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Review: Michael’s Wings

  • Title: Michael’s Wings
  • By: Tiffany Reisz
  • Series: Original Sinners
  • Overall score: 5/5 stars
  • Recommended?: Major YES! Read This!

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This review is spoiler free. And it wasn’t easy because all I want to do is talk fine details about this story with my two, utmost favorite characters from The Original Sinners series. I am thrilled that Tiffany Reisz wrote more of Griff and Mick…and I definitely plan to return to their world over and over again. Just a great read and one of the best additions to the series so far!

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***Thanks to NetGalley and Tiffany Reisz for the ARC of this book!***

Okay, so when Tiffany Reisz put up on her instagram that this book was available on NetGalley, I ran-not-walked over there and picked it up. Again, the subject matter isn’t my cup of tea (or in Norwegian, en kopp te.) But, that’s not why I keep reading anything I can relating to the Original Sinners’ series. It’s the twisted story that has me grabby-hands and wide-eyed for the books.

Michael’s Wings is a collection of short stories, featuring Griffin Fiske and Michael (from The Angel). I had only been begging for more of these two for what feels like forever. And this came along, and I am over-the-moon happy!

Michael and Griffin…those two. Plus, Griff in a kilt *drooly emoji here*…so…

Anyway, onto the review.

Michael’s Wings ~ The primary story where Michael runs off to Louisana, where King, Søren, and Nora now call home. Griffin asked Michael to marry him (*SQUEAL!*) and now Michael has a few days to ponder his answer. Does he want to marry that spoiled trust-fund-baby dom? Seeing everyone again was great. Nora is ever the same. King and Søren haven’t changed, and if they did, it was for the better… Such a sweet story. And it just made me fall back into old ways where Griff and Mick are concerned. (The thing where I hate to put them down and leave them alone for five seconds. Even snuck in the reading of a single sentence in at work once…) I’m going to leave this story now for fear that I’m going to spoil it because… It was five stars for me.

Griffin in Wonderland ~ This goes back in time to when Griffin was twenty-two and realizing he was at rock bottom. This was back when King, Søren and Nora were in NYC and the 8th Circle was in its hey day! Sort of a discovering himself, coming-of-age-tale for Griff. It was where he learned how to be who he is. So interesting to see young Griffin. Five stars.

Gauze ~ A flashback to the moment Michael slit his wrists and comparison with why he had gauze on his wrists again. The events happened during The Angel and covers some answers we didn’t have before. It was a sweet moment for one of my favorite characters in this series. Five Stars.

The Theory of the Moment ~ So…just after the events of The Angel, Griffin had a talk with Michael’s mom. Just to clear the air about why a much older man was in love with her son and where the future might take them some day. It was enjoyable and gave some insight to the always wild Griffin. Made my heart melt a little. A moment or two, it felt a little repetitive in the ideas being talked about between the two characters, but a great missing piece to the Griff-Mick puzzle. Four and a half stars.

The Couch ~ Sort of funny. Sort of Sweet. Sort of: “Oh good lord!” in a blissful way. It was cute and funny and just a moment with these two guys who are stubborn and yet so in love. *happy sigh* Five stars.

A Better Distraction ~ This one was another random moment of Griff and Mick’s life. Just a short, sweet, naughty tale that makes you love these two together even more. And also some laughs, thanks to a Titanic moment or two. Tied for ultimate fave story from this book. FIVE STARS!

Christmas in Suite 37A ~ A longer story happening between The Angel and Michael’s Wings. Michael went off to Europe to study for three months and Griffin is just trying to survive. Told in three parts. Part one, Griffin is with Nora in NOLA. He’s freaking out because Michael is gone, broke up with him…so in Griffin style, he’s freaking-the-f#@<- out. Part two, Griffin heads home to meet up with Michael who is returning to the US for the holidays. (Ask about the Søren/Griffin moment, and all I can do is laugh.) Part three, Grififn and Michael have dinner. And that’s all I can say about it without wanting to dive into SPOILER details. I will say that this answered some questions I always had and gives more insight to story one…

My only complaint about this book is that it was out-of-order, story wise. That being said, it isn’t that much of an issue. Any time I can get a Griff/Mick story, I am a happy girl. This book was pure joy from page flip one to the tear dropping from my eye at the last page flipped on my Kindle screen.

Is this review fair? I can’t say. I mean, Tiffany Reisz is not only a great person to “chat” with on Twitter and Insta, but her stories are unique and smart and funny and hella hot and…well, I find it difficult to ever want to put one down, this one being one of the most difficult ones, because I do love those characters so much. I’ve come to know and love them. And just when I thought I couldn’t see them anymore, here is this book of bliss.

I HIGHLY REC this book! I would say read The Original Sinners stories before diving in so you get a hint of who is who and why they are. And if you have already read them, do yourself a favor and read this collection of pure happiness!

Thanks again for the opportunity to read this. Anytime for you, my Queen, Tiffany Reisz!

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Review: The Crown

The Crown
The Crown by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here we are. The official end to The Selection series by Kiera Cass. Book two of the duology (IMO) and book five overall.

I feel cheated in a way. In others, I’m glad to finally know who Eadlyn chose. It’s a three and a half stars for me….

When this book picks up, Eadlyn has her Elite men chosen. Hale, he was one I had hoped would go far, though I sort of guessed his tale. Ean, I had no clue about. SO it was great getting to learn and understand. Fox, I wanted to win just because I thought of Michael J so much as I read. Henri…I had hoped for something…different for him (and in a way I liked his story). It was the “Lost in Translation” that I knew what was coming. And then Kile Woodwork. Oh, Kile. I think he was the one I was rooting for outside of someone else who I can’t mention without a ton of spoilers. He’d have been great.

SO COLOR ME SURPRISED when Eady chose not —. And while I sort of guess who she was leaning towards, I dare venture to say that her interactions with Kile threw me from the scent a few times. And UGH if those times I weren’t rooting for Kile.

It was Selection drama at its best!!!

I’m sure you’re asking why three and a half stars then. Well, while I enjoyed the story so much, I felt like it was rushed. We went from The Elite right into a final three into a two and into the end. It was flip-a-page and we’re already there. I didn’t think there was enough interactions with a few of the Elite and more with the final three…I mean, it felt rushed and like there were some major pieces missing. Again, IMO. Maybe I just wanted more between those finalists and Eadlyn. Just to see the “more” that gave her the mind and heart of who to chose. Because the final choice almost came out of nowhere, with the exception of one incident.

Confused by all of that? Yeah. Me too. It felt like she made a hasty decision.

I am happy with the ending, though. Ish. I’m still favor a certain Team—- for the win. (<~~~No spoilers!)

Overall, I recommend this series. Especially if you like shows like The Bachelor and Bachlorette (of which I have never watched so…) It’s unique in its dystopian ways and so familiar that you can’t help but to enjoy.

*PROM IS OVER. TIME FOR THE AFTER PARTY…* ~ APRIL 2017.

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Review: The Heir

The Heir
The Heir by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh, book four of The Selection series… also known as book one of the duology. When I get a book or two in a series, I stop reading the descriptions so I won’t have any spoilers. (A total me thing.) So to my surprise, when I cracked this one open, it is NOT a continuation of America and Maxon’s story.

Sort of.

It’s about their eldest child, one of a set of twins, oldest of four, the one girl, Eadlyn. And this starts her rise towards being Queen of Illeá.

The problem is the citizens are in an uproar. The castes have been dissolved, but there are still people hating others based on money or jobs. The whole of Illea is upset with the monarchy. So King Maxon thought it might be nice to have something that the people could back, a Selection for his daughter and future queen, Eadlyn.

It was the Bachlorette version of the previous books.

All those boys. Right away, I had a few favorites. Eadlyn did not. She hated the whole idea of finding love in a group of thirty-five strange boys. Hated the idea of love, I suppose. And, as you know, love always finds a way. The problem is it seems obvious when it’s not.

And so it goes over and over. Through boy after boy. Certain ones stick out, but your pretty much left in the dark as to who the Princess Bachlorette will choose. Oh, the drama. Add in the fact that some of the favorite characters from the first set of books are still in the story…so it’s like you get to catch up and you get brand new stuff. Which I enjoyed very much. I did miss the rebel threats, though…

Anyway, I’m glad I wait until a series is complete before reading. (Did you know the first book of this series turned five years old yesterday?) Because this cliffie ending wasn’t one I wanted to wait on for a resolution…

I will say, that if you wanted to start here, you could pretty much jump right in without having read the first three in the series. It would help to understand what the Selection is and what Maxon went through, but it’s not totally necessary. Which is why, in my head, it’s not one giant series, it’s more two individual series that align beautifully.

*A PROM READ (IT’S THAT DRESS!)* ~ APRIL 2017

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Review: The One

The One
The One by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, reading straight into The One, the final book in the trilogy (Though there are two more after this, but I’ll explain in the next review)…

This was more a three and a half stars for me. Why?

I was excited to find out who was going to be Maxon’s chosen one. Though there had been hints here and there and everywhere else, I wasn’t one hundred percent sure he and America would wind up together. I mean, rumor had it he and Celeste, a Two–a model, beauitful and crown hungry–had…well, you know. And Kriss seemed like an abvious choice as she was always, “Yes, Maxon,” “Anything you say, Maxon,” “Anything you want me to do, Maxon.” I almost equated her to Rosie the Robot on The Jetsons. America was really the only one to put up a fight–against him, against the throne, against anything she didn’t believe in.

For a while there, I hoped that fighting with Rebels and Apsen upping his game was going to make America rise above the crop. It seems all she did was push everyone away…and yet bring them all closer. She drove me insane with her “I love Apsen”-“I love Maxon” yo-yo. I screamed a few times for being so in decisive.

And that’s all great, because I loved it.

Where it lost me, my heart, was the way the end felt so rushed. And the way Maxon said something to America…and the way the end happened…and I was infuriated! I felt like a MAJOR CHUNK of the story was missing. And after the last word, there was no way to get it back. My heart had an empty spot that needed to be filled.

*heavy sigh*

That’s why I read into book 4 without reviewing…which is in the far future from these three books. (Which is why I group the first three into their own trilogy and the last two into their own duology.)

Oh, to get some more of America’s story….

Still recommend for the high drama and wonderful story.

*A PROMPOSAL OF A BOOK* ~ April 2017

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Review: The Elite

The Elite
The Elite by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book made me want to scream!!!

America Singer made it to The Elite–the final six group of girls in a competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart. The problem, America was in denial and still holding onto Aspen Leger, her old flame from Carolina.

So America…One minute she thought she was going all in for the prince. The next, this Aspen character steps back into her life and she’s back to being torn. AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH! So that had her questioning everything. Then Maxon goes off and acts bratty or does something to make me mad because he’s driving her away. Then she does something that drives him further away. Then Aspen steps in trying to drive a wedge between them and take America back for his own…

*deep breath*

It’s insane! One minute I was rooting for the prince. The next, I’m rooting for Aspen. Then something else would happen and I’d be back on Team Maxon again…

When I say it made me want to scream, I meant that in the best this-is-way-too-much-drama-but-I-love-it-!!! way possible…

And that’s just The Bachelor part of the story. The other side has this confounding king (Clarkson, whom I hate!) and his people in revolt–the rebels of the north, rebels of the south. It’s almost so Hungar Games with the different places and different social statuses…You know you wantto be on the side of good, but as you read, you question which side is truly the best.

To say I enjoyed this book, would be entirely accurate. Read through it like that. *snap* And couldn’t wait to get to The One…the only thing is…and *SPOILER ALERT*…the Elite were still present. I thought it would be narrowed way down…Nope.

It’s really a great series. Highly rec this one.

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