A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

Part of Series:Blood and Ash #2
Published Date:1st Sep 2020
Publisher:Blue Box Press
Edition Language:English
Format:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:496 Pages
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About Jennifer L. Armentrout
Hey Guys! Please note: I don't send out ARCs for review. If you're interested in reviewing a book of mine before release date, please contact the appropriate publisher. I also do NOT check my Goodreads email.To email me, please use the below addy. jenniferlarmentrout@live.com# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Overview

A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice...

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Reviews

  • Spoiler Free review of an ARC copy of A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, given to me by Social Butterfly PR!********************This book. This book is everything! From Blood and Ash is incredible, but A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire just takes everything that was awesome in the first one to a whole new level! The Romance was delicious, swoonworthy, and heart melting! Hawke has just taken my number one book boyfriend spot! The action in this book is so badass, it made me feel like I wanted to jump in the fight with them! Poppy goes through a lot of developments and coming to terms with who she is and what she wants. I loved being able to see inside her head every step of the way. Poppy is such a badass QUEEN, I stan! She is absolutely one of my all time favorite characters! I'm in love with this book! And this world? It just keeps getting more and more interesting as we discover more information about it with Poppy! If you haven't read From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout, do yourself a favor and READ IT! And if you haven't pre-ordered A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, do yourself a favor and get on that now, because you are going to want to! Also check out Jennifer's pre-order incentive when you do, because it includes a bookmark and an awesome temporary tattoo that has such an amazing meaning to it (once you read A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, you will know!) Please. If I could recommend you stop what your doing and read anything, it is this series! For fans of Fantasy and Romance! If you love Sarah J Maas' books (especially A Court of Mist and Fury), or The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen, or anything else by Jennifer L. Armentrout, this is a MUST for you! You will not regret it!
  • I truly didn’t know how this book would ever top From Blood and Ash....but it did.I’m so obsessed with these characters and this world that I devoured every single word on every single page. Poppy and Hawke remain two of my favorite characters ever and i loved how complicated their relationship was in this. the tension and steamy scenes were everything, the new lore we keep uncovering is so intriguing, and these are some of the best action scenes i’ve read. this series is truly making romantic fantasies my favorite genre to read. I can’t even imagine how the rest of the series is going to go and I can’t wait to find out! ALSO that cliffhanger???? somehow even more intense and crazy than the first book’s???? I won’t be able to rest until the third book is in my hands.
  • THIS BOOK DESERVE MORE STARS"What if I just wanted a piece of you?"WHAT THE ACTUALLY FUCK?! *Um, excuse me while I go dying in a dark corner* I'M SCREAMING, I'M RUINED, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE, I'M LOST *i'm not okay*I spent the entire night reading that book, I fought tooth and nail sleep just to finish that book damn knowing that I will regret it right away. Do I regret finishing this book? Damn yes, but also no BECAUSE THAT ENDING?! SPEECHLESS, BRO. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY EXCEPT THAT I'M RUINED.Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favorites authors because she knows how to create strong heroines, sassy-hot heroes, and unpredictable and unexpected plots. I seriously had no idea where AKOFAF was heading and well... I'm speechless.I'm not going to spoil this book because though I love ruining people with my spoilers (yes, I don't care), I really believe you should go into this blind because the rollercoaster is damnnnnnn.S.P.E.E.C.H.L.E.S. This single word is a whole summary of this book.I still believe book one was superior because, for a moment, I didn't recognize Poppy and Hawk's voice, they way they speak and think but DAMN THAT ENDING. CHANGE. EVERYTHING.I need to know more about Poppy, and have more scenes between my babies PoppyHawke. *sob sob sob*GIVE ME BOOK 3 RIGHT FUCKING NOW BECAUSE I'M DYING. I DON'T THINK I'LL SURVIVE WITHOUT BOOK 3IG - thepokebokk
  • "And you needed this moment alone in a pantry?" He turned his head slightly, lining up his mouth with mine. "I just needed." Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie🙈😱. She is dealing with painful deception and revelations regarding who she is. Poppy's anthem is most definitely You Don't Own Me by saygrace ft G-Easy. 🎵 "I'm not just one of your many toys. You don't own me. Don't say I can't go with other boys. And don't tell me what to do. Don't tell me what to say." 🎵 Homegirl, is a BAWSE 💪🏼 babe. Beautiful! Fearless! Brave! And "so incredibly violent, my Princess." But when it comes to Hawke...dang, her treacherous shattered heart skips a beat. Trust was broken. Her 💔 heart is grieving as if someone had died. What Poppy perceives in spite of everything feels like a slippery slope. It means either forgiving or forgetting. The guard who pledged to protect Poppy with his sword and his life. It wasn't real. Was it? Tell me it's real! A man of many names: Hawke, Casteel, Dark One, the Prince. Hawke is handsome, but in the way all wild, dangerous predators were. Deadly, fast, and impossibly strong. Hopelessly charming. 😻 And those stupid dimples that wink into existence. Poppy and Hawke have one commonality: they want their brothers back. Working WITH him instead of against him is a gamble. Two kingdoms hiding the truth. Whispers of war have become stronger. Atlantia rose from blood and ash, no longer a fallen kingdom. The people want retribution. There is madness and chaos and death. 💀JLA does a phenomenal job keeping you on your toes! I found myself willing my eyeballs to read FASTER. Her world building is 👌🏼 and her character development is 👏🏼. Poppy and Hawke's overdramatic teasing and quick-witted banter 👍🏼. Poppy x the Prince scenes = I’m alive. Basically I’m trash for the OTP. Kieran! Infinite snort 🐽😂 LOL 😹 moments with the trio. A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is a story of bone-deep hurt, disappointment, deceit, unexpected contradictions, and intangible hope and love. I COULD NOT HAVE LOVED THIS ANY MORE! 🥰 All the praise to Jennifer Armentrout for inviting us readers into a mesmerizing fictional world. A must read follow up to the captivating and action-packed high fantasy novel, From Blood and Ash. I’m already utterly homesick for the next installment. B & A THREE! I need it like Hawke needs Poppy. Be prepared to eat your feelings. Grab your BFFs, Ben & Jerry 🍦 (obvi), ALL the tissues 🤧, and your fave sad-boy band music 🎧. Because you will cry over the betrayal and choices and secrets. Oh, my!🎶 song: Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara 🎶HUGE thanks 🙏🏼 to the Social Butterfly PR team 🦋, Blue Box Press, and Jennifer Armentrout for allowing me to devour an advance reader copy. It was an honor. 🤟🏼 -----------------------------------------------------------------------AUGUST 16th 2020: initial reactionI need a mo'.
  • OH MY GOSH. WHAT!?!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH. This was everything I could have hoped for and ... more, more, more. Damnit, I need the next book. 😱😍😭*flails* I will write a full review later today or tomorrow but for now – just, holy crap. Yes.
  • I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is the second book in the Blood and Ash fantasy romance series. This series must be read in order and the following review will contain spoilers from the first book, but will remain spoiler-free for the second book.This book picks up right where we left off at the end of From Blood and Ash, with Casteel/Hawke's revelation that he and Poppy will get married. Poppy is obviously still feeling betrayed by him and she doesn't trust him at all. She's very angry, defiant, and acts a little recklessly out of anger. But she and Casteel eventually reach a truce: they will marry temporarily so that Casteel can negotiate for his brother's freedom and so that Poppy has assistance in finding her brother. The plot in this sequel is a bit slow-paced to give way for a more in depth world building and relationship development. We get to explore a lot of different settings as Poppy and Casteel journey to Atlantia. The journey itself is long and fraught with danger. And it allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in this world. In my review of From Blood and Ash, I wrote that the author needed to dig a little deeper into the world building and make this world her own. I think she successfully did that in the sequel. In addition to the world building taking priority, the author spends a lot of time developing the relationship between Poppy and Casteel. There are feelings of betrayal, anger, heartbreak, lust, and most importantly, love. It takes a while for Poppy to fully trust Casteel again and I really liked their journey to repair their relationship through communication and trust building. At the same time, Poppy's ability to feel people's emotions keeps getting stronger and stronger, which puts her at odds with Atlantians and Descenters. Like I mentioned earlier, the plot is there, but it temporarily takes a backseat for richer world building and relationship development. There's a bit of action in the beginning, but the plot doesn't pick up until the last chunk of the book. I do think that the book is a little too long and that the back and forth in the beginning was a bit repetitive, but I appreciated the time the author spent on fleshing out the world building and the relationship between Casteel and Poppy.A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire ends with a thrilling cliffhanger and I can't wait to see where the author takes the story!! I'm saving my notes filled with spoilers and theories so that I can consult them before the next book is released.
  • This was a fantastic follow-up to one of my favorite reads of the year! The ending from FBAA KILLED ME but now that I've read AKOFAF, I'm feeling the same feelings and crying for the next book already. Poppy and Cas were fantastic, their romance is steamy, and I just love this fantasy world JLA has created so much. Get ready for this next installment – the ending will have you screaming! 4-4.5 stars.****I NEEEED this so bad. The ending of FBAA is probably one of my favorite endings ever, despite the cliffhanger.
  • No no no no no! You cannot end this book on such a massive cliffhanger!You cannot do this Jennifer!From Blood and Ash was on the list of my top reads during the first half of 2020.I am aware that I sound like a broken record but I loved that book, so much so that I’ve read it numerous times.I didn’t think A kingdom of Flesh and Fire would be as good but Jennifer L. Armentrout proved me wrong.
I am absolutely in awe of JLA’s imagination. 

I am not going to sugar coat it…A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is violent and I LOVED every part of it. 
Hawke stole my breath away you guys. He is a flawed character but his purpose and sense of duty, love and loyalty makes him more than admirable.
When Hawke tells Poppy, “ You’re the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thought I have when I fall asleep, replacing everything else. It’s why when I’m with you, I can be quiet. I can just be. You know what that means.” 
I felt those words ..I felt them to the core of my being. I realise I sound dramatic but I wanted to cry my eyes out and say “Yes I know exactly what you mean.”Poppy is such an amazing character and I do not say that lightly. Does it make me sound morbid when I say that I admire characters that are willing to make sacrifices, make more than difficult decisions for the greater good even if it means death? Even though I have conflicting thoughts about that ..even when I hate it..I appreciate the sacrifices.
I loved Poppy’s endless curiosity. I found so much joy when she asked so many questions.. It made this strong, intelligent, kind woman even more beautiful. 
There is no doubt that I loved the dynamics amongst the characters. There was such a varied melange of personalities and I LOVED it! 
Does it make it sound weird if I admit that these characters felt real? The realistic actions and reactions between characters captivated me. I LOVED that the characters had full blown conversations without it feeling rushed..it’s like, if you are going to sit down and talk about serious important problems..it shouldn’t be done within two pages! So thank you JLA because I found myself nodding my head at the parts where I agreed with where the discussions were headed… scoffing and wanting to voice my opinion on things I didn’t agree.I was more than invested.
I am well aware that this is a fictional book but that Ladies and Gentlemen, is the power of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing. She brings it all to life. With everything said and done, I must be say that A kingdom of Flesh and Fire definitely had an air of mystery that kept me on my toes. Even when I felt elated during parts of the book, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and completely ruin my heart. But to be honest, I enjoy the suspense of the unknown. Jennifer L. Armentrout knocked it out of the park with A kingdom fo Flesh and Fire. I cannot wait to read more from this series.
  • A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire picks up almost immediately after the events of From Blood and Ash. Poppy has refused Casteel’s proposition and remains under lock and key.A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire has major Twilight and A Court of Thorns and Roses vibes. So, if you’re a fan of either of those series you will most definitely enjoy the From Blood and Ash series. Armentrout has set up what’s going to be an incredible series with an kickass heroine and a swoon worthy love interest.A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is a slow moving sequel as Armentrout slowly teases out the world. Armentrout takes her times as she acquaints readers with this very complex and vast world she’s building. The kingdom of Atlantia is very confusing and much more in-depth than I had anticipated. It’s rich in detail and history. If you’re not a fan of rich and in-depth world building, you may find A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire slow and slightly difficult to get through.One of my favourite aspects of this series is the main character herself, Poppy. She’s fierce, intelligent, and an absolute badass. Poppy reminds me a little of Alex from Armentrout’s Covenant series. Both are capable, headstrong, and refuse to cower behind others.I also love that Armentrout is filling a void in the fantasy/romance genre. There are not enough fantasy novels with romantics elements at the forefront or that play a major role. I read series like these for the great world building, but also for the intense relationship between the main characters.Overall, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire continues to develop the world and characters as Armentrout sets up what is going to be a spectacular fantasy series with heavy romantic elements. It will leave you begging for more.*** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • 4 'We are real' STARS! Jennifer L. Armentrout is back with her highly anticipated sequel to From Blood and Ash, titled A Kingdom Of Flesh and Fire! We kick off the story right where the first book left us. Casteel has made the surprising announcement that he’ll be taking Poppy to his home kingdom of Atlantia for them to marry. Since we’ve found out that our beloved past Maiden is half Atlantian this is now possible. With Casteel’s betrayal and lies still leaving a fresh wound on Poppy, she is less than willing to go through with his plans for them. What then ensues is a battle of wills, of hate, hurt, and love. How can Poppy allow herself to marry a man who hurt her so badly, even though she loves him? She can’t. But...is she willing to marry him in order to survive and get what they both want the most?I can’t tell you guys how happy and excited I was when I got my hands on this book. The way the FB&A ended, I needed this story more than I needed to breathe. I needed answers. I needed more Kieran. I needed more Cas and Poppy. Thankfully, I got what I needed in A Kingdom Of Flesh and Fire!Let’s start with what I didn’t like first to get it out of the way. First off, much like the previous book, we are given a boat load of information in the first half of the story. Like I said with my last review, it was overwhelming at times. I felt like I needed to take notes lol But I guess that’s just how fantasies are? I wouldn’t really know since I don’t read many, so maybe this is just an issue for me. However, I would recommend to take your time while reading this book so you can absorb everything you learn. And take some breaks in between. You’re gonna need it.Second thing I didn’t like, well more it frustrated me, was Cas and Poppy being stubborn as hell with their feelings for one another. The torture and tension I had to go through just so they could realize they both really loved each other and it wasn’t one sided was frustrating. I mean, I guess I expected this. More from Poppy than Cas though since we’ve known already she didn’t think Cas’ feelings for her were genuine. But god, he did SO MANY things in this book that proved her wrong and she still wouldn’t believe it - even when others would say otherwise, too. Thankfully, this all gets resolved. So if you get frustrated like me, just stick it out lolSurprisingly, despite how maddening Poppy and Cas made me their romantic journey and development in this one was one of the things I enjoyed. When they weren’t being stubborn, I had a blast reading all their interactions. If you’re wondering whether any of the scenes in this book will live up to the snowy forest one in book 1, don’t fret friends. These two still got all the heat! They also still know how to tug at my heart and make me smile. I really do love them a lot.I also love how much Kieran we got in this one. I was very curious about him in book one, so having him show up so much in here was great. We got to learn more about him, his family, and his bond with Cas. This lead to meeting some new characters, which I also adored immediately and am looking forward to more of them in the upcoming books!The plot of AKOF&F was just as exciting as FB&A. Especially in the second half. In the first half, you’re more reading to get answers and info. Second half is where the action happens. But its all worth reading. You really do get sucked into the story, it’s hard to put down. We get some answers we’ve been dying to know, while leaving us with more questions. And as seems to be the trend with this series, we are left with a whopper of a cliffhanger. Dare I say, even bigger than the last. It goes without saying that I am already clamoring for book 3!So, there you have it. If you loved FB&A, you need to pick up this book. You don’t want to miss what happens next!A KINGDOM OF FLESH AND FIRE is out Sept 1st!- Preorder Links: https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/books...- Preorder Goodies: ow.ly/srtE50ALkqj- Sneak Peek: ow.ly/ENtm50ALkqp
  • Also on my blog,dusts of magic “There is no side of you that is not as beautiful as the other half. Not a single inch isn’t stunning.” His lashes lifted, and the intensity in his stare held me captive. “That was true the first time I said it to you, and it is still the truth today and tomorrow.” I have waited for this book for MONTHS and finally, it has been released and I have read it. I have not moved my butt from my bed and continued to read this until someone had to drag me out and tell me to eat some food. So let's just say I have been reading this the whole day. And damn, the book is too good to be true.I could've asked for an ARC, but I waited until the release date. Because you know what? Waiting for it makes the book more exciting to read. Have you ever had a day when you just remembered that the book you've pre-ordered is meant to be released today and you just grin foolishly because you got that book in your hand (reading it)? Well, today was one of those days to me. “I’ll try to escape again.” “I figured as much.” “I’m not going to stop fighting you.” “I wouldn’t want you to.” I thought that was weird. “And I’m not going to marry you.” I was a bit annoyed of that marriage between the two of them being a huge deal and all. I know it's a big thing for Cas (aka Hawke) and Poppy but if felt a tiny bit overreacted. It made it feel like Poppy being too dramatic for saying no to Cas. Nothenless, I quite enjoyed reading Poppy and Cas' adorable arguments because you have to realize when they are fighting over something that is unnecessary, it doesn't feel like it was forced. It's just so funny reading that Poppy still wants to have Cas' head chopped off, but we already know their real feelings for each other. And the cover already said they are going to be married. There are two golden rings. Does that ring any bell?Surprisingly, the pace of the book was genuinely good, considering the fact that the first book took ages for things to start to start heating up a bit. The speed of the book was much better and all, but I felt like some bits were squished in and it ended a bit fast. Some scenes that I wasn't sure that it was useful but I'm sure it had a connection. "Which part confuses you the most?" he asked, amber eyes unblinking."It's the part where you think I would actually marry you." I didn't realize until starting reading the book that this was a duology. Or it's a sequel. I thought it was a series, but then again, the story is what matters the most. Not if it's a duology or a series or a trilogy or others. It starts right off from where Hawke announces that he's going to marry Poppy. I was eager to read on for reasons why he would do that, since his original plan involved trading her to get his brother back. Obviously, they fell in love and things changed, so the conclusion was that they were to marry.Unsurprisingly, Poppy doesn't accept it because she's still wounded by Cas' lies and betrayal. So half of the story is about Poppy being confused (about her feelings) and the rest is the journey to go to Atlantia. It's long, but I like long books because I don't have to stop reading it. I keep going and going but then, JLA had to stop where there were SO MANY questions that I have. I'm pretty sure they would be answered, but just to let you know, I am NOT happy that I was left hanging. We also get a lot from other characters as well, and I truly did love them all. Especially Kieran. He's even more funnier than I gave him credit for. I like him. But I'm still #TeamCasteelDa'Near. “You’re welcome,” I panted. “For saving your life.” Breathing raggedly, he jerked the sword back. A wide, bloody smile broke out across his face. “Would this be an inappropriate time to let you know I’m incredibly turned on by you right now?” “Yes.” My gaze shifted to the guard staggering to his feet behind him. “Highly inappropriate.” Poppy is such a badass character and extremely lovable because she totally has a warm heart. She's brave, bold, and beautiful. Even when there are scars on her face, she's still an amazing character. She cares for those she loves, smiles and teases them and mostly, we'll probably do anything to save them. Oh, and we cannot forget her random questions thrown at Kieran and Cas. She's so curious about everything. I'm surprised she hasn't asked the question, "Keiran, why is the sky blue?" or something very random like that. And that made me lik her more as a character.Hawke, who incredibly, irritatingly, (and really, really adorable) is the prince of Atlantia who, has officially got my heart. He just, matches Poppy so well. Their words are always like a challenge but it still makes me laugh so much. I can't believe I once thought he was evil (ok, he may be a tiny bit evil in some places but he's good guy).I have to say, romance in this book was everything. It was about Cas (maybe I should call him Hawke? Because there's a reason behind that name) and Poppy's marriage and their growing feelings. But at one point, I was jealous. Yup, I got jealous for Poppy because Cas had a lover who presumably he loved deeply. The fact that Poppy and Cas had to do some let's pretend game, the romance felt forced. Because they weren't actually aware of their feelings when it came to one another and then finally, they come to a conclusion which I shouted a thank you at them for declaring that a bit late for me.But, I loved this book. SO MUCH. Let's just say some of the reasons I loved this book was because of Cas' existen. I'm always #TeamCasteelDa'Neer. Oh, and did I mention that there is some small chapters of Cas' (at that time, Hawke's) POV when he met Poppy at the Red Pearl? I still have that to read....
  • 5/5 starsI don't stay up until 5:38am for just any book and Jennifer L. Armentrout gave me everything I needed plus more with this series and this is only the second book. With this being the sequel to one of my ultimate favorites of the year I was nervous to see how it would live up and I am happy to say I LOVED it. JLA has been an author I have grown up reading from the Lux series to White Hot Kiss to SO many more (she writes more than I can breathe). I cannot express to you how invested I am with these characters, the plot, and the romance. While yes this is a character driven romance fantasy story but it never feels forced. It feels right and develops in ways that allow readers to correlate with previous things mentioned or it allows readers to plot things out themselves. JLA has this way with her characters; main, side, or villains that allow them to come alive to me, they and their relationships feel so real. The plot has me anticipating the next page or chapter to see what will happen and THE ROMANCE. My friends, the romance is A I don't know why Hawke isn't real and I still feel some type of way about that. Like how can he be everything I wanted and more in real life WHILE being fictional. I will move on or else I could write about him and Poppy 'pretending' all day. Which BTW Chapter 18,19,22,26,and many more hit ESPECIALLY different. ANWAYS I am a romance fantasy loving gal and this series I eat up, the end❤️P.S. The ending has me wanting the sequel but not cliff hanger enough that I am going to burst before it's released. It's open ended to allow for more things to come and I AM READY.
  • Thank you to Jennifer L Armentrout for allowing me to read an ARC of this book, and allowing me to be apart of the Instagram tour! All thought and opinions in this review are MINE! ”Beauty, my sweet child, is often broken and barbed, and always unexpected." I’ve been waiting since March for this book and my god, it was certainly worth the wait. There was a small part of me that thought ”Could it really gets any better than book one?”The answer?? YES!Starting exactly where we left off in From Blood and Ash, the book reels you in and keeps you hooked from page one!We learn so much more about the Atlantans, Ascendeds, Vamprys, and we’re even introduced to new species that you’ll find intriguing. Poppy is realizing so much about herself and I loved reading every minute of it. She has been through so much and her character growth in this book was phenomenal. Her like able personality and relatable inner thoughts from book one were still present in this one and I was so happy about it!Casteel.. Hawke.. Whatever you choose to call him, my god! I seriously didn’t think my obsession with him could get any bigger but I was seriously wrong! His banter with poppy, the way he defends her, when he fights, seeing all the good he’s done (and does), his charm, and let’s not forget his DIRTY TALK, were all enhanced by at least 10 in this book! Jennifer, I thank you for giving us Casteel!The action, the fights were so perfect I felt like I was watching a movie at times! And there were a few scenes that seriously destroyed me. Even now I’m still feeling it. The ending was so intense! I have so many questions and the last 4 pages left me with serious goosebumps!To sum it up, Jennifer has done it again! I need book 3 now! 5/5 ✰’s
  • Soooo... I inhaled this. I mean, I knew I would, but still. This book had me sucked in from the first page and I was immersed. As in ....Neglect literally everything else because I had to. I just had to. You know that type of book? That’s what this was for me. And the banter. Oh. My. God. Hawke - stealing the show again. Look, I don’t even care that the tropes here have been done to death. I also stand by what I said in my review for book one - this isn’t a wholly new story. The tropes and elements are all ones we have seen time and again. But you know what? It worked. For me anyway. This was also giving me some ACOMAF vibes so you bet I’m one happy camper. And on that note, the wait for the next book is going to be torturous.