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Review: A Sorrow Fierce and Falling

Title: A Sorrow Fierce and Falling

Author: Jessica Cluess

Date of Publication: October 16th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s time for war.

After suffering terrible losses, Henrietta and Lord Blackwood have led their warriors to Sorrow-Fell, a vast estate where only those invited by a Blackwood may enter–and the ideal place to plan a final assault against the Ancients.

It’s time for a wedding.

Henrietta nervously awaits her marriage to Blackwood, but when the ritual to become his bride reveals a dark secret, she realizes that Sorrow-Fell is not a safe haven; it’s a trap. Convincing the sorcerers of this, however, is not easy. So with Maria, the true chosen one, and Magnus, the young man who once stole her heart, at her side, Henrietta plots a dangerous journey straight into the enemy’s lair. Some will live. Some will die. All will be tested.

In this stunning conclusion to the Kingdom on Fire series, Henrietta must choose between the love from her past, the love from her present, and a love that could define her future. While battles rage, the fate of the kingdom rests on her decision: Will she fall or rise up to become the woman who saves the realm?

It’s time for Henrietta to make her stand.

My Review:

First off, I’m going to say this was a five star read even though what I have to say may not feel like it is! To start, anything that involve fire power, give it to me!

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What I love about these books is the world—it has some pretty awesome and dark descriptions! I also love the historical type setting, even though it is a fantasy world. Also, I absolutely love Magnus! When I read book one, I probably wouldn’t have said that, but since book two, my mind has been changed. Who would have thought?

Let’s get to the nitty gritty—geez, Henrietta has been one character I’ve wanted to shake all along. The chemistry between her and Blackwood got real weird in book two and even worse here. Still not sure about the Rook situation either—she was all about putting him first before, but then barely thought of him in this book.

Cluess, though, has a way of keeping you immersed in the story and it’s addicting words. Like I said above, her descriptions are fantastic. Besides wanting to strangle Henrietta a few times, I enjoyed this book much more than book two and felt it was on the same level as the first one! And that ending was perfection!

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If you had the power of fire, what would you do with it?

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Review: A Conjuring of Magic

Title: A Conjuring of Magic

Author: V. E. Schwab

Date of Publication: February 21st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

My Review:

I feel like I have been fiddling around with this book forever! I really really loved book one, but I feel like both these other books didn’t live up to that first book. This book, however, was still pretty cool, though!

My thing was that I don’t mind multiple POV’s, but there were just too many here, and sometimes it would take a while to get back to the one that I wanted. I also felt the book could have been cut down because it was really long which is fine because ACOWAR was long, but it was a bit much here.

Romances however were on point! Kell and Lila I love love love! Magic was awesome as it always is. Rhy and Alucard… Yes!!!!!!!

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Overall a unique series, but I still love Schwab’s This Savage Song so much more. That book owns my heart!

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Have you started this series yet?

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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How does this book sound to you?

Review: The Paper Magician

Title: The Paper Magician

Author: Charlie N. Holmberg

Date of Publication: September 1st, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

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My Review:

I was immediately drawn to this cover. Everything about it screams awesome! The book wasn’t necessarily as cool as the cover, but it did have its’ moments.

The first 30% of the book was painfully boring. All that happened was a bunch of folding paper. They made some neat things, but come on reading about folding paper is not fun! Things started to pick up when Lira comes into the picture, and we learn some interesting things.

A lot of the book is spent in Emery’s memories which I liked for the most part but would have preferred more interactions between the characters. Also, how can someone smile with their eyes? No, seriously, is that even possible?

I would have liked the book to have been a little darker, but overall a quick, light read.

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How does this book sound to you?

“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?

 

Review: The Crown’s Game

Title: The Crown’s Game

Author: Evelyn Skye

Date of Publication: May 17, 2016

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Goodread’s Summary:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

My Review:

So first off I was pretty excited about this book.  I think I got a little too excited because although it was okay it wasn’t the great masterpiece I was expecting it to be.  There were aspects of The Night Circus which I preferred over The Crown’s Game. The Crown’s Game was also told in multiple point of views and at times I felt like most were pointless. The only character I really liked was a side character named Aizhana, and she was likeable to me even though I don’t know if she was meant to be?

Basically the book begins with one of the main characters Vika training and practicing her magic with her father Sergei. They didn’t know that another enchanter Nikolai existed, so when the King needs an Imperial Enchanter Nikolai and Vika discover each other. There can only be one, so they must duel it out to the death.

Now my issue was I was expecting something dark maybe Hunger Games like, but I didn’t receive that.  Instead I got some fluffy magic and an odd sort of love triangle which both of these guys Nikolai and the emperor’s son Pasha fall in love with Vika with pretty much no real conversations with the character throughout the book.  I found myself feeling like I had ADD even though I don’t have it, so I would constantly go and do laundry, come back to the book, go vacuum, come back to the book… etc… etc…

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I felt like nothing was really explained.  The “romance” between Nikolai and Vika not only being underdeveloped, but it seemed like Nikolai should have been romantically linked to his friend Renata because I felt more of a connection between them than what the author wants you to feel between him and Vika.

There were a lot of things that happened in this books and deaths that I didn’t know if I was supposed to feel emotional about it, but I didn’t really feel anything.

There was a lot of magic in the book which I did enjoy, but again I was looking for that “WOW” factor.  Evelyn Skye had great world building, and I am no Russian expert, but I felt like she knew her Russian stuff really well.  It kind of makes me want to go visit Russia tomorrow.  And the food… Oh my goodness the food there was so much talk about food!  Maybe it is because I love food, but I really liked it.

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In the end it did actually get pretty good with the final duel, and although there is a cliffhanger I didn’t think it was a terrible one, and instead it seemed hopeful to me.

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Have you read this book yet or not?  Do you know of any other Russian inspired books?

Top Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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The lovelies over at the Broke and the Bookish host a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesdays! Here is this weeks topic:  Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

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