Book Review

Book Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Rating: 2 out of 5 hoots

Published: April 2 2019

Number of pages: 385

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: fantasy, romance

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

In a centuries long war a girl, a prince, and a boy with a monstrous secret, meet together in a shadowed world of blood and mysterious saints where a forbidden romance erupts and threatens their plan to assassinate the king and stop the war. 

My Review:

An advanced reading copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ok right after I read ten chapters I had mixed feelings about how the plot and the characters were progressing. Then by the time I met in the middle, the story turned interesting and I found myself pulling through, but then after reading twenty eight more chapters, I was bored, like really bored and worse, I lost all interest with everything. If I drew a diagram that shows my experience with this it would look like a cliff where my experience slowly began as a positive and then after reaching the peak, I fall flat. I made the tough choice to skim through the last seven chapters just to see how this ended. Continue reading “Book Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan”

Book Review

Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

wintersong-by-s-jae-jonesRating: 3/5 owl hoots

Published: February 7 2017

Number of pages: 448

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Genre: folklore, fairy tale, dark fantasy, romance

Audience: younger adult

Get it first at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Nineteen year old Liesl grew up hearing stories about the Goblin King, the Lord of Mischief and Ruler of the Underground. He is also the muse behind her mysterious composition. But when Liesl is burdened with the responsibilities of looking after her family, she must abandon her music and her fantasies for more practical concerns.

Then her dear sister, Kathe is kidnapped by the goblins, and Liesl must venture into the woods to rescue her. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers a shocking realization: the Goblin King still inspires her musically, physically, and emotionally. Yet when her talent blossoms, Liesl must make an impossible choice after she decides which to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world above.

My Review:

I was provided an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Editing and copying my review is absolutely not permitted.

I was given an ARC at a book preview and one blogger highly recommended this as one of the most anticipated new release that she enjoyed. Last year it was all the buzz on social media and I missed out on all the hype and excitement as people were tweeting and posting about Wintersong. I wasn’t sure how or if I was going to enjoy this as my excitement for fantasy YA (and YA in general) has made a downturn in my life. My reading taste has changed or maybe I’ve outgrown YA, but this book didn’t disappoint me. Continue reading “Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones”

Book Review

Review: A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows FinalPublished: February 23 2016

Number of pages: 307

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Tor Books

Genre: fantasy, adventure, magic, parallel universe, romance

Audience: adult fiction

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

Find it on Goodreads | Chapters Indigo

 

 

Summary: 

It has been four months since the Black Plague, four months since Kell met Delilah Bard, and four months since the Dane twins wounded Prince Rhy, and Holland’s body was left in Black London. Now Kell has given up his smuggling habit, and is haunted by dreams only to wake up thinking of Lila. Meanwhile, Red London is preparing for the Essen Tach, the Element Games, an international magic competition to keep the ties of neighboring empires together. However, an ominous shadow reappears and the balance of magic is in peril.

My Review:

I have read disappointing sequels recently were a) the story suffers from middle book syndrome or b) the plot and the characters are just flat and I suddenly lose interest in the story. I recently read a sequel that was the latter and I was so bored to death with the story that eventually I was fed up and decided to DNF it. I don’t like to DNF a book unless I really have to; in the case of this particular book (which will remain unknown) I had no other choice because it was that terrible. There is nothing worse then a new series marred by the second book and immediately you decide not to continue with that series anymore. However A Gathering of Shadows isn’t that book, in fact it is the best sequel I have read this year and it only made my expectations of this series escalate ten-fold! Continue reading “Review: A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab”

Book Review

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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Published: September 7 2014

Number of pages: 562

Format: paperback

Publisher: Bloomsbury UK

Genre: high fantasy, assassins, mystery, romance, faeries, magic

Audience: YA

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

Find it on Goodreads | Chapters Indigo

Summary:

Celeana is consumed by rage and guilt, but she must focus her energy on fighting back against the King of Ardalan. The Immortal Queen can help destroy the king for a price, but can Celeana battle with her darkest memories and fulfill the bargain and head the court of Terrasen. And who will stand with her?

My Review:

I’m so glad I finished reading this before Queen of Shadows came out. I’m still waiting in line for my copy to arrive but in the meantime, I just want to say that Heir of Fire was freaking brilliant! So much has changed with the plot and the characters since Throne of Glass that I couldn’t freakin’ believe what happened in the end, and that cliffhanger! This is one of my favorite books in the series as so much has escalated since Celeana left Adarlan, even Chaol and Dorian have changed and grown distant since her departure, but we’ll talk about that later. Continue reading “Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas”

Book Review

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

snow like ashes by sara raaschPublished: October 14 2014

Number of pages: 416

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: high fantasy, adventure, romance

Audience: YA

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

Find it on Goodreads | Chapters Indigo

Summary:

Sixteen years ago, the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and enslaved with no monarch and no magic. Now the Winterians hope for freedom as the eight remaining survivors who managed to escape, are waiting for the opportunity to fight back and regain their Kingdom. Meira, an orphaned Winterian raised by Sir, is trained to be a warrior. She is in love with Mather, her best friend and future King and she will do anything to help free their Kingdom again. When they discover the location of an ancient locket that can help restore their power, Meira goes on a mission to retrieve it but it doesn’t go as plan. Soon she is trapped into a world of dark magic and dangerous politics and realizes that her destiny isn’t her own.

My Review:

I heard a lot of hype around this book when it came out last year and I didn’t want to read it right away, instead I wanted to wait until the hype died down. I heard people recommending this for Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings fans so I was really intrigued, and I am always on a look out for a new high fantasy series too. Continue reading “Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch”

Book Review

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

crown of midnight by sara j maasPublished: September 2 2014

Number of pages: 418

Format: paperback

Publisher: Bloomsbury UK

Genre: high fantasy, adventure, romance

Audience: YA

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

Find it on Goodreads | Chapters Indigo

Summary:

Celeana Sardothian, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadly weapon. To win her freedom, she must obey his orders but every death she fakes puts those she loves at risk. Torn between her captain and a prince, and battling against the king’s dark forces, Celeana must decide on her fate, and what she will fight for: her heart or her liberty?

My Review: 

Ever since Throne of Glass I was really excited to see more what the series has to offer, and observe how Celeana’s character changes after winning King’s Champion. Once she accepts her title to win back her freedom, Celeana returns to the cold-hearted assassin as she follows her King’s orders. No more pretty dresses and attending fancy balls, Celeana turns back to wearing “men’s clothing” and carrying around lethal weapons!

I actually enjoy seeing Celeana as the assassin again, she is more comfortable being inside her own skin then pretending to be a lady of the court. I was still disappointed that things didn’t work out between her and Dorien after that cliffhanger. I was really hoping that the two will rekindle their love but instead, their relationship has become more strained. Every encounter they had, I was always hoping that Dorien and Celeana would make up as I loved how their chemistry grew into a forbidden romance. Continue reading “Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas”

Book Review

Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

entwined by heather dixonPublished: March 11 2011

Number of pages: 472

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre: fantasy, mystery, fairy tale retelling

Audience: YA

Rating: 2/5 owl hoots

Find it on Goodreads | Chapters Indigo

Summary:

Azalea feels trapped. Her lavish lifestyle from ball gowns to suitors and dancing are all taken away from her. The Keeper understands as he is trapped too within the walls of the palace, but he extends an invitation to Azalea and her sisters to dance in the silver forest. But there is a cost as the Keeper likes to keep things, and Azalea might not realize how trapped she is in his web of deceit.

My Review:

If you are looking for a really cute story with an adorable romance and a plot that doesn’t require your concentration then this book is for you. I was looking for a cute and cozy read so I didn’t feel too bad after finishing it, but I did find some issues with the ending or else I would have given this a 3/5 rating. Continue reading “Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon”

Book Review

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throne of glass by sarah j maasPublished: May 7 2013

Number of pages: 404

Format: paperback

Publisher: Bloomsbury UK

Genre: high fantasy, assassins, mystery, romance, faeries, magic

Audience: YA

Rating: 3.5/5 owl hoots

Find it on Goodreads | Chapters Indigo

Summary: 

Sixteen-year-old Celaena is serving a life sentence in the dark mines of Endovier. She is a trained assassin and the best one until she makes the mistake of getting caught. But then Celaena meets Captain Westfall who makes her a deal: her freedom in return of representing the prince in a deadly competition where she must face off with other assassins. Live or die, Celaena will be free and will discover her true destiny as the competition nears…

My Review: 

Throne of Glass is one of those books that are most talked about in the booktuber/bookblogger community. Almost everyone I know has read this series and after hearing all the rave reviews about it, I decided to add it to my TBR. I wasn’t planning on reading this series soon until I found a second hand copy of all three books at a local bookstore. So I said to myself, “why not?” and I bought the first book to see how the series stood up to its fame, without realizing that I would come back to the store again and buy book 2 and 3. Long story short, after reading halfway through Throne of Glass I was immediately hooked and understood why everyone loved this series! Why oh why did I not start this series earlier like everyone else? Continue reading “Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas”