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Friday, January 24, 2014

[NEWS] We have moved to

Hi there everybody. We have some exciting new changes happening in the New Year. Our first big piece of news is that we have moved to a new web address. We are now on Word Press at

Second is that we have added some new faces to the roster. Now, Romancing the Laser Pistol is a conglomerate of several book lovers coming together to help spread the word about books they have read. We will now have reviews from all kinds of different genres and authors. This means that there will be a little something for everyone.So stop on by and check out our new address and say hi to all the new faces.

Keep checking in, to celebrate all our exciting new changes we will be hosting several giveaways in the next couple of weeks. Thank you to everyone who reads our blog, Romancing the Laser Pistol.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

[Review] One Rogue Too Many by Samantha Grace

One Rogue Too Many
Rival Rogue 
Samantha Grace
January 7, 2013
Sourcebooks Casablanca

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From the Betting Book at Brook's Gentleman's Club:

Wager: £2,000 that Lord Ellis will throw the first punch when he discovers Lord Throne is wooing a certain duke's sister.

All Bets Are Off When the Game is Love

Lady Gabrielle is thrilled when Anthony Keaton, earl of Ellis, asks for her hand in marriage. She's not so pleased when he then leaves the country and four months pass without a word. Clearly, the scoundrel has changed his mind and is too cowardly to tell her. There's nothing to do but go back on the marriage mart...

When Anthony returns to town and finds his ultimate rival has set sights on Gabby, his continual battle of one-upmanship with Sebastian Thorne ceases to be a game. Anthony is determined to win back the woman who holds his heart--but he's not expecting Gabby herself to up the stakes...

If you are looking for a quick light read, full of cheesy romance then I recommend I just finished One Rouge Too Many by Samantha Grace.  This book is about a Lady Gabrielle who has always been in love with brothers’ friend Lord Ellis.  After a night of passion it seems things are looking up because the Lord proposes to Lady Gabby only to leave for four months without a word.  Since their betrothal was a secret Lady Gabrielle lets herself start being courted by Lord Ellis’s rival Lord Thorne.  Now Lord Ellis is back in town and must use all the wooing powers he possesses to convince Lady Gabby that he is the man she must marry.


When I heard what this book was about I knew I wanted to read it because I am sucker for a good historical romance.  I liked this book this book for the most part.  I really liked the beginning because I liked the chemistry between Lord Ellis and Lady Gaby that steamed up the pages from the get go.  I could tell that Lord Ellis really had the hots for Lady Gaby and I liked it.  I thought that it was sweet and funny the depths of humiliation we was willing to put himself through to win the hand of his ladylove.  I could tell that both them had been carrying a torch for the other for a long time but were too stupid and too young that they couldn’t get it right.  Sometimes the timing is just off and one must be patient for love to come back around with that special someone. 


By the middle of the story it had taken a turn so out there that I wanted to shake Lady Gaby and yell at her to stop being such a ninny.  She gets in a caught in a kiss by her mother and her mother’s friend and in her mind now she must marry that man.  Only that man is not Lord Ellis he is the other man chasing after her Lord Thorne.  In mind she blames herself for her father’s death and all the unhappiness it caused her mother so she put aside her own happiness and prepares to walk down the aisle with wrong man.  Lord Ellis is unhappy and Lady Gabby is unhappy all because she too dimwitted to believe that her that mother does not blame her and just wants her to happy.  I understand there must be some kind of conflict but come on Lady Gabby don’t be so dimwitted. 


By the end of the book it redeems itself and once again my faith is restored in historical romance novels is restored because it ends with a happily ever after.  I liked the ending and epilogue they were very sweet.  I liked that by then both Lord Ellis and Lady Gabby have put away the past and are now able to focus on the present together.  I give One Rouge Too Many three laser pistols because it was very cute, cheesy, romantic, and sexy; but I felt that middle of book lagged a bit. 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

[Review] No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

No One Else Can Have You
Kathleen Hale
January 7th, 2014
Harper Teen

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The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard meets the cult-classic film Fargo in this gripping and darkly humorous murder mystery by debut author Kathleen Hale.
A quiet town like Friendship, Wisconsin, keeps most of its secrets buried . . . but when local teen Ruth Fried is found murdered in a cornfield, her best friend, Kippy Bushman, decides to uncover the truth and catch the killer. Since the police aren't much help, Kippy looks to her idol, journalist Diane Sawyer, for tips on how to conduct her investigation. But Kippy soon discovers, if you want to dig up the truth, your hands have to get a little dirty, don'tcha know.
In this riveting young adult novel, Kathleen Hale creates an intricately plotted murder mystery that will keep readers guessing, laughing, and cringing until the surprising final pages.

So I have a confession to make that I peeked at some of the reviews on Goodreads prior to reading this book.  There were a lot of good reviews, a lot of bad reviews and no in-between.  That made me nervous going into this book because I really wanted to be one of those people that loved this book because my first book I read in 2014 was not so good.  I am here to tell you it was a happy day when I finished No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale because in my personal opinion this book was amazing.

The best way to describe No One Else Can Have You is black comedy.  If you are a person that is easily offended by touchy subject matter then put this book back on the shelves and walk away because this is not the book for you.  If you are like me and can laugh at things that might get you get a nice condo with fiery lakefront view; then like me you will think this book is hilarious. 

This book takes place in small Wisconsin town that is full of people so weird it would make David E. Kelly happy.  There is a murder in a town where the worst thing that has ever happened in decades is shooting up a mailbox.  It reminded of Twin Peaks meets Fargo because everyone is weird, they say You Betcha’ a lot and there is a murderer on the loose.  The book opens with a girl being discovered hanging from a tree, dead.  Then the story is told from Kippy’s POV the dead girl’s best friend.  After being given her friend’s journal, to erase the sex parts for her mom, Kippy discovers her friend Ruth has a whole other life that Kippy didn’t know anything about.  In this diary Kippy discovers that the boyfriend couldn’t possibly be the murderer so with the help of Ruth’s brother she sets out find the real murderer. 

I really liked this book because it is actually more like a coming of age story about a shy weird girl proving herself.  Kippy kind of reminded of D.J. from Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch.  No One Else Can Have You is full of observations of the world through Kippy’s eyes.  While not pretty I like the honesty in which Kippy saw the world.  I think that is why she reminds me so much of D.J. because they both see the world the same way.  Though granted Kippy’s world is more like a world out of a David E. Kelly show and D.J.’s is more like an ABC family drama.  

In the beginning Kippy fancies herself with only one friend, outside her dad, and now that she is gone the world just got very lonely.  While discovering a murderer she befriends: Ruth’s brother, a group of misfits, and even a girl in an asylum.  I loved that Kippy finds that she is not as alone as she thought she was by the end of the book.  For a girl with only one friend, weird and everyone at school doesn’t even know her name she proves that she is a force to be reckoned with.   

The murder mystery in this book was actually pretty easy to figure out but it was the cast the characters that really made this book such a good read for me.  The scene where Kippy and Davey join a self-help group and go the corn maze was freaking hilarious and I laughed my head off the whole time.  In the end, I cannot stress enough how much I really ended up liking this book it surprised me how good it was.  I like heroines that are shy and come into their own, black comedy, and of course a decent murder mystery.  You Betcha’, I give No One Else Can You four laser pistols.

Monday, January 6, 2014

[CoReview] [Arc] Defy by Sara B. Larson

Sara B. Larson
January 7th, 2014
Schoolastic Press
336 pages

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Fry's Arc was provided via Netgalley by the publisher. 
Amy's Arc was provided by publisher via Netgalley for honest review.

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle. 
Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory. 
The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?

Fry's Review:  

What I was expecting:  

What I actually got:  

For a trope as rich and interesting as Sweet Polly Oliver, I expect an awful lot. It's been done really well over the years and is a tough mantel to carry; unfortunately, Alexa Hollen does not live up to the trope. She barely tricks anyone. Everyone knew her secret before she revealed it, and even her reveal(s) were lame. There were no random breasts bared, no accidental discoveries after horrific battle scars. It was all just Alexa simpering and declaring herself to have ladyparts.

This book reads like it was written by Tumblr. It starts out with finding the most shockingly useless plot point in the history of useless plot points and then degrades into flushed skin and makeout sessions. I read patiently, waiting for there to be something worthwhile and discovered nothing.

Let's start with the setting, shall we? There are three kingdoms, apparently. One appears to be in the jungle and one appears to be on nearby plains or an unspecified cooler region of some sort. Even Minecraft has better generators for terrain than this. The third nation's topography is undescribed. It could be anywhere. It could be on the moon.

Now, the leaders of these nations are related to each other by intermarriage or by blood. Two of the nations are ruled by brothers, which makes the other the odd duck. Naturally, there is a war. Though, the reasons behind it are so convoluted and confusing even I lost track of the logic. 

Our main characters live in a lush jungle kingdom. Ruled by a corrupt king who decided to start a war for funsies. YOLO. The war has been raging for a long time, so long that the king thought, "Hey, you know what'd be awesome to do with these displaced orphans? We can send the boys to war and we can shove the girls into breeding houses." That's right, breeding houses. No, of course they're not there having babies willingly, but it's both a way for the soldiers to blow off steam and for the nation to gain a higher population of soldiers. Not that that makes sense. It takes how long for a new baby to even be considered an apt fighter? Maybe 15 years at a minimum? Considering their military has the standard 18 and over rules for their military that we see in the real world, this starts to make less sense. So, really, what is the point of these breeding houses? Just to make me feel dirty and gross? To have a motivation for Alexa to not want to be seen as feminine? Either way, it's dumb.

So, after being orphaned, Alexa spends most of her time pretending to be a boy. I've already mentioned that she does this rather poorly. She stares at flexing muscles and deep into other men's eyes, noting their color. She sighs longingly and blushes. But, she's such an adept fighter that she's moved her way up onto the prince's guard and, if not for a technicality (that of her age) would have been captain of the guard. Clearly, since she's so piss poor at pretending, they are keeping her around because she actually has some skill.

Things take a turn when the prince's life is endangered by an assassin. Alexa is forced to guard him day and night. The prince flaunts his upper torso at her and makes a few passes. Any reasonable person would either think the prince was batting for the other team, or would assume that the secret was out. Not Alexa. She flushes and sighs and daydreams instead of actually questioning the validity of what is happening.

The prince is captured by the enemy. Alexa is useless to stop them against the sorcerer they employ. She's brought along, because the penalty for letting the prince get captured is death, and we already know that the prince fancies her. The other half of her love triangle, another guard and one of her best friends, is also brought along for the ride. Despite appearances, the prince is pretty chummy with the enemy and it continues being this way.

The prince wants to overthrow the king and save the nation/stop the war. The only one who can help him accomplish this goal is, you guessed it, Alexa. She's a super special battle snowflake. With a flimsy plan, they run headfirst into danger and get a bunch of people massacred in the process. It's okay though, because they're the protagonists and nothing bad ever happens to protagonists! 

I probably should have known better and not attempted to read anything that blurbs, "a thrilling love triangle", but I was enthralled by the rest of the premise. No luck there. If you're looking for a simpering romance full of instant love and surface feels, dully written action, and a heroine who could use a few hard shakes, this is the book for you. If you're looking for an intelligent fantasy debut with some romance, you'll be sorely disappointed. 

Amy's Review:

First thought after finishing Defy by Sara B. Larson was glad I finally finished that book.  There were times I didn’t think I would ever get through that.  It felt like I had been reading this book my whole life.  I felt something like this while reading it because I just could not get into Defy:
Bored Fat Cat
  I just could not make myself like this book.  It isn’t down right horrible but it is one of those books I will put on the shelf or sell off and forget about.  I am kind of picky when it comes to fantasy novels  because it is not go my to genre.  So, for me to really love a fantasy novel : it should have really good world building, a kick ass heroine, and of course kissing.  Defy only had one of these elements.  The kissing.  The book was like Twilight meets fantasy in that there was a love triangle and Alexa can’t decide which guy she wants.  When she finally does the other guy is standing there declaring that he will always love her and pick up the pieces when Prince Damien breaks her heart.
Defy is about a girl Alexa, whom after her parents die her and her brother are left alone to fend for themselves.  Alexa must become Alex her twin’s brother and together they join the army because the alternative is the breeding houses for Alexa.  She becomes part of prince’s guard and later becomes his personal guard.  Then the prince is kidnapped, since Alexa and another guard Rylan were there all three are taken.  Along the way secrets come out and declarations of love is professed.  Alexa doesn’t know which boy to love because she can’t seem to trust the prince since he is keeping secrets.
Sounds like it should be good, right?  For me, not so much.  I think that Alexa needed to tell the boys to give her break because she is grieving and rightly so after losing her twin.  She is also under a lot of pressure to save the day.  All of this pressure and grief makes for a lot of crying in this book.  Don’t get me wrong I understand about grieving for lost loved ones and that is why I think she should tell the boys to take a flying leap while she gets her shit together.  She just lost her brother,  everybody is coming out of wood work to tell her they have always known she was girl and love her,  and now she has the fate of kingdom on her shoulders.  Needless to say this chick sobs a lot. 
I really wanted to like this book but in the end it just wasn’t for me.  It didn’t live up to the hype I was expecting and fell flat.  The book moved at a snail pace, the heroine after awhile got on my nerves and there was not much world building.  I think in fantasy there needs to be good world building because it adds to the epic and grandeur that makes a fantasy novel.  Defy was not epic and felt like it was trying to be too much like a paranormal romance.  It had potential and maybe if there are more books in this world,  Alexa can grow and come into her own.  As it stands, I give Defy two laser pistols because it just didn’t do it for me.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

[Review] How to Run With a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

How to Run With a Naked Werewolf
Naked Werewolf Book 3
Molly Harper
December 31, 2013
Pocket Books

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Down, Boy

Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger only to discover he’s really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don’t faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she’s known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham—that’s a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

The problem is—Caleb employs his lupine tracking abilities as a notquite- legal bounty hunter, and Anna is suspicious of both him and his profession. On the run from her past, with old problems closing in, she’d like to stay far, far away from anybody with connections to the law. Caleb, however, seems determined to keep her close. Are his intentions noble, or is he working a more predatory angle?

Anna’s been dreaming of returning to a semi-normal life, but now she’s experiencing a strange new urge . . . to join Caleb in running with the wolves.

I love Molly Harper books and How to Run With a Naked Werewolf is no exception.  I loved this book it was laugh out loud hilarious, romantic and full of spunk.  This book is about Tina who is on the run from her abusive ex-husband when she runs across a wounded werewolf.  Being a doctor, Tina can’t just leave him to fend for himself so she picks him and patches him up.  Of course, mayhem and kissing follows.  Here is my reaction after reading this book.

Like I said I really liked this book.   I could not put this book down it was so funny.  I love snarky female leads and Tina definitely gave as good as she got in the sarcasm department.   I loved how the chemistry flowed between Tina and her werewolf.  I liked how Tina was able to heal from the abuse she suffered at the hands of ex-husband.  I liked how she able to learn to trust again and stop running even though she finds herself on the road with a bounty hunter.  I loved the shenanigans that they found themselves as Tina tries to help track down petty criminals.  I think that is what I liked most about this book was reading along as two people tried to heal and find love on the road all the while finding themselves in ridiculous situations. 

I mean it when I say go read this book.  I really and truly could not put this book down and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading.  One time I laughed so hard I woke my husband up.  It was worth it get a death glare from the hub because How to Run With a Naked Werewolf is just that funny.  If you are like me and a huge Molly Harper fan and have read her other books.  Then I know like me you will love the little surprise at the end.  How to Run With a Naked  Werewolf does not take place in the Half Moon Hollow but it does take place in the same universe.

Go read this book!  I give How to Run With a Naked Werewolf five laser pistols.  This book was had everything I have come to love from a Molly Harper novel:  sass, romance, and of course shenanigans.



Friday, January 3, 2014

[Review] The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky
The Elemental Trilogy #1
Sherry Thomas
September 17th, 2013
Balzer + Bray
464 pages

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It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning… 
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death. 
Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal. 
But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

The romance in this book is overwhelming. It's overwhelming to the plot, to the characters, to the tone of the story. It's almost instantaneous and continues without abating throughout the whole book. You can't escape it. At certain points, it becomes too much to deal with.

Sure, the part that doesn't involve romance reminds me a lot of a Diana Wynn Jones novel. Except that instead of loving every moment of it, I found it hard to connect to the characters at all. This made it difficult to care for their plight. A plight that, which I might add, ended abruptly with little or no resolution.

The book jumps points of view between the two main characters, Iolanthe Seabourne and Titus VII. Jumps can happen at any time. Sometimes it happens between chapters, sometimes within the same chapter at a page break. Sadly, it doesn't happen with anything akin to predictability. Page breaks and new chapters do not necessarily mean reading from a different perspective. Still, the story is easy to follow despite this. The narrative voice is never left ambiguous.

The world is similar to a thousand others like it. The only saving grace is their magical training ground, the crucible. Inside a book full of fairy tales and historical mythology lies a lush and exquisite landscape for a mage to hone their skills. They can practice in a meadow by their lonesome or battle their way through any number of fantastical tales. They can also use it for extremely dangerous travel through books of the same type.

Even at the end of the book, I cared little for the characters. Nothing really drew me to them even though the prose kept me attentive. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. Depending on the synopsis of the next book, I may or may not continue this series.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

[Guest Review] The Rising by Kelly Armstrong
The Rising
Darkness Rising Series
Kelly Armstrong
April 2nd, 2013
416 pages

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The race for survival comes to a thrilling conclusion in the heart-stopping finale to the Darkness Rising trilogy, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide.

All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control. But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And like it or not, she'll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can't keep running forever.

With all the twists, thrills, and romance that have made Kelley Armstrong an international bestseller, plus the surprising return of some fan-favorite characters, The Rising will hold you under its spell long after its breathtaking end.
This review is spoiler free.
Let me get my fangirling out of the way by saying that Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read almost everything she has ever published, including the multitude of short stories she’s written for various anthologies. So when my friend was able to snag an advanced reader’s copy of The Rising at ALA midwinter, I was ecstatic to say the least. My exact reaction was something like this, but with more screaming:
The Rising is the third and final installment to the Darkness Rising trilogy and also resolves the story arc of the Darkest Powers trilogy. I’ve been waiting five years for this moment, so needless to say my expectations were high, probably too high.
The writing was everything I expect from Kelley Armstrong with lots of action, witty dialogue, strong character development and surprising plot twists. As always the world building is top notch and believable. That being said this wasn’t anything like I expected which is both a good and a not-so-good thing. After reading this and even after months of thinking about it I’m still not quite sure how I feel about the direction this book took or the ending.
I felt like the resolution was too civilized. I suppose I felt like they gave into “the man” and as anyone who has ever watched Empire Records knows you should always “damn the man.” While part of me says it was the practical thing to do, the other half of me is demanding a “give me life or liberty” deathmatch. Maybe it’s the Texan in me, I don’t know.
I also found myself in the weird position of being in agreement with Maya’s brother Ash most of the time. Maya’s, Daniel’s and Corey’s disregard of Ash for the first part of the book annoyed me a bit. Don’t get me wrong Ash could be a little too paranoid and incredibly selfish, but he was the only one of them who had ever had to fend for himself and they really should have taken him more seriously. They finally started to towards the end, but not soon enough for me. (It took an abduction and recovery before they finally started paying him any attention.)
Corey quickly became my favorite character in the series. He’s a more prominent character in this book than he has been in the past and he shined. His dialogue and reactions kept me laughing. This conversation that Corey has with Maya early in the book when he’s discussing his supernatural race showcases Corey’s personality and why I love him:
“...You remember those long stories we had to write in English last year? Mr. Parks accused me of having constancy errors?”
“Continuity errors,” I said.
“Whatever. It wasn’t a big deal.”
“Your characters changed names. More than once.”
“Only by a few letters...”
I realize that I probably laughed more than this dialogue warranted, but you’ll have to forgive me. I’m a book nerd so the idea of characters’ names changing throughout a story and the chaos that would cause for the reader had me in stitches. His casual disregard of the issue makes it even more delightful. Another of my favorite scenes is when Corey has to have “the talk” with Maya about Daniel’s feelings. It was kind of amazing.
Speaking of Maya, kind of, I thought she really came into her own during this book as well. She started off as a strong character and just became more so as the series progressed. Even if I’m not sure how I feel about all of her decisions, I liked her confidence and her willingness to protect herself and her friends. I also loved how she refused to let the drama of her “love life” overwhelm her. She kept it in perspective, survival first and then maybe she’ll worry about having a boyfriend.
My reaction when the Darkness Rising characters met up with the Darkest Powers characters:
It was seriously one of my favorite parts of the book. I love these characters and watching the two groups interact was pure fun (when they weren’t fighting for their lives and freedom anyway). I loved all the snark and only wished there were more scenes of them interacting with each other. Even if I had hated this book, which I didn’t, the scenes between these two groups would have made the book worth reading.
I know a lot of people hate epilogues, but I am not one of them. I love a good epilogue and Kelley Armstrong delivers. Even if I wasn’t a fan of the final outcome I loved the epilogue scene. A sort of “where are they now” snapshot. I like knowing what’s happening with my characters, probably another reason I loved the Darkest Powers characters making an appearance.
While I didn’t love this book and could never marry it, I like it enough to have a fling. It was good, my favorite of the Darkness Rising trilogy, but I want more from an ending. (I’m demanding that way.) This ending not only affects the characters from the Darkness Rising trilogy it also has repercussions for the characters from the Darkest Powers trilogy. That’s why the ending is so important and why it impacted my opinion of the book so much. In the end I give this book 3.5 laser pistols.