Lady Midnight: Non-Spoiler Review

Lady Midnight  by Cassandra Clare

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Published by  Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 8, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 689

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought and i listened to the audiobook!

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in this #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering who killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her battle partner Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

 

My Thoughts:

THIS book was a monster to finish listening too… but I am so happy I finally finished it. I def thought listening for the first time to this book could have been a better experience if i just read it. but i really enjoyed the storyline. I liked the pay off emma and jules character and also where their characters went. I also loved all the new characters we met and love how mark tied into the story. I really loved the mystery that need to be solve. I also thought this book unlike heavenly fire, relied a lot less on Clary and that crew only in very key moments. I would have liked a few more tie backs but this book was so well crafted. Def need to read the next book soon!

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Enchanted Heir!!! Non-Spoiler Review

The Enchanted Heir  by Cinda Williams Chima

Published by Disney Hyperion on October 1, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 465

Format: paper back

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

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Summary!

They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre—the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors Jonah possesses unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a network that hunts the undead. Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. An unschooled wild child, she runs the streets until the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life—and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions. Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune? Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists? The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Nightshade, bringing tensions between the groups to a head. Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid increasing concern that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.

My Brief Thoughts

This was a great continuation of this world and this series. I really grew to love these two new characters and also the tie backs to the other main characters in this series. I love books that have a strong mystery and this book def caught my attention. I normally have issues with Johan type of powers but I loved how Cinda crafted him and really loved both main characters. I loved how this story and “Mutan” character storyline and really loved it. I def want to read the last book in this series super soon. This book was super easy to fly thought and I really enjoy it.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really loved these new characters that we met in this book. I was hesitant to start this series because I loved the previous characters in this series.But I really grew to love these characters a lot. I not only enjoyed the main characters but also loved the tie back and we got to see of the past characters. I think it had a great balance between older characters and new ones. The characters were so well crafted and I really need to complete this series soon!

Pacing: This book was super fast pace. I loved the pacing of this novel and it really did have a great balance of starting a new adventure in this story and world building and then action!

World building: I loved the nitty gritty world that is crafted. I really loved the cont. of this world and found it to be super rich and also really easy to understand.

Later book lovers!

 

 

Daja Book (Circle of Magic series) non-spoiler review!!!

Daja’s Book  by Tamora Pierce

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Published by  Scholastic Inc.  September 1, 2011

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 288

Format: paperback

Source: personally got!

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

Outcast Trader Daja, along with her fellow mages-in-training, journeys from Winding Circle to the Gold Ridge Mountains, where drought threatens widespread famine. There, Daja creates an astonishing object: a living metal vine, and Daja’s dealings with her former people reawaken a longing for familiar ways.

Daja must choose – should she return to the Traders or remain with the Winding Circle folk who have become her family?

My Thoughts:

I thought this was such a fun read. This was the first book, I read the physical copy for the first time in this series. I really loved Daja’s world. I have always been fasciainted by her past and her being viewed as unlucky. I found this to be a super fast pace read. I really loved how he relationships between all the children grow in this novel. I also loved how their magic was changed in this series and super excited to see how his imapcts the future book in this series. I am super excited for briar book and I really want to read it soon!

 

 

 

Umberland: Non-Spolier Review

Umberland  Wendy Spinale

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Published by Scholastic Press on May 9, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 288

Format: Paper Back

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. But the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn’t exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated, accelerating the disease. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus’s origin: an extinct poisonous apple. Legend has it a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of a deadly labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place that no one in their right mind enters. With no other options, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hadder, a wild boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she’ll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares. But can anyone truly survive the madness of the maze? And what if there’s no apple to be found there?

My Brief  Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book a lot. I think that is the prefect type of bridge series between middle grade and YA. I enjoyed getting into different characters heads because the POV characters we got in this novel. I loved the world building so much and how she crafted the world building of wonderland. I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be such a fun fast pace adventure. It was also a super fast read and I am really excited to read the final book in this series soon.

My Extended Thoughts!!!

Characters: I really loved the new POV characters that we met in this novel. I really loved their point views a lot. I also loved how they obvs. had elements of famous characters from alice in wonderland and wonderland. I really loved also how we got to check in out characters from the previous book and it was really a book that expanded the characters that we knew well.

World Building: The world building in these books are so well done. I loved all the twists and turns she did with wonderland.  I really enjoy the world building in this series alot and how i found these worlds so much fun and super connected to wonderland but also so different.

Pace: This story was super fast pace and def was  a quest themed novel with super high stakes. I really was super invested in this story!

Pick up next book! Yup it is on my May TBR!!!

 

Every Heart is a Doorway!!! Non-Spoiler Review!!

Every Heart is a Doorway by Seanan McGuire                                                                Reviewed by Sarah!!

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Published by  Tor.com on April 5, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 174

Format: Hard Back

Source: Physical Copy

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.

No matter the cost.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the concept of the story was original and fun.  The book is short, less than two hundred pages and the writing is well done, it is jam-packed with so much  for a novella. I thought the main character Nancy who is the point on view we mainly follow was relatable and I enjoyed her perspective. Some of the side characters were also given some back story and personality. I wish she had fleshed out the characters more. I think the mystery in the book was enjoyable, but mainly there to move the plot along. I think the story would have been fine without it. I would have like to just learned more about the school and it’s inhabitants. I have heard the books follow other students, in the school  and their stories and I am looking forward to finding out more of these students back stories. I think anyone who wants to know what happens to someone like Alice when she returns from Wonderland might enjoy reading this book. A warning that is a dark tale and does not shy away from blood and gore.

 

Ash Princess: Non-Spolier Review

Ash Princess  by Laura Sebastian

Published by Delacorte Press on April 24, 2018

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 448

Format: Arc

Source: Comic Con

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Challenge: PSRC Author same first name as you!!!

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Summary!

For fans of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes, Ash Princess is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

 

My Brief Thoughts:

*I got this book for review my thoughts are my own*
I really loved this book so much. It has so many of my favorite elements all my mixed together in such a unique novel. I especially loved the former friend comes back to work with the princess, the lost princess, the prince who is conflicted and just some much political intigue. I thought it was such a fast pace novel. It was super hard to put down and the pace even thought it was alot of world building was done so well. I really loved this book and the lead character. This is def one of my favorite reads of the month. I can’t wait for book 2… now i must wait 😦

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters:  I really enjoyed the characters in this story. I thought even though they were based off of pretty typical character types but I really loved how they were crafted. I felt emotionally connected to them all. This whole story to me had  very similar feelings of my mine to the Anastasia myth. I have never read quite a character like Thora before but I really loved her and became equally invested the larger cast of characters.

Romance: It has been since the infernal devices that I found a story that I enjoy the love triangle and could feel for both sides of the triangle. I felt that way with this story alot. I towards the end am even more conflicted about what sides, I want to win but do enjoy both boys in this triangle 🙂

Pace: This book was def. a slow burn with a lot of political intrigue. If you liked the pace of a book like three dark crowns this pace was super similar but I was really invested in the story line and the characters.

Next book!!! Yes please!!!! I need it now!!!

From the Earth and Shadows Review and Giveaway

From the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking

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Published by  Wednesday Books on April 24, 2018

Genres: Young Adult  Fantasy

Pages: 432

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

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Summary!

The epic conclusion to the thrilling Valkyrie duology by New York Times bestselling YA author Amanda Hocking, From the Earth to the Shadows.

While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin finds herself with new allies–and new enemies. Her quest for the truth leads her to places she never thought possible, and she’s never been one to shy away from a fight. But for all her strength and determination, will it be enough to save the world before it’s too late?

Sneak Peek!

The air that fogged around me was thick enough that I could taste it—earthy and wet, with a trace of salt. It stuck to my skin, which was already slick with sweat, and that only seemed to attract more insects. They buzzed around me, leaving burning little bites in my flesh. I wanted to swat them off, but I couldn’t. I had to stay perfectly still, or the Kalanoro would spot me too soon.

The oversaturation of green in the jungles of Panama had been a strange adjustment from the smog and bright lights of the city. Out here, it was an endless emerald sea: the plants and trees, the rivers, were all varying shades of green—even the sky was blotted out by a thick canopy of leaves.

This wasn’t where I wanted to be, crouched motionless in the mud with a giant millipede crawling over my foot. Not when Asher was still gone, held captive in Kurnugia by the underworld goddess Ereshkigal and her mad centaur boyfriend, Gugalanna. Not when the fate of the world felt heavy on my shoulders, with Ereshkigal attempting an uprising that would unleash the underworld on earth.

It had only been three days since I’d gone to the Gates of Kurnugia, along with Oona, Quinn, Asher, and Atlas to aid me. I’d wanted to avenge my mother—and I had killed the draugr that had killed her—but all of that may have set off a chain of events that would bring about the end of days.

And I had lost the guy I … well, not loved. Not yet. But I cared about him. All I wanted to do was rescue him. But I couldn’t. There was too much at stake. I couldn’t let my heart get the best of me. I had to hold it together, and follow my orders.

After Gugalanna had pulled Asher down into the underworld where I could not follow, the rest of us had gone to Caana City in Belize. It was the safest city near the Gates of Kurnugia, and Oona needed medical intervention to survive. She was on the mend now, and that’s why I had left her behind, with Quinn and Atlas.

I didn’t want to risk losing them the way I had Asher, and I was on a special assignment, coming directly from the Valkyries’ highest authority—Odin.

Odin had found me outside of the hospital where Oona was being treated. I had never met him before, and, like most of the Vanir gods, he changed his appearance to suit his needs, so I hadn’t recognized him.

He towered over me in his tailored suit, with his left eyelid withered shut. He had a deep rumble of a voice, with a softly lilting accent, and a grim expression. His large raven, Muninn, had been watching over me, but when I tried to press him for a reason why, he had told me that there wasn’t time to explain.

“I need you to go deep into the heart of the jungle, where no man dares to live,” Odin explained, as we had stood in the eerily silent parking lot in Caana City. “You must retrieve something for me.”

“Why can’t you retrieve it yourself?” I asked bluntly. I wasn’t being rude, but the reality was that Odin was a powerful god, and I was just a young mortal Valkyrie-in-training. He had far more knowledge and power than I could ever hope to have.

“I’m not allowed to meddle in the affairs of humans or any of the other earthly beings,” Odin clarified.

“But…” I trailed off, gathering the courage to ask, “What is this you’re doing now, then? Isn’t directing me to get something for you the same as meddling?”

A sly smile played on his lips, and he replied, “There are a few loopholes, and I think it’s best if I take advantage of one now. If you want to save your friend, and everyone else that matters to you, you need to act quickly.”

“What is it that you need me to get?” I asked, since I didn’t seem to have a choice.

“The Valhallan cloak,” he explained. “It was stolen centuries ago by a trickster god—I honestly can’t remember which one anymore—and he hid it with the Kalanoro of Panama.”

“The Kalanoro?” I groaned reflexively. Having dealt with them before, I already knew how horrible they were.

If piranhas lived on land, they would behave a lot like the Kalanoro. They were small primate-like creatures, standing no more than two feet tall, and they vaguely resembled the aye-aye lemur. The biggest differences were that the Kalanoro were tailless, since they lived mostly on the ground, and they had razor-sharp claws on their elongated fingers and a mouth of jagged teeth they used to tear apart the flesh of their prey.

“What is the Valhallan cloak, and how will I find it?” I asked Odin.

“You’ll know when you see it. It’s an oversized cloak, but the fabric looks like the heavens. The rumors are that the Kalanoro were attracted to the magic of the cloak, though they didn’t understand it, so they took it back to their cave,” Odin elaborated. “They apparently have been guarding it like a treasure.”

“So I have to go into the treacherous jungle, find the man-eating Kalanoro, and steal their favorite possession?” I asked dryly. “No problem.”

Which was how I ended up in the jungle, alone, in the heart of Kalanoro country—at least, that’s what the nearest locals had purported. In front of me, on the other side of a very shallow but rapidly moving stream, was the mouth of a cave. The cave I hoped was the home of the Kalanoro, but I was waiting to see one for official confirmation.

Sweat slid down my temples, and a large dragonfly flew overhead. The trees around me were a cacophony of sounds—monkeys and frogs and birds and insects of all kinds, talking to one another, warning of danger, and shouting out mating calls.

Back in the city, beings and creatures of all kinds lived among each other, but there were rules. The jungle was not bound by any laws. I was not welcome, and I was not safe here.

I heard the crunch of a branch—too loud and too close to be another insect. I turned my head slowly toward the sound, and I saw movement in the bushes right beside me. Tall dark quills, poking out above the leaves, and I tried to remember if the Kalanoro had any quill-like fur.

I didn’t have to wonder for very long because a head poked out of the bushes, appearing to grin at me through a mouthful of jagged fangs and a face like an alien hyena. The leathery green skin, mottled with darker speckles, blended in perfectly with the surroundings, with a mohawk-like row of sharp quills running down its back.

It wasn’t a Kalanoro—it was something much worse. I found myself face-to-face with a Chupacabra.

TWO

The Chupacabra—much like dolphins, dogs, and quokkas—had the uncanny ability to appear to be smiling. Unlike those contemporaries, there was nothing adorable or friendly about this Chupacabra’s smile. It was all serrated teeth, with bits of rotten meat stuck between them, and a black tongue lolling around his mouth.

“You don’t want do this,” I told the beast softly, even though he probably didn’t understand English.

I kept my gaze locked on the Chupacabra, but my hand was at my hip, slowly unsheathing my sword Sigrún. The name came from my ancestors, as had the blade itself. It had been passed down from Valkyrie to daughter for centuries.

Sigrún was a thick blade made of dark purple crystal, so dark it appeared black, but it would glow bright brilliant purple when I was working. It was short and angled, like it had been broken off in battle. Maybe it had—the full history of my blade was unknown to me.

But the handle was a black utilitarian replacement. It had been my mother’s gift to me on my eighteenth birthday. Her final gift to me, well over a year ago.

The Chupacabra stared at me with oversized teardrop-shaped eyes and took a step closer to me, letting out a soft rumble of a growl.

Valkyries weren’t supposed to kill anyone or anything they were not specifically ordered to kill. The one exception was self-defense. Since I was on an unsanctioned mission into territory I had no business being in, this would all get very messy if I had to kill a Chupacabra.

But the hard truth was that I was beyond worrying about my career as a Valkyrie. I would do whatever I needed to do.

When the Chupacabra lunged at me, I drew my sword without hesitation. Since this wasn’t an official “job,” my blade didn’t glow purple, but it sliced through the leathery hide as easily as I knew it would.

I didn’t want to kill the creature if I didn’t have to—after all, he was merely going about his life in the jungle. So my first blow was only a warning that left him with a painful but shallow cut across his shoulder.

He let out an enraged howl, causing birds to take flight and all sorts of smaller animals to go rushing deeper into the underbrush. From the corner of my eye, I spotted several Kalanoro darting across the stream back toward their cave. They had been watching me.

The Chupacabra had stepped back from me, but by the determined grin on his face I didn’t think he was ready to give up yet. He circled around me, and I turned with him, stepping carefully to keep from slipping in the mud.

“This is stupid,” I said, reasoning with the animal. “We should both go our separate ways, and you can go back to eating … well, I think you mostly eat the Kalanoro and birds.”

Apparently growing tired of my attempts at talking, the Chupacabra snarled and jumped at me again. I dodged out of the way, but he kicked off of the tree behind and instantly dove at me. I didn’t move quick enough this time, and he knocked me to the ground.

Fortunately, I fell on my back, with one of his feet pinning me and his claws digging into my shoulder. I put one hand around his long, slender throat, barely managing to hold him back as he gnashed his teeth.

With one of my arms pinned, he was too strong for me, and I wouldn’t be able to throw him off. As his thick saliva dripped down onto me, I knew there was only one thing I could do if I wanted to survive.

I drove my sword up through his breastbone, using all my might. He howled in pain, but only for a second, before falling silent and slumping forward onto me. I crawled out from underneath him, now covered in mud and his thick green blood, along with my own fresh red blood springing from the wounds on my bare arms and shoulder.

In the mouth of the cave across from me, two dozen or so beady little green eyes glowed. The Kalanoro were crouched down, watching me. So much for the element of surprise.

My hair had come free from the braid I’d been wearing, and it stuck to my forehead. I reached up to brush it back, and the Kalanoro let out a squawk of surprise, and one darted off into the woods.

That’s when I realized the Kalanoro were afraid of me. I glanced over at the Chupacabra—the Kalanoro’s number-one predator, and I had left it dead and bleeding into the stream. They were right to fear me.

I tested my new hypothesis and stepped closer to the mouth of the cave, and the Kalanoro screeched and scattered. Most of them ran into the woods, but a few went deeper into the cave. My fight with the Chupacabra had left them far more skittish than I had anticipated, and I doubted that I would need my sword for them, so I sheathed Sigrún.

I unhooked my asp baton from my hip and pulled my flashlight out from my gear bag. I took a deep breath and walked toward the cave, hoping that this wasn’t a trap where they would all pounce and devour me the second I stepped inside.

As I walked into the cave, I heard them chittering and scurrying, but it reminded me more of a rat infestation than man-eating primates. Once my eyes had adjusted to the darkness, I shone the flashlight around the narrow cavern. The beam of light flashed on a few pairs of eyes, but they quickly disappeared into the darkness.

The entrance of the cave stood well over eight feet, but as I walked, the ceiling height dropped considerably. Very soon I had to crouch down to venture farther.

The ground was slick with Kalanoro droppings and bat guano, and it smelled like a musty cellar that doubled as a litter box. Tiny bones of partially digested meals crunched underneath the heavy soles of my boots.

My flashlight glinted on something, and I crouched down to inspect it. It was an old pocket watch, the face broken and the gears rusted, but it had once definitely belonged to a human. Near the watch was another trinket—an old walkie-talkie.

That’s when I realized it was a trail of treasures, piling up more as I went deeper into the cave. Old car parts, a titanium hip replacement, and even what appeared to be a wedding band. The Kalanoro apparently loved hoarding shiny things.

On the ground a few feet ahead of me, I spotted something particularly sparkly. It looked like stars, shimmering and glowing from a puddle on the floor. By now I had to crawl on my knees, since the ceiling was so low.

As I reached for those stars, a Kalanoro leapt out from the darkness. Its rows of teeth dug painfully into my right arm, and I beat it back with my asp baton. It took three hits before it finally let go and ran off screaming.

I grabbed at the stars, picking up a satiny fabric. The way it glimmered, it looked exactly like the night sky, and I now understood what Odin meant by looking “like the heavens.” This had to be the Valhallan cloak. I hurriedly shoved it into my gear bag. The Kalanoro couldn’t be happy about me stealing their treasure, so I had to get out fast.

I raced out of the cave and gulped down the fresh air. Around me, the trees had changed their tune, from the normal song of the jungle to something far more shrill and angry. I could hear the Kalanoro growling and screeching at each other, sounding like high-pitched howler monkeys. They were enraged, and they were chasing after me.

It was a ten-kilometer hike downhill, through thick forests, to the nearest village. There I would be able to clean up and catch the hyperbus back to Caana City. Back to meet Odin. The Kalanoro were now alerting the entire jungle to my presence, and even as I hurried ahead, deftly moving through the trees, I could hear them following me.

I ran down the hill, skittering through the mud and branches, swatting back giant bugs and the occasional surprised snake. My legs ached and my lungs burned but I pressed on, running as fast as I could. I had to make it to the town before dark, because I doubted the Kalanoro would let me out alive.

 

 

My Thoughts:

I was super impressed by the world that Hocking cont. to expand in this series. I loved the various myths we were introduced to. I loved how we experiences both the “normal” world and also the supernatural world in this book. It was a super fast pace read. I was never super invested in the main romance but I really love Ash IN general. I also loved the supporting characters and their expanded role in book two. I would highly rec. reading these two books back to back because book 1 and book 2 are two parts of the same story. I grew to enjoy the lead throughout this series and she reminds me alot of faith from buffy and her morality choices. I would def read more by this author in the future. The highlights of this book is the world building and the supporting characters and the fast pace adventure. The parts I struggled with at points was the romance but I still really enjoyed this read.

Giveaway!!

May the odds be in your favor!!

 

 

Everland: Non-Spoiler Review

Everland  by Wendy Spinale

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Published by Scholastic Press on May 10, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Retelling

Pages: 312

Format: Hardback

Source: owl crate

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Challenge: Beat the Backlist Challenge

Summary!

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.
Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

 

My Brief Thoughts:

This was a beyond good book. It is 4.5 stars for me. I really loved the world and the the characters were so engaging and such a fast pace read. I loved the twist on neveland and it was so cool. I really enjoyed the duel POV we got and was invested in both sides of the story. I just loved how twisted this story became and all the tieback and connections to the orginal story. I loved the cast of characters and also how the book still addressed historical issues but also brought urban fantasy elements as well. I think the setting of this book was so strong and so well crafted as well. I really loved this story and can’t wait for the sequel.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really enjoyed all the characters in this retelling. I found all the characters to be so well drawn and also so well connected back to their “base” character. I just loved the individual POV characters but also the ensemble of characters overall. I really wanted to spend longer with these characters. The characters def. captured my heart and I will be re reading

World Building: I adored this world so much and though that it was such a fun mix between both a historical version of London and also never never land. The way this world was crafted made it so easy to see in in my own head. I really loved how this author crafted this world. I am so excited to see the next world she builds in the next two books in this series.

Pace: This book was so fast pace from page one. I thought as retelling as well it still kept the anxiety and I had a super hard time predicting this novel.

Will I read book 2????? For sure! I currently in the middle of book 2!

 

 

 

 

W.I.T.C.H.: The Graphic Novel, Part I. The Twelve Portals, Vol. 3

W.I.T.C.H.: The Graphic Novel, Part I. The Twelve Portals, Vol. 3  by Disney

Published by JY on October 31, 2017

Genres: Graphic Novel, Fantasy

Pages: 256

Format: Paper back

Source: Library

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The final confrontation is at hand, and the girls must find a way to take down the evil Prince Phobos and reclaim the crown of Meridian! Who will emerge victorious in the showdown between light and darkness??

My Thoughts:

I really loved the conclusion to this part of the series. It was super hard to put down this collection. I loved how the dynamics between the girls changed and also how the relationship between the girls and Elyon changed in this collection. The art work in this collection is simply stunning. I really loved the focus on female friendships and also the dymnacis of their power it was such a fun read and really hard to put down the collection. I will def.be cont. with this series eventually.

The Lighting Thief: Non-Spoiler Review

The Lighting Thief  by Rick Riordan

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Published by  Disney Hyperion; 1st edition on May 2, 2009

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 396

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.

 

My Thoughts:

I have not read this book in so long. I really loved returning to this world as a audiobook. I really loved the narrator in this series and will def re-listen to the whole series. I love Percy as a hero so much. I also loved the trio of characters that became the heros in this book. I really loved how the author was able to use so much real myths to craft this story. It was such engaging read and super hard to put down. If you like books like harry potter then you should def add it to my Tbr!!