Happy Waiting on Wednesday⏰, everyone! If you’re not sure what a “Waiting on Wednesday” post is, then allow to me enlighten you💡! A “Waiting on Wednesday” post consists of me talking about new/upcoming releases that I am looking forward to – and that you might be looking forward to, as well!
The date🗓 is July 20th and that means that August🌼is near.😱 And do you know what that means?!
That means that The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson and Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon are going to be released very soon. On the second of August, to be exact. I am so excited for these two books to come out. I have been waiting Forever Doon to come out for quite a few months now (it sure has felt like forever). I recently finished The Heart of Betrayal so it hasn’t been too long of wait for that one, but still… And, of course, both books ended on huge cliffhangers, which makes the waiting so much worse, am I right?
It also means that I’ll be at a Coldplay concert tonight!😱 SO EXCITED!
Both upcoming releases that I mentioned above are the final books in their series. The Beauty of Darkness is the final book in The Remnant Chronicles and Forever Doon is the final book in the Doon series. The first and second books in The Remnant Chronicles are The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal, respectively. The order of books in the Doon series goes as follows: Doon, Destined for Doon, Shades of Doon, and, of course, Forever Doon.
I absolutely love both The Remnant Chronicles and the Doon series. When I was reading both novels, I couldn’t put them down for anything. My eyes were glued to the page and reality didn’t exist! My poor sister would be talking to me, thinking I was listening the whole time, and I would eventually notice that there was some noise interrupting my reading… And I’d say, “Huh?!” And she’d go, “🙄 You know what, never mind! The wall is a better listener than you are!”
😬Oopsie….Sorry (not sorry!), Lolli!
The Kiss of Deception was very, very good. I am trying to get Lauren to read it! The Kiss of Deception is about a princess, Lia, who fled her kingdom to escape an arranged marriage.
📜Synopsis for The Kiss of Deception (Straight from the back of the book):
“In a society stepped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight – but she doesn’t – and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage for an alliance with a neighboring kingdom – to a prince she’s never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive – unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets – even as she finds herself falling in love.”
There are three or four different points of view – Lia, of course is on of them, another is the prince she was supposed to marry, the third is the assassin that’s hunting Lia, and occasionally there are parts from Pauline’s (Lia’s friend) POV. You can’t get confused because the speaker is indicated at the beginning of each chapter.
I enjoyed reading The Kiss of Deception. Pretty sure I already said that….Anyway. I read the second book as soon as it came out and I think I like that one even better than the first book, which is rare. The second book in a series is always good, but there’s nothing like reading the first book for the first time, you know? The second book was so bombsauce – another one of those “true escape” books. I was totally, utterly and completely…absorbed. Hopefully that makes sense!
Lia is seriously my favorite character. I love how she’s so sassy and brave. And clever. The Kiss of Deception is definitely worth reading this summer. Plus, if you read the first and second book soon, you’ll be ready for the third and final book so you won’t have to worry about waiting for-stinking-ever to find out what happens next!
Beware: There IS a love triangle! Prepare yourselves! Assassin or prince? Hm🤔 Tricky, tricky, tricky! I have definitely been going back and forth between the two of them! They are both very different characters… Of course they do have one thing in common: they both love Lia! Personally, I love them both but I am rooting for the prince! No, it’s not because he is a prince! I just like his character/personality better! 💁
📜Synopsis for Doon (Straight from the back of the book):
“Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious along boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strong set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt – and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for… or they could end up breaking an enchainment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.”
You want to know a neat little fact? The castle (Castle Macrae) in Doon actually exists… and my step-dad is a Macrae!😱😱😱😱 How bombsauce is that?! We have a painting of the castle in my house!🏰 I’d love to go there… Oh man, that’d be so cool. There are a few places I want to go. I want to go to India (and read Tiger’s Curse while I am there), I want to go to Italy (and read The Hourglass Door while I am there) and I want to go to Scotland (and read Doon while I am there). Bucket list📝! Another thing on my bucket is… to have, like, an Indian party where everyone wears Indian garb (saris and bindis for women and whatever the men wear😂) and we all dance and eat Indian food. Doesn’t that sound like so much fun?!
Doon, and the other installments, are so captivating. You just get sucked into this unique and beautiful world and once you’re there, you don’t want to leave. I sure as heck didn’t want to leave!🙅
There are two points of view in this novel… One from Mackenna’s POV and one from Veronica’s! It wasn’t annoying at all (for those of you who don’t like alternating POVs). I actually find that alternating POVs enhance the story… Especially the suspense element! 😮
While I love Jamie (and Veronica), I have to say that I love Duncan and Kenna a smidgen more, but that is just my opinion. I am not saying that I don’t like Jamie and Veronica, though; I am just saying that I like Duncan and Kenna a wee bit more. The two of them together are absolutely hilarious and Duncan is so cute, sweet and quirky, while Jamie and Veronica have a little bit more of a passionate relationship. Welllllllll… Because the relationships are so different, I can’t say which one I like better…. #IAmAWeeBitIndecisive! What I do know for sure is that the authors did a great job creating two distinguished loves for Jamie and Vee and Duncan and Kenna and for that, I applaud them!👏
🏰The descriptions in Doon were nice and vivid and the storyline was intriguing, captivating, and clever. As the series goes on, the books get even more and more enticing and clever. These books draw you in… and don’t let go! Which is a good thing… I didn’t want to be let go!😂
Something I thought really enhanced Doon is the use of Scottish dialect! Initially, I figured it would be a little annoying, but actually, I ended up enjoying it very much. Actually, I ended up loving it!!💗
All in all, I loved both Doon and The Heart of Betrayal and I’m so, so excited to get my paws🐾 on the final books in both The Remnant Chronicles and the Doon series. I highly recommend both these books! 5 stars!
Book update: I have finished The Countdown👽 by Kimberly Derting! Holy moly, that ending was epic! The review should be up early next week! I will now start reading Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd.🔬
I hope y’all have an amazing Wednesday! I can’t wait to tell y’all all about the Coldplay concert. 🎤 Check back here soon for the Coldplay concert details, a special request book review, and more bookish bombsauceness! 📖💣💥