Ruin and Rising: Non-Spolier Review!!!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by Henry Holt and Co  First edition on June 17, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:  369

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Enter the Grishaverse with Book Three of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power—but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.

My Thoughts:

I thought that this was prob one of the best book in the series. I keep on loving this world and really think the world was expanded so much in this novel. I found the relationship between Mal and Alina to be the best part of this novel. I really loved how this book focused on the a smaller cast of characters. It was a such a fast pace read. I was really hooked. I like how this book really focused on the hero myth and it did such unique things with the troupe. I thought Nick was the best part of this novel and really can’t wait to read the sequel series to this series.

 

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Children of Blood and Bone (ARC REVIEW)!!

Children of Blood and Bone  by Tomi Adeyemi

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on March 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Diverse

Pages: 537

Format: ARC

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

My Brief  Thoughts:

I really loved this fantasy novel. I was super invested in all the POV characters. I thought this magic system was very well done as well. I loved the diversity of this cast and the characters. This book is def on the longer side, but I really read it so fast. It was super compelling read with some many themes and troops used. I def adored both female POV and thought it handled the magic plot super well. It was a heartbreaking reads at points but I really liked, need book 2

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really was invested in all the characters in this story. I love the diversity of the characters we met and really enjoyed all of them. My favorites def. changed throughout the novel. I still think my favorite is the princes but I really enjoyed them all!

World Building: I thought this world building was super complex and well crafted. I really loved how this magic system was developed and felt this world building was super diverse.

Pace: I felt that the short chapters made the massive book a easy book to digest. I really enjoyed this pace of the novel.

Second book! I def will be reading book 2!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What the Woods Keep: Non-Spoiler Arc Review!!

What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra

Published by  Imprint on September 18, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, mystery, fantasy

Pages:384

Format: Arc

Source: Blog Bound

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

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Summary!!

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.

Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.

As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be the prefect mix of fantasy and thriller and mystery. I am big buffy fan and Hayden at points really reminds me of buffy and the strong female characters and relationships was also super well done. This book would make a prefect fall/halloween read because it is def creepy but not terrifying. I really loved the setting of this book. I thought the world building could have been clearer at points but I did really love the myth that was created. I thought the pacing towards the start was rather slow but def did pick up as the book progressed and the ending I just wanted more time for “answers” If you are looking for creepy fantasy read, this may be the book for you. I also like the elements of emails and trascripts that accented the novel!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: Since this was is a standalone at the moment, I think it was a little bit hard to connect to the main characters and it was only at the very end of the book that I felt any connection to them. Also Hayden could be super unlikable but I did grow to like her by the end. I think if we got more books in this world, this would be less a problem.

World Building  This world that crafted was so well done. I thought it was so creepy and eeiry and i really loved it. I thought it was such a complex world. I thought the explaining of the world was sometimes a tad rushed but I really liked not only the narrative story line but also the various documents that enchanted the experiences.

Mystery  I thought the mystery was predictable at points but I was overly still engaged by the end.

Would I read more by this author in the future! I think i would, maybe getting it on my kindle or from the lib. first but It is worth a read!

Let me know in the comments if you are going to be picking this book up this week!

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Seige and Storm (Non-Spoiler Review)!!!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co. on June 4, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 448

Format: Paper back

Source: Personally Bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Enter the Grishaverse with Book Two of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.

The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.

But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the new characters that we meet especially the prince. I found this to be a much more complex book but also just really enjoyed all the character dymanics. I found this book to still have predictable moments but I did enjoy this book better then book one! I still loved the world build in this book so much and it def remains the stand out in this novel. I really was so fascinated by Alina character and am really excited to see how this series ends!

 

Seafire (Arc Review)!!!

Seafire  by Natalie C. Parker

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Published by  Razorbill on August 28, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 384

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road, Seafirefollows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord’s powerful fleet.

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

Pairing gorgeous prose with pulse-pounding action, Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.

My Brief Thoughts:

Sisterhood, adventure and ship dramatics! I struggled with the pacing at the start of this novel but by the end it was super hard to put down. I really loved the unique romance dynamics in this book and found it super hard to predict who would be with who. I also loved the leadership roll that cal was in throughout his whole novel. I overall really enjoyed the book and will def be checking out this sequel. I am curious to see if future books will expand the POV we experience.

My Extended Thoughts

Characters: I think we meet characters so fast so it took me awhile to feel emotionally invested in them all. I liked some of the characters but it took me longer to feel connected to a majority of the cast. I also loved the dynamics between all the girls and how leadership was handled on the boat. I also liked the how the male character really effected the ship dynamics. I grew to love all these characters and  but thought the characters took awhile to be complicated. but by the end I was invested!

Plot: Overall I thought the plot was was super unique and it was hard to predict. I also the relationships that Cal had in this novel especially with the boy who came on to the ship was super intreating.

Pace: I thought the pacing at the start of the book was super choppy and slow but the pacing was def better towards the end of the novel and I sped through the end of the book very fast. I def enjoyed the end of this novel over the start.

Next book??? I am totally there!! I need it!!

Land of Stories: Worlds Collide (Non-Spoiler Review)!!!

The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer

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Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers July 11, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade, Fairytale, Adventure

Pages: 465

Format: Audiobook

Source: Personally own

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters–heroes and villains–are no longer confined within their world!
With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world?
Breathtaking action mixed with laugh out loud moments and lots of heart will make this a gripping conclusion for many fans!

 

My Thoughts:

I really thought this was such a solid conclusion to the series. I also really enjoyed how this book also played with various timelines in this story. I just was super impressed with how the plot was created. I also found it intreating that this book was def a ‘connor” focused book even thought Alex was always at the heart of this book. This book made me cry and also laugh. I just loved how chris crafted these characters and also this world. I just loved going back to this world!

Royal Tour: (Potion Dairies) Non-Spoiler Review!!!

The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour  by Amy Alward

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 18, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Sam Kemi is off on another Hunt around the world, chasing secret potions and magic diaries in the second novel of the “charming and humorous” (Kirkus Reviews) Potion Diaries series.

After winning the Wilde Hunt, things are looking up for Sam Kemi and her family’s potion business—until suddenly they aren’t…

When someone goes after her grandfather, stealing his memories and priceless knowledge, the Kemi’s Potion Shop is forced to close and Sam is left scrambling for answers—without her grandfather’s help. Part of Ostanes’s mind is trapped in those memories, and without them he’s lost and confused. And the more time passes, the worse his condition becomes.

Hoping to reverse the effect of dark potions on the body, someone is looking for the recipe for aqua vitae—an elixir that can cure any illness—lost in the pages of an old Kemi family diary. But aqua vitae could also be the key to bringing her grandfather back, and that’s all Sam really wants. Determined to find Ostanes’s memories and the recipe first, Sam finds herself on the most important and perilous Hunt of her life.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really loved returning to this world. I really loved the adventure and the quest of this novel. I just really liked how this book not only expanded the world but also the many mysteries and quests that occur. I really grew to love Sam in this novel. I really loved the world building on this book a lot. I was easily to fly through this novel. I thought the pacing was bit choppy at points and just wanted more of the side characters like kristy and her best friend to be featured a tad more. But i really loved this book and can’t wait to read this the next book in this series!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: I was conflicted about this book because I really enjoyed the focus on Zain and Sam but I want more of the side characters in the beginning part of his book! I really enjoyed the ending but thought the ending should have been better balanced with all the characters!

Pace: I thought the pace of this book was a tad choppy at points but I was still mostly engaged in the plot and the story.

Story/Mystery: I really liked the various mysteries that were presented in this book and also the questes were super fun to read from!

Let me know in the comments if you have read this book or what other lighter fantasy can you rec for us to read!

 

Rule: Arc review (Non-spoliers Review)

Rule  by Ellen Goodlett

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Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 11, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.
The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.

Or rather, three unexpected options.
Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone.
Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.
Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she’s done.
When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule.
Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in the first book of this sensational and striking fantasy duology.

 

My  Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this novel and thought it was the prefect mix between three dark crowns and pretty little liars. I found this book to be super fast pace read and also found the three girls to be very compelling. I loved the various POV and also the magic system was so well crafted and really easy to understand. The writing and pacing made this book so fast to read. I thought the world is so rich and can’t wait to see what happens next. I felt equally invested in not only the girls but also the secrets they are holding. I also loved the representation in the novel.

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I was equally invested in the characters in this novel. I thought the secrets and the characters diversity was so well crafted. I think my personal favorite POV was  character was Akeylah. I really enjoyed not only the devious natures but also as they grew as sisters throughout this novel. I also loved the various different backgrounds of the characters. It made the book even more diverse read that really expanded the world.

Plot: I thought the of this story was a prefect mix of TDC and PLL. I really loved all the plot paths the lead to the end. The book had predictable moments but I was really engaged throughout the whole book.

World Building: I adored the magic system that was created and really loved how she built it. I just wanted to go to this world. I thought so much world building occurred but it was such a easy read that world building did not  make the pace less or bog down the story! I really liked this type of magic.

Will I read book 2! Oh for sure!! I am totally there!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow and Bone: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

Shadow and Bone  by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); on June 5, 2012

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:  369

Format: paperback

Source: personally bought

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I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

My Thoughts:

It has taken me so long to read this book, but i am so happy I finally traveled to the Grisha verse. I thought the world building was def. the highlight of this novel. I really enjoyed not only the world building but also the magic system in this novel. I think the characters grew on me over the course of the novel. I have much higher hopes for the characters in book 2, because i thought elements of this plot were predictable at points. But I think the Darkling was a super interesting character and def am excited to read more in this series next month!

The Potion Diaries: Non-Spoiler Review!

The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers  on October 18, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 400

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

Enter Samantha Kemi—an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? And just how close is she willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing enemy, in the meantime.

Just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was the prefect magic/ fantasy story. I just flew through this novel. The world building was def the stand out in the novel. I also just loved the strong female characters that populated this novel. I did love the duel POV that we did get and also the magic system that was developed. I thought this book was def lighter in topic but I really loved the character and this world and really can’t wait to read the other books in this series.