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Review: Immortal Reign

Title: Immortal Reign

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Date of Publication: February 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

My Review:

Finally, we have reached the end of the Falling Kingdoms journey. And a very satisfying conclusion it was. Kyan, the fire god, was back and set on restoring his siblings.

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As with the other books there are multiple POV’s and just like last time, Cleo and Magnus were my favorites—especially Magnus. I could have actually done without Amara’s POV, but that’s because I have never really liked her to begin with and still don’t. But you can’t like all the characters in every book!

I loved the magic system in it, especially some of the scenes that showed Cleo and her water powers. It was great! Rhodes writing is easy to read and doesn’t get all crazy with lyrical prose, which I like! It has been a fun ride through this series! Now, I just need the third book in her spin-off series to hurry up and release!

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Review: The Glass Spare

Title: The Glass Spare

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Date of Publication: October 24th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

My Review:

I actually tried to read this before and gave up pretty quickly, but this was chosen as a group read this month with two of my friends. I decided to give it a second chance and thank goodness I did, because I loved it!

The world was amazing! Not to mention, I am a big fan of the whole king turning everything he touches to gold story, so that being an influence here, drew me in! There was excellent character development in here and each character had their own quirks.

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Wil was great and had her flaws. I’m usually not a big fan of the girl lying to a love interest about things, but here it was definitely understood why she needed to do it. The romance is normally my favorite thing, but it wasn’t here, even though Loom is an interesting enough character. But I actually loved the other characters more—Gerdie, Owen, and Zay. There was a part early on in the story that gutted me, and I was surprised I could feel that way so early on, but I did!

Wil’s power is incredibly interesting, she touches anything living and it morphs into emerald’s, etc. She wants to find a way to rid herself of what she believes to be a curse, so the journey is about discovery. The book does end on a cliffhanger, but not a horrible one (thank goodness). So, when book two comes out, I’ll be right on it!

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Review: Onyx and Ivory

Title: Onyx and Ivory

Author: Mindee Arnett

Date of Publication: May 15th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

My Review:

Another just okay fantasy read for me. It wasn’t terrible but not amazing. I think if this had been my first fantasy read ever, I would have been more enthused about it. I feel there are so many YA fantasy books out there at the moment that authors really need to step up their game.

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Also this book could have been shortened. There were a lot of pointless descriptions that were unnecessary. Sometimes this makes me too tired just reading all this stuff!

What I liked was the romantic elements. I am always a big fan of second chance romance stuff. The magic system was interesting and held my attention. I really wish this would have been amazing because that cover is magnificent!

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Review: Children of Blood and Bone

Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Date of Publication: March 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

My Review:

Right off the bat this ended up being just an okay read for me—not awesome but not terrible. I thought the snow leoponaires were a very cool concept, and the characters were good, but I just didn’t get the magic system.

There was so much magic talk going on, and I got confused. It also felt like more YA fantasy books tossed in—girl with white hair and magical powers. Can there maybe be like blue hair next time? I did like the diversity in this book, and Zelie held an anger that was rightfully so.

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Also this book is long! I think it would have held my attention more if it had been a hundred pages shorter. I feel like most people will probably like this book, and I wish I would have fallen in love with it because that cover is gorgeous!

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Review: Carve the Mark

Title: Carve the Mark

Author: Veronica Roth

Date of Publication: January 17th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s current gift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

My Review:

First, I did this book as a buddy read with Sheila over at She’s Going Book Crazy. Seriously, check out her blog because she’s awesome! I didn’t know if I would like this book. I did like Roth’s book Divergent, but then the sequels progressively got worse. This one was just too slow for me—I couldn’t connect with the characters, and I didn’t really get the world. Also, I didn’t finish it, so maybe it go completely awesome—I don’t know!

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One thing I will say is I’m not sure what all the hate was about. As a person who has chronic pain via migraines and a husband who deals with RA, I just didn’t get the hate over it. I thought the author dealt with the pain stuff well. I also didn’t really get the people that said there was racism? Again, a fictional book. People need to move on.

Roth does write well, but I just don’t fall in love with her characters as much as I want to. I would still recommend trying and reading it for yourself, because I have a lot of book friends who loved it!

 

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Review: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing

Title: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing

Author: Jen Castleberry

Date of Publication: January 23rd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village.  Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay.  Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world.

Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.

But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.
With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for – or her life.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!

My Review:

Wow, I seriously loved the writing in this one. It’s also written in third person present tense which worked really well. There are several POV’s in this, and I actually enjoyed them all, which is hard for me sometimes.

I really felt for Cody AKA Cayda for how she had to live because of her father and what her sister’s had to do for money. Penn was an interesting character, and I loved him! The crown prince had me grinning with his ridiculousness ways, but he was great!

The book had me at death god—plus dragon type stuff that was seriously awesome. Cayda was a great female character that even though she couldn’t be who she truly wanted to be in the beginning, she was still strong.

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Overall, this was the perfect length and a lovely ride that I didn’t want to exit. A fun read that I definitely recommend.

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Review: Everless

Title: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Date of Publication: January 2nd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

My review:

The first thing I thought when I read the summary for this book was that terrible movie In Time with Justin Timberlake. Come to find out it was a lot like that but a fantasy version.

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I found there was some creative aspects, but more than anything there was a whole lot of nonsense and soap opera feels. Is it possible soap opera fantasy can be a thing? Because that’s what this is! It was also a mixture of several other fantasies I have read.

My main pet peeve was this girl was so in love with this guy, Roan, yet she hadn’t seen him in ten years since the age of seven???? How can you even remember most of that? How can you even claim love at age seven?? I can understand if the last time she saw him was like around age thirteen, but come on!!! Also, Roan felt underdeveloped as did his brother Liam. It was always Jules remembering she hated Liam when she was seven, so he must be evil, right?

It was pretty predictable, but I will say the author wrote well. I just really wasn’t a big fan of Jules and her thoughts. Plus, most of the story made no sense. I normally love stuff that doesn’t make sense so not sure what the heck happened here. Again, the whole book was her thinking back to age seven… I’ll most likely still check out the next book at the library just to see how it ends.

 

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