Vengeful

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab is the sequel to Vicious Schwab’s first adult novel.

EO’s or Extra Ordinary’s exist. They are people who have died or have had near death experiences but wake up different–powerful. EO’s like Sydney can raise the dead, like Eli can heal, like June can shapeshift, they can ruin, shield, destroy and save. And all of them are being hunted.

When Sydney raised Victor from the dead, he didn’t come back entirely himself. His powers are running hot and he is running out of time. Now Victor, Sydney, Mitch and Dol are looking for a cure while on the run from a secret sect of the government that wants to capture all EO’s.

What is to become of Victor? Will all the EO’s have to run forever? And what will happen when faces from the past, surface?

I have to admit, this story probably deserves more than 3.5 stars but I just couldn’t get as sucked in as I feel like I should have because I could barely remember what happened in Vicious. This is totally my fault, I should have re-read the first book or at the very least searched for a good synopsis but I didn’t and so I didn’t have all the fun details that were probably in the first book and would have made this one that much more enjoyable. But I did enjoy the book, I just kept having those “oh yeaaa” moments, that sort of slowed my progress. This was also really, really hard to summarize, which again, tells you something.

I did really like the story behind this world. The idea that people who almost die might come back as something more then they were, isn’t a new concept but Schwab really writes it in a new way. And Victor is such an interesting character. He’s not a good guy but he’s not all bad either. I remember really liking him in the first book.

That’s really all I have for this one. A good read, but definitely read the two back to back–you won’t be sorry. This one gets 3.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Advertisements

Two Dark Reigns

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake is the third book in the Three Dark Crowns series.

We pick up only a few weeks after the end of One Dark Throne. Katherine is the Queen Crowned. Mirabella and Arsinoe are in hiding on the mainland with Billy. And Jules is in hiding on the island, dealing with the repercussions of being legion born.

But the island isn’t done with these girls. The mist is rising, causing panic and fear. It has a life of it’s own and it takes whomever it wants. As the undead queen, Katherine’s rule is threatened, not only by the mist but also by a renegade band of rebels who want to end the line of the queens and rule the island as it has never been ruled before.

While Katherine tries to hold on to her thrown, Arsinoe and Miabella try to forge a new life away from the island. But a dark shadow threatens and refuses to allow the past to lie.  Nothing is settled and this story is far from done.

Two Dark Reigns started out pretty slow for me. There was a lot of talk and very little action. It wasn’t until two-thirds of the way through the book that things start to actually happen. Some background was needed in the beginning to build up where the story is ultimately leading to but I just felt that we could have gotten to the point sooner.

Some things happen really slowly in this series, while others go almost too fast. There were pockets of action in this book that could have be dragged out a little more, whereas several discussions could have been chopped down to a page max.

That being said, I do love this world that Blake has built up. And it’s just gotten more interesting with the legion curse and the history being revealed. I am also loving how the mist, the islands protector, seems to be turning on the island itself.

I am excited to see where this last book will take us… who will survive and who will not. Mostly, I want to know what is instore for the island. Will it survive the mist or will this be the end of it altogether?

This one gets 3.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab is a new tween science fiction and fantasy series.

Cassidy Blake has never lead a normal life, what with her parents being super success paranormal writers who call themselves: The Inspectres. But her life took a turn for the even weirder when she died. Well… almost died. Ever since this near death experience, Cassidy has been able to actually see ghosts, including her best friend Jacob.

Now her parents have decided to turn their successful novels into a TV show and they are all off to Edinburgh, Scotland–the city of ghosts. What Cassidy finds in Edinburgh will change everything she knows about who she is and what she can do. But there will be danger and the information she learns may just tear her world apart.

I really enjoyed this one. Totally a book that both kids and adults will enjoy. I didn’t even feel like I was reading a tween book but the content was definitely still appropriate for the kids. It wasn’t too scary but it will also keep a reader at the edge of their seat.

Cassidy and Jacob made a good team and yet there is this hint of what’s to come with their relationship. I really look forward to seeing Cassidy developing her abilities and how Schwab is able to do this while The Inspectres move from city to city. It’ll be interesting to get these haunted histories of different historical sites.

A fun quick read for an adult and a little spooky and an exciting read for 10+. This one gets 5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Strange The Dreamer

Stranger The Dreamer by Laini Taylor is the first book in a young adult fantasy series.

Lazlo Strange has dreamed of finding the forgotten city of Weep since he was a five-year-old orphan with no name and no history. As a man and a bookish librarian, Lazlo is still a dreamer and he fears that he will only ever fantasize about his dream, never chase it. That is, until Lazlo is faced with a chance of a lifetime that could put him within reach of his dreams.

What happened to Weep centuries ago that all-but wiped it from the history books? What could a man named the God Slayer possible need from a people he never knew existed? And how on earth does a city lose it’s name?

Boy am I late to the party on this one! I came across some promotional material for the sequel to this series and when I went to read the synopsis, I realized I had to get my hands on the first one. And this book didn’t disappoint.

It’s always refreshing to find a new fantasy series with a truly unique theme. From the very beginning when five-year-old Lazlo is fighting imaginary warriors and loses Weeps true name, I was hooked. There was just enough world building to help contribute to the mystery of the story but not too much to give everything away.

Looking back, one of the things that struck me about this book was how the language shifted when we were in Lazlo’s dreams/stories/imaginings. The language seamlessly goes from descriptive (maybe even wordy) narrative to this flowy prose that just fits with these impossibly vivid dreams. It was lovely.

These lovely, impossible dreams were also a nice balance to the truly awful things surrounding the city of Weep. Some of the plot points of this story are really horrible but the way Laini Taylor sprinkles the magic and keeps the “terrible” on the fringes, creates a good balance.

I really enjoyed this one and can’t wait until the sequel comes out in October. This one gets 4-4.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver is a new standalone fantasy novel by Naomi Novik.

Miryem comes from a long line of moneylenders. Unfortunately, her father is too gentle hearted and a terrible lender. People take advantage of Miryem’s family, while they freeze and starve, until Miryem steps-in and embraces a talent she never knew she had–the ability to change silver to gold. And this is where her story begins.

When word of her talents reaches the mythical and dangerous creatures who haunt the woods, Miryem’s fate becomes entwined with their cold King whose interest in her in more than just gold. Now the future of two civilizations could hang in the balance and Miryem may be the only one with the ability to help.

You should all know that I loved Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. I’ve literally read it twice and listened to the audiobook three time. I just loved the world and the story, so I had really, really high hopes for Spinning Silver. And although I didn’t love it quite as much as Uprooted, I did enjoy this story a lot.

Novik just has a talent for world building without spelling things out for you. She just let’s the world reveal itself alongside the story. I love this. You get just enough to peak your interest and start building the world in your mind and then she leaves the rest up to you to fill in with your imagination.

The only reason this one doesn’t get 5 stars from me is because the beginning was a tad slow and I wasn’t really sure where things were heading. I think I was waiting for the magic to hit sooner than the few peeks we get here or there. But after awhile the pace increases and the story moves forward.

I also sort of wished that the women were the only ones who narrated the story. The women of this book were the heroes; they were the strong ones in a world where men rule. By adding the few chapters from the men’s perspective was fine but I think the same story could have been achieved without them.

This one gets a sold 4 stars from me. Keep ’em coming Naomi!

That’s all for now!

-M-

To Kill a Kingdom

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo is a YA fiction, standalone novel.

Lira is a Siren princesses, ruthless, cruel… a prince killer. She holds the hearts of 17 prince’s under her bed; one for each year of her life. Her legend, the prince’s bane, is known both above and below the ocean. Until chance or maybe fate forces her to kill one of her own and for punishment her mother, the Sea Queen, turns Lira into a human. Now she must capture the heart of one of the richest Princes in the world.

Prince Elian is not your usual prince. He is a Siren killer. He feels more at home on the sea, captain of his ship, hunting monsters than he does holding court or dancing at balls. He is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world and with that comes certain responsibilities… responsibilities he shirks as often as he can.

Now Elian is on a quest to rid the world of Siren’s forever. When he saves a young woman from the middle of the ocean, she promises to help him with his task. But her secrets may cost him everything.

Will Lira capture the heart of her prince and reclaim her place beside her deadly mother? Or will Elian succeed in his quest to rid the world of monsters once and for all?

It is refreshing to read a standalone novel once in awhile. Nice not to have to wait for sequels and get one full story in one book. And To Kill a Kingdom did that. Sometimes with a standalone you feel like the world isn’t fully developed or the author tries to sneak in too much but Christo had a nice balance of world building and storytelling.

I liked this world of Siren’s and Pirates. I actually would have liked to explore Lira’s world a little bit more but it was neat to see this mini world of pirates and the countries that specialize in specific traits–thieves, spies, gold, love, etc. It did give you the feeling of the Little Mermaid without being obvious.

The only thing I didn’t really like about this book was that in the first half, I felt like I was being told how to feel about the characters. Lira is cruel and the most wicked thing in the ocean. Sure she had attitude but it is one thing to say someone is mean and another thing for me to feel that it is true. I needed to see it more here.

This one gets 3.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Death and Night

Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi is A Star-Touched Novella.

Every great love story has a beginning and this is the story that comes before The Star-Touched Queen. The Lord of Death, aloof and remote, ruled his kingdom with little companionship and for the most part he was content. Until the tapestry of fates showed him what was lacking in his life… a wife. But Death was cursed and doomed to live a loveless life.

Night ushered in the evening and guarded the night-time sky. She was alone and she fit in nowhere; not in the human world or in the world of the immortals. But after a chance meeting with Death, Night wondered if she could be more.

This is the story of when Night met Death.

If you’ve read my review of The Star-Touched Queen, then you will know how much I loved the story of Maya and Amar and their love that spanned lives. Death and Night is the story of how Maya and Amar, Death and Night, met and fell in love. It is full of the same flourishes and magic you find in all of Chokshi’s books. I swear, I have no idea what she is talking about half the time and yet the language just works. I don’t know if the world itself allows for this break from linguistic reason but the language itself instills magic into the work.

This was a quick, cute read. There is no excitement and none of the urgency you get in Chokshi’s other books. But this is a novella. It is meant to be light and airy and just give you more of the stories you love. It felt like a prequel to me and makes me want to go re-read or even listen to the audio book of The Star-Touched Queen.

This one gets a high 4.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-