I loved the Ruby Red series so when I heard Kerstin Gier had another series coming out this year I was super excited to get my hands on it. I was immeI loved the Ruby Red series so when I heard Kerstin Gier had another series coming out this year I was super excited to get my hands on it. I was immediately pulled into this story and found myself enjoying not only the story but the characters too!
Liv and her sister, Mia, don’t have a normal life. They spend their time moving around a lot and are seriously looking forward to the time with their mother where they will have an actual home to live in and won’t have to worry about packing up their possessions again in less than a year. As they show up in London and meet their mom at the airport, Liv finds out that her mom has met someone (Mr. Change of Plan) and this is going to have a bigger impact than she expected.
As far as characters go, I liked Liv and found her to be a solid main character. She was smart and loved her family. She also loves to dig into a puzzle and is willing to take risks if something is important to her. Her mother was somewhat frustrating to me and thank the lord that Liv and Mia had Lottie, their au pair. Then we also have the four boys (Grayson, Henry, Jasper, and Arthur) who happen to be the most popular at school and also happen to be involved in something that Liv inadvertently gets pulled into. More to come on that piece but two of these boys have swoon potential.
As Liv is introduced to Grayson, who happens to be the son of her mom's boyfriend, she is also pulled into an unexpected situation. One where she thinks she is just dreaming but really, she is pulled into a shared dream where she sees the boys performing a ritual and this is the start of something she never would have believed could happen. Also…a bit of danger.
I can’t say too much here because as usual, I don’t want to give anything away. What I will say is that Gier does a wonderful job of creating this world of dreams and the rules around it. I loved how everyone’s dream doors were different and protected by things that were important to them. It all happens to be tied to something dark and dangerous but through this avenue, Liv is able to learn more about Grayson and Henry than she probably ever would have in the real world. She also meets Anabel Scott who is Arthur’s girlfriend, and the reason they are all in the mess they are in and linked to this demon, the Lord of Shadows.
I’m going to take a moment to talk about Henry because I love that he calls Liv “Cheese Girl” and come on, he’s described as the tall, tattooed type with pale skin, tousled honey-blond hair, and slate-gray eyes.” You had me at tattooed but really, I also love that he does whatever he can to learn as much about Liv as possible, and he really does care about what happens to her.
The one piece of the story that I am hoping we get more of is the around the Tittle-Tattle Blog and who Secrecy is. I honestly have no idea who it could be (although some solid suspicion was thrown a certain way in the story, I’m not sure I am on board with who is identified) and I NEED to know more about this. I am definitely going to check out the next book in this series as I can’t wait to see what happens next for this group! Consider checking this one out if you enjoy a story with a bit of mystery, some interesting characters, and solid dream-world building.
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Claimed by Sarah Fine is book two in the Servants of Fate series. I decided to read this one back to back with book one (Marked) and I have to admit,Claimed by Sarah Fine is book two in the Servants of Fate series. I decided to read this one back to back with book one (Marked) and I have to admit, between the two books, I liked Marked more but overall as a series, I found myself pulled in and really enjoyed it.
Very quickly, Marked was Cacia’s story and that book has a lot of the backstory you will need before diving into this book so definitely read Marked before Claimed or you will be a bit lost. In Marked, we learn that Cacia is a Ferry…both in name and occupation (she is also a paramedic). As a Ferry, she is tasked with guiding those souls that have passed on to their final destination. She (and her brothers and sister) work closely with the Ker’s to keep the balance and follow through on what Fate has determined for humanity. Eli is Cacia’s new paramedic partner and he has a secret of his own that leads these characters through to the end of book one. Since this isn’t necessarily a review for that book, I have glossed over a lot.
Moving into Claimed, the story is more focused on Eli’s sister Galena and Cacia’s brother Declan. Galena has a fairly tragic story and while a good bit of it is revealed in Marked, we learn more about what really happened and the effect it had on both Galena and Eli. Since Galena’s research to find a vaccine for the human plagues has a direct impact on the Fates and the paranormal world, she is a target for those that don’t want her to succeed. Also, now that Eli is a Kere and working for Moros, Galena is pulled into danger.
As Galena and her test subjects become targets for those trying to stop her, the only answer that the Ferry’s can come up with to protect her is that Galena needs to marry into the Ferry family …and not only marry but become claimed and really, truly a Ferry. Not only would it mark her as part of the family and therefore, not someone who can be marked, but it also would make her indestructible in the human world and therefore, offer her a bit of protection.
At the beginning of the story, it is clear there are some feelings between Declan and Galena and I thought Fine did a great job of showing how the trauma Galena experienced funneled over not only into her professional life, but also the relationships she had with those around her. She did her best to power through with Declan but I loved that he forced her to stop and take a step back to consider what he was going through having to get her out of her head the first time they tried to be together.
As characters go, I liked Galena. I don’t know that anything about her really stood out for me. She clearly loves her work and has fallen back on that and Eli as the things that continue to push her forward. I am fairly positive that if she didn’t have one of both of those things in her life she would have given up after her attack. I did like Declan. He is tough but caring and truly loves his family. He was also very patient with Galena and learned quickly what he needed to do to protect her and ultimately gain her trust.
The overall story of who is behind the rogue markings and attacks on Galena and her research is interesting. I’m looking forward to learning more about Moros’ sisters and what will happen in book three. I thought the world building and the character development were done well. If you are looking for an interesting take on paranormal with an urban fantasy feel, definitely check this series out. Fine does a wonderful job of creating her characters and developing / moving the story forward. I will definitely be reading the next book of this series when it comes out.
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The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace is the first in The Keepers’ Chronicles and I thought it was a wonderful start to what will be a promising series.
JThe Storyspinner by Becky Wallace is the first in The Keepers’ Chronicles and I thought it was a wonderful start to what will be a promising series.
Johanna Von Arlo has grown up in a family of performers. She has learned how to be a Storyspinner from her father but on the night that the story opens, her father is performing his highwire act and something goes terribly wrong. After that dreadful night, things change drastically for Johanna as she and her family have to figure out a new way to survive.
Due to being kicked out of the troupe and their struggles to survive, Johanna is forced to hunt in the woods. When she comes across a deer that then happens to run onto Lord Rafael DeSilva’s land she is mistaken for a poacher and that’s when things take another turn as she is thrown into the DeSilva’s world and asked to work for them while they entertain other nobles.
There is quite a bit going on in this story and another piece that ties all of the characters back to Johanna includes a group called The Keepers. They are looking for the heir of King Wilhelm because they believe the heir is the one who will save their land. They aren’t the only ones looking for her either – there are girls being murdered all over the kingdom that match Johanna’s description and when Rafi and his mother figure things out, they start to worry about what this means.
I found that I liked all of the characters in this story. Johanna is smart and definitely not one to just sit by and let others take care of things. I liked that she was willing to do anything for her family and although she has had some tragedies in her life, she still stayed strong. Rafi feels unprepared to take on the level of leadership he knows he has to but he is willing to do what he needs to in order to protect his people as well as the people he cares most about, his mother, brother and now Johanna.
Jacare and his group of Keepers were interesting as well. I would love to know more about their story and I look forward to finding out what has become of them based on the last chapter we had from one of them.
I enjoyed how Wallace tied all of the different storylines together and with all of the action, the story was fast. I have to say, the one frustration I had was how quickly the points of views were transitioned. Just as I would get into one character’s perspective, the chapter would end and things would move to another character’s point of view. It made some of the story feel choppy.
Overall I thought this was a solid first book. Johanna’s story has some mystery and lots of action and Wallace has created an interesting world for them all to live in. I can’t wait to learn more about everyone and where Johanna and Rafi are headed. Based on how this one ended, I am looking forward to the next book as I am curious to see where Wallace goes with all of these characters. If you are looking for an action-filled fantasy, check this one out.
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We did this one slightly different so if you follow the blog you will know we didn't want to spoil this for anyone. I wiOehrbxohsbjsosowkmxnfjskkdbdb.
We did this one slightly different so if you follow the blog you will know we didn't want to spoil this for anyone. I will sum up my feelings below with an appropriate image and our blog post. Trust me, you just need to read this book as soon as you can!
What are your overall feelings about this book? Erin: Just like The Winner's Curse, I loved everything about this book. It felt very different from book one though because Kestrel and Arin are on separate paths and although their stories intertwined, they felt very separate. In the end, I thought this added to the overall story and made it that much better!
Jaime: I did too... I thought I knew what was going to happen, but I was completely wrong. This story has everything, sacrifice, romance, betrayal and political drama ... you just can't go wrong. With an incredible cast of characters, Rutkoski will have you on the edge of your seat.
What was your favorite part? Erin: Maybe the balcony scene...although the scene in the music room killed me. Just all the inner turmoil Kestrel had and seeing her struggle with what she had to do versus what she really wanted to do. OMG - I don't even know how to choose.
Jaime: All of it? I did love the scene in the music room though... and yes the balcony... and well, let's be honest each and every interaction between Arin & Kestrel had me dreaming of sappy romantic things.
What was your least favorite part? Erin: That it ended...is that an acceptable answer?
Jaime: I have none. I mean, each and every part, even the heartbreaking and crushing parts were so amazing.
We both love Kestrel and Arin...what did you think about how their stories progressed in The Winner's Crime? Erin: AHHH - I just want these two to be happy and together. Obviously the choices they have made have brought them to where they are now but a number of things happened that I didn't expect. I know that sounds pretty vague but Rutkoski sure knows how to create some angst.
Jaime: Happy and together would be lovely... how do we get that? Honestly though, their story is a rough one from the very start. Star-crossed and impossible, how could it possibly work between these two? I don't even have the answer but I want ... no I need it!
Everyone is talking about the ending of the book. Without spoilers...what did you think about it? Erin: Seriously...I don't know how we are expected to go through that and then have to wait another year for what happens next. I mean, UGH! I love this story and these characters so much and I will get on my knees and beg to whoever I have to in order to get a copy of the next book.
Jaime: Torture. Plain and simple. It hurts just to think about it.
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The Sin Eater’s Daughter has been on my must read list for a while. The cover first grabbed my attention because it isI have no words...yet.
The Sin Eater’s Daughter has been on my must read list for a while. The cover first grabbed my attention because it is absolutely stunning and then when I read the summary I needed to have it. This is the first book in the series and I have to admit, the end of this book completely took me by surprise. With as impatient I am, I don’t know how I am going to wait for the next book. I will do my best not to disclose any spoilers here.
I love it when I enjoy the characters of a book just as much as the story itself and while they weren’t perfect, they were still great characters. Each played a critical role in moving the story along and I thought Salisbury did a wonderful job developing their background.
Twylla is an executioner because as the Goddess embodied, her touch is poisonous to anyone not of royal blood. She lives in the castle and is engaged to the Prince but as the Goddess embodied, it is her responsibility to make sure those who commit treason against the crown are punished. Twylla is an interesting character. She is somewhat naïve and trusts that her religion and faith will provide everything she needs. At times I felt bad for her due to the way she has been segregated from others but while she knows the queen is definitely evil, she also just assumes that because the queen tells her something, it must be true. While at first she looks at the queen as someone who saved her from the fate of being her mother’s replacement (a Sin Eater), she quickly realizes that the queen will do whatever she needs to in order to get what she wants…or keep the kingdom in her hands.
The queen is an easy “bad guy” to pick out. She is powerful and doesn’t want to lose what she has. To say she is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the power she has is not an understatement. There are some unsettling things that come up through the course of the story that made me cringe. With that said, the way she is obsessed about keeping the royal blood pure was another piece of the story that was cringe inducing. There was an unexpected twist around her plans that I absolutely didn’t see coming…I admit it. And I love it when things surprise me and plot twists are completely unexpected.
Another character I liked was Leif, the new guard assigned to Twylla. At first she does what she can to keep her distance from him but he pushes her to see she is more than just a vessel for the Goddess and that she deserves more than to be a prisoner in the castle. As they become closer, Twylla begins to want more than to just marry the prince and she begins to build more than just a friendship with Leif. I can’t say much more about Leif here…I know, I know. I suck for that but really; I don’t want to ruin anything.
Merek is the prince and I liked him. At first he seemed a bit standoffish but it became clear he was playing a role in front of his mother and others to protect himself. Although Merek and Twylla were engaged they never really spent any amount of time together. Now that he is back, they do When he comes back to the castle after his progress, he and Twylla begin to spend some time together. Merek has a plan for them to stop the queen but it comes at a cost.
The mythology and story of the Gods as well as the religious aspect of the story tied everything together for me. Salisbury created this world that is driven by a belief that the Gods would protect everyone and she brought it all back to Twylla and how those beliefs changed everything for her the day she went with her mother to the castle. It was not a coincidence that she had red hair and a wonderful singing voice, both signs that she was Daunen Embodied and a blessing to the land. The queen absolutely took advantage of the situation and opportunity.
So, there’s not much else I can say here without potentially giving anything away and I want you to be as surprised by the twists and turns of this book as I was. If you are looking for a fantastic story that has wonderfully developed characters, some mystery/intrigue, and some mythology that will have you squirming a bit, definitely check this book out. I couldn’t put this book down and am prepared to beg and plead to anyone who can get me a copy of book two of this series as soon as possible.
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Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein is a book I was looking forward to when I read the summary but I have to admit, I was a bit underwhelmed with this booBecoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein is a book I was looking forward to when I read the summary but I have to admit, I was a bit underwhelmed with this book. It has a lot to do with the characters of this book more than anything as I thought the story was solid, it just didn’t progress as I was hoping.
It is the morning of Azra’s 16th birthday and things are more different for her today than ever. She has definitely changed and it all has to do with the bracelet that is now locked onto her wrist. As a Jinn, Azra is required to help the people that the Afrit tell her she is assigned to. Lucky for Azra, her first three wishes get to be for people she and her mom choose so they can test out her powers. Unfortunately one of her tests goes wrong and things change quickly for Azra.
Once she completes her test challenges, Azra begins to get assignments but they are people that are tied to her everyday life and that isn't supposed to happen. Now she needs to figure out not only how to grant their wishes but also how not influence things the wrong way. As she starts to dig into her mom’s past, Azra finds out more than she thought she would and it explains why the Afrit have been watching her so closely.
A lot of the story focuses on Azra’s relationships. She has a group of girls (daughters of her mother’s Zar) that make up her own Zar and she is supposed to be growing closer to them as they all evolve into Jinn but Azra is finding it difficult to connect to them due to the fact that she doesn’t really want to be a Jinn. In addition to that group, the boy she has had a crush on is finally noticing her and the brother of her childhood best friend has found out about her secret and Azra doesn’t want to worry about it.
I thought that Goldstein did a good job of showing Azra’s frustration with the life she has been given. I wished we would have gotten more information about Azra’s mother and father and I hope that the next book gives us more detail on that. I also want to know more about the Afrit and why they have forced the Jinn to be separated from everything. They aren’t supposed to be close to humans and they can’t have their own families, I need to know more about everything!
Overall I thought this story was interesting and I am very curious around the information I mentioned above so I will keep the next book on my radar. This series has some potential and I look forward to seeing what comes next.
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Gah!!!! That ending...where is the next one...seriously...I am going to need it soon.
Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand is book two in the Clone ChronicGah!!!! That ending...where is the next one...seriously...I am going to need it soon.
Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand is book two in the Clone Chronicles series and I have to admit – I went into this series with no idea what I was going to get but was pleasantly surprised. This book picks up shortly after book one (Imitation) ends and brought me right back into Ven’s world.
As I previously mentioned, Ven is a great character. She is loyal, caring, and smart. All things I appreciate in a good heroine. She was always willing to face danger in order to make an impact on the greater good. In this case, the danger is Raven Rogan’s father, Titus. He is absolutely soulless and only cares about what is good for him.
The thing that I found missing in book one was a real explanation of where Raven Rogan, Ven’s authentic, really was. I finally got my answer but not until the end of the book. With that said, there is some definite story progression from book one to book two. We find out more around what Ven and the group have planned to save the clones and who they are going to lean on for help.
Relationships also change more in this book. Not only that of Ven and Linc but also the relationships that Ven has with the people around her – Daniel, Josephine, Melanie, Obadiah. They all have critical roles in this book and I can’t say much without giving things away – what I can say is that they all change along with Ven throughout this story.
I do admit that the book ends on a pretty big cliffhanger and if you know anything about me, you know that I find that to be so painful. I don’t know what is going to happen next for Ven and her group of rebels but I am definitely interested to see where things go. If you have an aversion to cliffhangers, you may want to wait on this series but if not, definitely consider checking this one out. I found myself unable to put this one down and when it finally did come to an end, I wanted to know more.
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Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand is the first book in the Clone Chronicles series and I have to say that once I dove into this story I was hooked! TheImitation by Heather Hildenbrand is the first book in the Clone Chronicles series and I have to say that once I dove into this story I was hooked! The pacing was great, the characters were interesting, and the story kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.
Ven is a clone of Raven Rogen and has been raised to replace her “authentic” if and when the need ever arises. When the time does come that Ven is called to step into her authentic’s shoes, she realizes that things aren’t really what she thought they would be.
I liked Ven as a character. She is smart and caring but she also sees the big picture and understands that she has a role to play. I loved seeing her character grow – she was always taking those she loves under her wings to help them but now she is faced with doing this on a larger scale while at the same time trying to keep herself out of danger.
Fairly quickly we are introduced to Linc, Raven Rogen’s (now Ven’s) bodyguard and he immediately realizes something is different about Raven. As Ven and Linc spend more time together, they both begin to realize things (and people) aren’t always what they seem. Linc has definitely had some struggles in life but he sees the good in Ven and is willing to do whatever he can to support her and get her out of harm’s way. I loved that he also looked at the bigger picture and although he wasn’t happy about Ven putting herself in danger, he was willing to help her no matter what.
This was a quick and fast-paced read that was filled with action. I was unable to put this one down and definitely thankful that I had book two waiting for me on my Kindle considering once I got to the end of this one, I needed to know what was going to happen next. Definitely check this out!
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I enjoyed this book and am curious to see what the next book in the series brings.
Croucher did a great job of grabbing my interest from the very beginI enjoyed this book and am curious to see what the next book in the series brings.
Croucher did a great job of grabbing my interest from the very beginning as we are introduced to the main character, Reese, essentially while he is stealing a car. The story is about a teenager who went through a life-saving procedure when he was young and now odd things are happening that he can't explain. I feel like I am over-simplifying this by saying just that, but there are so many other things that come up during the story that if mentioned, would probably give some of the mystery away and everyone who reads my reviews knows I hate to do that.
Reese is a solid character. He is smart but he doesn't take himself too seriously. He seemed to just adapt to his "power" which I found interesting - there was no learning curve but I have to admit, as brief as this novel was, there probably wasn't time to build up to it. Erika was a good character as well. There is a bit of an instant attraction between these two but she doesn't necessarily believe everything Reese tells her..not until she has some proof, which I found completely believable.
There are some definite "bad guys" here and although there are levels of bad, I would consider them all to be quite dangerous to Reese and Erika. Based on where this book left off, I am interested to see what happens next for everyone.
This was a quick and fast-paced story that pulled me into the story. There were some things that seemed to just "happen" and I think that it has the right mix of science and action to keep the reader engaged in the story. Definitely check this out when you can.
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Blackout by Meredith McCardle is the second book in the Annum Guard series and I have been waiting (a bit impatiently) for thisAhhh....that ending!!!
Blackout by Meredith McCardle is the second book in the Annum Guard series and I have been waiting (a bit impatiently) for this book to come out. Not only because I love time-travel books but because the mystery of what is going to happen next with these characters always keeps me turning the pages. Keep in mind that if you haven’t read book one, this review might mention some things that you might not want to know yet.
Amanda Obermann is Iris and she still a member of the Annum Guard, a covert government organization that keeps history on track, and things are necessarily going as she had hoped they would once Alpha was killed. Now Jane Bonner is the interim leader and she is definitely making things difficult – for everyone. It is hard for Amanda to believe Bonner is there to make things better and as Amanda continues to dig into who she is and why she is now in charge, she finds out some interesting things.
The one bright spot for Amanda is that Abe now works for the Guard too even though it has created a tense situation with his grandfather. Abe balances Amanda out and while she continues to figure out what is going on with the guard as well as what to do with her mother, she is able to lean on Abe and he provides support, guidance, and at times, a bit of tough love to help Amanda figure things out.
As the guard continues to go on missions, things begin to get dangerous due to the fact that the guardians are disappearing and no one knows what really is happening to them. Amanda covertly begins working with Red to figure out what is really going on and what Bonner is up to and finds out some very interesting things about not only those individuals with the Annum Guard now but also those that started the organization.
McCardle does a wonderful job of pulling the reader into the time-travel by providing some great descriptions and keeping the story moving. I found myself turning the pages just to find out what was going to happen next - I wanted to know what else Amanda was going to find out. The mysteries really help move the story but I also love that there is a lot of action too and not just a history lesson – and this is from someone who loves history.
I thought this was a great second book that helped move the story forward and was happy to see that there was a great mix of action, character development, and story progression. Relationships change along the way and major things happen – I know that is so, so vague but I can’t say what without really giving anything away…so I won’t. Just trust me when I say, if you haven’t started this series, you should get started. I loved everything that McCardle did with this story, even if the end of this book almost killed me (figuratively…obviously). I have no idea what will happen next for Amanda and am excited to see what McCardle does next with this series.
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Fates and Chaos are the first and second books of the Fates series by Lanie Bross and I have decided that I am going to do this review combin3.5 stars
Fates and Chaos are the first and second books of the Fates series by Lanie Bross and I have decided that I am going to do this review combining both books since I was able to read these books back to back. I have to admit, I enjoyed both books but I think Fates (book 1) edged out Chaos by a smidge. Please be warned – there are some things that I might mention that could be spoilers so definitely continue reading at your own risk.
Fates kicks off the series by introducing the reader to Corinthe. I was immediately drawn into her story because of the way Bross introduced us to who she really is and although there are a number of other characters, this story really belongs to Corinthe. See, Corinthe was a Fate and has been exiled to Humana for the last 10 years and her role as an Executor has been to help fate along so that she could eventually go back to Pyralis Terra…or so she thought.
Turns out she was really just a pawn in a larger objective that her Guardian, Miranda had been plotting in support of the rebellion. Miranda has invested a lot of time and effort into getting Corinthe to do what she wanted her to do and Lucas, who is introduced early on in the book, plays a large part in making sure Miranda’s plans work out. Miranda has tied their fates together by bringing Luc’s sister, Jasmine, into the mix and as he and Corinthe search for a way to save her.
As the story moves along, we find out what Miranda is really up to but I think the thing I enjoyed most about this book was the world building that Bross did throughout as she described each of the worlds that Corinthe and Luc moved through in an effort to save his sister. We also see the way that Corinthe changes as she begins to realize she wants more than just to go back to her sister Fates…now she has realized that Luc is just as (if not more) important to her.
As Fates comes to a close, things are a bit crazy for these characters and Corinthe gives the ultimate sacrifice to save Luc’s sister. With that in mind, Luc has decided he is going to do whatever he can to bring her back.
Chaos is Luc’s opportunity to bring Corinthe back but there is an added twist. Because Jasmine doesn’t remember anything about what happened when she was taken by Miranda, she is unaware of what Luc has been up to. All she knows is that Luc is acting weird, her dad is going to rehab, and now there are some people she doesn’t know following her around trying to hurt her.
As Jasmine tries learns more about what she missed during the days of her captivity and why time is jumping around so much, she ends up relying on a guy named Ford to help her out. He definitely has a story and we know very little about him. As the stories intertwine, the things Luc does have an impact on Jasmine as he causes time to jump around on her. The jumps help her figure out who she is, what is going on, and what she needs to do to get things back to normal.
As for the characters, I liked Jasmine but I had a hard time believing that she is 15. Maybe the intent was to have her seem older due to the life she has had but she always seemed much older than her actual age. Ford was an interesting character as well. We don’t really learn a lot about him outside of the fact that he is a Radical who believes like Miranda does, that no one should dictate how others live or die.
Similar to Fates, Bross does a great job of building out the worlds in this book. I also thought the story had some good progression. One of the things that does happen that did drive me crazy is the insta-love…both between Luc/Corinthe and Jasmine/Ford.
I can’t say much about the details in this book only because I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone. I found these books to be entertaining and the story interesting. There is plenty of action and a bit of romance all tied together into a story with wonderful world building and an interesting take on fate. Consider checking this series out when you can. ...more
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton is one of those books that I think people will either really love or really not love. I myself am middle of2.5 -- 3 stars
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton is one of those books that I think people will either really love or really not love. I myself am middle of the road on this book which is why I have it rated a 3 star.
I love the idea behind this book. The main character is a girl who has grown up wanting to become a Seeker and follow in the footsteps of her family. The challenge I had was that the Seeker legacy was never really explained. They “alter the world for the better” but there was never any real explanation around what that meant. Instead, we are dropped right into the story of these characters wanting something that we don’t really have a meaning around.
Quin as a main character was interesting. There were times I liked her and times that she drove me crazy. She did not have an easy life but it was one she chose –I don’t know that she truly understood the full story and had it been me, I would have been asking questions along the way instead of relying only on stories shared by my father and uncle. Also – around this….we are never really told what the heck happens that turns Quin and Shinobu from their fathers and the life of a Seeker…I needed this to better understand what really was going on. Instead I was made to guess and infer things based on the feelings they had about it.
I also wish she would have talked to John and pushed him to answer her questions about his background regardless of how he felt about it. She knew he was hiding something and it upset him but she let him push her back when she asked and in the end, it hurt them both.
The two boys were interesting. John and Shinobu are both very close to Quin and there is a bit of a love triangle here. In the beginning it doesn’t really play into the story but once things get moving, it definitely does.
John has a good story and the only thing I can say here without ruining the story for anyone is that he has reason to believe he has a right to the things he fights for. If he had been up front with Quin they probably would have avoided what ends up happening and things might have ended up differently for everyone.
Shinobu was curious. Yes, he has feelings for Quin but instead of acting on them, he decides that he is going to walk away…to a life of drugs and who knows what else. It is only by chance that he ends up back in Quin’s world but when he does, he jumps back in to help her out. As they become friends again, Quin realizes there is more to Shinobu than she originally thought and of course, this changes their relationship.
The creation of the worlds was something I found intriguing. During one section the characters are in Scotland and another section takes them to a futuristic Hong Kong. Somehow it all seemed to flow together but I do wish we had gotten more about how things fit together and some descriptions to link them.
I’m not really sure what else to write on this as I don’t want to give anything away but on top of that, I don’t know that I could truly provide a clear synopsis of what the book is truly about even though I have read it. I don’t mean this to be taken in a bad way…I just didn’t think that as a reader, I closed this book truly knowing what the life of a Seeker is and how Quin is different. The issues seemed to arise from her father more than the actual role of a Seeker but we didn’t get any background on how/where things turned and went wrong.
This one just didn’t grab me like I thought it would and it could just be a case of "it's not you, it's me" so please keep that in mind. I will most likely keep book two on my radar to see what happens next in this series…perhaps I will get some of the information there that I didn’t get in book one.
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for the review copy!...more
So....yeah. I'm going to need the next book in my hands real soon.
I purposely waited to read The Wrath and the Dawn because I knew the second I readSo....yeah. I'm going to need the next book in my hands real soon.
I purposely waited to read The Wrath and the Dawn because I knew the second I read it I was going to want to read more by Renee Ahdieh and I wasn’t wrong. I loved the way this story came together and can’t wait to be able to dive back into this world and see what happens next for these characters. I have sworn to myself that I won’t ruin this one for anyone so no spoilers and hopefully what little I can talk about below does the story enough justice for you to want to go out and get this book as soon as possible.
Shazi has a plan to avenge the death of her best friend. Having died at the hands of Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan, Shazi volunteers to become his next wife…and potentially his next victim. Every morning the Caliph sends his wife to death and no one understands why and Shazi has decided she is going to be the one to either figure it out, or die trying.
As Shazi takes her place as the Queen, she has a plan to extend her life. I found it interesting that she was relying on a story to save her life but she made it work. As the story progressed, it was clear Shazi struggled with what she was supposed to do and how she was feeling. Overall I liked her as a main character though. She went into the situation with a hope of getting revenge for her best friend and ended up with more than she bargained for.
Khalid is an interesting character too. He has a big secret and he isn’t willing to burden anyone with it. Because of that, he is very careful about who he trusts and how things are handled with his wives. When Shazi volunteered for the role, he was intrigued and when he met her, things were very different than they had been in the past. Khalid begins to care and although he attempts to do what he thinks he has to, in the end, he wants something more for himself…at the cost of something greater.
As these two struggle to come to terms with their feelings and actions, they both also know there is something bigger they have to figure out. In the end, they both make choices about what they will and won’t do and it impacts them and everyone else around them.
So I am sure that sounded super vague but I can’t help it. I don’t want to give anything away as there are quite a few things going on with these two. What I can say is that Ahdieh has created some wonderful, complex characters, not only with these two but also the secondary cast. I loved Jalal and although I couldn’t quite figure Despina out, I liked her and thought she was a good balance to Shazi. Tariq drove me nuts and although I get where he was coming from, I still didn’t like him.
There isn’t much else I can share about this book without giving anything away and you know me, I never want to ruin a book for anyone. If you’re looking for a story that has beautiful writing and a wonderful story, consider checking this one out. I couldn’t put this book down and I am looking forward to the next book…I mean really, can’t wait to get the next one (anyone who has an early copy…feel free to share).
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!...more