ARC received from HarlequinAustralia/Mira in return for an honest review:
I do believe I liked Sisters of the fire even more than Daughters of the Storm. And I adored Daughters of the storm. This book takes up the story 4 years after the end of book 1. All 5 sisters and their offspring are spread across Thrysland and Bluebell hears that one of her sisters has the trollblade that can kill her and she is determined to her her hands on the sword before it gets her.
Again, from page one I fell headlong in to the story. Each sisters thread was spell binding as the next and drew me ever deeper into the story. the way the threads are pulled and weaved is genius with each on pulling the reader ever towards the end.
I love Ms Wilkins storytelling. She manages to weave this extremely intricate yet seemless story that with characters that are so well drawn they leap off the page in all their flawed brilliance. I was invested in each and every one of them in one way or another and they really added and extra layer to an already riveting story.
This book is full of secrets from beginning to end, the sisters and other characters have secrets from each other and from those around them, even from their selves and they way ms Wilkins slowly reveals these secrets and the consequences of their revealing is nothing short of perfection. This book really advances the series whilst still leaving the reader with a sense of satisfaction with the end of this book.
This book is a perfect mix of action, romance and fantasy with well developed characters and a story that will keep you glued to the pages from beginning to end.
This is Australian fantasy writing at its finest and I give this book 5 stars!
I first discovered author Kim Wilkins books after listening to her speak in a panel at a local writing festival in 2004. At the time I then systematicI first discovered author Kim Wilkins books after listening to her speak in a panel at a local writing festival in 2004. At the time I then systematically went through and read all of her books to that date loving all of them and knowing this was an author I would also want to read more of.
Whilst it has been taken me a long while to finally pick up this book, having now finished it I don't know why I waited so long because I think I enjoyed this one more than all the others combined.
This is the perfect start to what looks to be an enthralling and exciting new series up there Game of thrones or Throne of Glass. Bluebell is heir to the throne, warrior and soldier for her Kingdom and her family. Everything she does and every decision she makes is for her Kingdom, her father or her four sisters. When her father is taken sick by magic, Bluebell is determined to do whatever it takes to save him, no matter the cost.
From the moment I started this book, I literally could not put it down, the writing flows and threads are weaved beautifully to give a seamless, compelling read. Even when you could see where some of the threads might lead, you could not help but be glued to the pages following every word and line.
Ms Wilkins world building is incredible and her characters captivating. The story is told from the point of view of the five sisters and Wylm their step brother. Each sister ( and their step brother) has their own path to follow in the story and each of these path's both kept me riveted whilst moving the story along.
Ms Wilkins writing really helped me connect with all the characters and get into their head and see their points of view. Whether I agreed with the view or not, it really added to my reading experience each character is so well created that you cannot help but invest yourself in each and every thread.
As the first book in the series, where series set up is so important, the story of this book by itself is also extremely strong and in itself sets the pieces in play for what is to come.
I very much enjoyed this read and am truly excited about picking up book 2 and continuing this series.
One of the best first book in a series I have read in a long time and I give this book 5 stars!
received from Hachette via netgalley in exchange for an honest review
I read the first book in this series at the beginning of the year and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to this read. I started it with great excitement and whilst overall I did mostly enjoy, I am sad to say i didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed awakened.
Whilst Reawakened is a story about lily and Amon, this story is mostly about Lily and her journey to rescue Amon who has ended up in the netherworld as a result of the events at the end of reawakened. As the holder of Amon's heart scarab, Lily is still intricately linked to Amon and needs to use this link to rescue Amon from the netherworld otherwise Chaos could be allowed back in and potentially destroy Lily's world.
I think my biggest problem is that I had trouble connecting with Lily in this book and i felt the beginning of the book with the random visit to the nana in Iowa so she could leave to save Amon didn't make sense to me. I mean she is told that if all goes well, it will be as if she never left so why did she need to go to Iowa to be able to do this. The visit itself seemed quite out of character of either the Lily from the beginning of book 1 or even from the end.
That aside my connection with Lily was haphazard at best as Lily went through all the trials to get to and be ready to enter the netherworld, I found the pace a little frustrating and at times the story struggled to hold my attention. It sometimes seemed like the author was trying to weave some threads that would be needed later in the book, but at times they just seemed confusing and made the story that little bit harder to get through.
The second half of the book moved a lot better than the first half in my opinion. Some of the earlier threads started to come through and make more sense and the story itself seemed to flow that little bit better. I felt the addition of Asten and Ahmose to the story and finding out more about their roles in the afterlife when their bodies are sleeping added a lot to the story as a whole and helped to fill out the world building of the story in general.
I though the last 20% of the story got quite exciting and I devoured it pretty quickly and overall I was left with the feeling and the need to see what happens next in this series. So I will definitely be reading book 3.
Overall I did enjoy this book even if I did struggle for a while in the middle. I felt the world building and attention to detail in regards to the ancient egyptian mythology was stronger in this book and this really solidified the story for me. I look forward to seeing how this all plays out in book 3.
A mostly solid and enjoyable read and I gave this book 3 1/2 stars
** I received this ARC from Barclay publicity via netgalley in return for an honest review **
I mostly enjoyed this novel and found it a quick easy and relative engaging read. You know those books where you, despite noticing a number of things that in any other novel would annoy the heck out of you to the point of not finishing, you actually still quite enjoy it. That was this book. I know its a story set in Greek mythology and there are only so many gods in this mythology to write about but the story itself didn't feel overly original and in fact in places, I saw shades of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. I also wasn't so sure about the fusion of witches and Greek Mythology so the connection didn't really work to me.
Sometimes it felt like Ms Madow is trying to add all these elements that make a good story but the story itself felt really contrived and you could see the thought and the strategy behind everything which draws me out of the story rather than drawing me in.
I also struggled to connect to most of the characters which probably didn't help.. The main character, Nicole, lives in her own head a lot and then the use of dialogue to hash everything out made a lot of her worries incredibly repetitive. I did the connection between Blake and Nicole more in this book than the first but I still struggled a little to connect to the characters in general.
I also found it a little conflicting in terms of its messages as one minute Nicole is worried because she has the power to kill with a touch then the next the five are killing in self defence and not being overly bothered by it. The writing of this book has the feel of a middle grade novel but some of the themes seemed a little too old for middle grade novel
That being said though, this book is a fast easy read that you can literally get through within a few hours. I did mostly enjoy it and will read book 3 to see where this series goes.
I am really enjoying this series and I think this book might be my favourite instalment so far. Right away, I liked Tamara's voice as distinct from the rest of her sisters and I felt that the story itself flowed really well. In fact I finished this story in just a couple of hours.
The plotline of this story seemed to evolve more naturally than I felt book 3 and Tamara herself seemed a lot more 3 dimensional. Whilst i could see where a good portion of the story was going, i still enjoyed the journey and there was enough suspense and surprise to leave me happy with where the story went. The fact that we are now quite familiar with her other sisters now also helped. I also liked the balance of mystery and series ARC and felt that both developed enough to keep me satisfied for this instalment but still eager to see how it will all turn out.
I liked the chemistry between Leo and Tamara. It helped that we knew of her crush on Leo for a while so it made sense that this would play part of the story. So the development of their relationship didn't seem too much like instalove. Like the story itself, I felt their relationship evolved naturally even though it was quite quick.
Overall I was quite sad to leave Tamara's point of view as i felt quite connected to her perspective but either way, I am greatly looking forward to seeing how this series will conclude.
I fell in love with this book from the first page. From the first line I knew I would not be able to put it down until the last line and even then I kept trying to scroll for more pages on my kindle in the hope that there was more.
I really loved the voice of this book. Right from the beginning I felt connected so it was easy to relate and feel for Lucille as the story progressed, to understand her feeling of barely keeping her head above water as every thing around her changes and falls apart and I really wanted things to work out for her.
I loved the way the author really captured that awkward crush stage when overnight someone you may have know for ever, you suddenly see in a different way where you can't actually be in the same room as them and actually be able to speak and you can seem to take that change back no matter what you do and I could feel the growing connection between Lucille and Digby even if I didn't always approve of the way it developed.
This book also caught be by surprise. I was caught up in the read and the feels and the rhythm of the story when suddenly Ms Laure took the story up a notch and this change of rhythm really adds to the story and suddenly a really good story was a really great story and couldn't ait to see how it would turn out.
I went through all sorts of emotions whilst reading this book and in dealing with the realness of it. As a mother, I struggled to fathom how a mother could leave her children like that... but it happens and this breaks my heart. I marvelled at Lucille's bravery as she deals with life and having to be the main care giver for a younger sibling and holding it together while her whole world is falling apart . Add in a cast of solid supporting characters and Ms Laure has created a story that feels real and fills you up in the way only a good book can.
I received this ARC from Bloombsbury Australia via Netgalley in return for an honest review. I then purchased myself a copy :-)
I absolutely adored the first book in this series The Winner's Curse. I gave it 5 stars. I have to be honest though, this second instalment took me 2 separate goes to finish it. It actually took receiving book 3 for review, to go back and finish it. That being said though. I am so glad I did come back to it as the second half had me absolutely gripped to the pages, greedily devouring each page until the ending... The words exquisite agony come to mind. Needless to say. I am extremely glad to be able to move straight on to book 3 to see how it is all going to unfold.
I first started it shortly after I reviewed book 1 last year. I read it ravenously at first then I think I got distracted by something else and then never quite got back to it. When I picked it up again however last week, i found I could easily sink back into to the story and get caught up in all the intrigue till suddenly i was sitting shell shocked at the last page. What I really love about this series and this instalment is that there are so many different threads running through it and yet every thread is exactly where it needs to be, being expertly woven into the whole to make such a rich, detailed and authentic story.
The world building is incredible. Ms Rutkoski has created a such a vivid world, with such distinct countries and cultures and her writing really captures the brutalness of the Valourians conquests and campaigns and the desperateness of the conquered countries to both obtain their freedom and fight back against the Valourians and their brutal tactics. I think in this books we get to let much more about all of these countries and the people who both live and rule them and i think this really adds to the story and series as a whole.
There is so much intrigue in this story. I was genuinely scared for both Kestrel and Arin for a good portion of this book. And the emperor scares me with his evilness and constant game playing and loyalty tests. He always seems to be several steps ahead of everybody else and that just makes him dangerous. This goes together with my point about the many different threads. there s so much going on beneath the surface in this book and Ms Rutkoski gets the balance between suspense and reveal absolutely perfect
I am so very glad i finished this story and it truly was a gorgeous and thrilling read and if you will just excuse me now, i am off to read book 3 :-)
Even though I loved this book, because of my original false start with this book, I have to pull this otherwise flawless story back to 4 stars!