After I finished reading Midnight Thief, I really wasn't ready to let go of the world that Livia Blackburne created. I was so excited when I learned t...moreAfter I finished reading Midnight Thief, I really wasn't ready to let go of the world that Livia Blackburne created. I was so excited when I learned that there was a prequel novella about James. I really never read novellas but I couldn't pass this one up. I had mixed feelings about James in MT, so this was exactly what I was hoping for. I think it was good that I read this after MT, so that I had a deeper connection to the characters and I knew where the story was headed, but it can definitely be read first, though you may not feel as connected to them, I'm not sure.
Overall this was fantastic. Learning about his past, and how he became who he was in MT was awesome. I can't wait for more in this world. (less)
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne was a thrilling story that had my heart racing and my anxiety levels turned on high. This book is full...moreAt A Glance:
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne was a thrilling story that had my heart racing and my anxiety levels turned on high. This book is full of secrets and lies, plot twists and revelations, war, violence, espionage, and death. Oh, and a romantic tension that had me on the edge of my seat. If you're a fan of Throne of Glass, Shadow and Bone, The Demon King, Graceling and the like, you will definitely want to add this book to your collection!
I Love Fantasy:
This is, without a doubt my favorite genre, so when I started hearing about this book, and that people were really liking it, it took everything in me to wait this long to read it. Now I'm so happy that I can add it to the list of Fantasies that I have fallen for. The world that Livia Blackburne created is so incredible, without being bogged down with too many details. I love the way she wrote this story, revealing small pieces at a time, so you never knew quite where the story would go, or whom you should trust. The twists, just kept on coming, and while they weren't total blindsides, they were just mysterious enough to make you wonder if what you're starting to suspect might be true. And make you feel smart for coming up with possible scenarios. (heehee)
I loved reading about Kyra. Even though I often wanted to scream at her (communication isn't her strong point), I seriously loved her fierceness and her desire to help those who needed it. Her past is a mystery, and the things that we find out about her (not nearly everything) are kind of awesome. I loved that she was such an amazing and sneaky thief (she reminded me of Gen, The Thief). I loved the direction her story took, and I can't wait to find out more!
The guys in this book will make your head spin. Who should you like? Who should you hate? Who should you fear? Kyra tends to attract some very interesting guys, and they're all so multidimensional. From Flick, the boy who basically saved her when she was a child, to James, the mysterious man who teaches Kyra about the Assassins Guild and how to hone her thieving skills, to Tristam, the young knight who is tracking her down, Kyra is never lacking in male attention. And all of these guys have traits that are admirable . . . and swoony.
Romance & Tension:
Hints of romance are splattered throughout the book, but the tension seriously builds and builds as the story goes on. I know some may be disappointed that there isn't more . . . fulfillment . . . of these tensions, but I love this type of romance. The kind that builds, and leaves room for things in the next book. The kind where every glance, or accidental brush of the hands carries so much weight. And so much wait. And I can't wait!! I'm dying to know where this story is going to go next!
Get This Book!
Go! Buy this book! Or mark it on your Goodreads TBR list. Or request that your library gets it! Whatever you do, don't let this one pass you by!
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, Poison Study by Maria V Snyder
DON'T MISS THE PREQUEL NOVELLA!! POISON DANCE (less)
This one was just not for me. I wish there was a way to tell if a book was a paranormal story with some high school drama, or a high school drama w...moreDNF
This one was just not for me. I wish there was a way to tell if a book was a paranormal story with some high school drama, or a high school drama with some paranormal elements. This was definitely the latter, and just not what I want to read. (less)
This book was so much different than I expected. I was expecting a light romantic comedy, but it was so much more deep than that. It was about romanti...moreThis book was so much different than I expected. I was expecting a light romantic comedy, but it was so much more deep than that. It was about romantic relationships, but it was also about family, and especially about friendship.
"I tighten my grip on my blade, reminding myself that the abbess has assured me it is just one of Mortain's many mysteries, why He has called the othe...more"I tighten my grip on my blade, reminding myself that the abbess has assured me it is just one of Mortain's many mysteries, why He has called the others first. If I ever come face to face with Him again, I shall ask why.
Politely, of course." -Annith
Sooo good! Mortal Heart was to the His Fair Assassin series what Bitterblue was to the Graceling series. (less)
In this book the stepsisters live in a big house. But the house is falling apart, they can't even go upstairs without being in danger of falling throu...moreIn this book the stepsisters live in a big house. But the house is falling apart, they can't even go upstairs without being in danger of falling through the floorboards. The story kicks off with Jane and her sister, Maude, gathering whatever food they can find. After a bit, their mother comes home from the city in a fancy carriage with the news that she has gotten married. Now Jane has a new stepfather and stepsister. Right off you can tell that her stepsister, Isabella, is a spoiled brat. You can also tell that their stepfather doesn't really like them. Isabella is the prettiest girl anyone has ever seen. But she is very young. Their stepfather dies from an illness later on and the family is stuck in winter, in debt.
I love the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales. I also love spin-offs of those stories, such as The Lunar Chronicles. This story is a spin off of Cinderella. It is kind-of a reverse story. "Cinderella" is a brat and doesn't do any of the chores and dresses in fine silk, while the "ugly stepsisters" do all of the chores and runs around without shoes.
This book is small and so an easy read. This book is also clean, which I LOVED and highly appreciate. Just to let everyone know this is a stand-alone. I don't know about any future spin-offs but there will be no more off of these particular people.
I thought the book and the idea of it was good, but I thought it lingered too much around the same household chores, and Isabella's many gifts, and not enough on things like, the ball and supporting characters. But I did enjoy the story and the new twist on this familiar tale. I really loved the setting, and the romance was fun, though a little sudden.
Overall it was a really good read and something that took up what would have been an extremely boring day, and turned it into something fun!