ARC Review: Haven (Chronicles of Warshard #1)

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Princess Haven was never meant to be Queen.

Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.

With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home.

As Kadia’s obsession with Haven mounts, little time remains, and Haven must make a choice; join together with her fellow Royals, and test her immortality in a final stand against the evil Queen, or flee across the sea to a foreign republic in hopes of salvation. Both choices have a cost. Both plans could go awry. Haven must decide quickly, or she might be the only one left.

Review

I found the story pleasing enough, Haven had some good qualities. She was a good role model to her countrywomen. She showed them they did not have a weak Queen. But she was often selfish and I found the love interests annoying more than anything.

Kadia was a great character, off her rocker but a great character and gave the story more depth. I wish got to more a little more about  her though.

The story felt a little dragged out, but had a lot of interesting plot points.

Havens power was interesting but confusing, she is meant to be immortal but there was a few points where it was indicated that she would die of old age. I think the author has gotten confused between invinceable and immortal.

I do not think I will be reading the next book in the series.

It was a sweet interesting book and worth it if you like fantasy books espeically ones based on war.

3 out of 5 stars

Review: Eagle Strike (Alex Rider #4)

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Sir Damian Cray is a philanthropist, peace activist, and the world’s most famous pop star. But still it’s not enough. He needs more if he is to save the world. Trouble is, only Alex Rider recognizes that it’s the world that needs saving from Sir Damian Cray. Underneath the luster of glamour and fame lies a twisted mind, ready to sacrifice the world for his beliefs. But in the past, Alex has always had the backing of the government. This time, he’s on his own. Can one teenager convince the world that the most popular man on earth is a madman bent on destruction-before time runs out?

I really like this series yet this one was the best yet. It was full of action from the beginning, it was the best start in my opinion. Not sure how Alex is still 14, 4 books in, and it seems like only a few months have gone by, the timeline doesn’t seem great, but still a fabulous book.

Alex has a great way of working through problems, and I like how people still underestimate him, you think by now people wouldn’t. Yassen seems to be the only one who sees his true worth.

The story is always new and exciting, I am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next in the next one.

4 out of 5 stars

Black Ice reread reviwe

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Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

“Rife with psychological twists exploring themes of revenge, misogyny, and familial duty” (Publishers Weekly), Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

Review

I liked this book, but there was some parts that were just way over the top and I wanted to shout “What was she thinking?”.
The overall story was good. It was full of suspense and action. It left me wondering who was the bad guy. I did guess correctly but I wasn’t 100% sure. The interaction between Korbie and Britt was strange, they were supposed best friends, but all they did was keep secrets and try to get one over on each other.
Calvin seemed like the nice boy next door at the start but as the book went on, it was revealed he was a jackass. I don’t understand why she put up with it. I know she was only seventeen but come-on.
There was a little too much “I am attracted the guy who kidnapped me” going on for my liking.

But all in all it was a good story. I would recommend it to my friends.

Four out of five stars.

Reread notes

Korbie was a horrible friend, why would Britt put up with her, she seemed to let people walk over her. The growth in Britt was good but far too fast. I would have liked a little more from Mason, I think we could have found out more about what happened to his sister. And more on what happened to Calvin at the end.

I did enjoy the reread I didn’t remember it all so it wasn’t too spoiled.

Still 4 out of 5 stars

Reread Review: An Average Curse

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Flynn Hawthorn is tired of disappointing her mother. Being born “the child of prophecy” is an unwanted burden, but the worst part is that she will never be able to fulfill her destiny without the magick of her ancestors. In a land filled with magick, Flynn is cursed to live her life as a Watcher—born into power, but unable to wield it.

As the ninth daughter of the ninth daughter it is Flynn’s birthright to inherit the wand of the High Priestess, reunite the damaged halves of the Book of Shadow and Light, and return balance to her world.

Dark forces oppose her purpose and as the threat from the Shadow Coven of Southeil touches her shores for the first time in generations, Flynn and her best friend Hazel are the only ones who believe something is wrong.

Flynn wants to impress her mother and solve the problem on her own, but if she fails, her people will be enslaved by dark magick and the Shadow Witch will destroy the Book of Light—forever.

Original review

I really liked the world this story was set in, it was different, well set up and easy to follow. The characters were fun an inviting. I loved the way magic worked in this world I always wanted to know more, no matter how much was revealed.

Flynn was a great main character, she knew of magic but she was still learning, so it had a great mix of learning with the main character and the character thinking about what they knew. The friendships were a main part of plot and there was a mix of good relationships and ones that are not so great.

There was some good plot twists which kept me guessing and I am looking forward to seeing what is going to happen next in the second book in the series.

There were a few parts that didn’t make sense, but it has been updated since I read it, I didn’t have time to reread it so maybe they were sorted but not sure.

New thoughts

Flynn and Hazel are young I know but they really do not think about the consequences. Hazel is meant to be quite smart but some of the things she does is silly. I still really enjoyed this book, great for younger readers, it’s full od depth and fun. Older readers like myself might probe too much.

4 out of 5 stars

Review: The White Rose

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Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

I have no clue as to where to start with this review. This book was even better than the first. It was so much more than I expected. So much drama, new characters and new challenges. I always worry about books like this, ones that have a set pattern like this, divergent, hunger games and when that pattern is broken sometimes the books are no where as good, not only did this break that mould it surpassed the first book.

Violet is a great main character, she is selfless yet selfish at the same time, which must have been very hard to convey but works exceedingly well.

Ash doesn’t really have much of a personality in my opinion, I am hoping for more from him in the next one though. Lucien is much more of a character in this one and I love it, we find out so much more about him. Actually we find out so much more about lots of stuff, no details, you have to read it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

I really cannot wait to read the next one, hence I am going to stop writing now and go read it.

5 out of 5 stars

ARC Review: Between Two Fires

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Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales’ last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King. But the fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen becomes the target of assassination attempts and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan, her world threatens to tear itself apart.

Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book had a great premise, it should have been full of history, it should have been a great book that left the reader wanting more. Sadly it did not deliver. If this had not been a review book and I was reading it for a challenge I wouldn’t have gotten past the first two chapters.

I know there is a lot of sexism in history but this was just too much to handle.Also the whole ugly girl gets all the guys, 4 kings and prince oh and a few other guys thrown in. Then suddenly she is pretty.Suddenly she has guts to do what is needed.

The story dragged, it went from one boring poorly written skirmish to the next, with very little in between. The parts that should have been good, the history, the politics, the battles all lacked oomph.  I do not know enough about the history of this period in Wales to say whether it is true or not, but I know Lady Branwen didn’t exist. (If google is telling the truth).

There was no description at all of the countryside, Wales is a beautiful place, even a little description of the countryside would have been nice, but apart from it being wooded or in doors etc there was nothing.

I really wish I could have liked this more but I was glad when the book finished.

2 out of 5 stars

Review: Throne of Glass

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Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

I really enjoyed this book. Celaena was a great main character. She grew well with the book and I enjoyed how she slowly grew to trust people.

The setting was fantastic, reminded me of The Study series, well the fist book anyway. I loved the challenges, apart from the first one, I felt it was too easy and not creative enough, but once we got to more I soon forgot about it.

The Prince was an enigma, he was a womaniser but wanted a loyal marriage. Just seems very contradictory. He was a good character and liked the very parts which were from his POV.

Chaol was my favourite character. He was smart, funny, a real charmer and was loyal to the end. Even though he had some very had choices to make. I cannot wait to see more of him in the next book.

I am very much looking forward to seeing how things turn out in the next book. I think there is lots of potential and if I wasn’t trying to pace myself to spread the joy of reading a good book I would have picked it up already.

5 out of 5 stars

2017 Treasure Hunt

I am already behind on posting and reading. But a little late, but as promised here is a challenge I am hooping to complete this year. It’s a challenge of my own making so feel free to join in, here or on my goodreads group which I also run it on. https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18401287-treasure-hunt-2017

Round 1- Fantasy Sub-genres
1. Steampunk
2. Historical
3. Magic
4. Epic/High Fantasy
5. Sci-fi
6. Time Travel
7. Paranormal
8. Mythology
9. Dystopian
10. Fairytale/ retelling

Round 2- Main setting/ where the book starts
1. Prison
2. School
3. Castle/ Palace
4. Forest
5. Desert
6. On the road (Long Journey)
7. On the streets (someone living on them)
8. Orphanage
9. Space/ Other Planet
10. Assylum

Round 3 – Words in Title
1. Throne
2. Blood
3. Mirror
4. Storm
5. Game
6. Fire
7. Iron
8. Doctor
9. Lake
10. Dark

Round 4 – Main Cover Colours
1. Blue
2. Pink
3. Purple
4. Orange
5. Red
6. Black
7. Green
8. Yellow
9. White
10. Brown

Round 5 – Creatures
1. Dragons
2. Trolls
3. Goblins
4. Pixies
5. Griffon
6. Djinn/ Genies
7. Cat/ familiar
8. Bats
9. Wolves
10. Serpents

Round 6 – Characters (main or secondary)
1. Vampires
2. Werewolf/ Shapeshifter
3. Banshee
4. Witch/ Wizard
5. Prince/ Princess
6. Merpeople
7. Succubus/ Incubus/ Siren
8. Angel
9. Pirate
10. Giant

Round 7 – Themes
1. Spies
2. Assassins
3. Uprisings
4. Poisons
5. Romance
6. Prophecy
7. Secret Heir to the throne
8. Kidnapping
9. Quest
10. Telepathy

Round 8- Objects
1. Horse-drawn Carriage
2. Magic Carpet
3. Volcano
4. Sword
5. Book/ Library
6. Necklace/ Ring
7. Wand
8. Heart
9. Stone
10. Door

Round 9 -Themes Take Two
1. Sibling Rivalry
2. Curse
3. Clones
4. Treason
5. Trials/ Games
6. Someone is not who you think they
7. Someone evil is good/ visa versa
8. Betrayal
9. Death
10. Discovering new worlds

Round 10- Cliches
1. Love Triangle/ Insta-love
2. Evil Monarch/ Ruler
3. Young girl who overcomes all odds
4. Magic School
5. Zombie
6. Wolf Sidekicks
7. Vampire boyfriend
8. I hate you but I love you
9. Main character special in every way
10. Evil step parent

Round 11 – Words in Title Take Two
1. Hollow
2. Stars
3. Night
4. Thief
5. King
6. House
7. Crow
8. Changeling
9. Lost
10. Great

Round 12- Authors (feel free to change any you really don’t like).
1. Maria V Snyder
2. Neil Gaiman
3. Brandon Sanderson
4. Terry Pratchett
5. Anne Rice
6. A favourite author of yours
7. A new to you author
8. A 2017 debut author
9. An author you are unsure about and trying again
10. Any book you wish.

Bad Bad Blogger- New Years Resolutions

I have been very very very lax in posting lately, although I have read quite a few books. I am making a commitment to improve next year. I am hopefully planning a post everyday, no matter how small it is. Even if it’s an update on what I am currently reading or any books that have caught my eye.

I have about 20 book reviews to catch up on, hopefully I will get them all written at the beginning of next year. I also plan to do a fantasy challenge of my own making which I will post on the 1st of January. This challenge includes 120 books of differing subgenres of fantasy.

The last 3 weeks I have not even really been reading and finding myself missing it. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things soon.

What bookish new years resolutions do you have?

Happy reading

Emma

Review: Three Dark Crowns

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Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

I have seen a lot of reviews about this book, most seem to have struggled with the first 80% of this book. As did I. It has such a great premise I cannot help but get drawn in. But the story falls a little flat, there isn’t too much to it and it’s easy to put down and not want to pick up again. Since each of the queens had their own POV and they each had similar people in their lives it was quite easy to get mixed up at times. Especially between Luke and Luca, although Luca is female, I felt her character was very interchangeable with Luke’s.

I felt like we did not get to know enough about the island and the mainland, there were a few references, but I often felt like I only knew half the story, half the history that I should have to make sense of it.

I also thought that the first book would cover the whole fight to the death but it barely scratched the surface. I am hoping the next book in the series will be much quicker paced and full of action.

The last 20% was amazing, if the whole book was the same pace, it would have been one of the best books I have ever read. If the last part had not been so good I am not sure I would ahve even given it 3 stars, but as it is, I gave it 4.

I do recommend this book, it does have it’s good points and hopefully the series will pick up.

4 out of 5 stars

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