Crooked Kingdom!

So I have been super busy with school and the first round of midterms, but I am finally able to take a pause today after my Saturday morning exam and begin Crooked Kingdom!
I absolutely loved Six of Crows (you can check out my review HERE) and can not wait to see where the story takes us.

I was fortunate enough to be able to order the books signed from Books of Wonder, and they came with a surprise sheet of tattoos inside! I had also previously signed up for a pre order bonus of a set of dice with game instructions, as well as a signed bookplate.

Let me just rave a little about how beautiful the books are without the dust jacket! I absolutely love the color red and the red cover and pages with the black writing is gorgeous. Also, the title crow imprint on the cover of both copies!

Hopefully I will be able to finish this book this weekend, if other work does not drag me back down! As soon as I finish, I will post a review.

Once again, don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop for bookish bracelets!

Thanks for reading!

Emily

Wanderlove Saga by Belle Malory

I’ve decided to take this time on #throwbackthursday to write a review of one of my favorite series of 2011 and 2012. Without further ado, here is my review of the wonderful, extraordinary Indie Series, The Wanderlove Saga!

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Wanderlove by Belle Malory

Genre: Magical realism/science fiction

Published: September 20, 2011

Rating: 4.5/5

Blurb: Lola Moori is hiding a secret she doesn’t know she’s keeping.

She begins to remember someone.

Someone important.

His name is Gabe. . .and whatever they shared, she could feel that it was epic.

Yet it seems Gabe wanted her to forget him. Forever.

The curse that repressed Lola’s memories for the span of several lifetimes is coming undone. But unfortunately, she discovers that some secrets are better left buried.

Review:

The world that Malory creates in Wanderlove is absolutely enchanting. The idea of a somewhat secret society of Gypsy’s, as well as long lost and forgotten love pulled in my middle-school-aged heart. It’s also refreshing to read a mystery love story without a love triangle. And that’s the awesome thing about this book, while it is a wonderful love story, it is also a fantastical mystery based in magic.

I especially love the flashback to Lola’s life so many lifetimes before. I have to admit I cried a few times reading this book, and have gone back to read it multiple times.

Gabe is also the perfect love interest, a compassionate and hard-working man who wants nothing but the best for his love. The way he treats her is some portions of the book is somewhat reminiscent of Daniel Grigori in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, however I believe it is a tad more relatable in this instance.

While Wanderlove is an amazing book, it was really the second one in the series that really blew me away. Remember how I said that it was a mystery mixed in with a love story? Well that mystery doesn’t get resolved in the first one; for that you have to read on….

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Published: June 24, 2012

Rating: 5/5

Blurb: If you could provide anyone with the path to their deepest, darkest desires, would you?

Estelle Spencer has no choice.

With just a simple touch of her hand, wishes and dreams are instantly fulfilled. Her voice speaks of its own accord, lighting the way to good fortune.

But not everyone’s fortunes are desirable.

For most of her life Estelle hides in fear, living as a recluse in her sister’s shadow. Until the day comes when her existence is remembered.

Forced into running, Estelle meets Rex, a Romanian gypsy, and the only person who can help her hide. Together they search for a way to end the curse that controls Estelle’s life.

Before she destroys the world.

Review:

While Wanderlove was a sweet story of eternal love, this story focuses on Rex, the brother of Gabe, who is hung up on a past love of lifetimes past. Insert Estelle, a charming a cursed individual who has always done what is best for everyone else, until she becomes hunted for her gift.

It is not really necessary to read the first book to understand this storyline, but if you choose to skip it, some of the people and other background info might be a bit confusing. Lola and Gabe show up again, as I said this book is basically the resolution of that mystery from Wanderlove, and it’s great to be able to revisit certain aspects of their past that remain unanswered as well as see them find happiness. While they do show up and are instrumental in beginning the events of the book, they are not really seen throughout. Instead, it focuses on the characters mentioned earlier, Rex and Estelle.

Rex is a cynical person, and somewhat of a bad boy (and artist) which is always appealing to me. I mean, who doesn’t want to root for the bad boy? I also loved how this book was not about a first, eternal love, but in many ways overcoming an old one to welcome the new. There still isn’t a real love triangle though, as the book is told in Estelle’s view, and she is only ever interested in Rex. The only real thing holding them back is the curse, and to defeat that Estelle cannot rely on anyone else.

I will have to say that I sobbed multiple times during this book, but I am also a complete sop for love stories. Especially ones where the female finds herself and comes into her powers.

As always, feel free to comment with your thoughts. Happy reading!

Emily

Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

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Series: Book#4 in the Arcana Chronicles

Genre: Fantasy/Dystopian

Published: August 15, 2016

Rating: 4.5/5

I’m not going to put a blurb on here because it includes spoilers from the last book in the series, and I don’t want to ruin it for whomever so chooses to read it in the future. HERE is a link on Goodreads to the first book in the series, Poison Princess.

This book did not disappoint me at all. I would go so far to say as it is tied for my favorite in the series next to Poison Princess. Evie struggles with a great loss in convincingly confused fashion, as she is still forced to choose between her two loves, one of them presumed dead. Evie’s struggle with accepting this, turning into a black hat trying to make the impossible happen by turning back time, seemed real to me. She kind of goes a little insane, which I feel is an acceptable response when you lose the man you initially chose.

I have always struggled in picking a side for this race to the Empress’ heart. While I have always loved Aric, I feel like his claims on Evie were always a bit creepy because it was based in the far past and not the present. This book managed to clear some of those creepy crawly feelings up and although I will always have a special place in my heart for Jack, I can see Evie with Aric long-term.

I really enjoyed some of the new characters that we saw, particularly Sol, who I grew to like from his prequel novella in the collection Day Zero. He is funny and cool, although I still find his motives and actions a bit confusing even a week or two after finishing the book originally.

One of the most interesting parts is the development of Matthew’s story separate from those of his friends. This part kind of ends a bit abruptly…actually the whole book does.

Mini rant: I absolutely love this author but WHY DOES SHE ALWAYS DO CLIFF HANGERS??!?!?!!? She really has you on the edge of your seat, especially after the last two books, which do not seem long enough at all. No seriously, the book is 280 pages which in a world of Maasian 700 page monstrosities IS NOT ENOUGH.   *rant over*

But while we are on the topic of endings, the ending left me reeling and was everything that my super trashy romance loving heart desired. However, I do believe that the paramedic guy may be Minor Arcana and kind of messing with everyone’s head. This is not a fact, just an opinion.

Thankfully, a Spring 2017 release date has been set for the next book in the series  which already has a title and a cover! This is definitely on my can’t-wait list, and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series.

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Thanks of reading! Feel free to share your thoughts!

Emily

Throne of Glass Series

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas                

Series Throne of Glass #1

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens         

Genres Fantasy

Source Goodreads

Rating  

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. 

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


For my inaugural review, I’m going to write about my favorite series of all time:

THRONE OF GLASS by the wonderful Sarah J. Maas

(I’ve linked the title to the Goodreads page, if you would like to click and learn more.)

There is nothing bad that I can say about this series, other than it sucks you in and consumes your life, ruining all other books for a while. (After Heir of Fire was released, I must have spent a month rereading the entire series three times.)

I actually stumbled upon this book when wandering through the shelves at my local library in 2012 (I know, it was 3 years ago but this book stuck with me). I’ll admit that I was initially skeptical about the book, mainly because the cover was not the bada*$ one above, but a slightly less intimidating one featuring a cover model holding a dagger (the one to the right). Needless to say, my trepidations proved unfounded, and I discovered one of my favorite series of all time.

Remiscent of The Hunger Games, Celaena is called forth to win her freedom through completion of a series of trials meant to determine the best fighter in the kingdom and make them the King’s Champion. Celaena rises up to the challenge, proving herself an excellent fighter. Her strength in the face of such adversity provides a role-model for people of all ages, but her ability to hold onto her sense of self despite the situations she has been thrust into make her a heroine for the ages.

While Celaena captures you heart and mind, other character are not to be overlooked. The thief Nox, one of Celaena’s fellow competitors proves mysterious and lovable in his own way (and Sarah J. Maas has hinted that he will return in book 5). The princess Nehemiah, who provides Celaena with a friend and confidant in the castle full of spies. And, of course Prince Dorian Havilliard, and Chaol Westfall, the two love interests of the novel.

I know, love triangles are sometimes overrated but this one provides a new spin on the classic. For many reasons, Celaena’s choice is IMPOSSIBLE to make. Other than having to decide between two scrumptious men, her hatred for the King proves a hindrance to any romance between her and the Prince, and her and the Captain of the Guard. I’ll let you decide who to ship Celaena with when you read it.

The main complaint that I have read/heard about this book is that while she is called an assassin, she doesn’t actually do any “assassinating.” To those people, I would reply THIS ISN’T ACTUALLY THE FIRST BOOK OF THE SERIES. There is a series of Novellas that precludes this novel that covers the backstory as to how she got where she was at the beginning of Throne of Glass as well as some of her assassin exploits. 

I would recommend that you read these novellas, which have been compiled into a book The Assassin’s Blade, before reading this wonderful series. It really introduces you to Celaena Sardothein and provides some character background that isn’t covered in Throne of Glass. (It also introduces character that the author has hinted will appear again later in the series.)

Here are some links!

The Assassins Blade

Goodreads            Amazon

Throne of Glass

Goodreads            Amazon

Crown of Midnight

Goodreads            Amazon

Heir of Fire

Goodreads            Amazon

 This was originally posted on my previous blog, and has now been copied over.