Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb Non-Spoiler Review

Assassin’s Apprentice  by Robin Hobb

Unknown

Published by  Spectra November 5, 2002

Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Format: paper back

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: N/a

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill—and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

 

My Thoughts:

This book is definitely a slow burn. It focuses more on character development. Not a whole lot of action happens in this book. It follows the protagonist Fitz from a very young age to around his teen years. It focuses on him learning how to be a an assassin and his relationships. I liked Fitz and wanted to see what happened to him on his journey, so I didn’t mind the slower pace. I liked meeting the other people in the novel as well. The way they interacted with Fitz and affected his views. I liked how mysterious the Fool is in the book as well. Hopefully more will be revealed in the next books. The writing style draws you in as well. I thought seeing the world through Fitz’s eyes while growing up was a good world building technique. There wasn’t ay info dumps. I really liked this book and would recommend to people who don’t mind a slower read.I hope to read book two soon to see what is in store for Fitz next.
Advertisements

We come Apart: Non-Spoiler Review

Letters to the lost by Brigid Camera

Reviewed by Sarah!

9781408878873

Published by  Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition on June 13, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: N/A

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship slowly blossoms into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and their hope and dreams of a better future. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

This illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve finished.

 

My Thoughts:

This book is written in verse so was pretty quick to get through. It showed how people who are different are treated. Both of the protagonists have bad backgrounds. One comes from violence and the other is trying to deal with a traditional family and tying to fit in with people only seeing an immigrant . I thought this book was very well done. It has alternating points of view. Niccu’s sections of the story are written they way he would say them. He is an immigrant who is still learning english. His sections are stilted and the english is out of order sometimes. He doesn’t quite get english slang correct either. His sections took awhile to get used to reading. Once I did , I was able to read his sections just as easily as Jess’. This was a quick read because it was in verse and a lot of pages didn’t have that many words on it. I felt it was still a hard hitting, emotional novel about dealing with issues of abuse and prejudice. I thought it was a good read and liked hearing from both POV’s I would recommend. I would say there ae trigger warnings in this book

Sarah July TBR!!

So here is Sarah Slightly delayed TBR! I have not read these books and very excited to see  Sarah Thoughts on these books! These are some of the books she hopes to read this month!

Girls Burn Brighter  by Shah Rao
Unknown-2.jpeg

The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

41iMlZCmSlL._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

The Tattooist of Auschwitz  by  Heather Morris

35523006._SR1200,630_.jpg
Let us know in the comments what book you are most excited about to see sarah thoughts on!
later book lovers!

The Women in the Window: Non-Spoiler Review

The Women in the Window by A.J. Finn

reviewed by Sarah!!

Unknown-10

Published by   William Morrow on January 2, 2018

Genres: Adult, Thriller

Pages: 449

Format: hardback

Source: Persoanlly Bought

2018 challenge: N/A

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

 Sarah’s Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this book. The writing style was engaging and I liked reading about Anna Fox( the main character and only POV). She wasn’t always likable and made some poor decisions , but that just made her more realistic. There was a slow start, that took awhile to pick up, about 120 pages. I did see most of the twists before they happened. One of the major twists, I had figured out about fifty pages in. Overall that did not take away from my enjoyment of reading this book.  I would recommend this book to anyone who like to read a good psychological thriller.

 

Sarah’s June TBR!!

So here are some of the books that Sarah hopes to tackle this month!

1.   #murdertrending    by Gretchen McNeil

Unknown.png
2       Girl Made of Stars   by Ashley Herring Blake

Unknown-3.jpeg

3       13 Minutes    by sarah Pinborough

Unknown-9.jpeg

Tell us in the comments what book you want Sarah to review first!!!

later book lovers!

Sarah April TBR take 2!

So the past month Sarah went on a pretty epic Kid rock cruise but she feel super behind on her reading (we forgive you sarah!!) So she is going to attempt her April TBR again and added some more books!

1   Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Unknown-6.jpeg

2   Jamaica Inn By Daphne DuMaurier

Unknown-7.jpeg

3   Archived   By Victoria Schwab

Unknown-8.jpeg

4. A festive of ghosts (She is then going to let me borrow it so I am super excited)

Unknown-8.jpeg

 I hope you are excited to hear sarah’s thoughts come this June!!
Later book lovers!!!

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

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

Unknown-7.jpeg

Published by  Tor.com on April 5, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 174

Format: Hard Back

Source: Physical Copy

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, goodreads

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.

 

Paper girls Volume 1 and 2: Non-Spoiler Review

 

Paper girls Volume 1 and 2  by Brian Vaughan

reviewed by Sarah

Unknown-10.jpeg

Published by Image Comics on April 5, 2016)

Genres: graphic novels

Pages: 144 pages

Format:  Physical book

Source: Personally bought

Amazon   goodreads   barnes and noble

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

Book 1

From Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artist of WONDER WOMAN, comes the first volume of an all-new ongoing adventure.

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

Book 2:

Spoilers are a foot!!!!!!

 

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a fun read. It’ s set in the 80’s which is when I was a kid and it brought  some nostalgia with the some of the references. It definitely has left me more questions than answers on what the heck is going on. It has time travel, monsters, robots, and possibly aliens. it was fun to see an all girl cast of characters kicking butt. I have herd mixed things about this graphic novel, some people not liking how up in the air everything is , but that just makes want read more to see if the answers will be reveled later. I really enjoyed the story and can’t wait to read the next volumes to see where the girls go next.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol 1 : Non Spoiler Review

 

My Favorite Thing is Monsters  by Emil Ferris

Reviewed by Sarah!!

Unknown-9.jpeg

Published by  Fantagraphics  on February 14, 2017

Genres: Graphic Novel

Pages: 386 pages

Format: Graphic Novel

Source: Physically Bought

Amazon   goodreads   barnes and noble

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

In this debut, which takes the form of a fictional graphic diary, a 10-year-old girl tries to solve a murder.

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Full-color illustrations throughout.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the storyline and the artwork was beautiful. It had a lot of different elements in it. Karen the main character is trying to solve the apparent suicide, which she thinks is a murder, of her upstairs neighbor, who was a holocaust survivor. We see a lot of the neighbor’s back story as Karen tries to figure out how she died. While this is going on she is also dealing with her relationships with her family and friends and figuring out her place in it all.
I will say that it is very dark and has a lot of violence and sexually explicit scenes. It is definitely meant for adults. I really enjoyed it, and I am looking forward to the Second book coming out this year. I gave it fours stars.

 

Sarah April TBR!!!!!!!

So here are some of the books that Sarah hopes to read this April!!! Some of these are even on my TBR!!! I am so excited to hear her thoughts on these books!

1   Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Unknown-6.jpeg

2   Jamaica Inn By Daphne DuMaurier

Unknown-7.jpeg

3   Archived   By Victoria Schwab

Unknown-8.jpeg

 I hope you are excited to hear sarah’s thoughts come this may!!
Later book lovers!!!