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Review: Song of the Current

Title: Song of the Current

Author: Sarah Tolcser

Date of Publication: June 6th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

My Review:

I don’t even know about this one. I was bored the first fifteen percent of the book. Then it picked up then I got bored again, even with stuff going on. There was action throughout, but I could not connect with any of the characters. I did like Caro’s strength, and her all around personality, though.

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I also never really warmed up to the love interest. I felt he was just kind of there. The adventure and sword fighting was good, but just something was missing for me. I haven’t found a YA pirate book that I genuinely love. So, maybe the pirate life isn’t for me in this particular genre.

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Review: A Gathering of Shadows

Title: A Gathering of Shadows

Author: V.E. Schwab

Date of Publication: February 23rd, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

My Review:

Absolutely loved book one. This one wasn’t as great as the first book in my opinion, but still good. I felt Kell and Lila were separated way too long in this book. Also, I wasn’t a big fan of the White London chapters.

This book was full of action, and definitely two big swoony moments. Lila was pretty awesome in this book. Her character is strong, and I feel like she is growing with each book. There was a new character named Alucard, and I loved him!!!!!

Kell was pretty sulky in this book, but that is just his character. I felt the King and Queen treated him poorly. I understand their son is connected to Rhy, but he saved his life! Now. The end! What was that????? I am starting book three ASAP.

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Review: The Scarecrow Queen

Title: The Scarecrow Queen

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Date of Publication: October 31st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The final battle is coming . . .

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever . . .

Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Mel Salisbury’s internationally best-selling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

My Review:

I loved this series! This book went a completely different route than I would have expected from book one, and I like that it wasn’t what I expected! This time around, the book has both Twylla and Erinn’s perspectives. I do prefer Erinn over Twylla, but Twylla has a special place in my heart.

Leif is well… he is Leif in this book. I missed that Silas was barely in the book. I was not a big fan of Merek in book one, but he won me over in this one! Loved the side characters.

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The Sleeping Prince… Lets get down to business with the villain. I think he is one of my favorites of all time. I want to like him, even though there isn’t one single nice thing about him, but he is just so intriguing! He is pretty awful to Erinn, too.

I don’t want to give much away, but if you haven’t started this series, start it now!

 

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The Castaways: Excerpt + Giveaway

Book Title: The Castaways

Author: Jessika Fleck

Release Date: April 3, 2017

Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it.

 

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing. Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

 

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home. But victory may require more betrayal, sacrifice, and heartbreak than she’s ready for.

 

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Jessika Fleck is an author, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. Her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, Kidliterati, and is represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

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The Excerpt

 

But everything’s clear. I do know where to go. “I’m going to find that boulder—” I suck in shallow breath. “The…hhh…maze.”

“It’s no use. We’ve tried everything. It doesn’t work! Wait!”

But I’m not listening because it has to work. It’s the only way. If it got me in, it’ll get me back out.

I run until my body, my mind, and, mostly, my lungs give up. Because, problem is, Will’s right. I don’t know how to find it.

I stop.

Will stops.

Bent at the waist, hands on my knees, I cough and spew, trying to catch my breath. The hyperventilation has passed, but my insistence on sprinting like I’m a track star when my

lungs and legs have no business running, has taken its toll.

I look up.

Will isn’t fazed. At some point he took off his shirt and now stands with his hands on his hips, chest rising and falling, barely winded. His abs flex with each effortless breath. “Get

it out of your system?”

It’s when my stomach springs that I realize I’m staring at his body. I quickly glance away and completely ignore his question. “Take me there.”

“I told you. It’s no use.”

“Please,” I whimper. Tears race down my face.

Tucking his T-shirt into the back of his pants, Will walks in another direction.

“Where are you going?”

“I’m taking you. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

With Will now leading the way, I watch his suntanned back, the sweat beading at his shoulders and slowly, one by one, how the beads roll down the center crease. I’m in a daze

or a haze or a trance because all I see is his back, his muscles contracting and tightening with each step, and, like magic, we’re there.

The mossy boulder stands before us and, I swear, it mocks me in all its ordinary, commonplace glory.

 

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Review: The Castaways

Title: The Castaways

Author: Jessika Fleck

Date of Publication: April 3rd, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies in this YA contemporary fantasy.

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.

Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.

Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.

My Review:

The Castaways was a very interesting ride. I have never read Lord of the Flies sadly, so not sure about that, but I definitely got the Mean Girls vibe in the beginning. This trio of girls puts the ladies from Mean Girls to shame!

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First off, I am not sure why everyone acted like the name Olive is a pun? I like the name! So, basically, Olive goes to this carnival to meet her friend and runs into the trio where they hunt her down through a corn maze. Somehow Olive gets transported to a mysterious island, where she runs into a group of other kids that have been trapped there for a while.

The whole island situation was pretty cool, and I loved the cast of side characters. Especially Tilly, Bug, and Charlie! Will becomes more than just a friend, and he is pretty awesome!

There were a couple of clichéd lines that I was slightly annoyed with, like how the main guy always has some kind of crooked nose that looks like it has been broken or a look that the main character can not decipher. I can push those things aside because the plot was interesting! There was also a twist that I actually did not see coming! Overall, a pretty good read!

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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab

Date of Publication: February 24th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

My Review:

I actually did not finish the book the first time I tried to read it a long time ago, but to be fair, I didn’t make it that far to begin with. I was confused, and my mind may have not been in the right place. I read This Savage Song not long ago and loved it, so I thought I would give this book one more shot, and I’m glad I took the chance!

After I got through the part about understanding that there are four different London’s, which are Black, Grey, White, and Red, I could focus on the characters. I loved Kell, and I loved Lila. Occasionally, there were other point of views sprinkled into the mix along with the two main characters.

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MAGIC! There was a lot of magic going on, and it was awesome! Lila was probably my favorite character because even with the choices she makes, she still has a heart hidden inside her chest. Her personality rocked!

This book was just all kinds of awesome, and while it didn’t end on a cliffhanger, it left me with enough where I can’t wait to read the next book. Loved it!

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Review: The Traitor’s Kiss

Title: The Traitor’s Kiss

Author: Erin Beaty

Date of Publication: May 9th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

My Review:

This was definitely one of my most anticipated reads this year, and now I just feel lost! The cover while stunning, what was inside did not hold a candle up to it.

The beginning started off awesome. The whole matchmaker business in the beginning reminded me of Mulan, where she just makes a disaster of things, so that got me all kinds of thrilled.

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Sage then goes to apologize to the matchmaker and is offered to become her assistant, which she takes. Things then get all kinds of good. Then we flip to Quinn’s POV, and I started to get bored. There was a lot of military strategy stuff going on that I did not care about.

Ash, who works with the military, enters the picture to get some info on things and then runs into Sage, where he is requested to get more info. So, I was seriously bored.

Things pick up halfway, and I had already figured out what was going on, but it was still entertaining. The romance was sweet, but it still felt underdeveloped, because I didn’t see any real conversations going on. I will see I did like Sage’s training scene!

Overall it was still an okay read that lands in the mediocre range for me, but I still would read the next book!

 

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