Book Review – The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

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Hi Bookish Friends! My apologies for being MIA these past few days. It’s been pretty busy at work and at home, so I haven’t had time for blogging. Anyway, today I’m sharing my review for The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey, the first book in the Sovereign series, and  some of my favorite quotes from the story. If you enjoy paranormal/vampire and dystopian stories with a hint of romance, then I high recommend you check this series out. divider4

THE GILDED KING

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Publication Date: June 25th 2018

Publisher: Josie Jaffrey

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

Pages: Paperback 292

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In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.
Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.
But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.
Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.
One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

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Excitingly Mysterious, Dangerously Thrilling, & Magically Captivating

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Take my blood, my heart, my everything! This book was amazing and Lucas is my new book boyfriend and oh my I cannot wait for more of you!

Twilight sparked my love for reading, so I’ll always have a weakness for anything paranormal and vampires. I actually just finished an adult vampire romance during summer, which I loved, and I’m still thirsty for more. I’m also very fascinated with dystopian stories (I blame Hunger Games for that), so when the author contacted me to review the first book in her new paranormal dystopian fantasy series, I just couldn’t resist. And you know what!? This book reminded me why I cannot get enough of this genre. The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey was an excitingly mysterious, dangerously thrilling, and magically captivating read that will have you hooked until the end.

I went into this book without reading the prequel series and that sort of affected my reading experience. Not a lot, but there were a few parts that were kind of confusing that I felt like I needed to know some background information to fully understand what was being talked about. It didn’t bother me that much, but I think reading the Solis Invicti series first would have given me a better concept of everything. But, like I said, it wasn’t that big of a deal…I guess it’s more like a personal preference. I just wanted to know more about the history of the Weepers, the Silvers, the Fall, the Invicti and everything else in between cause the world building was just so creatively fascinating. I did get the information I wanted as the story progressed so by the end, I had a better idea. I definitely thought it was unique from the other vampire stories I’ve read and I couldn’t get enough. Without a doubt, this deliciously dark and terrifyingly intriguing world completely sucked me in.

The writing was superb. I thought it was easy to read, well-paced, and engaging. Even when things were a bit slow, I never lost interest in the storyline and wanted to know what would happen next. That’s why I was a little annoyed that I wasn’t able to fully immerse myself into this book and just get lost in the story without any distractions. With the holidays coming up and work and other personal matters, it took me longer than I expected to finish. I really disliked having interruptions and stopping cause I was having so much fun. The plot, the writing, the characters, the intrigue, secrets, betrayals, mystery… all of it was utterly enthralling.

I also really enjoyed both Cameron and Julia’s POVs and getting to know their stories. But, I do have to admit… Julia’s parts were definitely my favorite to read. Not that Cameron’s was uninteresting to me. Actually, both POVs were wonderfully written and uniquely amazing in their own ways. I just really love the drama, the romance, and the feels and there were more of that in Julia’s story. I don’t want to reveal too much, but if you enjoy stories that have twists and turns that bite, action and drama that satisfy, lies and betrayals that sting, and complex but fascinating characters that will steal your hearts, then this is the book for you. Oh and be prepared for one crazy ending. The betrayal in the end was totally unexpected. Never saw that one coming. Not even a little bit.

Overall, this book was a fangtastically awesome read from start to finish. You get vampires, action, intrigue, mystery, suspense, drama, twists, and a little taste of romance. I triple dare you not to get sucked in! Cause I sure did and cannot wait to find out what happens next.

I received a physical copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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At the very furthest point of the temple, at the end of the double row of pillars that processed towards it, there was a pedestal mounted on a stepped dais. A figure was laid out on top of it. For a moment, Julia froze, thinking it was a real person lying there, slumbering in the temple, but something didn’t fit.

The figure wasn’t breathing. It wasn’t moving at all.

‘Come on,’ Lucas said, leading her down the aisle towards it.

‘Is it a statue?’ she asked.

‘A tomb, really.’

As they walked, he snuffed out the lamps that lined the walls, until finally the only illumination came from the rounded alcove into which the dais rose. It was a bright island in the centre of the darkness, and in the middle of it the statue shone: a man, wearing fine clothing in an unfamiliar style, with a blanket of stone covering his body. His exposed skin was tinged with a sheen of gold that glowed like the walls of the temple.

‘He looks so real,’ she said, reaching out to touch the golden curls that crowned his head. They were slick under her fingers, so intricate they might have been moulded from a real person.

‘They say he was.’

‘You mean this is his coffin?’ The pedestal certainly looked like a tomb. It was wide and deep enough to accommodate a body.

‘No,’ Lucas said, ‘I mean that this is him, that this statue was once alive.’

Julia’s hand had been tracing the lines of the face, but now she snatched it away. ‘You’re not serious.’

‘I am.’

‘This is why you brought me here,’ she said.

‘Of course. You want to hear the fairytale, don’t you?’

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Spoiler Alert: May give clues on how the story plays out so read at your own risk! 

The humans, they’re glass. They’re so breakable. They shatter, but the thing is, even fractured, they’re the ones who’ll survive for millenia, not us.

The word was a breath, a prayer, and an invitation, and it drew his lips to hers. It was nothing like the kisses they had shared on that night when he had first taken her blood. This time it was magnetic, neither leading the other, but each of them pulled closer by a force simpler and yet more complex than that initial chemistry.

In that respect, the evening felt no different from any other they had spent together, quietly existing in restful ocmpany, surrounded by fantasies, but at the same time it was like no other night of Julia’s life. She’d never felt this elation, so potent that it was almost as though she could finally breathe for the first time.

It was the tiniest taste of what he craved, the barest whisper of a promise of what Cam had tried to deny he wanted.

You can be loyal to someone without believing everything they say.

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Josie lives in Oxford, England, with her husband and two cats. When she’s not writing, she works as a lawyer, specialising in intellectual property and commercial law. She also runs a video book review club, The Gin Book Club, through her website.

The Solis Invicti series (a prequel series to the Sovereign series) is available now.

For additional information, contact: josiejaffrey@gmail.com

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I hope you enjoyed reading my review. Don’t forget to add this book on your TBR!

Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments below.

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Book Review – Blood Veil (Mission #2) by Megan Erickson

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Published April 3, 2018 by Loveswept (Random House)
Genre(s): Paranormal, Supernatural, Romance, Vampires
Pages: Kindle Edition 220

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In the midst of supernatural chaos, worlds and hearts collide.

Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .

Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.

Megan Erickson’s thrilling Mission novels can be read together or separately

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A Deliciously Fast-Paced and Thrilling Paranormal Romance

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I started Blood Veil by Megan Erickson back in April and was instantly glued to the pages. I absolutely wanted to devour this in one sitting, but I had other things to deal with so I had to set this aside for a while. When I finally got into reading it again yesterday, I could not stop. I was utterly addicted and had the best time!

Blood Veil by is a fast-paced and thrilling paranormal vampire romance that completely consumed me. Since I didn’t read the first book, there were information I knew I was missing, but never felt lost or confused. The world building was deliciously chilling and undeniably fascinating, so I cannot wait to read more and bite into Blood Guard really soon… I really want to know Athan and Tendra’s story — they just seem so darn cute together. The plot, while a bit off, rushed and even forced at times, was action packed, exciting, and with the unknown dangers and unexpected twists, there wasn’t a single dull moment. There were plenty of edge of your seat action scenes, heartfelt moments, and spine tingling swoons.

Idris positively charmed his way into my heart. He was broody, reckless, and complicated, but he was also very loyal, sweet and protective. He’s definitely my kind of book boyfriend hero. Celia didn’t win me over right away. I just found her annoyingly weepy in the beginning and that made it a little challenging for me to connect with her. That being said, I didn’t completely dislike Celia. I admired that she was smart, hard-working, selfless, caring and at times even brave. By the end of the story, I actually warmed up to her and I’m so glad she turned out to be a strong heroine.

So there was insta-love and while some parts were steamy and swoony, I wasn’t really crazy about it. I really wanted that angst and push and pull… To feel that inner emotional struggle, the intense longing and the FEELS. Sadly, I just didn’t get much of that. I read how they felt and there’s no denying that they were irresistibly attracted to each other, but I just didn’t FEEL IT as much as I wanted. Having said that, I still liked the romance and it was still fun. I thought Idris and Celia were adorable together and there were some wickedly sexy scenes between them.

Overall, Blood Veil was a light, fun and easy read. Although some parts felt weird and a bit off, I still really enjoyed the storyline and rooted for the characters to have their happy endings. This book didn’t blow my mind away, but I had an incredibly great time exploring this dark and exciting supernatural world filled with danger, warring vampire clans, and mysteries. It kept me positively entertained, on edge, and completely hooked. If there’s ever going to be a Book #3, I’d definitely sign up in a heartbeat.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher Loveswept via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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meganMegan Erickson is a USA Today bestseller and former journalist who switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own romance hero and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.

She is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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