’s With You NA contemporary series is one of my favorites and I can never forget how much I LOVE Cam and Avery.  Now, I haven’t read any of her paranormal books, but I’ve been very interested… so much so that I started buying books from her Lux series. I haven’t started yet cause I’m planning on binging the series when I finally have them all. When I received an invitation to be part of the review tour for Storm and Fury hosted by TLC Book Tours, I obviously had to say yes. It’s a JLA book and I love her writing so I couldn’t resist.

I wasn’t initially aware that Storm and Fury is a spinoff of The Dark Elements series. Having said that, I didn’t find myself having trouble following the storyline, but I’m sure reading the original trilogy would have made it even more fun. I’m definitely intrigued now and planning on reading them really soon. This book is just so well-written and I devoured and savored every moment.

Protected by gargoyle shapeshifters known as Wardens, Trinity Marrow is an eighteen year old girl who’s hiding her unique ability to communicate with ghosts and spirits. If demons find the truth about her secret gift, they’ll end her life to gain more power. But, when reports about both demons and Wardens being killed are revealed, Trinity must work together with an annoying, but charming Warden she can’t seem to resist. Zayne, as fascinating as he is, is also keeping secrets. Secrets that can make things complicated and even worse for Trinitiy. Can Trinity trust Zayne enough to save her family and the world?

With masterful storytelling, alluring world-building, and complex lovable characters, this book had me wonderfully excited and engrossed until the very end. It’s quite different from JLA’s NA books, but just as entertaining, emotional, and addictive that I never wanted the story to end. The world JLA has created feels a bit familiar and have similarities to other paranormal books I’ve read, but I still thought it’s deliciously imaginative and fascinating. I enjoyed reading about demons and gargoyles and just being part of that world. I thought the plot was well developed and easy to follow. It’s engaging, suspenseful, intriguing and a lot of fun. The ending had me feeling all sorts of emotions and I’m so freaking eager to see what happens next.

Trinity is a fierce, unique and strong heroine. I knew from the first few pages that I would love her and I really do. She’s feisty, curious, funny, and incredibly brave. She may be losing her eye sight, but that never stops her from doing whatever she wants to do. I really admired that quality about her.

Zayne intrigued me so much since I wasn’t familiar with his character having not read The Dark Elements series. I found him undeniably charming, mysterious, and fascinating. He’s hilarious, honest, and quite the gentleman. I definitely swooned over him and he totally has my heart now and forever!

I loved the romance and chemistry between Trinity and Zayne. I think they are so perfect for each other. I enjoyed their bantering, flirting, and all their amusing conversations. There are so many swoony scenes between them and I absolutely loved them all.

The side characters are pretty awesome too. I liked Misha and my heart definitely ached for him. I LOVE Peanut, Trin’s resident ghost friend. He’s so funny and I enjoyed his friendship with Trinity. I found every scene with them absolutely entertaining and I honestly laughed out loud a few times.

This was truly an amazing and fantastical read. It’s utterly addictive and enthralling. There’s drama, intrigue, humor, romance, action, heartbreak, and the feels are EVERYTHING! Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a must read for paranormal and romance fans and if you’ve read anything by JLA, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy and love this book just as much as I do. Cannot wait for more and to be reunited with Trin and Zayne! Highly recommend this book!!!

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughs and opinions are my own.

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Jennifer-L.-Armentrout# 1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. Find her on Twitter @JLArmentrout or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

 

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Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Instagram tour:

Monday, June 10th: @bookstorefinds

Monday, June 10th: @bookclubwithbite

Tuesday, June 11th: @theliteraryllama

Wednesday, June 12th: @superspacechick

Wednesday, June 12th: @girlsinbooks

Thursday, June 13th: @theshybooks

Friday, June 14th: @thegraduatedbookworm

Saturday, June 15th: @lovelyreadergirl

Sunday, June 16th: @amberafterglowreads

Review tour:

Monday, June 10th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Tuesday, June 11th: @bookishly_tiff

Wednesday, June 12th: Becca Leighan

Thursday, June 13th: Treestand Book Reviews

Friday, June 14th: Book by Book

Monday, June 17th: @iam.caryn

Tuesday, June 18th: Audio Killed the Bookmark and @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Wednesday, June 19th: @thecityofdarkclockwork

Thursday, June 20th: Inky Moments and @inkymoments

Friday, June 21st: Lori’s Reading Corner – spotlight

Monday, June 24th: @booksandjil

Tuesday, June 25th: Moonlight Rendezvous and @moonlight_rendezvous

Wednesday, June 26th: @booktwinsreview1

Thursday, June 27th: From the TBR Pile

Monday, July 1st: Read Love Blog

Tuesday, July 2nd: Book Fidelity

Monday, July 8th: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Thursday, July 11th: @thebibliolife

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Thanks for stopping by bookish friends. Hope you have a wonderful week! Don’t forget to add this book on your TBR and grab a copy tomorrow!!

sincerelykjologo