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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 Diviners [Audiobook Review & Book Talk]

Posted January 20, 2017 by Stephanie in Book Club, Review / 1 Comment

The Diviners [Audiobook Review & Book Talk]The Diviners by Libba Bray
Series: The Diviners #1
Published by Little on September 18th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Paranormal, Mystery
Pages: 578
Format: Audiobook
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five-stars

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

My Thoughts

**Lizzie wrote a review to this book in 2016 so go check out her thoughts as well! I listened to the Audiobook so I will be reviewing the Audiobook as well as the story**

First things first, I’m going to talk about the Audiobook narration. The Audiobook is 18 hours & 14 minutes long and narrated by January Lavoy and I thought January did a marvelous job with telling this story. She gave each character a great narration and you could feel the emotion within her voices. The creepy parts were creepy because of her different voices and the swoony parts were swoony, etc. I will definitely be listening to more audiobooks narrated by January Lavoy for sure! And thank goodness she is the narrator for Lair of Dreams because she was perfect for this first book!

Now on to the actual story at hand… This story creeped me out! I don’t know if it was because of the narration or the story or both. But the “Naughty John” character was super creepy!

Naughty John, Naughty John
does his work with his apron on
Cuts your throat and takes your bones
sells ’em off for a coupla stones.

I mean come on… that is one creepy ass jingle and if you listen to the Audiobook version.. you’ll have that jingle stuck in your head all the time! And you’ll sing it that way every single time you see it written down! haha! Every time Naughty John came into play, I got creeped out by the second!

On to the characters! I really like Evie, for the most part I think that she is the bee’s knees! (thank you Libba Bray for all the 1920s lingo!) Evie definitely has the flapper qualities that her parents disapprove of. But I love her energy and spunk and I also love that she won over her “Unc.” Now, I have to admit that I loved Jericho more than Sam from the very beginning of the story. Even though Mabel basically called dibs on Jericho I was secretly hoping the entire time that Jericho and Evie would hit it off and become an item. Sorry Sam, but you kinda just piss me off and irritate me 90% of the time, even though you did grow on me towards the end of the book. 😀

Speaking of being pissed off…Mabel kind of irritates me, too. I mean I love Evie and Mabel’s friendship when it’s good. But I have to agree with Jericho that Mabel doesn’t produce her own thoughts. All of her thoughts are words strewn out of her parents’ mouths. She doesn’t really think for herself. And the fight that Mabel and Evie had.. ugh, ridiculous on Mabel’s part for sure!

This story had quite a lot of characters whose stories kind of intertwined with one another and I loved it. I also really loved Memphis, Theda, and Henry! They were great secondary characters and I hope to see more of them and their stories in the second one! I love the possible love brewing between Memphis and Theda. And I also loved hearing how Theda and Henry met and their friendship is just the sweetest!

“There is a hideous invention called the Dewey Decimal System. And You have to look up your topic in books and newspapers. Pages upon pages upon pages…”
Uncle Will frowned. “Didn’t they teach you how to go about research in that school of yours?”
“No. But I can recite ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ while making martinis.”
“I weep for the future.”
“There’s where the martinis come in.”

The above quote was probably my favorite conversation throughout the whole book, well at least between Evie and her Uncle Will! I love the relationship that grows between Uncle Will and Evie. I love that Will lets Evie work on her gift and that he actually believes in her. I cannot wait to see more of their relationship in the second book as long as Evie doesn’t mess it up.

Speaking of messing things up… that ending! Holy crap, you guys! Yes, the mystery was solved in this book, but that ending just gave more questions than it did answers and I can’t wait for those questions to get answered in book 2! Honestly, you guys, if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon that is The Diviners… you need to do so now! It has 1920s fashion, talk, prohibition, mystery, the supernatural, and amazing characters. Not to mention the writing is just so well done and so researched!

five-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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Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]

Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]

Posted January 5, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 3 Comments

My Thoughts Oh my goodness fellow book nerds! THIS BOOK was everything and more. If you’re a fellow Alice in Wonderland freak as the rest of us, Meyer’s contribution to the canon world is fantastic. As per usual, with books I love this will be short and sweet – so let’s dive in! I think […]

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Wallbanger [Review]

Wallbanger [Review]

Posted December 28, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

**Disclaimer: This is an Adult story and should be read by mature audiences only. I’d say ages 17+** My Thoughts This was an entertaining read. I enjoyed Caroline’s story about her moving into a new apartment (still without her “O”) and meeting the wallbanging manwhore who lived next door and made one woman literally purr […]

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Broken Prince [Review]

Broken Prince [Review]

Posted December 10, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts First things first. I love how addicting this series is! If you have read it yet, go check out my review for Book 1 here! We got to know the Royals even more and I have to say I really love this family. Oh Reed, how I adore you! <3 I also really […]

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Paper Princess [Review]

Paper Princess [Review]

Posted December 2, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It got me out of a vast slump I was in. And I have Dana to thank for it. She had read this and mentioned it to me and it sounded awesome so I bought the entire series on my kindle and devoured Paper Princess, book 1, within […]

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Review: Magnus Chase Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Review: Magnus Chase Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Posted November 21, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 0 Comments

Does Rick Riordan ever sleep? Because his books are pure genius and he pumps them out like hot cakes. This series is no exception to that rule! For some reason, every winter season I get in a super middle grade adventure fantasy mood and I just can’t stop reaching for them. This was an interesting […]

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Gemina [Review]

Gemina [Review]

Posted November 12, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 3 Comments

My Thoughts *I will try to keep this review as spoiler free as I possibly can. If I have a spoiler, it will be hidden and you can read it if you want.* Holy crap you guys! I wasn’t sure where they were going to take Gemina, especially since I knew it was going to […]

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