Hello everyone, today I will be reviewing Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne! I hope you enjoy this review!
Release date: November 7, 2017
Hardcover page count: 4000
My rating: 5/5 stars
In the magical-less world of Rosemarked, healer Zivah falls plague to the deadly Rose plague, leaving her with only years to live and isolating her from society. At the same time, solider Dineas finally escapes from the clutches of the Amparan Empire with a renewed passion to free his tribe from its rule before it is too late. Trust together with nothing left to lose, Zivah and Dineas must complete a deadly mission to spy on the capital so they can fulfill their wishes and save their loved ones from dying by the hands of an enemy kingdom filled with secrets and risk.
This book had so many amazing aspects, for one: the research. If you ever want to read a book that an author clearly puts a lot of effort into, this book is definitely on for you. I loved how Blackburne found a way to put descriptive detail into everything without making it seem like too much. From the descriptions of various tribes to herbal remedies and military campaigns, when I was reading this book I didn’t feel like I was reading, but I was living. So many books these days have half-baked ideas and cheap attempts at descriptions and Blackburne definitely blew those books all out of the water with the amount of research that she put into this which leads me to the next fabulous thing about this book; the plot.
Wow, was this a story to remember. Based in a world much like the medieval era and filled with walled cities and suffering villages, it was both a refreshing fictional world and clear of any sort of magic. I really enjoyed this because so many books written in this sort of setting are often not without magic and while Rosemarked doesn’t have a hint of it, it is still immersive and capitating, leaving me glued to each word. This sort of uniqueness was clear throughout the plot as characters that are often in love with each other aren’t, leaving room for character development. Not only could these characters be clear of these tropes, but it makes it so every move that they make is a surprise. I loved this plot for this very reason. So many books are set with clear and straight-forwards story lines while this one was able to navigate its world of disease and corrupt military in a new way. When I first began to read this book, I was sure of what way the story will originally take me and boy was I wrong.
I would recommend this book for fans of The Queens Thief because of the similarity to its world. Fantasy lovers will also love this book because of its well written and immersive storytelling and world building. If you are looking for characters that grow off of typical YA tropes and defy your expectation with every word, you will not be let down. I think that it is safe to say that I am more that excited for the next book in this series.
I hope that you enjoyed this review! Let me know down in the comments if there are any books that you would like me to review.
Until next time,
Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier. I received this uncorrected proof from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I hope you enjoy!
Release date: January 23, 2018
Hardcover page count: 256
My rating: 4/5 stars
In the Last Girl on Earth, Li is the last human on Earth after an alien race hijacked the planet and destroyed all human life. Saved by the man she now calls father, Li lives undercover among the Abdoloreans (who look identical to humans besides the gills on their necks) as she struggles to keep up with their heightened abilities and intellect. But when a new boy comes into her life, she begins to wonder if she should continue to hide or if she should try to save what is left of the human race before it is gone for good.
This book was a good quick read. If you are looking for a light after work read or something to enjoy on a car ride, you would definitely enjoy this book. One thing that contributed to this was the plot. Quick and easy to understand, it flowed well as the story went on, keeping me hooked on the story and immersed in what was going on. Though it was predictable at times, I still wanted to keep going through and to find out what happens next in Li’s story.
Another great aspect of this book was the setting. Beautiful and well developed, the world was something that made the story that much more interesting. I loved how the author continued to add little tidbits about the world throughout the story; such as the other planets that one could explore, or the various technologies and information that they hold to be standard knowledge. For regular novels, information like this would be dismissed as unimportant but in this book, it only helped to build the story and make it even better. Another thing that I enjoyed was the descriptions of the alien race. Not quite the same as the extra information, some of the background information on the aliens actually seemed to be something that could become a major role in the next book. Discussions of their cruelty to other races and random “peacekeeping” attacks are things that we learn about more and more as the main character does so, something that actually changes the reader’s along with the main character’s opinion of them as the book goes on. I really liked this because it felt like the author was giving the reader mini sneak peaks into the next book.
Finally, though some of the characters did seem like your stereotypical characters for a novel like this and were the most predictable part of the story, they still had some enjoyable aspects about them. The main character’s “sister” for example was one of these characters as she continued to surprise me as the book went on. Most of the time, it felt as though these side characters were some of the most developed in the book.
Overall, I would recommend this book to someone looking for a quick read that while being pretty predictable, is enjoyable and immersive. Despite being a near opposite and a different genre, I would recommend this book to fans of Geekerella, another book that I felt was predictable I ended up enjoying. In the end, just because some books are predictable and bad, there are still some that are predictable and end up being great and enjoyable books.
I hope that you enjoyed this review! I actually read this book pretty quickly (in about two days w/limited time) and I had a pretty good time doing so. Do you have any recommendations for other quick-read books like this? If so, comment down below and let me know!
Until next time!
Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. A fabulous pairing between seasoned author Lindsay Cummings and debut author Sasha Alsberg, I would not hesitate to call this one of my favorite books of the year (even if it has hardly begun). I hope you enjoy this review!
Release date: January 16, 2018
Hardcover page count: 512
My rating: 5/5 stars
Androma Racella, also known as the Bloody Baroness, is one of the most feared mercenaries in the Mirabel Galaxy. But when a routine mission goes awry, her and her ship’s all-girl crew are put to the test. Paired with a ruthless bounty hunter from her past, they must complete a dangerous mission or face being locked up for good. Yet as they embark on this journey, across the galaxy toils the queen of Xen Ptera who will stop at nothing to exact revenge to those who have destroyed her people.
This book can easily be one of my favorite of 2018, and the year has barely begun. So many aspects of this story influenced my decision of this so I would first like to begin with the characters. While you begin the book feeling like several characters are just straight and one dimensional, there is so much growth and character development all through the book. Andi is not your typical statistical badass, Dex is not your typical bounty hunter, the queen seeking revenge does not do so without an understandable cause, and the loyal piolet Lira doesn’t just follow orders. I loved that the authors took these characters and made them into something new. Not only did this enhance the story, but it made reading it so much more fun because you never knew when someone will do something or something will happen.
Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the plot. Starting out as Six of Crows but in space, it changed from what I thought would be a copy of another tale into something much better. Plot twists paired with the revelation of information added to this as the authors purposely hid origin stories and dispersed them throughout the book, giving them to us bit by bit as we learn more about our characters. During several parts of this book, I constantly found my mind wandering towards where I though the plot would go or towards what I thought would happen. Yet almost every time this happened, I was proven wrong. I loved this aspect of Zenith, because the authors were always giving you the unexpected.
Lastly, the universe that it was set in was also amazing. Filled with galaxies and planets filled with alien worlds and beautiful technology, the authors succeeded so well in their world building. I loved how everything felt so complete as the authors made sure that every fact was backed up with more as they created religious and characteristics for each of the people’s discussed. They stuck away from our regular images of beauty as each race has different skin tones, attributes, and quirks, creating a truly diverse world. For example, Andi is riddled with metal implants across her body and barely hidden, something that so many would find ugly; yet in Zenith she is called beautiful.
The only thing that I did not like about this book was the romance. At times annoying and making me want to skip over, it felt a bit overdone. Then again, that might just be because I am not the biggest fan of romance in books unless it is really well done. But, if you don’t mind a little romance, this book is perfect for you.
Overall, I would recommended this book to sci-fi and fantasy lovers alike as this book includes everything from magic to high-speed space travel. Fans of books like Six of Crows and Nevernight will enjoy this book. I would not recommend this to younger readers because of violence and light references to sex. Still, this is a book that many could enjoy and I highly recommend it.
I hope that you enjoyed this review! I had such a great time reading this book and I hope that you all do too. Let me know in the comments if there are any other books that you would like me to review!
Until next time!
Original Review posted on: http://teenreaderscouncil.blogspot.com/2018/01/review-zenith.html
When the fate of the world is at stake
Hello everyone! To celebrate the release of Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking on January 2, 2018, I will be participating in a several day long blog tour. I hope you enjoy and of course, don't forget to check out some of the other blogs on this tour! Now lets begin!
Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.
As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.
Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.
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Author Website: http://www.worldofamandahocking.com/
In the new Norse-mythology inspired novel by author Amanda Hocking; Malin, one of the Valkyries of Odin, is tasked with returning immortals to the underworld. But when a strange man knocks on her door bearing a secret that could change her world, Malin must team up with him, her best friend, and her ex-girlfriend to get revenge and save the world.
I loved the world that the author created in this book. Dark and atmospheric, I really felt immersed as I read it. The author uses her knowledge of Norse mythology to the maximum as she beautifully blends the myths with our world, resulting in unique characters, beautiful settings and cool technologies. As I went through Malin’s story, I could feel the thick grunginess in the air as she describes the city-states, over population and pollution that riddle the world.
Along with having a great world to set her tale, she also has created characters to fill it with. Each with their own unique personas and back stories, they all feel real and fleshed out throughout the novel. Malin’s mother for example is far from the regular loving mother that most readers see in YA. She is badass yet socially strange as she lacks the ability to say simple words such as ‘I love you’. I like how unlike the usual one-dimensional mothers that are present in YA, she felt well developed and real. Another thing that I enjoyed were the LGBT characters that frequented the novel. The main character, Malin, for example is one of these characters. I really appreciated that the author wrote her as an LGBT character because LGBT main characters in fantasy novels are so rare that something like this is refreshing to see. The author did not at all write Malin as an LGBT character just to be able to cross it off her list, but to make it a genuine aspect of her personality that flows well with the rest of the book.
And of course, no book is complete without a good plot which this book had plenty of. I loved all the twists and turns that the author wrote throughout the book. What I expected to go one way proved me wrong as the author sent me on a thrill ride littered with little fun tidbits to keep me entertained.
I would recommend this book for mythological adaptation lovers looking for a refreshing take on of tales. Some younger readers might not enjoy because of mature scenes and languages, violence, and drugs. If you are hoping to get immersed into an entertaining word, this book is for you.
Hello everyone, today I will be reviewing the Cruel Prince by Holly Black!
Release date: January 2, 2018
Hardcover page count: 384
My rating: 4/5
The Cruel Prince tells the story of Jude, a young girl whose parents were murdered while her and her two sisters were whisked away to the High Court of Faerie. Yet despite of this, Jude still wants nothing more than to fit in this mysterious new world. But many of the Fey despise humans, and none more than prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest prince. To prove her place among the Fey, Jude must defy him and prove her worth all while navigating through royal conspiracies and a kingdom soon at civil war.
When I first began this book, I thought it was slow and wanted to put it down. Various aspects seemed over played and I just couldn't stand it. But boy was I wrong. Both the characters and the plot develops so much during the course of this book and it was for the better. The book ends in a way that you don’t at all expect it to end, and frankly the title does this book wrong.
This book is such a great example of showing instead of telling. Everything had great detail and many layers, at times you think one thing would happen when something else entirely is going on. Several YA cliques are at play in this book, yet the author finds a way to dismiss them and twist them in new ways. I loved the way that Mrs. Black wove in the magic of this world with our world to give a depth to things that we might not have previously thought about. Many fey books often dismiss many things about the real world, yet she does not shy away from the aspect of it.
Power is a big theme in this book. Jude who is a seemingly weak human who can be easily manipulated changes her position quickly, something not so easily done in a book with magic like this. It is breathtaking because in many books with magic, you wither have power or you don't, something which Jude has seemed to over come.
The only reason why I am not giving this book a 5/5 rating is because of the slow beginning but it changes so much over the course of the book that soon the beginning seems obsolete. Of course, there are some annoying bits throughout the book but they can easily be dismissed. I can not get this book out of my head and the more I think about it, the more I love it. Don't hurt yourself by putting this book down because you will not be disappointed.
If you are looking for a magical tale of political intrigue filled with great characters and an ever changing plot, you won’t be let down with this book. If you can last through a slow beginning, you will be happy that you stuck with it. I would recommend this book for older readers because of a few scenes of violence. I can’t wait for book two!
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! Hopefully if you are bothered by the beginning, you can learn to love it as I have. Let me know in the comments if there are any books that you would like me to check out and review.
Until next time,
Original review posted here: http://teenreaderscouncil.blogspot.com/2018/01/review-cruel-prince.html
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