Queen Of Shadows (Non-Spoiler Review)

 Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 1, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 662

Format: Audibook

Source: personally bought

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. 

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

My Thoughts:

I am so happy I finally moved on in this series. I thought this book was so well crafted and really needs to be read physically. I really did like my listen, but wish I would have read the physical book. I thought this book had so many various threads that finally connected at the end. I still really liked the character of Dorian and really and loving lyssandra. I thought this book had some tie backs to other books in the series, that I really enjoyed. I enjoyed this book and am so excited to dive in the next t books in this series.

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Sorcery of Thorns (Non-Spoiler Review)

Sorcery of Thorns by Brigid Kemmerer

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 4, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate (Personally bought)

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. It was fast pace magic themed historical fiction novel. I was immediately captured by the world building focused on the library system. I also thought he author did such a good way of explaining the world building in an easy to understand way. I felt immediately connected to the main character and really was invested in her storyline from page one. I liked how the romance developed through the novel and it had some laugh out funny moments. For me the highlight of this read was the magic system and the world building system. I also thought all the characters were so fleshed out and though the mystery was so well crafted. I really hope we get a book 2, in this series!

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.

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

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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!!

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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

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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.