Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Happy Book Birthday, Ruling Destiny by Alyson Noel!

I've got to get a sparkly graphic or something to celebrate these book birthdays...something to spice things up and let the party mood spread. Until I get to that point, I'm just going to shout it out to the top of my lungs.

Today's book birthday is the second in the Stolen Beauty series...and yes, I did read the first one around the same time last year (go here if you're curious about book one)

Stolen Beauty, #2
by Alyson Noel
Entangled Teen
YA Fantasy / Time Travel
496 pages

The second I stepped through the doors of Gray Wolf Academy, my world disintegrated. Here, time is malleable. It can be manipulated, shifted. Changed. And for those of us who Trip—or travel through time—the possibilities are infinite and perilous.

Now my life is caught in the secrets of everyone around me. Arthur, the eccentric billionaire who rules this school. Killian, who could be the only honest person here…or the biggest liar. And Braxton, magnetic, gorgeous, and unfathomable. The only thing I trust about him is our electric connection.

Whether we’re Tripping through Renaissance Italy or thieving from a ball in Regency England, my life’s become a web of lies and strange truths. And beneath the surface is an elaborate puzzle, filled with cryptic symbols and priceless treasures scattered across history—all somehow connected to my strange ability to see through time.

But Arthur has a dangerously ambitious agenda. And if what my dad taught me is true, I’m not just a threat to everyone at Gray Wolf.

…I’m a threat to time itself.

The Stealing Infinity series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Stealing Infinity
Book #2 Ruling Destiny

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58725062-ruling-destiny
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ruling-destiny-alyson-no-l/1139985515
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09ZSXXTWD/ref=x_gr_bb_kindle
KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/ruling-destiny


Time isn't the only variable in this fast-paced read, where magic and secrets are only the beginning of the mystery involved.

This read starts where book one left off. So, this is a series which does need to be read in order. That said, book two offers everything the continuing tale needs and more. Natasha is caught up in a whirlwind, and she's doing her best to sort through everything around her to discover the truth. But considering she's jetting from one time to the next, each with it's own dangers and secrets, and that while trying to keep her own abilities a secret. The tension remains high as it's impossible to guess, who she can trust. And all of this doesn't get any easier when her friend is drawn into the fray.

Then, there's the love triangle. While this wasn't quite my thing, readers who enjoy the push and pull will be torn between the two interests. Each has their secrets and agendas, and each has a history with the other. Of course, all of this is also layered in secrets, adding even more to Nat's plate.

There's barely a moment's pause as the story races from one situation into the next. There's a bonus of a few historical figures tossed in, which creates a bit of fun, but otherwise, this is a darker read with magic, time travel, dark mysteries, danger, and so much more. In other words, it's a grabbing read from start to finish.

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