Warrior of the Wild: Review

Hardcover, 336 Pages

Published February 26th 2019

Published by: Feiwel & Friends

ISBN: 9781250189943

Indigo Price: $23.50 Buy it Now


How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43446574-warrior-of-the-wild

Warrior of the Wild is an exciting battle from beginning to end, it takes inspiration from the Vikings and does an exquisite job telling a meaningful story.

Warning: Minor Spoilers Ahead!

Characters:

Rasmira – When will we have enough of badass female characters? NEVER! Add Rasmira to my list of awesome warrior females! First off I really like the way Rasmira thinks. She wants to be a warrior but she also wants to be okay with being cared for as a woman and honestly why is this not okay? I’m also very happy that Tricia doesn’t focus on Rasmira’s looks as a character but more on her personality. I felt she was a well fleshed out character and should this have been a series I would have gladly read it for her alone! Rasmira faces many challenges but she overcomes them by using her quick wit and warrior instincts.

Soren – Soren might be my least favorite character. While I liked him with Rasmira I really did not enjoy his personality. I found Soren to be cocky and a little too sure of himself. Their romance also felt too rushed. It felt like your the only girl so we should be together. Soren was still a good character overall there were some small things that irritated me to no end.

Iric – Iric has his head on much straighter than Soren and has a boy waiting for him back in his village. I loved that Iric did not take instantly to Rasmira and it took some much needed effort on her part to quell the distance between them. Iric is a smithy and that was fun to read about because we got some interesting things out of it.

Setting:

We actually have no idea what world we are in so I can’t say much for that. What we do know is that there are many different villages and each specializes in different things. We mostly got to explore the wilds and the many strange and dangerous creatures that live there. I feel the setting was solid for the length of the book we got enough information that I wasn’t craving more. The world building and mythology of the world was well explained and I could definitely visualize the wild and the horrific creatures in the book. I read the creature descriptions to my husband and he even shivered. The GUNDA is the stuff of nightmares!

Plot:

So we already know from the synopsis kind of what’s happening in the story. Rasmira is the daughter of the village leader, she is 1 of 6 daughters and the youngest. When she is old enough to chose her skill she decides to be come a warrior instead of a Jeweler like her sisters. Her father pays more attention to her now and swears to make her his heir. When it comes time for her trial she is tricked by a bunch of bullies and for that reason gets banished to the wild. Rasmira’s task to become worthy to once again return to the village is to kill a God who torments the villages named Peruxolo. The plot was evenly paced and I never felt like it was slow, there was always action and then a nice plot developing dialogue in between. I still cant believe how fast this one flew by!

Author’s Writing Style:

Tricia already stole me with Daughter of the Pirate King, and now she has yet again stolen me. Her writing is so easy to get lost in and understand. She doesn’t complicate things like some authors have and she keeps you interested by keep a nice healthy pace. I can see myself reading all of Tricia’s books simply because her writing style is STUNNING!

Conclusion:

While this review is not crazy detailed I really don’t think it needs to be the conclusion is simple. While this book has some minor flaws it is ABSOLUTELY worth the read! It’s a fun wild ride filled with action, mythical creatures that have never been seen before and a kick ass female lead! Why wouldn’t you read it? 4.5/5 Stars

If you do decide to read this book or you’ve already read it let me know your thoughts down below! Have any recommendations for books with Kick ass female leads? Comment down below!

Book Blogger Insider Tag

It’s Afternoon and the day is going by quite quickly. I wanted to take this Tag and have some fun! The creator of this book tag is Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie

This Tag is supposed to give a little insight into my blog and me! So I hope you enjoy! I was tagged by A Book.A Thought.

Where do you typically write your blog posts? 

I usually write them on my husband’s laptop at home or if Work is EXCRUCIATINGLY slow I will head to my blog and write away! (I’m at work right now writing this!)


  How long does it generally take you to write a book review?  

Maybe an hour? The thoughts are usually fresh in my mind so it’s easy to get everything out. However I am refining that process with every review so I can have more through and comprehensive reviews. I really want to dive into the books and help people understand why they should or shouldn’t read it based on their preferences.


  When did you start your book blog?  

January 29th 2019. So not too long ago. I really wanted to start getting my thoughts out in a more detailed way where everyone could understand what was going on. I also wanted something I could easily format instead of the headache I have with Goodreads formatting.


  What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?  

I don’t think I have a worst thing…at least not yet.


  What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?   

The best thing for me is having people interact with the blog, so I suppose that means you guys! I love when I get comments and likes it really validates what I’m doing and urges me to keep pursuing this dream.


  What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?  

The Priory of the Orange Tree review hands down. I loved that book so much and writing the review for it just got me excited ALL over again!


  What is your favourite type of blog post to write?  

For the time being Reviews, I haven’t really written much else however this month I plan to start some new posts like TBR’s and Wrapup’s


  When do you typically write?   

I write whenever I feel like It. I never really have a set time.


  Do you review every book you read?  

I try to, If I feel the book doesn’t deserve the review then I don’t even bother. But I want to review everything I read that’s in book format


  How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?  

Usually with a cup of tea to keep my mind stimulated and some music, sometimes my cat will sit on my lap but more often than not I’m wrapped ina blanket writing.


  When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?   

I have to write the review ASAP while the information is fresh in my mind or I will lose my thoughts!


  How often do you post?  

As much as possible, I always have ideas for posts and things so I want to post as often as possible!


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Opposite of Always: Review


Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . . 

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40536335-opposite-of-always

Opposite of Always is a funny, witty and wild time traveling ride that will leave you with a valuable life lesson and a warm glow in your heart.

Characters:

Jack – Our main character undergoes some pretty heavy development but then again who wouldn’t when your in a time travel loop. Jack is a pretty loyal friend, but he goes through some fairly difficult situations where he’s forced to make tough decisions. When Jack first meets Kate there is an instant connection. The love takes time to grow, but he feels something is really different about her. Jack is very unsure of himself in the beginning of this book thinking of himself as “almost” getting things. However throughout his time travel loops he learns about himself and becomes a better person in the end. I loved that we got to watch him really evolve over the course of the time loops and eventually be able to understand his choices and actions.

Kate – Our amazing female protagonist described as utterly beautiful. Kate has a sickness, I’m not going to tell you what because that would spoil parts of the story, just know that is something serious. Kate is strong and sassy but she also goes through some drastic changes. Although she isn’t aware of the time travel loops the different actions taken throughout the story really change how things are for her and ever her own character because Jack also brings out the best in her.

Franny – Franny bothered me a little bit. While I understand his situation and the tough things he was going through as Jack’s long time best friend I often found myself wondering how he could so easily give up on his friend after making some mistakes. While he came around on some things I think there was definitely some over reactions on his part. Franny seems like a good guy though and he definitely has a happy tune in the 5th time loop when everything is coming together.

Jillian – The “Almost” Jack’s girlfriend and now best friend girl who’s dating his other best friend. Yeah…that cliche. Okay but really it works for this book like 110 %. It makes the story that much more interesting and without Jillian, Jack would not have meet Kate. Jillian is the mediator and the glue. She’s what keeps the three friends together even when they want to fall apart. She’s sweet and kind and the all around good girl.

Contemporary With a Twist:

Okay this was a really fun contemporary due to the twist in the story! What I was really drawn to in the first place was the Time Travelling element. I like the way it was played out in this story. Jack goes back the first time, confused but willing to try again and though he messes up a ton of times he eventually gets the magical formula that solves all his problems and makes his life and those around him better. I don’t understand why or how the Time travel happened but that’s the point I think in this book. It adds a sense of something magical and makes the story that much better.

Plot:

I’m not gonna lie. The plot isn’t anything revolutionary when it comes to time travelling love stories but that doesn’t make the magic of this book any less. I wanted to keep reading and discovering what was going to happen next. The book was fairly even paced, a little rushed at the end but understandably so since you wouldn’t want to keep reading the same events over and over again. I have to say the beginning blurb kind of lost the element of surprise towards the end of the novel but the over all plot was still fantastic. I think the characters really made this book as the plot wasn’t anything we haven’t seen before in media.

Author’s Writing Style:

Justin A. Reynolds is HILARIOUS. No really…He’s actually hilarious. The way he wrote this book makes it so relatable! I found myself more often than not thinking “That’s so true!”, ” No way! How did he know!”, “Haha that reference is priceless.” Overall I can see myself diving into more of his books in the future, he tells a story well and for his debut novel he gave a FANTASTIC piece of literature.

Conclusion:

If you like a little mystery with your real life stories then this is the one for you! This book had some great moments and some sad ones. Overall it was a roller coaster of emotion that left me with a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. If you love contemporaries your going to LOVE this one! Be sure to check it out!

Texas Destiny: Review

She was his brother’s wife…

Arriving on the Fort Worth train, Miss Amelia Carson, mail-order bride, had never met Dallas Leigh, the Texan she promised to marry. The tall cowboy at the station wasn’t Dallas. He was Houston, Dallas’s brother, sent to escort her on the rugged three-week trek to the ranch where Dallas waited. Brought up in war-ravaged Georgia, Amelia thought Dallas’s letters made Texas sound like heaven, a place for her dreams to grow with the right man beside her.

And his only love…

By all appearances, Houston Leigh would hardly be considered the “right man.” The war he survived had scarred him inside and out, and he was little competition for his handsome brother. But from the moment Houston met Amelia, he knew she possessed the courage this wild land needed. She had eyes that could see past his wounded face to his soul. And he would fight any man—except his brother—for her heart. Now he and Amelia were riding down dangerous trails, sleeping under the stars, and God help them, they were falling in love.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1814627.Texas_Destiny

Let’s start off by saying this is my first foray into the Romance Genre and I am officially hooked! This book managed to snag me so easily with it’s sickly sweet romance! I am now a fan and cannot wait to read all the new romance books I have coming to me!

Characters:

The thing I really enjoyed about this book as a Romance was that there wasn’t a TON of characters to get attached to and try to analyze and understand. Only 4 Characters really stood out to me in this book 2 of them being our protagonist couple.

Amelia Carson: She may seem all sweet and innocent but she has a fierce strength within her heart. Amelia was a really great character to learn about, while she was a proper lady she had her quirks that we quickly learned to love. She looks beneath Houston’s skin to see the kind and honorable man beneath and she brings out the best of him. I really enjoyed her little spurts of anger it made me giggle to think of this classy lady getting frustrated over the smallest things.

Houston Leigh: First off I can’t with their names…I think that’s one of the things that really bothered me was that the names weren’t anything crazy creative so I didn’t feel SUPER attached to them. Houston is scarred from the war leaving his face scarred and he fears that no woman will ever love him. However after travelling with Amelia he quickly falls for her and she for him. When Houston finally realizes he has to fight for the woman he wants it’s almost too late but luckily they get their happily ever after. I loved his inner dialogue and the struggles he went through to evolve into someone Amelia could love.

Dallas Leigh: Dallas, Amelia’s original betrothed is described as very handsome and someone who can make dreams come true. However upon meeting him I felt his character was more stand offish than most! We got very little glimpses of Dallas in this book but his goals were mainly just wanting a Son. I’m curious to see how this changes him in the next book of this series.

Austin Leigh: The youngest of the 3 Leigh brothers is a little sweetheart. He plays the violin, is kind to ladies, can’t tell which words to use and which ones not to and is an all around good kid. Austin was probably my favorite brother in this book with his heartfelt Violin music. He also tried so hard to please his brothers and always had the constant feeling of failing them!

Romance:

Because World-Building isn’t really was Romance is all about we are going to use this category to review the romance and what I thought about it from a stand point of being realistic. The romance in this novel was VERY realistic it started off rocky but slowly grew to be something so much more. Houston and Amelia didn’t get along very well at first in fact more than once they had disagreements that left Amelia upset. It all built up to this one tension point where it broke and emotions started to flow out. Houston still didn’t feel he was good enough though, he would never be able to give her everything she wanted – but he didn’t really know what SHE wanted. Amelia definitely influences Houston to show off the best of himself and that’s was true love is, two people wanting to become better because of the one they love. True love is hard work and boy did they ever plow through the fields of love to make it work.

Plot:

The overall plot of this Romance was interesting for my first read. The story line was very clean cut and typical I would think for a Romance. The Guy likes the girl but she belongs to someone else, the girl likes the guy but she feels conflicted because she originally is committed to another man. In they end they are together and happy despite their differences and hardships. I mean romance novels can only have so many different plots, the way and variations the story is told is what draws in the reader. I enjoyed this plot quite a bit because I have never read a Romance like this Yet!

Author’s Writing Style:

I found Lorraine’s writing to easily be attached tom the words flew by I just found myself lost in the pages of this wild west romance. Her words were not too complicated and I found that refreshing to be able to understand what was going on. She was very clear and to the point! I also loved how she wrote her romance scenes it made me all warm and fuzzy. This book definitely drew some emotions from me.

Conclusion:

Overall my first Foray into the Romance genre was a success while this book didn’t hit it completely out of the park for me it gets a glowing 4/5 stars for hooking me from page 1. The characters and writing were engaging and the romance was fairly realistic. I would enjoy more novels by this author and I can’t wait to read more romances!

Storm & Fury: ARC Review

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40291564-storm-and-fury?ac=1&from_search=true

*Special Thank you to Netgalley & Harlequin Teen for an E-ARC copy in exchange for a fair and honest review*

I LOVE Jennifer L Armentrout! I can’t get over how much I love her writing, her characters and her worlds. As I stated in my Darkest Star review I’ve never read her original series for this book as well but I was still hooked and I still loved it! Can’t wait for more and I can’t wait for a physical copy! Let’s dive into this review!

Characters:

Trinity: I think it will now be hard for me to find a character I like more than Trinity. While I was slightly annoyed with her constant need to escape and get into trouble it proved to me she was strong minded. While Trinity also had Retinitis Pigmentosa it only made her stronger as a character! It proved that while she might have complications she wouldn’t stand in the way of living her life. Trinity is confident in herself and makes a lot of difficult decisions in the story! I don’t want to spoil too much but she is an amazing character to read about!

Zayne: I can only imagine how gorgeous Zayne actually is in real life. The way he’s described just makes me quiver a little bit. What do I love about him? Way to much. First I LOVE the wardens and the fact that they are gargoyles who can shift into human form! I love that he has a rocky past that makes his character wary of rushing into things, but also has the ability to not hesitate when it comes to decisions affecting life or death. I love how him and Trinity interact and while it’s a rocky start and a slow build it quickly turns into something I’d read about forever.

Setting:

While the setting was real world we still got some excellent world building. Without reading the previous series I still grasped the lifestyle of the Wardens and the dangers the Demon’s posed. I felt wrapped in a well developed world where I wasn’t questioning what was going on or why it was happening. While half of the book took place in Trinity’s own community where she grew up we also got a glance into the DC community and how they lived and some of Zayne’s apartment! I loved the background on the wardens and was easily able to grasp their past. What I really love about Jennifer’s books is that while I have never read her older series I can still be this involved in the story and setting and enjoy it!

Plot:

This book was EXPLOSIVE and I mean EXPLOSIVE! It started off with a great beginning, had a nice and even paced middle that built up to the exciting and surprising ending. I never saw the twist in this book coming! My jaw dropped near the end when I found out the true antagonist of this book. I also never suspected who Trinity’s father would really be and I was a little bit shaken to find out how important he was. The book is really nicely paced and I never found myself bored. There was just enough action as story building. The overall plot was fantastic and an excellent lead into the next book! I can’t wait to pick that one up!

Author’s Writing Style:

Jennifer has a way of captivating me COMPLETELY. This book consumed me, the minutes I spent lost in the pages were ones I don’t ever want back. she has an excellent way of explaining her characters and giving you a glimpse into their pasts if you haven’t read previous novels. Those facts alone make me WANT to go back and read her original series. Her writing is engaging and enjoyable. Thank you for writing amazing things JLA!

Conclusion:

If you loved Jennifer’s books before you will ABSOLUTELY enjoy this one. However if your new to her books this is still worth reading because it’s great start to a new series, while you do not need to read the original story to understand this one it would help to give some valuable background information on certain characters. This book was even paced, captivating and exciting. If your looking for a read that will hook you from beginning to end this is your book! 5/5 ROCK HARD STARS! Make sure to grab this when it comes out on June 11th 2019!

The Priory Of The Orange Tree: Review

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29774026-the-priory-of-the-orange-tree

“A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep. “

There are not enough words to describe this book or how amazing it is. 25 pages in I was already so in love with the rich storytelling in this book and as the pages carried on it only got better. This book is a DESERVES the title of HIGH FANTASY, it was magical, it swept me off my feet, I felt rooted in this world and I didn’t want to come out. This quickly became my all time favorite novel, I honestly can’t explain why but I can definitely give you some insight into why this book is PURE magic.

When a journey this amazing, breathtaking, exciting and jaw dropping ends you can’t help but feel a little sad. Across 804 pages I felt things I never thought I would feel. I experienced Dragons that fly with and without wings, Kingdoms that worship them and Kingdoms that do not. I met characters that filled my heart with sadness, joy, laughter and love. All the while watching the world around them grow and change with magic and faith. This journey isn’t over, it’ll live on in my heart for quite a while. I’m still lost in the pages of this book, my heart racing with excitement. This book was 100% worth every minute that I’m tempted to go back and start all over again.

PLEASE NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD (Character, Setting and Plot Related) 

Characters:

“He might be the very picture of a lambkin,” Ead said, “but monsters often have soft faces. They know how to mask themselves.” She looked them both in the eye. ” We will watch her. We will listen well. Remember why we wear blades as well as jewels.”

Pg 246

Ead – Ead is probably my favorite character in the book…next to one of the Dragons who I will talk about Later. I loved her character and her back story. She is an orphaned mage from the Priory of the Orange Tree who is sent to infiltrate the Inysh Court to protect Sabran the Ninth. When we meet her in the story she is assassinating cut throats that are attempting to kill Sabran. As we dive deeper into her character we see her grow as a person but also advance in Sabran’s court eventually becoming a lady of the Bedchamber. Soon after we see Ead begin to have these feelings she doesn’t understand but soon comprehends as love. For her love though she gets banished and returns to the Priory begging for helps in protecting Sabran. She discovers a snake among her people and the true culprit of who was trying to kill Sabran. In the end we see Ead to grow to be more accepting of others with different faiths, her heart has grown and she becomes a leader of the Priory. I feel we got to see a lot of Ead which I enjoyed because she was interesting to learn about. Her magic comes from the Orange tree. She has a very forward personality, if she doesn’t agree with something we know it and I think that really lent a hand to telling the story properly.

“She did not die needlessly,” Tane said, her gaze blank. “With her dying breath, she restored the joy of a dragon and. in doing so, restored the world. Is there a more honorable thing to do with a life?”

Pg 412

Tane – Tane…Tane…Tane… I think we all have a little bit of Tane in us. Someone who wants everything to go smoothly so she can achieve her life goals. Tane takes a risk at the beginning of the book that could ruin her chances of becoming a Dragon Rider. She takes in a foreigner, which is forbidden due to the Red Sickness. Tane passes the foreigner off to her friend who delivers him to Niclays and she pays for this in the future. For the time being Tane gets her wish and gets to train to be a Dragon Rider. Upon discovering that Tane sheltered the foreigner the Warlod of Seikii strips her of her title and sends her to feather Island where she is to spend her life as a scholar. Tane’s friend died, she thought she lost her dragon and she only blames herself for everything that happened (which really it was her fault). Just when she thinks her hope is gone she finds the Waning jewel stitched into her side and discovers her ancestor is Neporo a woman who was to be immortal until she died. Tane is a great fighter but she struggles inwardly with all the choices she makes. She wouldn’t have gotten anywhere in the story if not for the choices she made.

“Of course not. I delayed it for you.” Margret took back the cup. “I had no idea what a tiring affair it would be. Mama wants me to wear white now. Who in the world wears white on their wedding day?”

Pg 719

“We are not supposed to question, Meg. Faith is an act of trust in the saint.”

Pg 607

Arteloth & Margret –  These two siblings who are son and daughter to the Earl of Goldenbirch can often be found in the midst of Sabran and Ead who are their most precious friends. Areteloth or Loth as we know him goes through quite the ordeal throughout the course of this book but he remains strong through most of it. I was annoyed with him a few times because when he found out there were good Dragons his faith was shaken and he kept remarking how things couldn’t be true, but slowly his heart and mind opened up to the possibilities and he learned the truth of the world. Margret though stuck in the castle most of the time was valuable in the story, for without her Ead would mostly likely have been dead. Margret is one of the only characters to get a true happy ending with her Knight Lintley.

“So you see, Ead,” the queen said, “I do not sleep because I am not only afraid of the monsters at my door. but also the monsters my own mind can conjure. The ones that live within.”

Pg 203

Sabran – Sabran the Ninth, I think out of all the characters her story ends up being the most tragic. She faces two times the amount of hardships any character does and while it doesn’t weaken her character it definitely affects her sanity. We find out the Sabran hasn’t seen her people in years due the brutal and un-necessary death of her mother. She is being pushed to marry for political alliances but also because she needs to breed an heir to ensure the Berethnet line so the nameless one will not rise. After much consideration and fighting she picks someone only to watch them die after finding out she’s pregnant. Her world is shaken and her emotions a mess, but the hits keep coming and she loses not only her baby but her fertility when the White Wyrm attacks Ascalon. Between all this Sabran slowly falls in love with Ead and becomes attached to her, but fears losing her as she has lost everyone else. Sabran is a strong character though she is faced with so much death and destruction she perseveres in hopes of making her Kingdom of better place.

” I offer you a fair bargain,” he said. “I will leave here tonight and say nothing of your involvement with Sulyard. In exchange for my silence, you will bring me blood and a scale from your dragon.

Pg 305

Niclays – This is the one character I absolutely could not stand! I didn’t like his motivations, I didn’t like his attitude. Niclays is so self centered and while this changes throughout the course of the book I was left with a feeling of hatred towards him throughout most of it. He manipulated people and lied to further his goals and stay alive. While he did some it in the name of his great love, it doesn’t mean it was right.

“To be kin to a dragon,” Nayimathun said, “you must not only have a soul of water. You must have the blood of the sea, and the sea is not always pure. It is not any one thing. There is darkness in it, and danger, and cruelty. It can raze great cities with its rage. It’s depths are unknowable; they do not see the touch of the sun. To be a Miduchi is not to be pure, Tane. It is to be the living sea. That is why I chose you. You have a dragon’s heart.”

Pg 680

“I offer you one chance to pledge your fidelity to my master and name yourself Flesh Queen of Inys.” Fire roared behind his eyes. “Come with me now. Give yourself up. Choose the right side, as Yscalin has. Resist, and you will burn.”

Pg 113

Dragons (Fyredel & Nayimathun) –
My absolute favorite character in this book was a dragon.  The great Nayimathun to be exact. There are two different types of dragons: The Westerners who are large with wings and breath fire and the easterners who are snake like without wings, fly due to an organ atop their head and need water to survive. We saw many across the pages of this book but the two I am speaking of were most often seen. Fyredel the right wing of the Nameless one is a cruel an heartless dragon. He controls humans to prepare for the return of his master, and razes the world to warn them of their coming doom. Nayimathun on the other hand is an honorable dragon worthy of her title. She helps Tane to achieve her goals and more than once admits to why she chose her and still fights for her. While these dragons are both incredibly different they are both intriguing and interesting to learn about. You will get all sorts of dragon goodness in this book!

Setting / World Building:

As you can see from the maps above this world is absolutely massive and we nearly span the entire thing during the story. Seeing these maps really helped me grasp the distances that were traveled by certain characters. If you enjoy maps and fantasy settings you will be in for a delightful surprise in this book! The world building runs deep I was so involved in it at the end of the book I didn’t want to leave! I am absolutely floored by the amount of detail we get in this book. I learned and grasped so many parts of this world. For the most part I don’t want to spoil too much of the world building because I think this is something you should really discover yourself. The moment I started this story I was sucked in and I’m still left wondering about it today.

Plot:

The plot! It’s clear from the very start of this book that we know exactly where this plot is going. That’s not a bad thing to know how this story might end and I think it almost allowed the ending a better chance. This book is JAM packed with the plot! While we mostly center on the long awaited return of the Nameless One so many things happened in this book it would be hard to talk about them all so I will talk about a few of my favorite plot points that aren’t majorly spoilers. I loved the Priory! When we got to go with Ead to the Priory and experience her taking of the fruit, becoming a Red Damsel and discovering treachery among them I was soaking it in. I absolutely did not want to set the book down at any point during that length of book. Another of my favorite parts was the trials Tane faced to become a Miduchi. She fought long and hard and earned herself a great dragon who cared for her deeply. To mention one more while the scene was short I loved Sabran’s wedding scene. I loved learning the vows they took and that they called their loved ones Companions. It gave me all the feels

Author’s Writing Style:

I think you see the pattern already. I LOVED this book and I LOVED Samantha’s writing style. I never once felt bored or wanted to set the book down! From the moment I started I was wrapped up in the story, I was involved and her writing kept me hooked. I understand that some of the characters and things might not be easy to understand however I felt she did a well enough job that I never felt that affected the way I took in the story. Samantha so graciously includes some amazing bonuses at the end of the book as well! There is a Glossary, Timeline of Events and Characters section where you can learn even more about this Goliath of a novel. While I didn’t feel as hooked with her other book series I now want to go back and try to read them again because I am simply floored with how amazing this book is.

Conclusion:

To wrap this all up I gave this book a 5/5 GLORIOUS GOLDEN STARS. This book was an absolute joy to read and while the page count seems intimidating you won’t even be counting when you dive into his story. If your looking for an exciting High Fantasy that includes Dragons, Magic and some Court Politics you should definitely check this out. I can’t express how much you should read this book. This was my most anticipated novel of 2019 and it lived up to EVERY SINGLE EXPECTATION.

Geekerella: Review

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30724132-geekerella

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.” 

Geekerella was an adorable contemporary romance novel with a fun twist! I loved the fact that it mentioned so much to pop culture, it helped me to enjoy the book more especially when I find contemporary to be a genre I rarely enjoy books!

Characters:

Danielle “Elle” Wittimer: Elle was definitely one of my favorite chracters and for good reason. I’m a geek myself and I easily connected with her based on that alone. The passion she feels for her fandom resonated with me so easily! While at first she lets the death of her parents hold her back she transforms over the course of the book and becomes more open with her emotions and feelings. She leaves behind her past and changes her life for the better. I loved her transformation and I love her energy. She was very quick witted and I loved how sassy she was with Darien especially upon first meeting him in person.

Darien Freeman: I was totally ready to Hate Darien but he had a deeper character than what scratched the surface. He still irritated me a little bit though as he was always complaining about things. While I understand he was forced to do a lot we don’t want to do that’s something everyday people do it should have been more of an acceptance. He definitely evolved to that throughout the book but before that he Irritated the CRAP out of me!

Setting:

The setting of this book was very fun! We had multiple different places that we got to explore but some we got to know really well. We learned about Elle’s parents house and the way it changed over the years and after her parents died. Her room was interesting as well we learn about the posters on her wall and how deep her love for Starfield and how it’s affected who she was. We got to spend some time in the Magic Pumpkin, exploring where Elle works and learning about her new found friendship with the owner’s daughter Sage. The most exciting place for me was definitely Excelsicon. I myself am an avid Con goer and it was really fun to read about it giving me an alternate perspective through the eyes of someone famous. Overall while the world was based on something real I really felt lost in somewhere entirely different. I loved learning about Starfield and hearing about the elaborate sets that Darien performed stunts on to the bustling convention. I felt engaged and the setting drew me into the story adding elements I was glad to have.

Plot:

This is nothing insanely new which I already knew coming into it. This story is based off of the story of Cinderella. We all know how that one goes: Girl whose parents die, girl wants to meet prince, they fall instantly in love, girl runs away, boy finds her with shoe, happily ever after. This definitely changed it up a bit by making it in the modern world and adding the twist with the convention making it feel still fantasy but centered in the real world. Elle has a stepmother who hounds her to do everything and anything she asks, she’s constantly forced to make way for her step sisters and her step mom. She works for the Magic Pumpkin which is a vegan food truck and quickly befriends the Owner’s daughter who works with her most days and also turns out to be her Fairy Godmother in a way. Elle and Darien don’t instantly fall in love which is something I really enjoyed because real love is not instant and it doesn’t just happen like magic. Real love takes work and boy did these two have to do work to make their relationship pieces fit together. Overall the plot was heart warming and fun and the mixture of pop culture references gave it a fun real world feel that made me crave a little bit more of this geeky world, not that I don’t go to cons enough I just want to read more about them.

Author’s Writing Style:

I loved Ashley Poston’s Writing style a lot. She kept me engaged in the story and allowed me to feel like I wanted to keep reading even when I’ve already heard this story. She added a fun twist to a classic story. I found her perspectives quirky and it showed her true colors as a geek herself! I’m looking forward to her next novel that comes out this April : The Princess and the Fangirl

Conclusion:

Overall while this is a story I’ve already heard too many times I found this to be a fresh and exciting new take that kept me hooked until the end. It was cheesy and goofy and all around nerdy but it was exactly the kind of break I needed from the Intense Fantasy I’m used to reading. This got a 5/5 Adorkable stars from me and it deserved it for it’s light hearted fun and awesome pop culture content.

The Prince & The Dressmaker: Review

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34506912-the-prince-and-the-dressmaker

” Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart. “

This was a fun and light-hearted graphic novel with cute illustrations and a great narrative! It was a quick read that had some funny and cute moments and one I won’t soon forget!

Characters:

Prince Sebastian/ Lady Crystallia: Sebastian is a male who loves to wear dresses, he enjoys dressing up in extravagant costumes. He hides his secret identity from all but Frances and his Butler. Sebastian quickly becomes more and more comfortable in his alternate form and starts to push friends away hoping they won’t reveal his secret. Initially this hurts his friendship with Frances but that all changes when he embraces who he is and hopes everyone else will as well. I enjoyed his transformation over the course of the book watching go from scared to dressing up to gliding with confidence. His change also helped to influence the change in his parents and the acceptance in their hearts to understand why Sebastian was who he was.

Frances: is the wonderful dressmaker who makes the gorgeous gowns that Sebastian gets to flounce around in. Originally working in a sweatshop like dress shop, she finally gets the change to prove herself by being Sebastian’s personal seamstress. After making dresses for him for quite a while she is given the opportunity to present some of her designs to a renowned fashion house owner, but due to Sebastian’s insecurities is not properly given the opportunity. She definitely changes throughout the novel as well becoming more confident in her designs and who she is as a dressmaker. This is reflected in her work and helps her advance later on in the novel.

Both these characters together were a fun mix of crazy, youth and bad decisions. However together they grew as the story progressed and I found myself loving every minute spent with this novel.

Story:

The overall story was great I found myself enjoying it from beginning to end. The plot brought us super close to the characters and found us learning through their eyes as they grew. The romance was cute and grew as the story went on. I could definitely see it early on but I enjoyed seeing the love and acceptance grow not just for our main characters but all of them in this novel. There isn’t really much to dive into in terms of graphic novels as your only told the story through the perspective of characters speaking or small bubbles of information. The story was enjoyable though and I would absolutely pick this up again to give it another read.

Illustrations:

These were my favorite! I loved the illustrations in this novel, they weren’t hyper realistic (which I don’t enjoy in graphic novels) they had a cartoon element that added to the story and made it a more fun and interesting story. There were some funny panels that made me giggle. My favorite parts was seeing the crazy eccentric dresses that Frances created it really lended to the story to have visuals. If this were just a normal novel I don’t the effect would have been as strong as this was.

Overall this was a great Graphic Novel with some light hearted fun and a lesson that everyone would love to learn. If you have a couple hours I definitely encourage you to check this out!

Crown of Feathers: Review

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35715518-crown-of-feathers

“I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken”

This book received 4/5 Fiery stars from me! There were a couple flaws that I found with the beginning, however deeper into the book it was so fun and exciting I just didn’t want to come back from it! Now that it’s over I will admit I have a slight book hangover but it won’t deter me from my reading schedule! Make sure to keep reading to see what I thought about the book!

Characters:

In this book we get 3 Individual Perspectives though one is much heavier than the other two for good reason. We hear from Veronyka, Tristan and Sev. Veronyka is our ULTIMATE protagonist the story revolves around her and the challenges she faces, both Sev and Tristan offer welcome information however I found their chapters to be short and succinct which I enjoyed because I just wanted to get back into Veronyka’s mind. Veronyka is a fierce and strong female who pretends to be a male to join a new found rank of phoenix riders and I loved her story and what we learned about her. Because you don’t get much about Sev or Tristan in the synopsis I don’t want to reveal too much about their characters just know they’re important and they really help make the story whole and complete. We had some exciting side characters in this book as well including Veronyka’s sister Val and our in depth look at some of the phoenixes.

Setting:

I loved the Golden Empire. it was an exciting and breath taking place to explore. Because of the particular way the story is told with snippets of past queens and rulers it really gives us an in depth look into this world and it’s past. The world building that Nicki did was intense and it definitely made me want to fall right back into it. Learning about these Phoenixes, the history of their world it all drew me into a story I never wanted to leave. Not only that it perfectly set up the tone for the next book in the series. Yes this is a series of books and sadly the next book is set for release sometime next year which means a whole ton of waiting in between. I think it will be worth the wait thought because that ending was a gut punch to the feels.

Plot:

This was yet again another book where I had an issue with the plot. The biggest issue I had and the reason this only has 4/5 stars was because of the massive Info dump at the beginning of the book. While I understand this is a new series and we’re introduced to a new world but I felt like it was too much too fast. I would have preferred the information about this new world to be more spread out through the book and introduced at proper times. However the overall plot of the book was fantastic there were some fantastic twists and turns and a lot of fun moments. The story is very nicely paced and I never felt bored, if not for the Info dump this would have been 100%.

Author’s Writing Style

Nicki is a wonderful writer! I am blown away by her Debut novel and I look forward to reading more of her books. She has a way of hooking me into the story and not letting me down easy! That ending was so amazingly thrilling and I just want to dive right back in.

Overall this was a FANTASTIC book and worth the read, 2019 has been a great year for fantasy so far and this hits that bar. If your looking for a new fantasy series definitely check this out! It’s fresh and fun and who doesn’t want to ride a Phoenix!

King of Scars: Review

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36307634-king-of-scars

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.”

As a writer myself I’m often very critical of the books I read. I want to be gripped from the beginning and told a fantastical tale of impossible proportions. King of Scars had that hook for me right in the first chapter and despite feeling the book went by too quickly, it was MOSTLY perfect. I found some things to be a little bit off therefore earning it a rating of 4.5/5 stars for me. Interested enough to want to know more? Keep reading to see what I thought about the elements of the book.

Characters:

First off let me start by saying Nikolai is my favorite character of all time written by Leigh Bardugo. I don’t like the Darkling I never did, Alina did not make me jump for joy and I hated Mal with a furious passion. I didn’t read the Six of Crows Duology so I cannot speak for those characters, however even without reading all of Leigh’s previous Grishaverse novels I felt a strong connection to some of the characters in this book. Nikolai is AMAZING. I love that he’s sassy and smart but he also has a broken part of him he’s constantly trying to fix. It makes him more human, more relatable and so much easier to understand his motives. He tries to be a hero and pulls it off effortlessly letting his cool confidence show and allowing people to trust in his ability to rule Ravka.

In this books we get 4 separate perspectives: Zoya, Nikolai, Issak and Nina. While I was upset at first about the fact that it seemed we were getting more Zoya and Nina than Nikolai it really made sense for the overall story. I’m just happy that it focuses on Nikolai and how he deals with the events laid out before him. I felt like we got a lot of development with all the characters. We saw Zoya become stronger, Nikolai become wise and Nina become more ruthless. I really enjoyed reading from Zoya’s perspective, I have anew found respect for her as a character and I really liked getting to know more about her. Nina was also interesting as we got to see her internal struggles as she moved on with her life. Issak came very late to the came so I don’t want to reveal too much about him. I thought he was a welcome addition though not a completely necessary one. Overall I think that these 3 perspectives were a great way to tell the story that needed to be told, I personally loved all the characters…minus the bad guys I just hated them.

Setting:

This is a tough category to really judge. Technically we have ALREADY been in the Grishaverse for 5 books so we know and love this world even though it has changed. There are some new exciting areas we got to explore however as I said the world has already been built so it’s just building on the foundation that was laid down. I enjoyed returning to Ravka and exploring more of what it had to offer and I look forward to learning even more in the future.

Plot:

I struggled here. The book felt very focused on only a few events, and we sometimes spent pages in one place just treading water. While I still enjoyed the plot and the story-line of the book I felt lost sometimes. There was more than enough action it just felt like sometimes we were trying to prolong the inevitable. At one point in the book I was thinking that Leigh was only adding the fluff to up the page count.

Author’s Writing Style:

There is not doubt about it, I absolutely adore Leigh’s writing. If I’m being 100% honest the only reason I picked this up and wanted to read it was because of Leigh Bardugo. I love her world building skills I love the way she describes and introduces her characters to her hearts. This book was no exception, while I was bored sometimes with things going on I was for the most part enraptured in the story and the book. She writes in such a way that everything feels like it’s flying by.

Overall I loved the characters and the writing style of the book. I felt there were some unneeded parts in the plot of the book however that’s a minor compared to the overall plot. The setting wasn’t anything new but I already knew this going into it and that is why I wanted this book, I wanted to know more about the Grishaverse. So with the small boring parts of the book I gave this one an overall rating of 4.5/5 stars because I still enjoyed this
A LOT! And that ending though!