Six of Crows Review

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six of Crows Duology #1

Published: September 29, 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

I read the first book in the Grisha Trilogy a while ago, and while I did enjoy it I never felt the pressing need to finish this series. Because of this, while Six of Crows sounded interesting and has been n my to be read list since it came out, I did not feel a pressing need to read it. Boy was I wrong.

Six of Crows is one of my new favorite books. Kaz Brekker is the perfect, vicious, anti-hero who you root for and love more than some of your favorite heroes. He is perfectly vicious and ruthless in his quest for riches. He always keeps you guessing with his plans, and I found myself thinking everything had gone awry multiple times, just to find out it was all going the way he wanted it to.

I love the story between Nina and Matthias, especially because it connects in many ways to the more specific world of the original Grisha trilogy. Perhaps I’m a bit sadistic, but I love couples who start out hating each other and grow into love (aka Rhys and Feyre).

I really like Wylan and Jesper’s interactions as well. It’s always refreshing for metal illness and disabilities to be shown in books, with the people being portrayed as ACTUAL HUMANS. There mini-romance is also adorable and I really hope that it continues to develop in the sequel Crooked Kingdom (which comes out on Tuesday!).

Inej is an awesome acrobatic “wraith” who was able to scrape her way up from forced slavery. Everything about her is awesome, from her clinging to her beliefs, to her ability to kill four men in under two minutes.

Now I can’t really tell about the plot without spoiling some major points, but it leaves you on the edge of your seat, never sure what will happen next.

The ending absolutely killed me, and is another reason that I’m glad that I put reading this book off because now I only have to wait 4 days instead of the year that other people had to wait! Definitely strongly recommend this book, for the engaging and perfectly horrible characters you will fall in love with.

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Thanks for reading!

Emily

Empire of Storms Review

28260587Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass Series #5

Genre: Fantasy

Published: September 6, 2017

Rating: 5/5

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I absolutely loved this book. While Heir of Fire remains my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series, Empire of Storms very easily overtook Queen of Shadows for the number two spot. This book is looongggg in an absolutely wonderful way. Maas always has excellent character development, and this book does not disappoint in that aspect. She also is the master of introducing new people and power couples.

The end absolutely destroyed me, and I cannot wait for the next one in the series. It is a bit of a cliff hanger, however it is well worth it on the tear-jerker scale. I am not lying when I tell you I have been unable to really focus on any other book for the past week because of how thoroughly Empire of Storms destroyed me. This series is my all-time favorite, and I would definitely recommend to anyone considering reading it.

I was also fortunate enough to be able to get both the Barnes and Noble, and Target edition which both had wonderful fan art by the awesome artist PhantomRin!

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Spoiler Section:

I apologize in advance if this section is more of a rant of feelings than actual coherent speech. I will attempt to make this brief

Elide and Lorcan as a couple are one of my new favorites in the series. I just absolutely love how they fight and challenge each other, and Elide’s healing process as well as Lorcan’s softening literally gave me life, as they both developed and evolved so much throughout the book.

I totally did not see the Lysandra twist at the end coming! Perhaps that makes me a little dense because they did mention like twice that the shifters are feared because of their abilities to imitate important people. I was SOBBING when Maeve came and took Aelin. Legitimately was incoherent for a good two hours. And oh my goodness, Rowan being so heartbroken and destroyed! My poor little baby hawk. I don’t know how I am supposed to wait a year for the next book D: I suppose that is what ACOTAR 3 is for!

 

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-Emily

The Black Jewels Trilogy

The Black Jewels Trilogy

by Anne Bishop

Series: The Black Jewels Trilogy

Published:  December 2, 2003 by Roc

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Goodreads

My Rating: 

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Anne Bishop’s critically-acclaimed Black Jewels Trilogy is the saga of a young but still-innocent Queen more powerful than even the High Lord of Hell—and the three sworn enemies determined to win her and gain a prize that could be terriblebeyond imagining…


Daughter of the Blood

The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy–the arrival of a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, and the destiny of an entire world is at stake


Heir to the Shadows

Enough time has passed for the young girl Jaenelle, heir to the magical Darkness, for her physical wounds to heal, while amnesia keeps her frightening memories at bay. But with Saetan–a Black-Jewelled Warlord Prince and Jaenelle’s foster-father–to protect her, she will continue to grow. Her magic will mature. Her memories will return. And Jaenelle will face her destiny when she remembers Daemon, Saetan’s son, who made the ultimate sacrifice for her love…


Queen of the Darkness

Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one chapter ends, a final, unseen battle remains to be written, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible power that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all.

Note: This review encompasses the entire trilogy, which includes (in order), Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of Darkness.


You know those books where you had to slow down your reading speed, because you just don’t want it to end? For me, The Black Jewels Trilogy was one of those series. I blasted through the first two books in two days, but when I got to the last 100 pages of the third one, I took a break. And by a break, I mean that I didn’t even open it for a week before I could bring myself to finish it.

One of the things that I found most interesting about the series was that the books were not set in the heroine’s point of view. Instead, the series bases itself on those supporting her. It was a refreshing break from the somewhat overused “chosen one” theme.

There wasn’t a love triangle either! The protagonist Jaenelle worked on setting free realms full of corruption instead of choosing a man! (I’m not saying I don’t enjoy those cliche love stories, just that this was a nice break from the seemingly endless line of them I’ve been reading lately.)

The world was seamlessly built, with the courts and tiers of society very clearly laid out in a way that guided you through them, rather than smacking you with a multi-page eulogy of the court structure (as some other books do). There were some rather long stretches of inaction, detailing some aspect of different characters lives, and while I didn’t mind these asides other readers who read through things a little more slowly may find these breaks frustrating.

The only real complaint that I can think of is the VERY adult nature of this book. The story got…how can I say this… very “rape-y.” While the significance of the men dominating the more powerful females was a very important theme throughout the series, at some points I had to take a break because of the graphic nature of the scenes. That leads me in to this warning: DO NOT read this book if you cannot stand lurid sex scenes.

This series has definitely wormed its way into my heart with it’s epic fantasy world and lovable (if slightly damaged) characters. I couldn’t put it down!