I enjoyed this more than the first in the series which is unusual for me. Usually the second book becomes dull or like a filler book but this one wasI enjoyed this more than the first in the series which is unusual for me. Usually the second book becomes dull or like a filler book but this one was filled with action, character development, heartache, battles, shape shifting and some major twists and turns!
Nym is a favourite character of mine and though you want to yell at her on several occasions, the fact she messes up makes her all the more human to me. Perfect protagonists are about as unrealistic as you can get. So yeh Nym!
The romance isn't as in your face (though i thought there'd be none at all given the last books cliffhanger), it's subtle and clever and plays a deeper role in the story, though fans of the first book wont be disappointed.
On a brilliantly positive note this book is nowhere near as depressing as its predecessor (yeh!) and actually has a positive cliffhanger. I was so thrilled because I think the wait would have done me in lol
At the beginning of this book i had to let go of the concept of realism. I struggled a bit because to me i find it hard to believe that ex-lovers, parAt the beginning of this book i had to let go of the concept of realism. I struggled a bit because to me i find it hard to believe that ex-lovers, parents and friend would fail to recognise that their loved one is a fake, but...they do!
Once I got past this unrealistic fact though, it became quite a fun novel. Lets just say for arguments sake that there was someone who looked just like Lady Elizabeth that she could get away with impersonating her and get to live her life, loves and other fun things.
I found this an enchanting story. I detested the real Elizabeth for being selfish and such a coward she wouldn't face up to things herself. Not to mention the fact she drops Lucy in it (so to speak). I loved Lucy, Nick and the ladies in waiting and I was aching for Lucy to get her happily ever after.
If I was in her position I highly doubt I would have been able to cope with it. What she goes through; the death threats the awkward social situations, and all without any help, was terrifying to me. Not to mention how heartbreaking things got for her personally.
What I liked the most is that Nick pretty much pointed out on several occasions that she seemed like a different person and so the ending was perfect for me. In my opinion I think the REAL Elizabeth and Cristoph would have been perfect for each other because of how full of it they both are.
It would be interesting to read stories to see what happens to them both because though we know where Elizabeth is, it is a bit unclear as to what happens to Cristoph.
My advice to anyone wanting to read this: Leave your sense of realism at the door and you'll love this. Continually look for holes and a sense of realism and you will fall flat by quarter of the way though....more
Wow. I'm kinda annoyed I read this as a pre-release as now I have to wait even longer for the final part in the series.
I loved this book a lot but notWow. I'm kinda annoyed I read this as a pre-release as now I have to wait even longer for the final part in the series.
I loved this book a lot but not quite as much as the first, probably because of two reasons. One, I missed the romance between Arin and Kestrel. Two, I found some of the political intrigue was dragged out a bit too long. But that may be me being picky and that is down to my individual taste. The writing, as always, is exquisite.
I'm not normally one for politics, games and wars but there's something truly addicting in this story that pulls you along. It was confusing, very confusing in parts, but the pieces fall together by the end of the book.
Despite my criticism of the lack of romance, the Kestrel/Arin relationship is very there and very tense, but the softer moments that I enjoyed were missing (though for mostly good reasons). To say this book is heart wrenching is an understatement. It will rip your heart out, stamp on it and then run it over with a four-by-four just for good measure.
I've never known a story to have so many interwoven threads and betrayals and so many two faced characters! The amount of shock value within these pages is ridiculous. I'd get over one thing and be hit with another. I have to give it to Marie, I did not see the underlying conspiracy or the plans the emperor has set into motion. He's a cruel and sadistic person (and no that isn't a spoiler, it's pretty clear from the beginning of the book)
Arin frustrated me at times, his anger blinds him to the truth a lot and Kestrel was equally infuriating at times and I sometimes wanted to bang their heads together.
As for the end? Yes, it's a cliffhanger, but one that suggests hope. And if Arin and Kestrel aren't together by the end of the final book. I will cry. And if you're reading this Marie, I mean literally cry. sob.
Anyway, go and read this trilogy. It's amazing....more
Well. There is so much wrong with this book I don't know where to start. The concept itself is a good idea but it all fell apart. I get authors like toWell. There is so much wrong with this book I don't know where to start. The concept itself is a good idea but it all fell apart. I get authors like to write about taboo and shocking topics and when done correctly they make a hell of a book. This book? It's doesn't do it right and it also feels like an effort to cram every horror story into a single book.
Among the shocking horrific things I read, this book includes:(view spoiler)[male rape, cheating, blatant murder and cruelty, a man showing no remorse over his wife being torn apart, same bloke hinting that if he had to chose between his daughter and his lover he'd chose his lover (hide spoiler)] and a whole host of other things!
The main characters were selfish d***s (excuse my starred out swear word) I mean if Bastian loved Tressa so much he should have had the spine to stand up for himself instead of thinking with his manhood and a woman's lady cushions!
The plot was full of holes and the world building was sketchy at best. It's a shame because I read Anathema by the same author and I liked that. This book was needlessly graphic and poorly written and full of mistakes. Will not be reading the sequel. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was a nice easy read. Which I kinda need at the minute. It reminded me a little of The Princess Diaries and Suddenly royal, kinda a cross betweenThis was a nice easy read. Which I kinda need at the minute. It reminded me a little of The Princess Diaries and Suddenly royal, kinda a cross between the two, since it's aimed more at young teens.
It doesn't get too serious or delve too deeply into matters, which is good, sometimes you don't need the nitty gritty of everything to understand a story or concept. I loved the way it jumped betweem St Andrews, Lakeview and Tamura so that, as a reader, I understood what was going on from multiple angles.
At it's heart this is a lovely romance, a tad cliche, but I don't care. Which girl doesn't dream of being a princess and of finding that guy who will sweep them off there feet? I'm 27 and still looking lol
The writing style is fluid and I'm looking forward to what the author does next. This is definitely a read for a night in with a mug of hot chocolate and cake.
Well wow! First, thanks to net galley for allowing me to review this. I love a good fairy tale retelling and I loved this unique take on snow white (tWell wow! First, thanks to net galley for allowing me to review this. I love a good fairy tale retelling and I loved this unique take on snow white (though some parts have a seriously dark twist)
Essie is an incredible lead female and I adore Dane and the 7 drones (you see what the author did there?!)I'll have to be careful so as not to post spoilers but all the hallmarks from snow white are there but with amazing differences and such a modern take but with a twist of the archaic mixed in (think tech nerd but with a few medieval bits and pieces thrown in).
The world building is incredible and for a book that is stand alone and the fact the story moves without boredom or slowness, I never found that I was missing any description or scene setting. I was able to keep up and imagine the lay out of the solar system, it's worlds and the hierarchy without any issues what so ever.
I am in awe of R.C. Lewis and I can't wait to see what comes from this author next. Whatever it is, be sure I'll be reading it. Brilliant brilliant book!...more
I was nervous when I got approved to read this as a pre-release because remembering how the last book ended I was struggling to see how on earth KeirrI was nervous when I got approved to read this as a pre-release because remembering how the last book ended I was struggling to see how on earth Keirran and Ethan could come back from such a clash.
I was left brilliantly surprised though with the route this book takes, even if I did find the end of the main story slightly heart breaking. That’s one thing I have become used to with Julie’s writing. Yes, they are fantasy/faerie stories but the realism of the bittersweet nature of life is what makes them seem so much truer.
Something I was grateful for in this book is that some of the older characters from the original books get a bit more action towards the end and there are some pretty intense emotional scenes and some tear-jerking moments. The fight scenes were pretty intense too and some of the events that twist in the story were amazing. Essentially this book was a non-stop thrill ride with romance and a touch of humour.
The character development was truly intense. All of the characters come a long way especially Ethan and Keirran (especially Keirran given the events of the previous book) but Ethan learns some surprising things about himself too. The thing I like most about Ethan is that he’s Human, he’s the hero and he has no super power or magic and his humanity is what stands out in a book full of magic. As for Kenzie, I still love her. She’s amazing and such a perky, upbeat companion to Ethan’s broodiness, and they’re relationship really does work. As well as Kenzie though there are some characters from previous books that make a return which I loved.
The epilogue was the bit that really drew me in at the end though because of the last few pages and because it gives a lot of hope for the future for all the characters even if there are a few questions I want answering (even if they are minor ones)
I won’t post any spoilers about who lives and who dies…read the book and find out! Trust me, it’s totally worth it. ...more
It's taken me a while to write this review because of various personal issues but here goes! I loved this book to bits! I found this to be a rare andIt's taken me a while to write this review because of various personal issues but here goes! I loved this book to bits! I found this to be a rare and wonderful piece of escapism that sucked me in from beginning to end. As if the story line wasn't enough to draw me in; the descriptions of Niemela and the Mer people made it even better.
Florence was an inspirational character and I felt I could relate to her a lot, It was very easy to imagine how it would feel to be in the background to then be thrown literally in the deep end without any warning (please pardon the terrible sea related pun) I loved reading about her relationship with Rolan; my personal favourite of the two brothers and I can't wait to see how their relationship progresses in the sequel (something I will most definitely reading, i might add).
Filled with action, a bit of mystery, romance and one of my favourite mythical creatures of all time I knew this book would be a fantastic read before I even picked it up and I have to thank the author for giving me the chance to read it. I am currently hounding my sister to read it and now I'm harassing everyone reading this to read it too.
If you love your books filled with mer-folk, strong female leads, with a well thought out plot and romance then this is definitely a book for you and I highly recommend reading it. The writing style is fantastic and at no point (I promise you) will you get bored whilst reading this, something that I find is rare in books today.
When I first started reading this I was enjoying it immensely and then the Religion heavy content kicked in and it started overshadowing the HistoricaWhen I first started reading this I was enjoying it immensely and then the Religion heavy content kicked in and it started overshadowing the Historical Romance side of the story. Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against religion in novels or in general. In fact i read the Amish Romance stories but they are a lot less Religion heavy than this book (odd considering they are set in a religious community). I also think it prudent to point out that I am NOT an Atheist just to make it clear that this is not an anti-god splurge.
At the beginning of the story it is the peril and romance that takes center stage, followed swiftly by the threat of war and some fighting. But then the religious side creeps in, sneaky and not so there at first, but then it hits you like a hammer and I found it hard to focus on Gisela, John and there budding romance. One part that particularly annoyed me was that John seemed more alarmed at the thought of the church splitting than losing the woman he loves and the lives that would be lost during a war that would cause said split of church. Now I understand that this was a different time period but still, it bugged me a lot.
If you can get past that and focus on the romance and the complicated military plots and betrayals then there is a good story underneath it all. And I was thrilled with the ending. The idea that Love will conquer all has always been a big thing for me and I love the idea. So for that reason this book still gets three out of five, because it is, underneath it all, a compelling love story. It helped that the characters were well fleshed out and with personalities that could be related to. I could understand the reasoning for John and Gisela trying to avoid there feelings even if i didn't like there stubbornness.
Maybe I'm a good old fashioned romantic but if you love someone, really love someone, then they are most definitely worth the struggle to be with. ...more
I loved this story to pieces :) I could leave my review there, but I won't. I'm a sucker for happy endings and an even bigger sucker for fairy-tales sI loved this story to pieces :) I could leave my review there, but I won't. I'm a sucker for happy endings and an even bigger sucker for fairy-tales so you can imagine I was enthralled by this enchanting retelling of Snow White.
Some parts of the story remained the same for example, the mirror, the evil Queen and Snow White herself. But everything was twisted in such a great way. Kat is not the vulnerable Disney character who lies waiting to be kissed, the dwarves are not little men who go out and dig in a mine and the story itself is much harsher in parts with the stark realism the original tale lacked. Danger follows the characters everywhere and the reader is given a constant reminder of exactly how dangerous a woman with an all-seeing mirror can be with all her hunting down of the 'rule breakers' in her kingdom without having to witness the rule breaking in person.
The romance side of it was brilliantly done and I loved the twist regarding Kat and Jeremy and the link between Kat and the man trapped in the Queen's mirror was amazing. I never saw it coming, nor did I guess the mystery surrounding Jeremy. Some of my favourite scenes though were between Kat and the Dwarves and my personal favourite was Pokole (such a sweet little dude) and there were some scenes with those guys that nearly had me in tears.
All in all this story has a lovely ending with some cleverly thought out plot twists, a healthy dose of humour and some heartwarming romance that I think will be just perfect for these cold winter months. Grab a hot chocolate, some nice biscuits and curl up with this book :) ...more