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Blog Tour: Gathering Darkness [Review]

Posted January 17, 2018 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: Gathering Darkness [Review]

Blog Tour: Gathering Darkness [Review]Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #3
Published by Razorbill on December 9th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover, Audiobook
Source: Publisher, Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:

Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred - the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic...

• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.

• THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia's overpowering magic - all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.

• THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia's powers to unveil the Kindred.

The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica... but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.

My Thoughts

OMG, there really isn’t a whole lot that I can say about this one without any spoilers, but I will try my best! But, guys… every book in this series just keeps getting better and better. With each book I love the characters even more. The plot gets more intense. I’m literally on the edge of my seat for the majority of this book. And I can only assume that I will continue to be on the edge of my seat for the entirety of this series. My heart is aching for more but at the same time it’s aching for all who was lost and who will be lost in later books. I mourn the characters who are lost, but I appreciate so much that Morgan Rhodes is not afraid to deliver deaths at a moment’s notice. Props to Morgan Rhodes, y’all for not only breaking me but also making me love every second!

I NEED MORE. And I will continue my binge reading of this series because I just need to know what is going to happen to my precious loves. Will they all survive, probably not. And even though, I will be sad.. I’m sure I will still love the story!! If you’re a lover of fantasy and young adult, I URGE you to pick up this series. I highly recommend it. And if you’ve been wanting to try your hand at some fantasy, I think this series is a great starter series! It’s not overly complicated but it’s fun and entertaining and will definitely give you everything that you want out of a fantasy!

About the Author

Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess — the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous.

Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels.

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Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE (Book One: Falling Kingdoms and Two Book: Rebel Spring)
January 8 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Interview
January 9 – The Book Nut – Review and Playlist
January 10 – Quirky and Peculiar – Review
January 11 – I Fangirl About Books – Creative Post
January 12 – Lovely Loveday – Author Guest Post
WEEK TWO (Book 3: Gathering Darkness)
January 15 – Glimpses of my Books – Cover Art and Author Gust Post – her inspiration for the character Magnus Damora?
January 16 – Book Briefs – Book Review
January 17 – In Wonderland – Review
January 18 – Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review
WEEK THREE (Book 4: Frozen Tides)
January 22 – Ex Libris – Interview
January 23 – Ensconced in Lit – Review
January 24 – Step Into a Book World – Review
January 25 – Ria Reads – Review
WEEK FOUR (Crystal Storm)
January 29 – My Friends are Fiction – Author Guest Post
January 30 – Adventures through Wonderland – Review + Instagram
January 31 – A Thousand Books to Read – Interview
February 1 – A Page with a View – Review
February 2 – Never Too Many To Read – Book Spotlight and/or Review

Let’s talk about it!

five-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Stephanie
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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
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
Buy on AmazonBarnes & NobleThe Book Depository

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

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Stephanie
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