Friday, August 2, 2019

Review Blitz: Feast of Sparks by Sierra Simone

Series: Thornchapel, Book 2
Author: Sierra Simone 
Release Date: August 1, 2019
 Cover Designer: Hang Le 
Photographer: Regina Wamba


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Where do I even start....

First you HAVE to read Lessons in Thorns first to understand this book, you can't skip it (why would you want to?)

Don't ask me for a favorite line, I tried that and ended up copying whole paragraphs. There was one particular saying that captivated me more ( except maybe the reference to Hogwarts), it was the whole thing. Its so organic and orgasmic. 

In LiT, we meet the 6 friends. Poe, Auden, Saint, Rebecca, Delphine and Father Beckett. The first book followed Poe and Auden on their love affair. 
We are back with the same 6 friends and this time we are following the love affair between Saint and Auden. They are so sweet and rough with each other. I love the way Auden starts to "make it better" for Saint. How he earns him. 

This throuple is made of magic. 
I loved going on this journey with Saint and watching him turn into the person I loved from LiT and now in FOS. I loved seeing the torture in his eyes that fights with the pain in his head and the love in his heart. 

I love that Auden caught him, the wild thorn king and his priest. 

In lots of throuple books the dynamic always makes me shaky because it kind of always seems that one is loved more than the other. Like, if they had a chance it would just be them two and not the other person. While I appreciate and respect personal couple moments, I am always weary. Well in this book, its all free love. I LOVE how honest they are about jealousy and how adamant they are about consent and respect. It may seem weird to think of respect while one person in on their knees but its written so reverently that it seems natural. Like anything other than being on your knees is unnatural. 

As powerful and potent as the love is between Auden and Saint, the real star of this book for me was the Father. In the beginning I fell in love with Beckett's zeal. It was its own person it was so present. It reminds me of a S/M relationship. He was the sadist and masochist all in one. He loved the pain and he wasn't selfish about doling it out. In this book; however, I loved that he took. He took his pleasure, he took what he wanted and he felt no guilt about it. I love that he lived and ACTUALLY participated this time. I was waiting on him in LIT to participate and boy was I in for a treat. 

The imagery in this book was heavy. It demanded to be felt. It grabbed you and forced you to pay attention to it. The drums were probably my favorite part. I felt the drums while reading this book. I felt the frenzy pace of the hunt. Heart rate sped up and my with pupils wide I read page after page and was drawn in. I danced with a crown of flowers on my head, I sang random songs and I drank. 

We all know Sierra can write a steamy book, this book is no different. Turning up the heat in this book 10 fold. I can only imagine by the end of this my eyeballs are going to be melted out their sockets because they won't be able to comprehend all the delicious, holy sin they're witnessing. 

I can't give too much away, but I will say I love a book where I care about the supporting characters as much as the main ones. 

The ending broke my heart. Usually, Sierra is really good at breaking my heart and then slowly placing it back together again before I move on... Well she didn't this time. I'm praying for a gotcha moment. I'm praying for a HEA, which is weird because I'm the optimistic cynic. I feel like in the "real world" everything isn't HEA so it's annoying when some books get that treatment where its all wrapped up neatly in a bow, it doesn't feel real. Well, I still believe that but Sierra didn't have to eviscerate my emotions either. I hope its made right. 

As I say with all Sierra Simone books. I feel smarter for having read them. 

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I’m an outcast and a loner, named for death itself. Fate wasn’t supposed to have plans for me.
But then she came back—the girl I once kissed in a thorn-covered chapel in the woods. She came back, and I could no more resist her than I could pry out my own heart. And by some trick of fate, she wants me as much as I want her. The only problem? She also wants the man who owns Thornchapel, Auden Guest.
And so do I.
Eight years ago, I did something to Auden, something terrible. He hurt me back the only way he knew how, and so here we are: our hatred seasoned with pain and my loneliness seasoned with longing. The only thing we can agree on is Proserpina Markham, and she wants us to find a way to be together—all three of us.
If Auden wants to earn her as his submissive, then he has to earn me as well.
But with the discovery of bones behind the altar and the carnal revel of Beltane fast approaching, it’s becoming clear that Thornchapel’s secrets are much deeper and older than any of us could have ever guessed. And no matter how bright and merry a feast of sparks may be, it’s always followed by ashes.
And darkness.

Excerpt: Shame, hot and prickling, needles everywhere at my face and chest and belly as I begin to bend down to the floor. The cool air that caresses my pussy is now everywhere as the position begins to expose my most secret flesh, and there’s no pretending away the reality of what I’m doing. I’m doing something I’ve never done before, I’m offering up the filthiest part of me for inspection, and despite everything the three of us have shared in the past twenty-four hours, I’m flooded with shame. It’s real shame now, not play-shame, and my safe word floats to the top of my mind, a buoy in the clear waters.
I don’t want to safe out right now, I’m nowhere near the edge, but it’s nice to have it there all the same. Reassuring. There’s nothing they can do that I can’t stop.
And anyway, this is who I am—who I’ve been growing into ever since I found the words to define it.

About the Author: Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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