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Review: To Kill a Kingdom

Title: To Kill a Kingdom

Author: Alexandra Christo

Date of Publication: March 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

My Review:

Loved this awesome take on the Little Mermaid! Lira was utterly vicious, and it was amazing! She pretty much is a siren who rips out the hearts of princes each year for her birthday—with her freaking bare hands!

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When Lira becomes human, she’s pulled on board a ship by Prince Elian. He was great, too! He wasn’t your standard, boring prince. He was fierce and ready to do whatever needed to be done for his crew and humanity. The romance is a slow and beautiful build, and the connection between Elian and Lira is lovely—even with all the hate she has!

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This book was so much fun, and definitely one of the better retellings I have read. The characters were strong, and the side characters were excellent. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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Review: Heartless

Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Date of Publication: November 8th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

My Review:

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When I heard that there was going to be a prequel to Alice in Wonderland based on The Queen of Hearts, and by Marissa Meyer no less, I was ecstatic!

Cath is the main character, and her main goal in life is baking and would love to one day open up a bakery with her best friend Mary Ann. Her mother has other plans, such as her marrying The King of Hearts.

One night Cath meets Jest, the new court joker, and is instantly attracted to him. That part to me was fine, but what bothered me was how fast it was insta love. I did like them together and I did really like Jest.

Heartless had a slow and steady build that I drank in, and when I reached the last one hundred pages, I was flying through them and eating them all up. The emotions and action got really intense, and I loved it! The Jabberwock seens pulled me in, and all the talk about food had me hungry!

Now, I hated The Cheshire Cat who I wanted to kick in the face, Mary Ann was annoying and careless, and The King was an idiot. At the beginning I really felt bad for the king, but then as the story progressed, I realized what a coward he really was. I wasn’t sure about Hatta at first, but he became one of my favorite characters as did another character named Raven.

Cath, Oh Cath… Cath… Cath… I did like her, I really did. The problem I had was her careless mistakes, even after a prophecy???? She also did not stand up for herself most of the time to her parents or the king, but that changed eventually which had me proud.

I still loved The Lunar Chronicles more than this, but Heartless was still a great read for anyone who has or hasn’t read Alice in Wonderland.

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Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Title: Daughter of the Pirate King

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Date of Publication: February 28th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

My Review:

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I have been wanting to read Daughter of the Pirate King from the second I read what the book was about! Then the second I saw that gorgeous cover I was all in. Plus a YA book about pirates? Yes!

Alosa who obviously is the pirate king’s daughter arranges for herself to be kidnapped by their enemies so that hopefully she can find a special treasure map. Things become complicated, and the enemy captain’s brother, Riden, may be more than just a pretty face.

First off this book was fun, but I didn’t find anything super new or special here. Everything within seemed to have been done before in different YA books that I have read. I haven’t read a book specifically about pirates, so that part was different.

Alosa, I am still unsure how I feel about her. There was a lot of repetitiveness in her thought process which actually may be how we all are in real life when we think to ourselves, but as a reader I just wanted to say enough. I get that she is awesome and can take pretty much any pirate down, but do we necessarily have to keep hearing about it? I do give her props for being a strong and independent woman and a female pirate at that.

I did like the romantic chemistry between Alosa and Riden, but the way it happened was odd and too fast with them being attracted to each other pretty much right away. Eventually they grew on me, and I did really like Riden.

Now if you are in it for the action then there is plenty of that, and there is a nice little surprise that I didn’t guess, but while not really surprised by it, I liked it! If you want a fun book about pirates then this is a good book to read!

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Wating on Wednesday: Daughter of the Pirate King

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine, that discusses upcoming releases that we are super excited about!

 

Date of Publication: February 21st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

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Review: Nemesis

Title: Nemesis

Author: Anna Banks

Date of Publication: October 4th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

My Review:

I am not going to even summarize this book. You can check out the summary above. I was really looking forward to this book because I did really like Anna’s Of Poseidon Trilogy. This however left me into a ball of confusion.  The book is broken up into two point of views which are Sepora’s and Tarik’s. I preferred reading from Sepora’s point of view over Tarik’s, but I was still left wanting a whole lot more.

Some of the parts at the beginning when Sepora is kidnapped was actually alright, but then the author kept talking about spectorium, and I just didn’t get it. The word was so over used and some of the names and names of places were just too much.

The writing was easy to follow, but the story itself with prince and princess has been over done. Don’t get me wrong I love my prince and princess stories, but I just wanted something different and amazing, and while she did throw in this spectorium buisness and pyramids etc. it still was the same old story.

Even though I just wasn’t into this book I will read more from the author because I have liked everything else that she has written.

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“Waiting on” Wednesday: Heartless by: Marissa Meyer

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine, that discusses upcoming releases that we are super excited about!

Book: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publication Date: November 8, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

I am extremely excited for this book, and it is also a stand alone for you guys that aren’t into series.  I loved Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles series, so I have extremely high hopes for this.  Plus it is like a prequel to Alice in Wonderland, so what gets cooler than that?

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What book are you waiting for? Anyone else an Alice in Wonderland fan?