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The Queen of the Tearling [Review]

Posted February 16, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

The Queen of the Tearling [Review]The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Series: The Queen of the Tearling #1
Published by Harper on July 8th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.
Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom's haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.
Long ago, Kelsea's forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea's nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen's Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.
Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen's vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen's Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as "the Fetch."
Kelsea's quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea's journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.

My Thoughts

Holy crap: the political intrigue of this book! I must admit, I tried to read it years ago when it first came out and just couldn’t seem to get into it. Then, this month (after binge watching House of Cards on Netflix) I just really wanted moremoremore politics. Looking around my shelves, I found this guy and read it in one sitting. Sunday well spent folks. Kelsea is a phenomenal MC, her POV is so intricate and unique – I can’t figure out how to explain it. She’s smart and witty, stubborn and calculating – everything you want in a Queen. The story line is perfectly complex and wonderful in every way. There is no clear villain, fighting and war are waged very tongue and cheek and Kelsea is such a bad ass. Her interactions with her people and the shenanigans that she gets into to make a statement literally gave me chills. There wasn’t very much romance in this one, and I can’t really decide if I liked that or not. Either way, for young adult this was one hefty read. Magic, war tactics, suspense, tension – ITS JUST SO GOOD! So many layers and unique themes that I feel like not a lot of YA books reach to explore. I’m so so so curious to see where this series will go, after my current read I’m hopping back into this world feet first! If you like political drama and fantasy, this book will blow your mind. Plus, the third and final book just came out, go read this one so you can join in on the hype!

 

four-half-stars
Lizzie
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The Dark Days Club [Review]

Posted January 30, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

The Dark Days Club [Review]The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Series: Lady Helen #1
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on January 26th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Paranormal
Pages: 512
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars

"Captivates with a mix of history and fantasy. [An] immersive, action-packed narrative. USA Today's Happy Ever After From theNew York Timesbestselling author of Eon and Eona;a Regency adventure series starring a stylish and intrepid Buffy-esque demon-hunter London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall's presentation to the queen, one of her family's housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?"

My Thoughts

So for the most part I liked this book. I think my main issue with this was just the fact that I have been in such a book slumpy mood that it’s put a damper on not only the amount of books I’ve been reading but whether or not I enjoy them. It took me a little bit to get into this story. And I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a long book. (But I did just fine while listening to The Diviners) but it just felt like it was a long book. It wasn’t boring it was just long. I’m not sure if I’m making any sense. Like I said, it could be my slump that I’ve been in. I do however appreciate how real this felt. It really seems like Alison Goodman did her research on the time period, because I felt like I was there.

I also appreciated how Alison Goodman wrote. I think she did a great job with creating a world that felt real and taking people, places, and things from our actual history and creating paranormal and fantasy elements within that. She did a great job at creating characters and I can’t wait for more of them.

I think maybe I would have felt a little more connected to the book if the romance was a bit more on the forefront. I do love me some romance and I just felt that it was really lackluster in that department.

Other than that, I’m quite excited to finish off this series. Because I did enjoy it. And you should give it a shot too!

three-half-stars

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Stephanie
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Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Posted January 19, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

Holy molly she’s at it again. If you’re a fan of the Shadowhunter world, I am not kidding when I say this was seriously SO GOOD! As per usual, books I love get something short and sweet: here go’s! This collection of short stories was literally EVERYTHING a die hard Cassandra Clare fan could have […]

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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman [Review]

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman [Review]

Posted January 12, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

My Thoughts Well my book nerds, I don’t quite know what to think. Overall, this novel was certainly not what I was expecting. I’m giving it a solid three stars because there was aspects of this story that I enjoyed – the plot was unique, the Asian influence really interesting – but it fell short […]

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Review: The Diviners

Review: The Diviners

Posted October 21, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 2 Comments

Omigoodness this was a creepy one! I’ve had this book sitting on my TBR shelf for way too long, so in the spirit of Halloween I decided to pick it up. I totally didn’t think I would love it as much as I did! It takes place in 1920’s New York (are you sold yet?) […]

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Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adieh

Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adieh

Posted October 6, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 0 Comments

Omigoodness did this book have action. From page one, you are completely thrown into the plot with no time for water and not a single bathroom break. I read this novel from start to finish in one afternoon! Usually with fantasy I love when authors take their time explaining the world to you, letting the […]

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Review: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Review: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Posted September 29, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

I wanted to like this so much, but honestly it just fell flat. I stumbled upon this author when looking through books in my “recommended” page on Goodreads. Her next release, The Alchemists of Loom, instantly stopped my heart and flew to my To Read list. Upon further research, I discovered her older works from […]

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Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted September 15, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 0 Comments

This book was amazing. For a book two in a series, this was perfect. The action escalated, the characters got deeper, the magic more complex – just everything you want in a sequel. Book one was a little on the slow side, but this didn’t have that problem at all. I think it was because […]

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted September 8, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

I didn’t quite know what to expect from this one. I find that with series that get so much hype, I fear reading them. I want to love what other people love, I have serious FOMO with hyped series. Did this live up to it? Kind of. I LOVED the chemistry of the characters in […]

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Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Posted May 5, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 4 Comments

Hello, Darlings! So, unless you’ve been living under a rock or really just missed the memo – Outlander is an amazing book. Not only is it an amazing book, but the STARZ network has also adapted it for television, and that show is a whole other kind of guilty pleasure. But we are here to […]

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