Crown Of Feathers (Non-Spoiler Review)

Crown Of Feathers  by Nicki Pau Preto

Published by   Simon Pulse on February 12, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 496

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Crown of Feathers is an epic fantasy about love’s incredible power to save—or to destroy. Interspersed throughout is the story of Avalkyra Ashfire, the last Rider queen, who would rather see her empire burn than fall into her sister’s hands.

My Thoughts:

I actually was super invested in all the POV of this novel. I really also liked the world building and loved how this book used different formats like letters and poems to tell the story. This book focused a lot on female realtionships and i really liked how that was handled this was not a story the focused on only the postive side of female realtionships. I think his story even thought it had three different fronts, was so well crated. I think there was some prediciable moments throughout the novel but the ending was a nice surprise and I am def checking out book 2 in the future.

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Fame fate and the first kiss (arc) Non-Spoiler Review!!

Fame Fate and The First Kiss  by Kasie West

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Published by HarperTeen on February 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Lacey Barnes has dreamed of being an actress for as long as she can remember. So when she gets the opportunity to star in a movie alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, she doesn’t hesitate to accept the part.

But Lacey quickly learns that life in the spotlight isn’t as picture perfect as she imagined. She’s having trouble bonding with her costars, her father has hired the definition of a choir boy, Donavan Lake, to tutor her, and somewhere along the way she’s lost her acting mojo. And just when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, it looks like someone on set is deliberately trying to sabotage her.

As Lacey’s world spins out of control, it feels like the only person she can count on—whether it’s helping her try to unravel the mystery of who is out to get her or snap her out of her acting funk—is Donavan. But what she doesn’t count on is this straight-laced boy becoming another distraction.

With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by a crush. But for the first time in her life Lacey wonders if it’s true that the best stories really do happen when you go off script.

My Thoughts:

I actually really enjoyed this book. I loved the tie backs and seeing the characters from love life and the list. I really loved the book. I am always a sucker for books on a that have movie/t.v show set theme and I really enjoyed this book. I thought this book was super fun and light read. I just enjoyed it. I really loved the elements of mystery tossed in and super excited to see what the last book in this mini series is about! I enjoyed this read!

Blood Leaf (Non-Spoiler Review)

 BloodLeaf by Crystal Smith

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Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 12, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, retelling

Pages: 384

Format: ARC

Source: NYCC

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her.But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

My Thoughts:

This book was such a refreshing read. I really loved the how this story took the goose girl myth and really made it unique fast pace story. I was super invested in this story and the characters. I was also really invested in the court politics and they world building around the blood magic. This book was a lighter fantasy but one that really captured my heart. I thought the ending was rushed and could have been fleshed out a tad more but I am def excited for book 2!

Never-Contented Things (ARC) Non-Spoiler Review!!

Never-Contented Things  by Sarah Porter

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Published by Tor Teen on March 19, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, Fairy

Pages: 368

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:  N/A

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries―until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price―and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

My Brief Thoughts:

I liked this book but I did not love it. I was captured by the POV and the plot was super engaging. I felt like the world that was created was unique but at moments that world was super complex/confusing and it did go over my head a points. I at points did feel lost in the world. I was more invested in one of the POV the the other two. I know this was book at fairy but I wish this book had more interactions with the fairy groups. I thought this book was unique but and did enjoy the creepy setting. I enjoyed this book more then Sarah other reads. This book was a much weirder novel then other fairy books I have read recently. I am curious to read more of this author books in the future.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: Overall, I did like the trio of characters POV that we got. I was a tad more invested in Lexie POV. I felt like the the other two characters were compling  to read about. I thought the characters were super diverse and they characters were super complex. I wish I felt more connected to the other two POV but i was intrigued by them all.

World Building: I thought this world was super creepy and that lead it to being super confusing and at moment the world was confusing to follow. I wanted to feel more connected to this world and that world will begin super creepy could have been developed a tad better and more clearer. That was one the weaker points in the novel.

Plot: The plot along with the world building was one of the weaker parts of the novel. I felt like this book lacked tension and the pacing of this novel was off at points. I was intreated in the novel and what was happening but wish the book made the plot more engaging to make me keep reading.

I did not love this book as much as I loved other fairy books like The cruel prince series. But I liked it more then Sarah Porters others reads!

let me know in the comments if this book is on your TBR!!

Later book lovers!

Light between worlds (Non-Spoiler Review)

Light Between Worlds  by Laura E. Weymouth

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Published by HarperTeen on October 23, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 368

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

What happens when you return to the real world after being in a fantastical one like Narnia? This YA debut by Laura E. Weymouth is perfect for fans of Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians.

Six years ago, sisters Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were swept away to a strange and beautiful kingdom called the Woodlands, where they lived for years. But ever since they returned to their lives in post-WWII England, they have struggled to adjust.

Ev desperately wants to return to the Woodlands, and Philippa just wants to move on. When Ev goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

Walking the line between where fantasy and reality meet, this lyrical and magical novel is, above all else, an exploration of loss and healing, and what it means to find where you belong.

My Thoughts:

I was impressed by this novel. I went into this book curious by the topic but overall this book was such a fast pace/engaging read. I really loved how this book was structured both with the duel characters and the duel timelines. I really found the “fantasy” world to be a world that even I wanted to attend and really liked the the POV of both girls. I was a bit more invested in Phillipa storyline. I really also enjoyed the elements of poetry and how that was structured in to the novel. I also liked the historical fiction novel and how relastic these characters storylines was. I also like both girls love intreats and really enjoyed this read. I thought it was sold standalone as well and hope to read more book by this author in the future.

 

Girls of Paper and Fire (Non-Spoiler Review)

Girls of Paper and fire  by Natasha Ngan

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Published by jimmy patterson; 1st edition on November 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 400

Format: Hardback

Source: arc and november Owlcrate

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this fantasy novel alot. I thought it was the prefect mix between the selection series, ash princes and such a rich world like soundless. I really enjoyed the lead characters througout this novel and like the lead in ash princess and she was such a different type of hero. I thought the world building that was inspired by Malaysia soctiey was the highlight of this novel. I wish the ending was a tad more fleshed out and that i felt immediately connected to the characters but I really loved the feelings of hope and inspiration that was the foundation of this novel. I will def be checking out book 2 when it comes out this year

The Sorcerer Heir: Non- Spoiler Review!!

The Sorcerer Heir  by Cinda William Chima

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Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 5, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 560

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely.

Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. As they struggle to rebuild their trust in each other, Emma and Jonah must also find a way to clear their names as the prime suspects in a series of vicious murders. It seems more and more likely that the answers they need lie buried in the tragedies of the past. The question is whether they can survive long enough to unearth them.

Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was super solid conclusion to this five book series. I really liked how this book wrapped up both the mini storylines in the last two books and all the stores in the previous four novels. I really enjoyed the various POV charters we got in this novel. I also the characters Joanah and emma were very unique. I also also the various mysteries that wrapped up in this novel. I thought one mystery was a tad predictable. But overall I thought this book was a solid ending to the series.

 

 

The Assassin’s Blade: Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Assassin’s Blade by Brigid Sarah J. Mass

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Published by  Bloomsbury USA Childrens  on April 4, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 464

Format: audiobook

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, she’s sworn to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

In these action-packed prequel novellas to Throne of Glass, Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. But by acting on her own terms, will Celaena truly free herself from her master, or will she suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery?

This bind-up features all four of the previously published e-novellas along with a story now available in the US for the first time, The Assassin and the Healer.

My Thoughts:

This is the second time that I read this book and still really enjoy this collection of stories. I thought that even thought this is five different stories it basically tells one complete story that really does give you so much history about our lead character. This collection of stories was a super fast pace read and one that really taught us so much about our lead. I think my favorite story was def the assassin and the healer and also the last story. I def think that you must read this story for you really to understand this story and the characters.

Let me know in the comments what short stories are your favorite!!

 

Slayer (ARC Review)!!!

Slayer  by Kiersten White

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Published by Simon Pulse on January 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, BuffyVerse

Pages: 416

Format: arc

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic. Until the day Nina’s life changes forever. Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period. As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams… But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next. One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book alot. I really found the tiebacks to the actually buffy characters a nice element. I really would loved a bit more connections to the buffy characters. I really enjoyed the new setting of this book and also the new set of characters. I found the premise of this book to super well done. I was really liked nina and loved her storyline in this book. I found her to be such a unique slayer. I also really liked the various mysteries we met had in this story. I wanted to the end to be a bit more fleshed out but I am so excited for book 2!!!