ARC Review: "Wind Daughter" (Echo North #2) by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Wind Daughter by Joanna Ruth Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads

A hauntingly beautiful fairy tale about love and loss, this Echo North companion novel is perfect for fans of the Winternight Trilogy.

In the dark, cold reaches of the north lives a storyteller and his daughter. He told his daughter, Satu, many stories--romances like the girl who loved a star and changed herself into a nightingale so she could always see him shining--but the most important story he told her was his own. This storyteller was once the formidable North Wind, but he lost his power by trading it away in exchange for mortality--he loved her mother too much to live without her. The loss of his magic impacted more than just their family, however, and now the world is unraveling in the wake of this imbalance.

To save the North, Satu embarks on a perilous journey to reclaim her father's magic, but she isn't the only one searching for it. In the snow-laden mountains, she finds herself in a deadly race with the Winter Lord who wants the North Wind's destructive powers for himself.

Satu has the chance to be the heroine of her own fairy tale, only this one has an ending she never could have imagined. 



Minor spoilers from the first book. It is preferable to read the first book

I enjoyed very much Echo North the first book of this series, inspired by "East of the Sun and West of the Moon". A part of that story was the appearance of the North wind who had helped Echo in her quest.

This companion novel follows Satu the daughter of the North wind, and her adventures after the events of the first book. Shy by nature she enjoys her life with her parents, filled with their stories of how her father who used to be immortal fell in love with her mother and the price. But when feral magic begins destroying the very fabric of the universe, Satu will come to the sudden realization that she will need far more than courage to save not only her family but the universe itself.

Armed with her parents' stories and followed by the Winter Lord, a past ally of the Wolf Queen, she will soon discover that magic comes at a grave price.

There are no words to describe the beauty of this book. Joanna Ruth did it again weaving a magical story filled with emotion, self discovery, and true love. I cried by the end of the book when I realized what had truly happened and what Satu had to go through. This book was one of these reads that even after putting down it stays with you and it was worth every tear I shed.



And don't miss the first book of the series

About the author:

Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of the critically-acclaimed Echo North, as well as the companion novel duology Beneath the Haunting Sea and Beyond the Shadowed Earth. She writes stories about fierce teens finding their place in the world, fighting to change their fate, save the ones they love, or carve out a path to redemption.

Joanna lives with her dear husband and son, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano named Prince Imrahil in Mesa, Arizona. As often as she can, she escapes the desert heat and heads north to the mountains, where the woods are always waiting.

Review: "My Happy Marriage, Light Novel Vol. 1 by Akumi Agitogi, Tsukiho Tsukioka (Visual Art)

My Happy Marriage, Vol. 1 by Akumi Agitogi

Summary from GoodReads

Born to a noble family, Miyo is raised by her abusive stepmother and married off to Kiyoka, a soldier so heartless his prior fiancées fled within three days into their engagement. With no home to return to, Miyo slowly starts to open her heart to her cold and pale husband-to-be, despite their rocky introduction... This might just be her chance at finding true love and happiness.  




I received this e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The last time I read a light novel was the first book of the Kieli series, and that happened after I had read the manga. In the case of this small gem, I first saw the anime trailer on Youtube, I fell in love with the art and the colors and hence I dove into Edelweiss. I was very lucky to get the chance to review this and I certainly plan to try the manga too.

In an alternative Meiji/Taisho era, where people have supernatural abilities and fight demon-like entities, marrying well into the families that have such abilities is a must.

Miyo is the mistreated daughter of the Saimoro family; living as a servant with her stepmother and stepdaughter, Miyo's also half-sister, abusing her, she has no hope of ever escaping her fate as she was born bearing no supernatural gift, like her half-sister. When her father marries her off to the Kudo family, where rumors speak of its master being a cold and harsh man, Miyo will soon discover that her husband-to-be, Kiyoka Kudo, is not the hard man everyone thinks.

As they slowly grow to get to know each other Miyo will discover her self-worth and find herself capable of being worthy of love.

This was a sweet read. Sure the trigger warnings of abuse are evident and as a past victim of bullying, I did find it disturbing as it always is. I loved the descriptions and the alternative era we find ourselves in this story. Needless to say that Kiyoka may look like a cold man but he also slowly falls in love with her too.

I will try to get my hands to the other two books of the series when they will be translated to English but so far this was a very sweet and good read

And don't miss the chance to check the upcoming anime!

About the author:

Akumi Agitogi is the author of "My Happy Marriage" light novel series

ARC Review: "The Other Half of the Grave" (Night Huntress series) by Jeaniene Frost

The Other Half of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series comes a thrilling new look at the iconic origin story of Cat and Bones, as experienced by Bones…from the other half of the grave.

There are two sides to every story–and the sizzling British alpha vampire, Bones, has a lot to say…

Ever wondered what Bones was thinking and feeling when he and half-vampire Cat Crawfield first met? Or how their story might differ if he were the one telling it? Now, relive the beginning of Cat and Bones' bestselling love story through Bones' point of view, which reveals a darker, sexier take on their early days, as well as a deeper dive into Bones' past, the vampire world, and other things that Cat didn't see when their story was told only through her eyes in Halfway to the Grave.

Cat had her say. Now, it's Bones' turn.



I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

It's been close to 10 years since the first time I read the first book of the Night Huntress series. I think I had come out of both my Twilight and True Blood phrase but I really missed and yearned a good combination between the two! And lo and behold I got into this fantastic world with vampires, ghouls ghosts, and anything in between!

I love the universe Jeaniene Frost created along with the characters that are all unforgettable. "The Other Half of the Grave" is the first book as told by Bones's POV. The awesome, kickass vampire with the marshmallow heart we see through his eyes how he met his Kitten, how they both came first to work together on hunting vampires, and how they fell in love with each other.

I laughed as I remembered some memorable scenes, Bones, and Cat bantering the fights and the dialogues that felt refreshing from Bones's POV. This is a great addition to the universe of Night Huntress and it is equally recommended to read both the series as also her spin-off series about a certain Dracula, Ian and her standalone books.


About the author:

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, the Broken Destiny series, and the Night Rebel series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in Maryland with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

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