Rebel Spring [Review]

Posted January 16, 2018 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

Rebel Spring [Review]Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #2
Published by Razorbill on December 3rd 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 401
Format: Hardcover, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Series Rating: five-stars
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The road to power... is paved with blood and magic.


Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.

After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over...

At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas's hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia's, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus's, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius's road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.

My Thoughts

Holy crap, my friends. This was even better than the first one! It was so intense. Rebel Spring kept me on the edge of my seat from page 1. And by the time that I reached the ending, I understand why so many people dreaded the waiting game for the next book to come out because that wait must have been brutal! I am so happy that I collected these and have them all to binge read right after the other. But at the same time… a part of me wishes I had been on this wagon from the very beginning because, my friends, this series is just so amazing.

Morgan Rhodes is a real storyteller. I love her writing and I love the world building and how I feel transported to the world of Mytica. Morgan Rhodes has become an auto-buy author for me and she should make your list, too!

What I really loved about this sequel was the fact that we delved more into the story. So, book 1 was great.. I absolutely loved it. But it only scratched the surface of the actual story. Book 1 did great in building the world and building the characters. It was great because Rebel Spring was able to thrive from the bones that Falling Kingdoms built. Rebel Spring had me feeling even more for the characters. I was able to get a better read on these characters and I realized that I fell in love with them even more!

Speaking of characters, Cleo and Magnus are my absolute favorites for sure. But I’m also loving all of the other characters. And I really don’t want to list them in case you haven’t read this book or series. But let me tell you that be cautious with reading this series because Morgan Rhodes is ruthless and is not afraid to kill her darlings. And I do not mean by cutting scenes/editing. I mean literally killing her darling precious characters. When I referred to Falling Kingdoms as the YA version of Game of Thrones, I meant that because of how many characters die. But when you think about it, it makes sense because this series is about a WAR. There is bound to be death.

BUT IT IS SO AMAZING! If you love fantasy, please read this series and talk to me about it!!! I know hardly anyone who has read this series and I need more people to talk to about it!!!!

five-stars

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Stephanie
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Top Ten Tuesday [129]

Posted January 16, 2018 by Stephanie in Meme / 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. And now it is hosted by the lovely Jana of That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun!

Top Ten Eight Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Have a better reading year than 2017

The year of 2017 was probably one of my worst reading years to date. I am pretty sure that most of the reading that I did do last year was picture/board books to Amelia. In late November and December, I finally started reading for myself again and it felt amazing to get back in the swing of things. For 2018, I have already read 2 books and am on my third and only plan to read even more! I feel confident about this year!

Get back into blogging/the bookish community

I’ve been away from blogging for almost a year with only posting some posts here and there. Well, I’m back bitches! 🙂 And feel even better about it! I know that I have a long ways to go to get back to the readership that I had before I took my super long hiatus. But I absolutely love this community and have missed you all so dearly!! <3

Be a better #bookstagrammer

This past year I had really upped my game in the bookstagram community and I fell in love with it! Now that my library is almost fully completed, I feel confident that I can only grow as a bookstagrammer because I really love taking pictures of books/bookish merch.. because it’s one of the most beautiful things in the world!

Write better reviews

I really want to be more critical when it comes to my reading. I feel that if I writer better more critical reviews it can only help in my writing goals. And speaking of writing…

Finish a damn manuscript

I feel like this is my goal every year. But damnit, it will for sure happen this year! I have entirely way too many ideas swimming around in my head and I need to get them all out! Plus, I really miss being at home with my daughter during the day. This 9-6 bullshit is not my cuppa tea…

Have more posts about my writing experience

Since I feel that 2018 is my year to accomplish all things reading and writing involved. I really want to write more posts about my writing experiences. I think it’d be a fun segment and something awesome that I can look back on when I do achieve my ultimate goal (becoming a published author, of course). What do you guys think, would you be interested in reading about my experiences?

Read more classics

I’d like to try and read at least 6 classic novels this year. That would be 1 classic every two months. I think it’s doable and I just really feel like it’s necessary for me.

Do some unhauling

My husband has been working hard the past couple months to finish up my library so my books finally have a home that is not boxes. My new shelves are mostly done. There’s just one set on the last wall that needs to be put up. But after putting the majority of my books on the shelves that are currently up, I’ve noticed that I could probably use some unhauling for the books that I am either just never going to read or ones that I just didn’t care for. Have any advice on how I should go about doing this? I’m getting anxiety just thinking about getting rid of some of my precious babies. 🙁

Let’s Talk About It!

What’s on your top ten this week?
Stephanie
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Falling Kingdoms [Review]

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Posted January 10, 2018 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

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Posted January 10, 2018 by Stephanie in Meme / 1 Comment

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Posted January 3, 2018 by Stephanie in Challenge / 2 Comments

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Posted January 3, 2018 by Stephanie in Meme / 1 Comment

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Posted January 2, 2018 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

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