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She's been the victim and the survivor… Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the b She's been the victim and the survivor… Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers. The enemy and the warrior… Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head. A lover and heartmate… But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other. And now she will become Queen…


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She's been the victim and the survivor… Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the b She's been the victim and the survivor… Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers. The enemy and the warrior… Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head. A lover and heartmate… But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other. And now she will become Queen…

30 review for The ​Crown of Gilded Bones

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    well, im now deceased. the vamprys have sucked me dry and ive officially ascended. please respect my privacy during this difficult time. P.S. cant wait for you all to join me in the afterlife on the 20th. 🖤 ______________________ holy crap. i got an ARC! you have no idea how fast i rushed home to start it - usain bolt could never. lol. im so sorry for everyone else who has to wait a few more weeks. buuuuut the first three chapters are available as a preview in apple books here ! well, im now deceased. the vamprys have sucked me dry and ive officially ascended. please respect my privacy during this difficult time. P.S. cant wait for you all to join me in the afterlife on the 20th. 🖤 ______________________ holy crap. i got an ARC! you have no idea how fast i rushed home to start it - usain bolt could never. lol. im so sorry for everyone else who has to wait a few more weeks. buuuuut the first three chapters are available as a preview in apple books here !

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marina 🧡🦋

    If you see me giving 5 stars to a book that hasn’t released yet. Mind your business. Me & Kieran’s wolven senses smell the excellency 💅🏻 Update: I just finished. 1. I love Kieran. 2. I love Kieran. Give me more of him please. 3. Poppycas supremacy 🔥 4. A lot of info-dumping :/ 5. Repetitive sometimes. 6. Predictable ending. Am I still upset? Yes, I am sangry. How do I recover. Send help. 7. Poppy’s family tree gave me whiplash. What is the truth Oprah. C’mon 8. Give me book 4 now. 9. I enjoyed it. If you see me giving 5 stars to a book that hasn’t released yet. Mind your business. Me & Kieran’s wolven senses smell the excellency 💅🏻 Update: I just finished. 1. I love Kieran. 2. I love Kieran. Give me more of him please. 3. Poppycas supremacy 🔥 4. A lot of info-dumping :/ 5. Repetitive sometimes. 6. Predictable ending. Am I still upset? Yes, I am sangry. How do I recover. Send help. 7. Poppy’s family tree gave me whiplash. What is the truth Oprah. C’mon 8. Give me book 4 now. 9. I enjoyed it. My rating remains the same. I miss poppycas.

  3. 5 out of 5

    naz

    SPOILERS 4.5 stars plot heavy + romance heavy + smut heavy = TOP TIER I finished this last night and fuck me, I’m still reeling from everything that happened. I just have one question: HOW THE HELL DO I GO ON WITH MY LIFE NOW? honestly, I just came for the romance and romance only. with a side of plot😊 and i was not disappointed! usually by the third or fourth book in a series, the romance is the main thing for me. when I’m so in love with a ship and adore them with all my heart then everything SPOILERS 4.5 stars plot heavy + romance heavy + smut heavy = TOP TIER I finished this last night and fuck me, I’m still reeling from everything that happened. I just have one question: HOW THE HELL DO I GO ON WITH MY LIFE NOW? honestly, I just came for the romance and romance only. with a side of plot😊 and i was not disappointed! usually by the third or fourth book in a series, the romance is the main thing for me. when I’m so in love with a ship and adore them with all my heart then everything else is just background noise. I mostly want soft moments, domestic bliss and all of that. But the plot(s) in tcogb??? yeah I was actually invested! “The dimple in his right cheek appeared, and he dipped his head, kissing just above my brow and then lower, over the scar. “Princess?” My lips curved up. What had started as a nickname had become a reality. “Yes?” His mouth moved over mine. “I love you.” The smile on my face grew as my heart did a little skip in my chest. “I love you.” The crown of gilded bones is action packed but is still character driven that had me feeling ALL the emotions. My heart was racing, I was happy, crying, hyperventilating, screaming, swooning, melting and blushing. And that is just the first 18% of the book!! I’m actually having serious withdrawal symptoms today and I’m two seconds away from rereading all three books. I can’t stop thinking about that ENDING. POPPY IS A FUCKING BAD ASS. BOW DOWN TO THE QUEEN🔥🔥 God. JLA and her third books in every series are always so damn painful!! I’m not even going to try to talk about the plot because I have two braincells and I cannot summarise the beautiful chaos that is tcogb. And I didn’t even attempt to read this in one sitting, I rarely do with long ass fantasy books because sometimes I get either bored or overwhelmed with the world building! There are many chapters in the middle of this book that are quite slow and repetitive which is why taking breaks helped me. a few chapters could have definitely been cut from tcogb and the info dump had me confused at times but it didn't take away from how much i enjoyed the story. “Clasping his cheek, I guided his gaze back to mine. “You are a King. My King. And you will always be my everything, but never will you be a thing.” Casteel moved fast, pinning my back to the bed with the warm weight of his body. “I love you.” I don’t think anyone understands how much I fucking love when one character is fatally injured and the other character is ABSOLUTELY BROKEN, voice is shaky and hoarse whilst telling their love interest everything will be okay and are willing to do ANYTHING TO BRING THEM BACK including sacrificing themselves. The sheer amount of pain and the desperate declarations of love in these scenes give me so much fucking serotonin. These scenes are truly perfection because it still possesses all the delicious angst and undeniably raw pain of a death trope but without the literal death of the main character.. yes, i’m very aware I need therapy. Jla loves pulling her characters back from the brink of death and I EAT IT UP EVERY TIME. GOOD FUCKING SHIT!!😍😍 “He was crying. Casteel was crying. Tears streaked his cheeks, creating glistening tracks in the dried blood as they rolled and rolled…and I knew…I knew I was dying. Casteel knew it, too. He had to. There was so much I wanted to say. “Casteel…broke. He threw back his head and roared. He roared, and the sound echoed around us, through me. Under me, the stone cracked and opened. Thick, ropey roots spilled out, the color of ash. Kieran fell back on his ass as they came down over” brb, crying all over again. Oh and Casteel, my stupid tree bear, was still surprised and couldn’t believe it when poppy finally said she loved him!! He thinks he isn't worthy and shocked she could ever love him!! This scene was so beautiful that I cried and now lives in my mind rent free.🥺🤩 “He drew back enough that his forehead rested against mine. “I didn’t…” He cleared his throat as I ran my fingers along his jaw. “I mean, I…I thought you did. I believed that—or maybe I needed to believe it—but I don’t think I really knew.” His voice roughened again as he reached between us, wiping away a tear that escaped.” "The only thing I have ever chosen is your son.” Casteel’s head tipped back, and his chest rose with a deep breath, but he remained quiet, letting me speak for myself.” TCOGB included kinky shit that exists only in fantasy settings. Everything he said he would do in akofaf wedding night chapter... HE DID IT and I screamed with pure happiness🥵 Also, let’s not forget the long-awaited shower scene and poppy reading willa colyns sex diaries whilst casteel is going down on her<3 gave me such a buzz, all I wanted!🤤 side note: "lift your ass, my queen" gave me the same feelings as "lift your hips for me, love" did when i first read unravel me and that's on morally corrupt, dark +blonde haired guys with tortured pasts who don't believe they are worthy but actually are excellency. yes my legs are wide open for both warner and casteel and what about it? “Don’t move.” Casteel shot me a heated look, and I froze. He withdrew the all-too-familiar leather-bound book. Straightening, he cracked it open. “Pick a page, my Queen.” Was he going to read to me? “I…I don’t know. 238.” “238, it is.” He found the page and then turned the book over to me. “Read to me. Please?” Ummm.. was anyone upset that casteel didn’t call poppy “princess” as much as the last two books☹+ we barely got any scenes of cas being jealous some other things i loved: -casteel being mesmerised from seeing poppy laugh and when she calls him 'cas' and also him getting a boner from it🦋 - kieran and poppy's friendship blossoming even more! - poppycas FINALLY declaring their love for each other. SO SWEET✨ - the bond between the wolven and poppy🙌🏽 -poppy and cas both ready to KILL and do everything in their power to save each other!🥳 - OMG I think we manifested too hard because the ICONIC miss willa colyns actually made an appearance in the book and basically had a hand in bringing poppy and casteel together in the beginning of fbaa!! threesome: poppycaskieran DOES NOT happen. BUT there is a scene where poppy and casteel have sex and Kieran is in the room and holding her waist because she might suck every drop of blood from cas. Also poppycas watch Kieran getting a blowjob. As much as I love this series, I’m not sure plot wise how three more books will work. Just like this book, I know there will be a lot of filler, repetitiveness, and long monologues. unless.. poppycas.. having babies?? Because FUCK YES I AM HERE FOR THAT. Poppycas being the best parents??? The cute moments??? Cas being even more protective over poppy whilst shes pregnant??? cas holding his baby so gently because hes scared he might hurt them?? God yes, I need it. “If you think that what I did was a shock, then you need to understand that I will do anything and everything for my wife.” Casteel’s gaze latched on to his father’s. “No risk is too great, nor is anything too sacred. Because she is my everything. There is nothing greater than her, and I do mean nothing.” my hopes for book 4: -poppycas obviously reuniting. -BUT ALSO PREGNANCY TROPE. probably an unpopular request but jla, i am begging🧎🏽‍♀️ _____________________________________________ i'm so ready for casteel to call poppy "my queen", my soul will melt every. single. time. update 6/09/20: it's the way i already know this is going to be the best book of 2021. AND THAT'S ON POPPYCAS SUPREMACY ✨✨✨ manifesting poppycas to recreate scenes from the diary of miss willa colyns ✨✨✨

  4. 5 out of 5

    She-who-must-not-be-named

    Before you ask: There's no Joining. 4.25 ⭐️ “Bravery is a fleeting beast, isn’t it? Always there to get you into trouble, but quick to disappear once you’re where you want to be.” I love and respect you immensely, Jennifer L. Armentrout because of which I really want to be biased and rate this book five stars straightaway. But I'm afraid I don't want to mislead people. I want to convince you all to read it (especially for the last 20 chapters) but I'm afraid you might resent the middle, slow p Before you ask: There's no Joining. 4.25 ⭐️ “Bravery is a fleeting beast, isn’t it? Always there to get you into trouble, but quick to disappear once you’re where you want to be.” I love and respect you immensely, Jennifer L. Armentrout because of which I really want to be biased and rate this book five stars straightaway. But I'm afraid I don't want to mislead people. I want to convince you all to read it (especially for the last 20 chapters) but I'm afraid you might resent the middle, slow parts. my ECG while reading this book: First ten chapters : ^^^^___^^__^^^__^^^_________^^^^^^^^_ Chapters 11-28 ^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^_ Chapters 29-44 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Chapters 45-50 __________________________________ Major spoilers for A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire and extremely major spoilers for From Blood and Ash The Crown of Gilded Bones picked up right where Book 2 ended. No sooner had Poppy set foot in the Kingdom of Atlantia than she realised that she has been betrayed in the harshest possible manner by her very confidante. Reeling from the betrayal, Atlantians' distrust and meeting with Prince Casteel's parents who may or may not like her, Poppy has to endure a long yet rigorous journey to help Atlantia free their other Prince, Malik. As she embarks on her journey, she learns more about her heritage, parents, power and also the Rise of Gods and the History of Atlantia (most of which I skipped). She is also faced with the responsibility of overtaking the throne to become the next Queen but even before she takes the decision, truth bombs and shocking revelations are thrown her way, and she has to decide what to place first- her unconditional love for her husband or the future of Atlantia. She also has an important decision to make: Instill war and watch many of her own die or ensuring peace and watch her enemies survive. “Unrest and unease are two very powerful destabilizers of any society. No matter how great one is, they can be taken apart piece by piece from the inside, often weakening the foundation to the point of collapse before anyone realizes what is happening.” Is it just me or was Poppy depicted as super powerful beyond any existing measure? I mean I get that she has the blood of gods running through her blood vessels (I need to wear a rubber band on my wrist and pull it whenever I say this, honestly), but I felt like Casteel's power was downplayed constantly to show her extent of strength. He is the Prince of Atlantia for a damned reason and I just couldn't help but feel like his role in this book was mostly that of a hype boy for Poppy. Also, I'm glad that we got more Kieran-time in this installment. Without him, I'd probably have skipped the middle portion of the book completely, no kidding. I'm glad to have witnessed another angle, a whole new facet of his character that I didn't in books one and two. He came off as extremely caring, affectionate and emotional and I can't help but swoon over him. “The heart doesn’t care how long you may have with someone.” Kieran looked over at me, his eyes sheltered. “It just cares that you have the person for as long as you can.”  If you want to read this book, I won't promise you that it's going to be all daisies and rainbows and unicorns. If you hated books 1 and 2, then don't even give this book a try. You'll hate it with all fringes of your consciousness. I'm sure of it. But for those who liked/loved the first two books. Hold on to the book, despite the few chapters in between. Because when you read the last few chapters, you will poetically wax on about it for hours together.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    QUEEN POPPY WORLDWIDE DOMINATION!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    Hear me out: Poppy, Cas, and Kieran & that’s all i’m gonna say about that 👀 __________________________________________ New Review: OKAY. First half will be spoiler free and second half will have spoilers. This book was so freaking epic. Books 1 and 2 left us with so many questions they hurt my head and then the real purpose of Book 3 was to answer all those questions (which gave me an even bigger headache tbh). Do I love this series for the world-building and the plot? No, not really because i’m Hear me out: Poppy, Cas, and Kieran & that’s all i’m gonna say about that 👀 __________________________________________ New Review: OKAY. First half will be spoiler free and second half will have spoilers. This book was so freaking epic. Books 1 and 2 left us with so many questions they hurt my head and then the real purpose of Book 3 was to answer all those questions (which gave me an even bigger headache tbh). Do I love this series for the world-building and the plot? No, not really because i’m three books in and only now starting to understand it (ish). Do I love this series for the characters??? HELL YESS. I have said it once and I will say it again: JLA is the queen of banter. Every time Poppy was in a scene with Cas, Kieran, or both of them I was one of three things (1) swooning (2) smiling so big my cheeks hurt (3) laughing out loud 🥵😍❤️ I can’t wait to see how Poppy kicks ass in the next book!! !!SPOILERS BELOW!! • • • • • • • • • • • JLA WAS TEASING US SO FREAKING HARD WITH THE JOINING IN THIS BOOK. Every time Kieran was in a room with Poppy, he was closer to her and more touchy than he’s ever been before (and i’m so here for it). And it really does make sense that we didn’t get it in this book. How the hell can we expect for JLA to write sex scenes for a 6 book series and keep it interesting if she hits us with the joining in book 3?? But y’allllll i can feel it in my gut that it’s going to happen 👀🥵 Poppy is so curious, and Cas is open to it. He legit says he’ll do whatever she wants. AANDDD our queen is a literal GOD!!!!! Which means that her lifespan >>>> Cas’ and so the only way for them to all live as long as her is ✨the joining✨ ahhh I love it here 😌❤️ Poppy, the new Daenerys Targaryen?????? Holy duck yes 🥵 IM SOOO HERE FOR DRAGONS!! I can’t explain to you how much I love the thought of Poppy riding a dragon to free the love of her life and burn a castle to the ground 🔥 BUT. What the hell was that ending?????? Cas did NOT need to sacrifice himself for Poppy, it made no sense. Absolutely none. Everybody knew that the Blood Queen NEVER EVER wanted Poppy dead, so why the hell did Cas think to hand himself over to save Poppy from something that everyone knew wasn’t going to happen???? Poppy was in pain and was probably just going to pass out lmaoo not die?! Totally unnecessary. 60% of this book was them FINALLY being open and honest with one another, enjoying life blabla, which made Cas being taken kind of the obvious direction for the plot. Argggg im annoyed 😤

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    From Blood and Ash: ★★★★ A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire: ★★★ 2 1/2 stars The Crown of Gilded Bones was one of my most anticipated books this year. These books are like junk food for me. High quality? No. But very enjoyable. And sometimes that’s all we need. The first book was tons of fun. I had a few issues with the second book but I still enjoyed it anyway. However, this installment simply wasn’t as good as the first two. This book continues directly from the cliffhanger of AKOFAF and the first chapt From Blood and Ash: ★★★★ A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire: ★★★ 2 1/2 stars The Crown of Gilded Bones was one of my most anticipated books this year. These books are like junk food for me. High quality? No. But very enjoyable. And sometimes that’s all we need. The first book was tons of fun. I had a few issues with the second book but I still enjoyed it anyway. However, this installment simply wasn’t as good as the first two. This book continues directly from the cliffhanger of AKOFAF and the first chapters (which were released as a sample) made me very excited to read this book. Well, suffice to say it started with a BAM. Then from 15% to 55% (approx.) almost nothing happens… I have no idea why JLA decided to stretch this series into 6 books. Considering that these books are so long and just like in AKOFAF, there was little progress on a considerable chunk of the book, it could’ve been easily a trilogy. Some speculated that the 3 other books might be a spin-off but no. This book ends with somewhat of a cliffhanger (an event unresolved but not like the one in AKOFAF). Maybe because of the success? I don’t know but I certainly hope she stops at book 6… or makes the books shorter at the very least because we’re talking here about 600+ pages where not much happens for the most part!! Spoilers for the first two books from here. I’ll be writing pros and cons (but oh mostly cons list) Pros: ✘The characters were the highlight of this book for me. I care about Poppy, Cas, Kieran & co. I like these characters and care deeply about them, something I’ve been struggling with lately with other books. Even though I’m complaining about 6 books, as long as Poppy and Cas stay awesome, I don’t think I’ll get bored reading about them (unless we still have 1800+ pages about them, then I don’t know). ✘ The book started with a bang. For the first 4-5 chapters I couldn’t put the book down (I read the sample though first). It also ended on a high note for me too. In-Between: - This book definitely lacked the addicting quality I loved in the first two books. Mind you, not always. Like I mentioned above, I couldn’t put the book down at the beginning and then towards the ending I finished it quickly, but I struggled with the middle because little -if anything- was happening. - While I like that it’s not a simple fantasy like it started, as I said in AKOFAF, this series did not set up the stage for such a level of fantasy. - The thing I love about these books the most is the fun and while some parts were fun to read, I had to push myself to read some others because of some of the cons I’m going to talk about later. The cons ✘ Remember everything you (not everyone but many still) and I have complained about in book 2? If you don’t let me wrap them up for you: ➻ the repetitiveness ➻ how SSSSSSPECCCCIAL Poppy is ➻ her QUESTIONS ➻ stabbing people! How hot!! ➻ Casteel telling anyone who would listen about Poppy’s favorite book.. uhm what ➻ the abundant unnecessary details about Poppy’s day-to-day life ➻ the indecent inappropriate stuff Casteel wants to do to Poppy Well, in case you assumed we got our fill (and then some more) of these ridiculous comments, YOU’RE WRONG! JLA did not have enough! While Cas barely made any comments about the questions, Kieran did. A lot. This really annoyed and tired me because these comments were abundant. ✘ Let’s talk about the fantasy genre. What makes a fantasy book actually good? Well, the world-building is definitely an important aspect of the book. The magic system. The fantasy elements. And how do you usually introduce them? Gradually in book 1, you prepare the reader. Not in freakin book 3. What makes them even better is the FORESHADOWING. So we have a map now and I’ll give you a very simple example: Iliseeum. It’s an area in the East and important in this book. I searched in AKOFAF for one mention of it but got 0 results. And yes, Casteel knows of it. It could’ve been casually mentioned just to say it was not invented in this book. but nope. Seems like JLA is figuring out stuff as she go along.. I mean please this is speculation and not a spoiler, of course, Poppy will win and survive and this can be done in numerous ways. Well, JLA is deciding the "how" as she progresses. ✘ The info dump in a third installment. I cry. This annoyed me in book 2 but JLA really wasn’t planning for such a complex fantasy but hey who cares? We can still pull off this shit now. The whole god/deity thing for example was so vague and confusing. And Poppy’s ancestry was debated so much with each time a different result that when the “plot twist” in this regard happened, I was thinking please be the last. I don’t think I can take another different parentage. JLA Mudded things enough that when yet another plot twist about Poppy was revealed, she was able to get away with it because of the vagueness I mentioned. ✘ Speaking of which, Poppy is overpowered much?? No training no nothing with her new abilities yet she can do everything?? The same day she discovers them?! Also, I literally, thought oh I have these abilities but I can’t do this… then but who said I can’t? And of course, she was able to do what she had in mind. ✘ I found the whole thing with the Queen of the Ascendents pretty illogical (view spoiler)[so they meet her and barely bring anyone?????? They go to her place?? They’re too full of themselves to rule a kingdom. It really made no sense to me how they agreed to meet the viper in her den and thought they can leave unstarched. Another thing that annoyed me is everyone warning Poppy “the queen is different” CAN’T YOU SAY HOW??!! WTF. This got on my nerves, you can say she’s not ascendent, the same number of words (almost!)!!! Also, how did Cas’ mother not warn them about her?! I think the whole thing was pretty stupid and done only to ensure that Cas gets caught. (hide spoiler)] ✘ The writing… style. I don’t… I don’t know what to say about… it. CAN POPPY STOP USING … IN HER (countless) INNER MONOLOGUES? This was also getting common in SJM’s books, is this a new trend? It’s annoying af. Fine I wouldn’t have minded in dialogues but otherwise?? I really.. really… really….. don’t like it. ✘ Again, I mentioned already how this book dragged. 200 could’ve been cut out easily. Especially since the pace wasn’t consistent at all. If only Poppy’s monologues weren’t so detailed. ✘ In the second half, something is said. I understood its implication right away and was surprised when the characters didn’t until much later. It was pretty obvious to be even considered a plot twist. Overall, this was a disappointment from the previous books. I decided to lower my rating to two stars because the cons outweighed the pros by far and while I was mostly subjective regarding the first two, since like I said I’m only reading them as a light fantasy + romance, I simply wasn’t impressed at all with installment. That being said, I’m still definitely going to read the sequel. I also still am excited about it because I really want to know what happens next. Since many asked me about it, does the joining happen? (view spoiler)[No, no threesome between our characters. Might it happen in the future? Poppy is already bonded to the wolven so she doesn’t need a joining. For fun? While JLA didn’t hint a lot about it, Poppy that wasn’t excited when this topic came up (or maybe she secretly was?). JLA hinted a lot about on Instagram I don’t know why other than publicity reasons. She might have such a plan for future books probably. (hide spoiler)] Thanks to Social Butterfly for sending me an e-arc.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee » libraryinthecountry

    WELL. If that wasn’t an EPIC ending, I don’t know what is. 🤭😵🔥 If you’re hoping to get a coherent, non-rambling review in which I carefully examine all of the themes and crafty bits of this book ... you’re out of luck. 😂 Instead, you’re going to get me straight up FREAKING OUT because this book has left me IN A STATE ... of awe, of disbelief, of adoration ... I’m feeling all the things, y’all. "There cannot be equality in power if there is no choice." This book has more of everything that I lo WELL. If that wasn’t an EPIC ending, I don’t know what is. 🤭😵🔥 If you’re hoping to get a coherent, non-rambling review in which I carefully examine all of the themes and crafty bits of this book ... you’re out of luck. 😂 Instead, you’re going to get me straight up FREAKING OUT because this book has left me IN A STATE ... of awe, of disbelief, of adoration ... I’m feeling all the things, y’all. "There cannot be equality in power if there is no choice." This book has more of everything that I loved from the previous books. More plot twists. More Poppy annoying Kieran. More world building. More Kieran begrudgingly answering Poppy’s questions. More mythology. More readings from Miss Willa's books. More hilarious banter. More stabby Poppy. More new characters (and some familiar, but “new” ones). More of Cas on his knees, “bowing” to his Queen. 🤤 And more Casteel/Poppy/Kieran moments. 😉 I fully expected this book to start off with a bang, as AKOFAF leaves us reeling with a major cliffhanger, but this book really does jump right into it! SO MUCH HAPPENS. I’m telling you, some chapters in this book had me *stressed* but I was also happy to endure the pain. "Common sense. That must be a new thing for you." "I'm really imagining kicking you in the face now." Kieran is still bae, and I just love how PRESENT he is in this book. He is still somewhat of a mystery at times, but we get some really great moments between Poppy and Kieran in which he opens up more about himself and they were some of my favorite moments in the book. "You are the foundation that helps me stand. You are my walls and my roof. My shelter. You are my home." I also loved the softer Casteel and Poppy moments. It’s important to me that Casteel is so aware of Poppy’s choices and autonomy and can easily go from being this completely badass deadly force to soft and compassionate and caring. Their love for each other is so clear and noticeable in this book, it jumps off the page. Also, bravo to JLA allowing Casteel and Poppy (and others) to be so openly in love and affectionate with each other and not leave it as something that is only behind closed doors. We also learn sooooo much more about the worlds of Atlantia and Solis. SO MUCH. And we finally see characters that have only been mentioned up til now! There’s a certain plot twist involving a character that has mostly only been mentioned up until now that I really, really loved. It helped the story come full circle and I am excited to see more of them in future books. There is a bit of a lull in the middle third of this book, in which I felt conversations dragged too much or became repetitive and there wasn’t enough moving about. It’s truly the only flaw I see in this book though and everything that happens before and after that made up for it. Several of my theories from way back in FBAA even ended up being true, but let me tell you ... the plot twists went beyond anything that I could have expected and the final third of the book is just inundated with them! If you thought Poppy had moments of badassery before this, you’re not prepared for what she is capable of now. Hats off to Poppy for standing her ground and not letting people’s intimidation tactics control her actions. Finally, this book has left me so much more excited for A Shadow in the Ember and when you read it, I think you’ll be left feeling the same way. *wink* Thank you to Blue Box Press and Social Butterfly PR for sending me an early copy in exchange for an honest review! Original Post, Pre-Release: More of Cas on his knees, bowing to his Queen, please and thank you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    That ending completely wrecked me. I went from being punched in the guts to screaming to silently sobbing to cackling like an insane lunatic. Oh how I can't wait to see the chaos that's coming and more dragons The Crown of Gilded Bones was far from perfect yet I still wholeheartedly loved it. The expansion of the world and it's creatures was just amazing. Surprisingly, me—who's horrible at keeping up with too many new terms thrown in books, actually was able to follow through all that was going on That ending completely wrecked me. I went from being punched in the guts to screaming to silently sobbing to cackling like an insane lunatic. Oh how I can't wait to see the chaos that's coming and more dragons The Crown of Gilded Bones was far from perfect yet I still wholeheartedly loved it. The expansion of the world and it's creatures was just amazing. Surprisingly, me—who's horrible at keeping up with too many new terms thrown in books, actually was able to follow through all that was going on and being said. That literally never happens. I seriously loved learning more about the world and seeing how this will connect with A Shadow in the Ember ... ohmygod I'm so excited. But even though I didn't mind the info-dumps, I will say that it did... drag on a little. It was around the middle of the book where I lost some of my focus and took some breaks in between reading. So yes, some parts were a bit boring but honestly those scenes where Poppy, Cas, Kieran and the rest of the cast just had fun made up for those slow parts. Still, the pacing could've been better. •❅──────✧❅✦❅✧──────❅• "Bravery is a fleeting beast, isn't it? Always there to get you into trouble, but quick to disappear once you're where you want to be." No matter how many times I say this it will never feel enough, but seriously—Poppy, Casteel, and Kieran—I love this trio so much. Their friendship with each other is so raw and beautiful. The teasing and bantering they have. The many arguments they had but held with so much love... it makes me feel alive. "Friendship was a far stronger bond than even something the gods could create." The bond between Cas and Kieran, especially—ohmygod it's amazing I swear can't get over the loyalty and love they have for each other. And every time, they call each brother, omg my heart🥺🥺 And here, Poppy and Kieran's friendship grows even more. I love it *sobs* THIS PLATONIC FRIENDSHIP IS SUPERIOR TO EVER OTHER RELATIONSHIP IN THIS BOOK. Yes, even Poppy and Cas (they come in really close behind tho). Although I love them with all my heart, Poppy and Kieran's relationship was just way too heartwarming and hilarious. I will never get over the intriguing convos they'd have with each other too ahaha omg. My chest warmed. "You know what?" He raised a brow as he looked down at me. "What?" I reached over and patted his chest. "You're more than okay." "Now that I know you think I'm more than okay, I can sleep well at night." His tone was as dry as the Wastelands, but I grinned. okay but Kieran mentioning the Joining when Cas and Poppy called him to talk about being their advisor was hilarious. omg why was that the first thing he thought of being called for??? Kieran, you're killing me😭😭 and then he made everything so awkward omg I couldn't stop wheezing bahahaha “You will bow before your Queen.” Casteel eyed the Atlantian coolly. “Or you will bleed before her. It is your choice.” And so then there's my Queen and King—Poppy Balfour Da'Neer and Casteel Hawkethorne Da'Neer. After all the lies, betrayals, and many changes their relationship has gone through, the truth is finally out and their love for each other is so beautiful.🥺 “I love you, Penellaphe. You. Your fierce heart, your intelligence and strength. I love your endless capacity for kindness. I love your acceptance of me. Your understanding. I’m in love with you, and I will be in love with you when I take my last breath and then beyond in the Vale.” Cas telling Poppy for the first time that he loved her broke me. And then Poppy saying it to him and Cas thinking he isn't worthy?!?! STOP, NO *sobbing* And can I just say that the cheesiness was so sweet??? omg I literally lived for those stupid but cute lines Cas would say to her. So many scenes I was just grinning like an idiot and a *certain* scene, I seriously couldn't stop laughing omg. But seriously, the amount of times I swooned because of the things Cas would say??? ohmygod I love them so much. “I do not want to be party to forcing you into yet another role you did not ask for nor desire. I will not replace the veil you loathed with a crown you hate. If you do not want to take the Crown, I will support you,” he swore, and the intensity in his words captured me. The irrevocable oath he was making. “And if you decide you want to take what is yours, claim the throne, I will set this entire kingdom on fire and watch it burn if that ensures that the crown sits on your head.” I jolted. “You love your people—” “But I love you more.” please, stop Cas😭🤚 Okay but the banter between the whole group of them—Poppy, Cas, Kieran, Emil, Delano, and Vonetta—on their journey to Ilisseum was just perfection. They're all such idiots and I'm so in love with them all. That one scene where they're battling the skeletons omg I can't- Vonetta shouted, unsheathing her swords. “Couldn't you have said that you saw skeletons in the hole?” Casteel cursed as another bony hand appeared, this one clutching a sword in its grip. “Armed skeletons!” Vonetta yelled. “Couldn't you have said you saw armed skeletons in the hole?” “Sorry.” Emil unhooked his swords. “I was kind of taken aback by the sight of fully functional, fucking skeletons with weapons. My apologies." ------ "Cutting off the head does not work," Emil shouted, and I turned to see a headless skeleton tracking the dumbfounded Atlantian. "I repeat. It does not work!" Vonetta whirled, thrusting one sword through the chest of a soldier, and her other blade through the headless skeleton. "You," she said to Emil, "are a mess." "And you are beautiful," he replied with a grin. OMG I SHIP. I'm not the only one who ships Emil and Vonetta, right?? I love them so much omg😭 I will shrivel up and die if any of them are killed. which will probably happen bc JLA likes to play with our feelings🤡 Now, I need to start screaming about something else... •❅──────✧❅✦❅✧──────❅• 🛑MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW🛑 I swear the heart attack I got when I read the first 100 pages— was JLA trying to destroy us so early on in the book???? Because it worked💀 a lot Cas crying at the beginning of the book?!! Just no. Stop. I thought that was heartbreaking BUT THEN JLA GOES AHEAD AND HAS HIM BEGGING AT THE END TOO. AND BOTH TIMES FOR POPPY *sobbing* The first time because he was watching Poppy die and then the last time because he was again watching Poppy die- what the hell omg Jennifer you're a monster. I love you but I hate you. That's nothing new though. Typical relationship between reader and author.🙂🔫 But omg Cas let himself be taken by the Queen *cough* Isbeth, knowing he'd be tortured again and I'm sorry, but I died. Honestly though, it was pretty obvious something like that was going to happen. I had a feeling either Poppy or Cas would be captured, mostly Cas bUT ALL THOSE OTHER PLOT TWISTS??!! I did not see any of that coming???? Poppy's father isn't King Malec??? Poppy is a god??? Isbeth is Queen Ileana???? Ian's death??? omg omg omg I can't. I just knew that the cave cat would secretly be Poppy's father but that was me thinking it was Malec, not Ires??? omg he was RIGHT THERE. sdfsfsfs okay but that last scene was perfect, it's the way I was literally cackling. POPPY BEHEADING KING JALARA AND SENDING HIS HEAD TO ISBETH BAHAHAHAHHAAHAHA revenge is so sweet :))) I wish I could see the Isbeth's face. Oh also I adore Casteel's parents. Or well, maybe not so much anymore because of what they kept to themselves at the end but still, they're awesome ahhhh their acceptance of Poppy omg and Valyn's words to Poppy were so sweet🥺🥺 "My son is a very lucky man to have found you and made himself yours." His words embraced my wounded heart, and acceptance behind them choked me. It took a moment to speak. "It is I who is lucky to have been found by your son and have become his." Valyn reached over, cupping my cheek with his gloved hand. "And Eleona and I are even more lucky to have you as our daughter-in-law." OMG WAIT ALSO SEEING THAT WILLA COLYNS IS REAL AHAHAHA ONE OF THE BEST SCENES EVER. I had a feeling she was the Seer in the first book who told Poppy to go to that room Cas was in at the Red Pearl. Miss Willa, you are amazing <3 Also, Reaver I love you already. Burn them all to the ground muahahahaha 🛑SPOILERS HAVE ENDED🛑 •❅──────✧❅✦❅✧──────❅• I already know that I missed a lot of other things that happened but omg this review will never end if I continue. Literally still can't get over the ending. Which fool thought it was smart to finish this book in one day??? And now to wait until 2022 for book 4??? Thank god ASITE is coming out this year. Nyktos and his consort sdfgdsfsfs I'm so excited. I can't wait to meet Sera ahhhh!! And see more draken ehehe and see Nyktos, the scary god, fall in lovee. I must say though, as much as I love these books I'm wondering how JLA will write 3 more books in this series?? It honestly feels like this series only needs one more book but I'm sure she has something planned👀 2022 will be the ⚔️War of Two Queens⚔️ and I am ready to see a certain queen wreak havoc *cackles* (4.5⭐)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary S. R.

    EDIT: There was no Joining but, damn, did I love the theme of that backstory reveal and ofc the amount of fun. Review to come. —★— I appreciate how JLA understands that she’s left us all hanging off the cliff edge with that ending and intends to publish this in April 2021. Y’all, just “hang” in there for six more months. (terrible pun absolutely intended fight me) —★— Companions: Playlist & Related Reviews Book series playlist: Spotify URL Books in series: ➴ The Red Pearl Bonus Scene (Blood EDIT: There was no Joining but, damn, did I love the theme of that backstory reveal and ofc the amount of fun. Review to come. —★— I appreciate how JLA understands that she’s left us all hanging off the cliff edge with that ending and intends to publish this in April 2021. Y’all, just “hang” in there for six more months. (terrible pun absolutely intended fight me) —★— Companions: Playlist & Related Reviews Book series playlist: Spotify URL Books in series: ➴ The Red Pearl Bonus Scene (Blood and Ash, #0.5) ★★★✯☆ ➴ From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, #1) ★★★★✯ ➴ A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash, #2) ★★★★✯ ➴ The ​Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash, #3) ☆☆☆☆☆

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thalassa

    OMG, I NEED THIS.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

    #1 From Blood and Ash — 3.5 Stars #2 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire — 3.5 Stars #3 The Crown of Gilded Bones — 3.5 Stars I’m building a shrine for MISS WILLA COLYNS to show my appreciation for all the hot and sexiness TCOGB/her diary served me with. 🔥👅 😈 “You are the foundation that helps me stand. You are my walls and my roof. My shelter. You are my home.” The first 10% was SOOOO GOOODD, but the rest was still as info dumpy as ever with repetitive dialogues and a snail like pace. Not to men #1 From Blood and Ash — 3.5 Stars #2 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire — 3.5 Stars #3 The Crown of Gilded Bones — 3.5 Stars I’m building a shrine for MISS WILLA COLYNS to show my appreciation for all the hot and sexiness TCOGB/her diary served me with. 🔥👅 😈 “You are the foundation that helps me stand. You are my walls and my roof. My shelter. You are my home.” The first 10% was SOOOO GOOODD, but the rest was still as info dumpy as ever with repetitive dialogues and a snail like pace. Not to mention, Poppy’s heritage was so un-decided it gave me a whiplash. HOWEVER, it was also a whole lotta STEAMY-ER and there was no “Joining” in sight. Furthermore, the last 30% was INTENSE and full of twists and new revelations as per the one and only JLA could deliver cause that’s her MO. Lastly, just when you thought Casteel Da’Neer couldn’t be more perfect— [insert all the heart-and-panty-melting things Cas said and did] HE. SLAYYEDD. AND ROCKED MY WORLD. I just— *I’m Sansa and Poppy is Arya. So yeah, all ~THAT~ (the good, the bad, the boring, and everything in between), I’d call it a WIN. Looking forward to the prequel series and the next installment!!! ♥♥ [SPOILER] 𝗣.𝗦. There’s no “Joining,” but there’s a new variation of this scene: 🧛‍♂️🐺👅 © *Cas feeding from Poppy with Kieran present. (Ch. 26 AKOFAF) In this book, it’s the same activity but with a slight twist and different positions. (Ch. 8 TCOGB) Poppy is feeding from Cas (which later escalates to sex) while Kieran is standing guard and keeping an eye on them to make sure Poppy doesn’t lose control cause she’s going through a “transition” (not ganna explain this one). Later on, there’s a scene where Cas and Poppy are watching people enjoying themselves and “getting it on” (which includes a threesome, but neither Cas nor Poppy are the participants) during a wolven wedding celebration. So, technically, there is a threesome. Just not what you’re probably thinking or expecting. 😏 “I love you, Penellaphe. You. Your fierce heart, your intelligence and strength. I love your endless capacity for kindness. I love your acceptance of me. Your understanding. I’m in love with you, and I will be in love with you when I take my last breath and then beyond in the Vale.” Happy reading!!! 💕 (Read as an Audiobook)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    – 3.5 stars SONG: Meghan Trainor - What If I One thing for sure, if you didn't enjoy A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire , you will sure as hell not enjoy A Crown of Gilded Bones , because it's as slow-paced with a lot of info dumping again. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Personally, I thought the book started out strong, right where the second book left off. I would say until chapter 10 it's pretty well paced after that it started to drop and has the same vibes of AKOFAF with not much happening tbh, just Poppy and C – 3.5 stars SONG: Meghan Trainor - What If I One thing for sure, if you didn't enjoy A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire , you will sure as hell not enjoy A Crown of Gilded Bones , because it's as slow-paced with a lot of info dumping again. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Personally, I thought the book started out strong, right where the second book left off. I would say until chapter 10 it's pretty well paced after that it started to drop and has the same vibes of AKOFAF with not much happening tbh, just Poppy and Casteel going from one place to the next one and talking to people and then then the last 20-25% are INTENSE. I'm still stressed just thinking about everything that happened. *googles how to find your inner zen* The fact that we have to wait a year until the next book comes out.. nothing screams masochist louder than reading fantasy series that are still on-going. 💀 My first. My guard. My friend. My betrayer. My partner. My husband. My heartmate. My everything SPOILER WARNING : you know the drill. everything from here includes spoilers for the book and I have actually a lot to unpack and didn't hold back with the spoilers. sorry in advance if this is a mess, I'm just writing all my thoughts down without any structure. 💫 * * * * * Threesome/Joining: I want to say something about that topic first, because I was so stressed about the potential of it and how it would ruined the romance for me. Therefore, I'm so fucking relieved to say that there is no threesome/joining happening in TCOGB or not not as we would expect LMAO. There is a threesome, but neither Poppy nor Casteel are take part in it. Poppy and Cas attend a wolven wedding, after a while things get heaten, because apparently wolven like these public affections. So Poppy and Cas watch how Kieran and another girl get it on and also see a threesome between strangers. As far as the joining, it was only mentioned like one or two times in the whole book and idk if it will happen or not, because Poppy is already bonded to all the wolven and the only reason I'd see the joining happening is maaaaybe when they want extend Cas lifespan, cause Poppy is prob going to live longer than he is, but that's a big maybe and honestly, I can't see JLA doing that. Blood and Ash is the 5th series by JLA that I've read and she has never done anything remotely sharing and I hope she wont start now and cave to the demands of the fans who want to see the joining so badly, cause that's a NO from me. Now that's out of the way, let's get to the rest ════ ⋆★⋆ ════ WHAT WAS GREAT ════ ⋆★⋆ ════ ➴ King Casteel Da'Neer credits @theclever.crow credits @dominiquewesson He who is born of the First Kingdom, created from the blood and ash of those who fell before him, the second son of the former King Valyn and Queen Eloana—Casteel Hawkthrone Da’Neer, the King of Blood and Ash. That man. I– I just love him. He would do anything to protect Poppy, come hell or high water, nothing is going get to her. There is just something about a Hero who would gladly sacrifice the whole world, if that means that his love is going to life. He's so unapologetic about it has 0 fucks to give and I love him for it. Casteel was faster, reaching him in the blink of an eye. He shoved his fist into the man’s back and jerked his arm back sharply, pulling out something white and smeared with blood and tissue. His spine. Dear gods, it was the man’s spine. Excuse MEE, but that was hot!! 🥵🥵🥵 He can rip out my spine anytime he wants if he does it with such passion. 🥵 And one last fanart, because it's 🔥🔥🔥 credits @jeleynai ➴ Queen Poppy Balfour credits @theclever.crow She who carries the blood of the King of Gods, the Liessa, and the true heir of Atlantia—Penellaphe Balfour Da’Neer, the Queen of Flesh and Fire. Poppy is getting more powerful with each book. To be honest, I don't think Poppy needed all the power that she got, because even without it she would have been kickass with her dagger. What plays a central role in this book is Poppy's heritage and birth parents. It was giving me a headache. My head is turning at all of the reveals... it was a lot to take in. One of the best part of this book is Poppy putting people in their place when they disrepect her. LIKE YES QUEEN. 👏🏽👏🏽 A huge aspect of Poppy's whole development is finding her voice and stop being silent and does it verbally and physically. When Poppy unleashes her power, you know shit is getting real. That last scene when she sends the Queen her message? That was so badass and I love it. ➴ The romance credits @nessiarts “I love you, Penellaphe. You. Your fierce heart, your intelligence and strength. I love your endless capacity for kindness. I love your acceptance of me. Your understanding. I’m in love with you, and I will be in love with you when I take my last breath and then beyond in the Vale.” The day this series will stop working for me is when I get tired of Poppy and Casteel's romance and that hasn't happened yet. That's the reason why I don't mind the snail pace when nothing is happening, cause I read this series for the romance anyway and not for the history lessons. “You are the foundation that helps me stand. You are my walls and my roof. My shelter. You are my home.” They are so cute and make me feel all kind of emotions. 🥺 after two whole books without any love confessions, we get all the 'I love you's in TCOGB FINALLY!! Especially that first one hits so hard, because of what happened to Poppy and when Cas decide to Ascend her. That one hurt. 😩 I looked down at my hands and then up, finding Casteel. “I guess I am the Queen of Flesh and Fire.” Casteel nodded as he stalked toward me, his eyes a heated amber. “I know you’re the Queen of my heart.” Blinking, I lowered my hands as he stopped in front of me. “Did you seriously just say that?” One dimple appeared as he clasped the back of my head and lowered his head to mine. “I sure as fuck did.” THE HELL??? They are so cheesy sometimes and I love it. Sick sick sick why do they have to be so in love and make me feel lonely? Poppy and Cas had so many dumb banter (I say dumb in the most loving way) that had me smiling from ear to ear. TCOGB must be JLA steamiest book (that I read), cause uhhh Cas and Poppy getting it on quite a lot. 👀 I mean that shower scene and table scene where he fucks her while she has to read passages from Willa's diary out loud hot damn. credits @_ellieoo_ And please let them reunite quickly in Book #4. I hate it when the couple separates for long. Poppy better save her man as fast as possible from that deranged person. I'm scared what is going to happen to Cas. credits @arda.arts ➴ Kieran credits @theclever.crow It's time that JLA stop killing off all his love interest. First that girl that he loved and lost and now this Lyra girl. Kieran deserves better. Kieran is such a good side characters who is featured a lot in this book. He a great friend to both Cas and Poppy and he deserves all the happiness. I'm excited to see what's in store for him. ➴ Poppy & Kieran's friendship “I imagine your mind to be a constant cyclone of questions, one fighting the other in a deathmatch to see which one has the honor of being asked.” Does Poppy asking a lot of question and Kieran acting annoyed at her thousand questions get old? Yes.. Occasionally it's getting on my nerves. But I come to accept that it's just their dynamic. Let's pray that they find another form of conversation in the next couples of books. 😬 I love that they are developing a deeper relationship and how they starting to care for each other a lot (all platonic or like brother/sister). Poppy is now another person that Kieran would defend with his own life, not just because he is bonded to her, but because he cares for her as a dear friend. ➴ the plot thickens It's debatable if the story moves fast enough or not, but I feel like we're finally getting SOMEWHERE. I still have a million questions and with every question answered, ten more are knocking at the door, BUT I'm so glad that I finally got to know about Tawny, Malik and Ian's whereabout. I'm so glad that Tawny is fine and hasn't ascended. I'm curious what role she is going to play in the upcoming books, cause I don't think she has any power since she is only a mortal. Could she be a potential love interest for Kieran? I'm super sad about what happened to Ian. I was looking forward to Poppy and Ian's reunion and while happened it was too short, before it ended in another tragedy. Poppy deserves a break form all this shit!! Malik seems fine though...seems like he is working together with the Queen of Solis, but my theory is that he pretending. But I wouldn't be too sad if he's imprisonment turned him truly mad either. Are we about to get a bitch fight between Eleona and Isbeth?? I find Eleona pretty suspious and I hope she is trustworthy. Would hate for Cas to lose a parent. Where the fuck is Malec? What's with his twin brother? SO MANY QUESTIONS 💀 ════ ⋆★⋆ ════ WHAT WAS A SNOOZE ════ ⋆★⋆ ════ ➴ the information dumping continues JLA hasn't done herself any favors with the world she created. It's overloaded with creatues... like if vamprys, craven, wolven, deities, gods, mortal, ascendend weren't enough.. now throw in draken, the revenants, gyrms, the unseen, primals and I'm throwing hands. JLA couln't decide which fantasy aspect to include so she just threw in EVERYTHING. The person who has to update/write these wiki articles for the blood and ash series. RIP. at one point it got so bad with the history lessons that I got a headache and had to put the book down. For those chapters in the middle, I decided to get the audiobook and it was the best decision EVER. I can 100% recommend getting the audiobook if you're struggling a little all the information. It was way easier to process listening someone reading the story instead of reading the textbook. This is also the reason why I just can't give this book a higher rating. I really loved the beginning (chapter 7 is superior!) and I love the last 20% of the book, but everything in between ehh i don't know about that. What more does JLA wants to cover in the next 3 books???? Is this going to be more history about the gods and deity? There is still the spin off series about Nyktos and I have no idea how much more the author wants to expand this world. I'm just praying that by the end of this book I still like the characters and that the series is not getting dragged through the mud like the Shatter Me series. ➴ repetitive dialogues while I'm glad that JLA lessen the Poppy being stabby remarks, there are still a lot of dialogues that are repetitive, like Poppy and Kieran's asking questions or Cas saying 492849x that he is in awed with Poppy. BOY I GET IT OKAY. You're whipped and completely trash for her, but I can't hear it anymore. 🤚 Also if I hear someone saying that Poppy is has the blood of gods one more time I'm going to scream. There were more things that were repetitive and could've been easily cut, but I'm too tired to remember them. ════ ⋆★⋆ ════ WHO MAKES ME FEEL EXTREMELY STABBY ════ ⋆★⋆ ════ ➴ Isbeth that bitch. Wow I really really really hate her. Even though I hate her sm, I'm glad I feel something towards her.. because most villains are kinda bland. She's a cunning & ruthless bitch. Does it make any sense that I kind of admire her, but at the same time just want to see her die a painful and slow death? I can't wait for Poppy to cut her up into tiny little pieces 🗡️🗡️🗡️ ════ ⋆★⋆ ════ SPECIAL MENTION ════ ⋆★⋆ ════ Hello Daddy Nyktos. 😌 I love his cameo in TCOGB and it made me a little excited for the spin off series! He seems so unbothered by everything and I love his attitude LOL. “And I gave you two my blessing,” Nyktos added. “Yet, you dare to enter Iliseeum and wake me. What a way to show your gratitude. Should I kill all of you before I learn why, or do I even care enough to discover the reasons?” October, here we come with Nyktos and his consorts. ════ ⋆★⋆ ════ CONCLUSION ════ ⋆★⋆ ════ Was this my favorite book in the series? No, but I still enjoyed it a lot, because I love the characters and the romance and that's the most important part. The book was tedious at times, especially during the middle. At least I kind of know what to expect now from this series... with 3 more books, the pace is not getting any better, I just hope that JLA stops with the world-building, cause this series doesn't need any more creatures. It already has plenty of them. ┍━━━━━━━━━━━━━┑ BLOOD AND ASH SERIES #1 From Blood and Ash – 3.75 stars #2 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire – 4 stars #3 A Crown of Gilded Bones – 3.5 stars #4 (....) – tbr #5 (....) – tbr #6 (....) – tbr ┕━━━━━━━━━━━━━┙

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. I'm still reeling from the last part of the book. The ending completely wrecked me. But at the same time, Poppy is so fucking awesome... I CAN'T WAIT for the next book. 😭😭😭 ✅ Strong badass main character ✅ Amazing secondary characters ✅ Sweet and sexy romance ✅ Funny banter ✅ Action ✅ Gods and mythology ❗️❗️ Huge cliffhanger 😩 “The heart doesn’t care how long you may have with someone.” Kieran looked over at me, his eyes sheltered. “It just cares that you have the pe OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. I'm still reeling from the last part of the book. The ending completely wrecked me. But at the same time, Poppy is so fucking awesome... I CAN'T WAIT for the next book. 😭😭😭 ✅ Strong badass main character ✅ Amazing secondary characters ✅ Sweet and sexy romance ✅ Funny banter ✅ Action ✅ Gods and mythology ❗️❗️ Huge cliffhanger 😩 “The heart doesn’t care how long you may have with someone.” Kieran looked over at me, his eyes sheltered. “It just cares that you have the person for as long as you can.” Get ready for an EPIC adventure. This series keeps on getting better with each book. So many things happen in this book, so many plot twists, so many feelings! It was a real roller coaster, I laughed out loud, I wanted to scream and punch something. I went through so many emotions, but I loved it. "Bravery is a fleeting beast, isn't it? Always there to get you into trouble, but quick to disappear once you're where you want to be." Objectively, this book is probably not perfect, but I don't care. I LOVED IT. WHOLEHEARTEDLY. The world-building is expanding and we get to know new creatures (and I can't wait to see more of them in the next book). Vonetta, Delano, Naill, and Emil are more present and the dynamic between their group is so so so funny. They made me laugh out loud so many times. They added a humorous touch in between (or in the middle of) the fighting scenes and political scheming. I twisted to find Kieran at our side. He reached up, grasping my arms. “Do you have her?” Casteel demanded of Kieran. “Always,” he replied. I said it many times, but I'll say it again: I love Kieran. 💙 He is an amazing secondary character, and I wished we’d have more of him. He is a steady and reassuring presence next to Poppy al throughout the book and he balances some of Casteel and Poppy’s most impulsive or reckless ideas. The interactions between the three of them are perfect (and sexy sometimes), and their banter is soooooo funny and delightful to read. I could probably read a whole book just about Poppy, Casteel, and Kieran going through their everyday life and being silly and snarky and I would still give it 5 stars. The friendship developing between Kieran and Poppy is also so sweet and heartwarming... and hilarious too! Poppy and Cas are also perfect in this book. 🖤 Poppy is such a strong, resilient badass girl, and Cas... well he's Cas. I don't need to say more. I love Poppy, Cas, and Kieran so much. Their friendship is so and beautiful. The teasing and arguments they have are so funny and so full of love. I want more of it (and just more of Kieran). Ok... I'm done talking about them (for now). “I don’t think I’ll ever get used to seeing that,” I whispered. “Which part?” Casteel asked. “The shifting, or Kieran stripping?” Naill snorted as he righted himself on the saddle, shoving Kieran’s clothing into his bag. “Neither,” I admitted, my gaze lifting to the trees as we entered the woods. Things are also getting sexier in this book. There is a lot of nakedness, whether it’s between Poppy and Cas (oh yeah, we have many hot steamy scenes between them), Poppy being randomly naked (or half-naked) in front of people, or people getting naked in front of Poppy. I’m not complaining though, it did create some funny moments, and some hot moments too. “I have a feeling I’m going to want to stab you by the end of the night.” Kieran snorted. “And how is that different from any other night?” I sighed. “True.” “You’re safe here,” he told me as he placed the dagger beside my hand. “But just in case, if anyone comes in here, stab first and ask questions later. You should be familiar with that mentality.” “Why does everyone act like I run around stabbing people?” Casteel stared back at me and then looked pointedly at his chest. “Whatever,” I muttered. “You deserved it.” Rest assured that Poppy still has an unhealthy liking for pointy objects, and Casteel has to endure daily stabbing threats from her (although he deserves it most of the time). I think for them, stabbing is the equivalent of a good warm hug for us normal people. ⚠️ SPOILERS below. ⚠️ (view spoiler)[Also, I don't mind having Casteel on his knees before his Queen, but men I wanted to cry with him at the beginning of the book when he thought Poppy would die and she started to cry shamelessly. And EVEN WORSE, when he begged that bitch Queen to take him instead of Poppy? My heart broke. Knowing what he went through, and knowing that he knew what he was getting into, but letting the Queen take him anyway... I wanted to cry and hug him so tight. Poor baby. 😭😭😭 And Ian 💔 We didn't know him much, but that was still sad. Although the badass Vengeful Goddess Poppy that is ready to make fire and blood rain of Solis is AMAZING. (hide spoiler)] So yeah, this book was definitely worth the wait, and I can't wait to see what happens next. October 19th is SO FAR AWAY. 😭 I will end my review with this, just because it is one of my favorite moments in the book: “I…I tried to eat Kieran.” “He won’t hold it against you.” “I tried to eat Kieran while I was naked.” “That’s probably why he won’t hold it against you.” “That’s not funny.” I stared at him. “It’s not?” One side of his lips curved up, and his dimple appeared in his cheek. That stupid, stupid dimple. From Blood and Ash ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  15. 4 out of 5

    alluring B ❄︎

    1.5 stars This was just as info-dumpy as AKoFaF—no it was worse actually. But I have a feeling that if i had known it was gonna be like this prior to reading, I would’ve liked it a tiny bit more(?). Like I once said, i like to be mentally prepared for what i’m getting myself into. So that’s a lesson learned for the next books in the series—I’ll just wait for the reviews instead of diving in head first. That being said, this was just exhausting af. It felt like the world building and info dumpi 1.5 stars This was just as info-dumpy as AKoFaF—no it was worse actually. But I have a feeling that if i had known it was gonna be like this prior to reading, I would’ve liked it a tiny bit more(?). Like I once said, i like to be mentally prepared for what i’m getting myself into. So that’s a lesson learned for the next books in the series—I’ll just wait for the reviews instead of diving in head first. That being said, this was just exhausting af. It felt like the world building and info dumping was never going end and I was right, even in the last couple of chapters it didn’t end! There’s no doubt there’ll be more in the next books but goddammit if JLA uses the same lazy formula of ‘Poppy ask, Kieran answers’ again...*inhales deeply* It was honestly too much and at some point i just didn’t give a damn anymore and pretty much zoned out most of the time Kieran was babbling abt history, ancestors and shit—and that’s almost 70% of the book. go ahead and see if i’m exaggerating 😌 I loved Cas and poppy in the previous books but not in here. I guess i liked them better when they were at the push/pull stage of their relationship. I didn’t mind the steam tho ofc aha bc yeap it was hot but even that wasn’t enough to compensate the drag. Plus, them being all about each other felt cringey tbh idk. I seriously hope book 4 will do better bc I actually do want to go back to loving this series as i did before. Here are my choppy notes : 🥱 15-80% is a snooze fest imo 🙄 Kieran deserve new friends deadass (i’m ready for his book letsgooo) 🥱 Cas’ charm doesn’t work on me anymore. Man’s too playful for my taste :/ (Chapter 7 was good tho). If you’re only here for the romance then u’ll at least have that to look forward to but since i’m now turned off by Cas, nothing’s working 😤 not to be dramatic but if POPPY ASKS ONE. MORE. QUESTION, she’ll earn herself a cute permanent handprint on her left cheek to complement her scar on the right from yours truly ( ˘ ³˘)♥︎ 🥴 JLA’s wack world building; uses the same formula. Seriously, i want someone to create an encyclopedia for this whole mess bc i don’t see myself rereading this series for the sake of understanding its ‘world’. Watch as we FINALLY understand wtf is going on only at book 6, with Kieran wasting his saliva, explaining it all to us. 🙄 we seriously didn’t need another cliffhanger dammit. JLA already has a strong fan base for this series so she doesn’t need to worry if people will pick the next books up. just stoP IT and don’t be annoying🤚🏻 😂 Cas and Poppy being a ‘great king and queen’ is so fucking laughable bc nooo!??—they’re OTP but they’re not good leaders ok hahaha (spoilers ⚠️) I couldn’t stand the discussions abt them being King/Queen. How is Casteel a good King?! “But this isn’t just about you and your needs anymore—” “That’s where you’re wrong,” Casteel cut in, his eyes hardening to chips of amber. “It is about her needs, and they come first.” “Son,” his father began, “I can respect your desire to care for your wife’s needs, but the kingdom always comes first whether you’re the Prince or the King.” “It’s a damn shame if you really believe that,” Casteel replied- yet HE’s fit to be a KING?! He’s the one who’s going to be a ‘great King’?! mf didn’t even care if his people get killed along the way as long as his WCW breathes 😭 It’d be nice if he knows how to balance his role as a future King and a husband but this dude put ‘emotional lover’ on auto pilot instead 💀 I wouldn’t have a problem if they were just regular people being deadly in love w each other but the fact that they’re taking up huge roles as King/Queen and have a whole ass kingdom depending on them but yet they make emotional decisions and have a way of reasoning that’s so faulty simply bc they’re sO in love w each other...Someone pls pop their bubble i’m begging. I liked them but dammit the non-stop ‘oh love made me stupid’ in here was too much for me 🤠 anyway I’m officially a low class hoe bc i can’t believe it’s the ✨smut✨ that’s got me contemplating if i should give this series another chance. i hate myself. • • • #1 Fom Blood and Ash 3.75★ #2 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire 4★ #3 The Crown of Gilded Bones 1.5★

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    1.) From Blood and Ash ★★★★ 2.) A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire ★★★ the way i really thought this was the last book of the series lmaooooo! but so much just.... didn't happen after that amazing start and before that really powerful (& omg all the twists) ending. but i had a good time for the most part while reading this, even with so many lulls throughout. but i am begging for kieran to just get his own book. content and trigger warnings: blood depiction, captivity, violence, gore, talk of death of a c 1.) From Blood and Ash ★★★★ 2.) A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire ★★★ the way i really thought this was the last book of the series lmaooooo! but so much just.... didn't happen after that amazing start and before that really powerful (& omg all the twists) ending. but i had a good time for the most part while reading this, even with so many lulls throughout. but i am begging for kieran to just get his own book. content and trigger warnings: blood depiction, captivity, violence, gore, talk of death of a child/murder, talk of children being hurt, talk of loss of a loved one in the past, snakes/ophidiophobia, and war themes. Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch Buddy read with Maëlys! ❤

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tani

    UPDATE: THERE'S A TITLE. THERE'S AN EXPECTED PUBLICATION. ~~~~~~~~~~~ When the book that you're dying for has: NO TITLE NO COVER NO PUBLICATION DATE UPDATE: THERE'S A TITLE. THERE'S AN EXPECTED PUBLICATION. ~~~~~~~~~~~ When the book that you're dying for has: NO TITLE NO COVER NO PUBLICATION DATE

  18. 4 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    FIVE STARS ⭐️!! This will be spoiler-free so I've got you! So yeah.. let's talk about The Crown of Gilded Bones, it's the third installment in the Blood and Ash series. What the hell was that Jennifee Lynn Armentrout? It started with a bomb It ended with a nuclear explosion This book was more intense than its predecessors. It was such a thrilling experience. More political intrigue More world-building More romance (10x times more) More characters More locations More action More secrets More PLOT-TWISTS The p FIVE STARS ⭐️!! This will be spoiler-free so I've got you! So yeah.. let's talk about The Crown of Gilded Bones, it's the third installment in the Blood and Ash series. What the hell was that Jennifee Lynn Armentrout? It started with a bomb It ended with a nuclear explosion This book was more intense than its predecessors. It was such a thrilling experience. More political intrigue More world-building More romance (10x times more) More characters More locations More action More secrets More PLOT-TWISTS The plot-twists were crazy to the point I was mentally exhausted but it what kept me turning page after page. It was great to be back with Poppy and co and experience a new adventure with them. This book did set the dark tone that I believe the future books will follow along with its spin-off, A Shadows in the Ember. I'm really, really excited to see more of Nyktos and his consort, JLA said the consort will play a significant role in the upcoming books. The romance was passionate and hot as it always been but we see more of Casteel and Poppy being lovey-dovey and domestic and I loved seeing that. Their love for one another is so pure and powerful, Poppy and Casteel would go to the ends of the earth for one another. Kieran adds even a more special flavor to their dynamic and their friendship is precious along with Vonetta, Delano and co. I'm glad this book had more politics to it since both Poppy and Casteel are expected to play new roles and abide by new rules. I am so glad I got to meet the two characters I was most excited to meet! I did not expect things to turn out that way. My only criticism would be that the pacing was slow midway but it didn't ruin the experience for me, I might've been on the tip of my toes wanting to know what's going to happen next. There was a lot of new information that I was able to absorb and I see why JLA wants to release ASITE/Spin off books in a specific order with the remaining B&A books. JLA takes the story and the characters to a whole new level and to a much darker route and it's grating my nerves. I don't have enough patience to wait a year for the fourth book. I may seem calm but I am still reeling. I'm feeling a whirlwind of emotions and I'm not sure whether I should cry or grab me a cup of warm hot choco to settle me. Keep a generous amount of chocolate or any sort of comfort food nearby. You will need it. I promise you. [[I still plan on rewriting this review because it doesn't convey the accuracy of how messy my emotions were]]

  19. 5 out of 5

    ❀ Rose ❀

    I just realized that this is already out. Half my goodreads feed shows people reading this💀 y’all were really just waiting for release day weren’t you😂 —— So I just read a teaser that’s on the author’s page. In it, the character are talking about FOURSOMES... Mrs. Jenny, can we NOT please😃 I thought the threesome talk was traumatizing enough as it is🥲 —— Ok but I just realized that this is going to come out in the middle of Ramadan FWNTKDNFKSNFKE ——- Really liked the first book, really hated the sec I just realized that this is already out. Half my goodreads feed shows people reading this💀 y’all were really just waiting for release day weren’t you😂 —— So I just read a teaser that’s on the author’s page. In it, the character are talking about FOURSOMES... Mrs. Jenny, can we NOT please😃 I thought the threesome talk was traumatizing enough as it is🥲 —— Ok but I just realized that this is going to come out in the middle of Ramadan FWNTKDNFKSNFKE ——- Really liked the first book, really hated the second book, guess we’ll have to see where I stand on this one. If this has the joining then y’all better expect that one star review from me. ——- Can someone please tell me once and for all if this is a trilogy or a series?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becky Osborne

    I would first like to thank Jen and Steph for sending me this ARC and for being a part of JLA Reviewers. Spoiler free review When I started this book, I knew a lot of things were going to happen, it begins straight from where the last book ended and so much stuff had already gone down. What I did not expect was that my jaw would be dropping with the first four chapters. I haven’t read a book in a while where at the beginning something major happened in the beginning chapters, it was a nice change I would first like to thank Jen and Steph for sending me this ARC and for being a part of JLA Reviewers. Spoiler free review When I started this book, I knew a lot of things were going to happen, it begins straight from where the last book ended and so much stuff had already gone down. What I did not expect was that my jaw would be dropping with the first four chapters. I haven’t read a book in a while where at the beginning something major happened in the beginning chapters, it was a nice change. With the big reveals in the beginning of the book I guesses it would happen when I was reading the second book but Jen has that way of writing where even if you know what happens you still feel A LOT of emotions. After reading Jen’s books I knew I would be feeling a lot of major emotions while reading this book, I was not disappointed. This book was; heart-breaking, shocking, magical, heart-warming, steamy and made me tear up a number of times. Jen has the great skill of not info dumping in the first couple of chapters, all the info you need to be reminded was spread out nicely over chapters and you weren’t wanting to skim read what you already knew. As always Poppy and Cas are just adorable together. They’re dealing with just getting married, Poppy’s puzzling powers and the looming choice she has to make with becoming Queen. But with all that going on you still got the cute, sexy scenes that just made the book better. The lengths that Poppy and Cas went to for each other in this book was beautiful and at some points crazy. You finally get to see them as a full-blown couple, with all feelings on the table and basically in the honeymoon period of they’re lives. They do go through a lot together and separately in this book but both are there for each other. Now the steam in this book was defiantly HOTTER than the past books, and perfectly spread out the book where you get enough throughout. I do wish that there was a bit more steamier scenes but there was a lot of other stuff going on that I can see why. There were so many reveals and shocking twists that my jaw was permanently dropped. There was some I was happy about and some where I wanted to scream into my kindle too. I think this book was so perfectly balanced, and had the right amount of everything. There were also a few teasers for the prequal series that Jen is writing that made me super excited for that too. The last few chapters where the most shocking for me, I had so many emotions of shock, anger and disbelief. There is a cliff-hanger at the end, so be warned! But it wasn’t as bad as the last book. Overall, I loved this book. I think its defiantly my favourite so far out of the series but I feel like it will change with each new release. I cannot wait for the next book and I pray it won’t be too long till release date!

  21. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    “You have me,” I told him, echoing the words I’d said to him once before. Now, they felt like an unbreakable vow. “Always.” Well.. Am I ok? NO! Did this book destroy in every possible way—good and bad? YES! How will I deal with waiting who knows how long for book four? I HAVE NO CLUE. You did it again, Jen. You did it again! 4.5/5 ✰’s

  22. 5 out of 5

    Drey

    I saw readers who hated—they ranted was an understatement—the previous books, but currently reading this. No offense, but are you joking me? 😂

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    I wish I could shout about what happened at the end of this book because SO MUCH IS GOING ON, but I will just say I’m so freaking excited for everyone to read TCOGB. It’s another fantastic installment in this fantasy romance series that I just can’t get enough of! We learn more about Poppy, her powers, Cas’ family, the Ascended, the war between the two kingdoms, the gods.... there's A Lot. And in the midst of this is our favorite power couple who are now married(!!!) and being all cute and hot a I wish I could shout about what happened at the end of this book because SO MUCH IS GOING ON, but I will just say I’m so freaking excited for everyone to read TCOGB. It’s another fantastic installment in this fantasy romance series that I just can’t get enough of! We learn more about Poppy, her powers, Cas’ family, the Ascended, the war between the two kingdoms, the gods.... there's A Lot. And in the midst of this is our favorite power couple who are now married(!!!) and being all cute and hot as husband and wife. For the Kieran fans, you will be very happy to know he’s constantly by their side. Full review to come! (I cannot WAIT for ASITE to release in the fall and to see how that series will (eventually) connect with this one! NYKTOS + HIS CONSORT 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼) ***** i need this in my veins immediately. *adds to my i-will-die-if-i-dont-have-this shelf*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paige ♠

    I don't even know where to start with this review. Did I love every single chapter in this book? No, definitely not. But did I love the overall book? YES OMG SO MUCH! ❤️ ⚠️ I tried to make this spoiler free, but there are some references to the direction the story will take ⚠️ ❌ THERE WAS A LULL FROM the 20-50% mark that had me a little bored. It was mostly just the group traveling from place to place and having repetitive conversations. I'm not going to lie, I skimmed quite a bit during these bit I don't even know where to start with this review. Did I love every single chapter in this book? No, definitely not. But did I love the overall book? YES OMG SO MUCH! ❤️ ⚠️ I tried to make this spoiler free, but there are some references to the direction the story will take ⚠️ ❌ THERE WAS A LULL FROM the 20-50% mark that had me a little bored. It was mostly just the group traveling from place to place and having repetitive conversations. I'm not going to lie, I skimmed quite a bit during these bits and I don't feel like I missed out on anything ✅ FIRST OFF, CAN I JUST SAY that Poppy and Casteel are 100% couple goals. Like holy shit, they are perfect in almost every single way. I'm so happy there was not more relationship drama thrown in to this book and they were just allowed to be happy and perfect together. ✅ THE STEAM DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Can we just appreciate the fact that it's book 3 and I'm somehow still not tired of their sex scenes together? Sure, some of it became repetitive (I mean how many walls can these two really have sex against?!) but I will take everything I can get! ✅ CAS, CASTEEL, HAWKE, MY LOVE, omg he has definitely surpassed every other love interest and is just my absolute favorite ever. When he literally cried at the one part my heart was breaking 💔 Or when he was begging at the end 😭😭 He has been through so much yet he still keeps supporting Poppy and is such a rock for her 🆗 THE WORLD EXPANDED SO MUCH and although it became wayyy more interesting, we were definitely being thrown a lot of new information at once. It was like JLA thought "shit, I need to make this series last for three more books so time to start adding everything I can think of." 🆗 THERE'S GOING TO BE SIX BOOKS in this series and I'm kind of at a loss as to how this conflict is possibly going to take three more 600+ page books to solve. Guess we'll see. With so many more books to go, I'm kind of hoping we get Papa Casteel at some point... babies were brought up in this book and I don't think it was unintentional! ✅ THAT ENDING WAS SO EPIC and definitely surprised me because I was worried we were going in a different direction! I'm grateful that it's a role reversal because I am totally here for seeing Poppy be a badass and destroy some people. The ending wrecked me but also left me so fired up for the next book! Even though I didn't love every single part of this book, I am still in love with the overall story and I just can't give it anything less than five stars. I'm a little peeved that the next book coming out in October is a prequel instead of book 4 because I would much rather finish out the original story before getting spin-offs. But I guess it's still something to look forward to 🤷‍♀️ I definitely recommend this if you are someone looking for a completely epic fantasy adventure with some super steamy romance. The plot generally moves slowly throughout the series but the characters are amazing and what truly keeps the story going!

  25. 5 out of 5

    no

    You bet I'm going to read this stupid trash. 2021: I hope y’all (who likes this “review” from long ago) understand that I meant the following .... ~ This series is CRING E ~ Writing is awful (Jen, please get yourself an editor) ~ It’s actual stupid trash that I planned to read and not finish ACOTAR wannabe 🤡 You bet I'm going to read this stupid trash. 2021: I hope y’all (who likes this “review” from long ago) understand that I meant the following .... ~ This series is CRING E ~ Writing is awful (Jen, please get yourself an editor) ~ It’s actual stupid trash that I planned to read and not finish ACOTAR wannabe 🤡

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Leger

    Just finished book 2 and I already need book 3!! I’m also okay with keeping Kieran where he is 😂😂. Sorry but 3 is a crowd. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  27. 4 out of 5

    • Lindsey Dahling •

    Hello. One ticket for The Joining, pleaseandthankyou.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    Update, 09.30.2020: We've got a name and a (tentative) release date. Gilded bones? Color me intrigued Have I ever wanted to read a book more??? I just know they're going to do the Joining and I'm 《 Here For It 》 Update, 09.30.2020: We've got a name and a (tentative) release date. Gilded bones? Color me intrigued Have I ever wanted to read a book more??? I just know they're going to do the Joining and I'm 《 Here For It 》

  29. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    Personally, I just want Cas and poppy. I’m not a fan of poly relationships at all :///

  30. 4 out of 5

    becky ☾

    Thank you so much to Social Butterflies for giving me a chance to read this in exchange for an honest review. Another confession: Casteel just took my heart away 💖 ___________________ I have to say, I am the most luckiest people on the planet to actually read this book. Like, when I asked if I was able to get an ARC copy of this book, I had so many doubts. Who wouldn't? We're talking about THE Blood and Ash series book number 3 here (minus the short book of Hawke aka Casteel's POV at the Red Pearl Thank you so much to Social Butterflies for giving me a chance to read this in exchange for an honest review. Another confession: Casteel just took my heart away 💖 ___________________ I have to say, I am the most luckiest people on the planet to actually read this book. Like, when I asked if I was able to get an ARC copy of this book, I had so many doubts. Who wouldn't? We're talking about THE Blood and Ash series book number 3 here (minus the short book of Hawke aka Casteel's POV at the Red Pearl). But oh my lord, you all should've seen my face when I saw the cover of 'The Crown of Gilded Bones' right on my kindle. I screamed. And when I say screamed, I mean SCREAMED THE HELL OUT (it bothered my next door neighbour a lot). Of course, I didn't leave my butt out of my bed until I savoured every words written on the pages, reading every bit of emotions Poppy felt and from others, the heated love radiating from Casteel and Poppy. To be honest, I think I fell more in love with Kieren than Casteel but we won't talk about that . . . *** There were so many things improved while I was reading this book. First off, the whole Poppy-being-violent part that was mentioned quite A LOT in AKOFAF but in TCOGB, it was reduced (I am so happy about this) because of course I loved that JLA showed Poppy was a definite badass but it seemed too much. Sure, there are bits here and there where Poppy threatens her beloved husband to stab her (which we all know he likes) these kind of things happened like once in a while. Plus, the romance got so much more sizzling I thought it was going to burn my kindle. But it was also quite sweet in a way. There were some ups and downs with Poppy and Casteel's relationship but that only made them to be stronger: to sacrifice for each other and love each other so much more. I think TCOGB has the most sizzling moments and SO MUCH sweet, cheesy and romantic gestures here and there both from Casteel and Poppy. And their small bickering and threatening each other (Poppy with her violent threats and Casteel's with those secrets-behind-the-words threats) and I loved all those moments and cherished them in my heart. Alas, the pace seemed kind of slow. Like, half-way through the book we FINALLY meet Casteel's parents properly. Like, JLA put a lot of descriptions in every chapter and I loved reading them but they just dragged some parts where actions were needed. *** This book starts off right after where Queen Eloana bowing down and that's when all the drama starts to happen. There were so many questions bubbling up inside me about how this was possible and so many damn questions about Poppy's abilities. These were all answered throughout the book and I was very grateful for that. However, I think there were too many informations in this book for me to consume. Some things didn't make sense to me so I had to go back and read again so that I was able to understand better. I think JLA wanted to put in as much informations as she could so that when the next book is out, there would be more actions, drama and love (I'm telling y'all, the ending of this book made me so mad but I'll explain that later). Of course, Poppy gets quite emotional and consumed by all these knowledge coming into her head but she takes them better than I did. When she learns that she is the true heir of Atlantia and has seize the gilded crown to become queen, she becomes too overwhelmed. There are so many dark secrets that are being unraveled both for Poppy and Casteel, their enemies and growing and the staked are so much higher. Even the first 6 chapters of the books have so much actions my eyes were so wide. It even made me cry a little bit in the middle of the book . . . *** Poppy becomes so much stronger and her powers keep growing and growing throughout this book. And we can totally see that she is a badass character and she becomes so much beautiful. To me and Casteel. She saves so many people that she cares and loves about and I was grinning when she snapped at some Lords in Atlantia and spoke her mind freely. Although, I was a little sad that she didn't have many friends (it was heavily focused on her, Casteel and Kieran). Unsurprisingly, her random questions never end for Kieran that I actually feel sorry for him. If she asks him why the stars glow or some random shit, I will laugh SO HARD. Casteel, our beloved (dark) prince charming who never fails to amaze me in every way. He shows so passionately about how he loves Poppy to anyone and really teases and makes Poppy blush and smile. They really are a true couple I will ship forever and always. He also makes such good quotes that I highlighted about 14 that was said from him. Kieren, my very very adorable (and arragont) wolven made me fall in love with him too. He becomes so much more into this book than any other books in this series and I am very grateful that he is happier through this journey of TCOGB (who knows what or even WHO makes him happier . . . I'm not going to say anything). I am not going to say ANYTHING about the Joining . . . And (O.M.G) the ENDING makes me want to rip my kindle apart. JLA seems to like her readers hanging on a cliffhanger before everything falls apart. I was CRYING with several tissues lying around me when it was about 96% of the book. And DAMN the ENDING makes me so so excited for her next book (which is what, MONTHS AWAY). But I loved this book so much. It was improved a lot from the last two books from this Blood and Ash series and let's not forget the tag: TeamCasteelDa'Neer Also, I wanted to give you guys all a small gift if you are a fan of this Blood and Ash series (; If you haven't read it yet, below is a link to three sample chapters of TCOGB!! (breathe, breathe). This is NOT a spoiler since it was announced in JLA's subscribing email. https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/books... (you just have to click on the link, then scroll down to "where to purchase" and there should be a blue tab wich says 'three chapters' and tah dah three chapters for TCOGB!)

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