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The Fire Queen | Review

So I absolutely LOVED the first book in this series, The Hundredth Queen. It completely took me by surprised and sucked me in, so I had some fairly high expectations for The Fire Queen. Unfortunately, The Fire Queen just didn’t live up to those expectations.

Not that this was a bad book, but it felt a lot like the first one and most definitely didn’t have that spark of magic that made me read the first book in just a couple of days. I think with the main plot point having a tournament to decide Kali’s fate, yet again, was just a bit annoying.

Another thing I disliked about this book was it can be hard to sell me on a book with multiple points of view. And honestly, I just wanted to skip all the chapters from Devon’s POV.

And there may have been some insta-love that just felt forced to me.

Overall I did enjoy this book, and if you liked the first book, I do think you’ll find the follow up to be a good read, just maybe not as enthralling as the first.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2.5 stars

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Book Review

The November Girl | Review

 

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this book. What I was expecting from the blurb was not what I got. And I mean that in a very good way.

This book is deep, intense, and rich. There are so many layers to each character, they just keep unfolding as you turn the page.

Throughout the book you follow Hector and Anda, learning a little more about each one and their history as they appear on the page. Hector is 17 and running away to an island to hide out until he turns 18 in the Spring. He thinks the island is deserted each Fall and Winter, but he finds that Anda is also on the island. But Anda has secrets of her own, and her innocence is only rivaled by her danger.

The tale that Lydia Kang weaves here is absolutely spell bounding and I highly recommend it.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Rating: 4 stars

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Book Review

Of Flame and Fate | Review

This book pleasantly surprised me! I haven’t read any of the other books in the series and had no problems picking up this one and following the plot, so no worries if you haven’t read any of them either, this is still a great book! It’s one of those books that plops you down right into the plot and takes off, which I do love.

The book centers on a group of four sisters who are human but with some extra powers that makes them unique, and they stand out (and don’t quite fit in) with the rest of the paranormal world. One of the sisters, Taran, is the main focus on the novel and she gets stuck with the job of babysitting Destiny, a prophet with some major magic mojo. Destiny ends up meeting Jonny Fate, a male version of herself, and all hell starts to break lose. Now it’s up to Taran and her sisters to protect the world from what may come next.

Overall, the plot was stellar and never really let up. Taran has an amazing voice and I loved seeing the world from her point of view. There are little bits of romance that help break up all the action (because in a world of good vs. evil, there is a lot of fighting). This is a (relatively) quick read, as I finished it in a few days, but it’s packed full of action if you like paranormal novels (think the Mercedes Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs).

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 stars

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Secondborn | Review

Secondborn | Review

If you’re not familiar with Amy A. Bartol, you need to be! I loved both her Premonition and Kricket Series. I was pleasantly surprised when I came across Secondborn as a Kindle First book for July, as I didn’t know Bartol had a book coming out this year! So of course I snatched it up and began reading.

Secondborn follows the story of Roselle, the second born child in a prominent family. Her older brother, Gabriel, is destined to lead the family, while Roselle will go on to be in the military, as the second children in every family go into servitude on their 18th birthday.

 

I immediately fell in love with Roselle and found her very likable and relatable. The world building was fantastic, as was all the cast of characters. I was really intrigued by Agent Crow, and I do feel like there is more to that story, so we’ll see!

My dislikes for Secondborn stems from the fact that so far, it does have a lot of similarities to the Kricket Series. And the pacing was off at times, with stops and starts to the otherwise great plot.

Rating: 4 stars

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Book Review

Fallen Flame | Review

Fallen Flame | Review

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved Fallen Flame! The world building was so unique and I loved the spin on magic here. The writing flowed nicely, and the plot had some exciting moments. I would have preferred more character development and less insta-romance, but nothing so major to stop me from reading the next books in the series!

But Fallen Flame is about Vala, a girl born with charred skin. Because of her skin, she was trained to be a member of the guard for the Prince’s detail. Vala grew up together with Prince Caulden and they formed a friendship. An unsuccessful attempt on the Prince’s life leads Vala down a rabbit hole of secrets that changes her life forever.

Thanks so much for NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Rating: 4 stars

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Book Review

OverRuled | Review

OverRuled | Review

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the author of OverRuled, Brittney Joy, if I would be interested in reviewing her book. She said it had magic. And heroines. And horses. And so like any person who loves magic, heroines, and horses, I said yes.

And another gif because this book has horses. Beautiful, majestic, lovable horses.

OverRuled follows the story of both Nova Hart and Princess Jade. Nova hasn’t set foot in the city of Sterling since her family left when she was just a baby and is shocked to find the use of magic in the kingdom, and more importantly, the way magic is used to rule and control.

Meanwhile, Princess Jade has not only never left Sterling, but she’s never set foot outside of the castle. She is told by her mother, Queen Katrina, that this is for Jade’s own protection, but Jade starts to wonder how true this really is.

Nova and Jade become thrown together in a power play for rule over the kingdom, along with the mysterious Chael, a royal guard. Neither girl knows who to trust, and this fast paced novel will have you guessing until the very end.

Now even though this novel is written in dual POV (Jade and Nova) I found myself attached and growing fond of both characters. When Chael appeared on screen and started to interact with both girls, I found myself torn because I could feel a love triangle potentially developing. But that part is still a grey area, I think on purpose, because Chael does have some secrets of his own and keeps things close to his vest and doesn’t say everything.

The world building was fantastic and there were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, so I was pleasantly surprised there. I really did like how the magic was ‘built’ differently than from what I’ve ever read before in terms of how it is passed down through the line.

Overall this was a great read and I’m really eager to see where the next book goes!

My favorite line: 

“Jade?” He raised her chin with a finger when she didn’t respond. She reluctantly returned his gaze, wanting the intensity in his eyes to be for her, not simply for the responsibility of her.”

My favorite visual: Riv!

Rating: 4 stars

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Book Review

A Crown of Wishes | Review

A Crown of Wishes | Review

So if you follow me on social media, you might have seen that I had a hard time getting into Roshani’s first novel, A Star-Touched Queen, and so I was a little unsure about A Crown of Wishes. But the week before ACOW released, I decided to re-read ASTQ and I’m so glad I did!

I found ASTQ to be better the second time around of reading, and I feel like I connected so much more with the story. So then I was sooo excited for ACOW and pretty much stalked my mailman on release day, I couldn’t wait to read it (plus by that point I had heard so many good things).

So where ASTQ dealt with Maya, ACOW follows her sister, Gauri. And oh how I loved Gauri! Gauri is a badass, plain and simple. Gauri  is in captivity and soon meets (and attempts to kill) Vikram. Vikram, whom you may view as Gauri’s sworn enemy since he is the Prince of the country Gauri finds herself captured in, is clever and quick on his feet and I love that correlation between him and his nickname (the Fox Prince).

Through fate, Gauri and Vikram find themselves working together for a common goal. I mean, they can trust each other, right? Or can they? Who knows! Either way – the commentary between these two is absolutely gold and I wanted to underline and highlight and write on my walls all the funny and lovely (and pithy ) verbal barbs Gauri and Vikram traded. Their chemistry was superb. Plus, Vikram is handsome. Never hurts.

I really don’t want to give anything away, other than just to say the world building was magnificent, the character development outstanding and why can’t Roshani just write everything I need to read in my life? That’s totally doable, right? 😉

 

My favorite line: 

“I donned my armor, lining my eyes with kohl until they were dark as death and patting crushed rose petals on my lips until they were scarlet as blood.”

My favorite visual: I don’t want to give too much away, but it has to do with a beast.

Rating: 5 stars

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Book Review

Wintersong | Review

Wintersong | Review

(why yes, I will be using all Labyrinth gifs for this review)

Wintersong was one of those books that had me hooked from the moment I read the synopsis. Fantasy, Labyrinth and the Goblin King? Yes, yes and yes. It released a couple of months ago, but it took awhile for my library to get a copy. But once it did, I was so on that and devoured the book in a couple of days.

So, if you’re not familiar with Wintersong and what it’s about, it is the story of a young girl named Liesl, who grew up on stories of the Goblin King and let those stories inspire her musical compositions. But soon Liesl’s older sister will be married, and her younger brother off to train as a musician. Liesl starts to feel trapped and that her childhood dreams of music are fading. \

A twist of fate has Liesl’s sister captured by the Goblin King, and it’s up to Liesl to journey underground to save her. Complete with goblins, balls, and tricky magic.

Now, in my opinion, the Goblin King steals the show. He’s mysterious and brooding, but with enough fragility exposed that you start to wonder about him, and his story slowly becomes unraveled as you read through the novel.

The writing throughout Wintersong is very lyrical and poetic, and I do agree with what some others have said in that there were a few pages I had to re-read a few times to make sure what I thought had happened actually occurred. There are places where you need to read between the lines a little to stay on top of the story.

As far as the pacing, I did enjoy the first half of the novel more than the second half. Not that there was anything wrong with the second half, it’s just the first half was so perfect!

My favorite line: 

“You are the monster I claim, mein Herr.”

My favorite visual: The red cloak.

Rating: 4 stars

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Book Review

Daughter of the Pirate King | Review

Daughter of the Pirate King | Review

I’ll be honest, when I first heard about the Daughter of the Pirate King, I had no interest in it. The cover didn’t thrill me and I’ve never really been a pirate person, mainly because it seems like I’m the only one who despises Pirates of the Caribbean, and given that this book was pitched as a female Jack Sparrow I was very much ehhhhhhhhh about it.

But my library had a copy, so I decided to read it.

 

And I am oh so glad I did.

Alosa is the daughter of the pirate king, and a fearsome pirate in her own right. She’s on a mission for her father that involved her orchestrating her own kidnapping (I got some very Lila Bard vibes from this!) but her plans quickly start to go awry, and Alosa finds herself in some hot water as her special ability becomes exposed… and she starts to fall for one of her captors. Never a good combo, right?

This book really grabbed me from the beginning, and I thought the writing was great. The tone of most the book is upbeat and fast paced. Alosa’s quick-wittedness had me laughing many a time while reading. And let’s just say her fiery hair really does reflect her personality. The banter really was a shining star in this novel.

The pacing for me did get a little wobbly towards the end, but nothing major, just what seemed like a very quick wrap up. For me this was a really great, easy, weekend read and if it interests you at all, I suggest picking it up.

I can’t wait for the second book! Definitely intrigued to find to out what will happen next.

 

My favorite line: 

“Everyone has something dark in their past. I suppose it’s our job to overcome it. And if we can’t overcome it, then all we can do is make the most of it.”

My favorite visual: Omg omg omg spoiler!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Rating: 4 stars

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Book Review

The Fallen Kingdom | Review

The Fallen Kingdom | Review

This review is basically going to be me doing this:

heart-eyes

 

The Fallen Kingdom is the third book in the Falconer trilogy, and is slated to release on June 13th, 2017.

This book. This book! This. Book. THIS. BOOK.

Okay, I’ll stop.

But seriously, this book was by far the best in the series. It was amazing. It was every emotional roller coaster there could have been all rolled into a pretty package that is Aileana.

We pick up right where we left off, with Aileana having returned, but she has no memories and has these immense powers with no knowledge of where they came from. As Aileana

 

As Daleina grows and begins to understand more about her abilities, she, as well as others, start to wonder what is happening with the elemental spirits. More and more deaths are occurring, and more and more villages are being destroyed. One of those trying to save the villages in question is Ven, a disgraced champion. Fate brings Daleina and Ven together and they strike out to strengthen Daleina’s power as she trains to one day become an heir, but they also start to unravel a political plot bigger than themselves.

 

When I started reading, I was immediately sucked into this this magical world. The pacing was excellent, the action almost constant (with destructive elements, something is bound to go wrong) and the plot inventive. If you love fantasy and magic, this book is for you. The only *possible* negative thing I have to say about it, is there is a small romance in the book that to me seemed to come out of the middle of nowhere, almost as if it was an afterthought that was shoved into the already written book. But despite that, I really loved this book and can’t wait for more in this series.

My favorite line: This creepy opener stole my heart:

“Don’t trust the fire, for it will burn you.
Don’t trust the ice, for it will freeze you.
Don’t trust the water, for it will drown you.
Don’t trust the air, for it will choke you.
Don’t trust the earth, for it will bury you.
Don’t trust the trees, for they will rip you,
rend you, tear you, kill you dead.”

My favorite visual: The elemental spirits.

Rating: 5 stars

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