Reign of Shadows
But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a myste ...more
He was naked.This book is a retelling of Rapun ...more
I inhaled his scent and it was stronger, proof that not a stitch of clothing covered his body. The salt and musk of his skin hit me sharper than before—and something else. Another scent that was indecipherable to me. I felt it as much as I smelled it. It was raw and deep and visceral. My skin almost ached from the presence of it, pulling tight and breaking out into gooseflesh. My stomach knotted like a thousand butterflies were rioting inside me.
I just can't seem to make myself interested in this book. I know if I keep reading I will end up writing another 1-star review - so, really, why bother?
In case you didn't know, Reign of Shadows is a retelling of Rapunzel. It makes some very basic moves towards interesting concepts, such as a world completely in darkness and the fact that the protagonist is (view spoiler)[blind (hide spoiler)], but at 35% in, it still hasn't started to explore them because every scene is dampened by roma ...more
Ye gods. I had difficulty with REIGN OF SHADOWS from almost the very first page.
There were issues of clarity:
From high in my perch, I listened. My hearing had long adapted to the darkness.
What does that mean?
Even knowing that Luna lived in a world covered with darkness (b/c seventeen-year eclipse), this gave me pause . . . Eyes adapt to darkness, but ears?
But before too long, I gathered we weren't talking about normal adaptations. We were talking about Daredevil-like ...more
Just one question?
Was this supposed to be a full length novel?
Because I don't know about you but reading 300 pages of nothing is not my cuppa. But back to that in a sec.
Have any of you guys ever watched the movie Pitch Black?(On another note, if you haven't you should see it. Really good and Vin Diesel's hawt) Well, this really reminded me of it. Seriously, the sim ...more
“This tower isn’t my fate.”
This was an interesting YA fantasy, with a couple of twists that made it a little more special.
Luna was a strong character, and the way she coped with her disability was admirable, if maybe a little unrealistic? (view spoiler)[ how does a blind person manage to run through the forest without hitting a tree or tripping over something? Is ...more
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Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Book One of the Reign of Shadows series
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
Summary (from Goodreads):
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hid ...more
This review is going to be controversial, because I really don't know whether to recommend this book or not. If you read any books by Sophie Jordan, you know her talent is hit or miss kind: you never know whether you will love or hate her book. She writes historical romance, new adult, young adult books, and some of them are really good. But if we separate other genres and leave only young adult for evaluation, we'll notice that it is not her strongest side (I know, because I read all of her ya...more
(where are our half stars, Goodreads?)
This was a good book IMO. A fun, fast-paced, easy read. I made the mistake of reading the reviews before I started it, which I generally try to avoid, and kept waiting for the terribleness to set it.
It didn't for me. I had fun reading this and am not ashamed to admit it. Granted, I didn't go into it expecting Pulitzer Prize for Fiction quality so maybe that helped.
This is a retelling of Rapunzel, set in a dark world, where a total ...more
I'm very pleased to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! There wasn't a single thing I didn't like about it. So far it's my second favorite read of the year. I would definitely r ...more
Sophie Jordan, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned a young adult fantasy series called, Reign of Shadows and the first book in the series with the same name is a modern-retelling of the most popular childhood fairy tale, Rapunzel. This story revolves around a teenage heroine who is an orphan royal princess, protected and sheltered by two caring and loyal couple in an abandoned and hidden tower, but thi ...more
Love love loved Luna and Fowler. They're both strong and compliment each other so well. They both have secrets and it's interesting seeing the decisions because of them. Reading their relationship develop in the crazy world they're in was captivating.
There are a lot of interesting components to the story. While it didn't feel like we got the full background to the world building or what was happening, it is definitely an excellent ...more
I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Harper Collins and Edelweiss!
As always, I am sweeped in by fairy tale retellings. This time we have a story loosely based on Rapunzel, where our main character Luna lives in a world where light is only shown for a couple of hours, leaving it dark the rest of the time. Monsters called “dwellers” plague the area and are predators to the humans. Luna is kept safe in a tower, ...more
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan is the first book in a series (it’s unconfirmed whether it’s a duology / trilogy or other but it feels like a duology) that is heavily inspired by Rapunzel. I hadn’t originally planned on reading this one until I read positive pre-publication reviews and then the closer I looked at the cover the more I fell in love with it. And of course, once I found out the Rapunzel aspect I couldn’t wait another minute for it! The story ...more
This time around I decided to give the audiobook a try and I really enjoyed it. I think I may have enjoyed it more . The narrators, Phoebe Strole and James Fouhey, played Luna and Fowler perfectly. With them at the helm I didn't find the beginning so sluggish and the voices for each character was more clearly defined. I remember that being my biggest pet peeve when I came across the first chapter dedicated to Fowler. I couldn't discern that it wasn't only his voice in tha ...more
I really love Sophie Jordan and her writing. She has yet to write something I don't adore. So of course this is no different! And I love a good fantasy. This one presents a very unique world where people live in darkness and in fear of the monsters that lurk.
I will say this story definitely started off with a Rapunzel fee ...more
One of my goals this year was to step out of my reading comfort zone. While I know I enjoy YA, I am still getting my feet wet with the fantasy genre. I think this was a step in the right direction; Reign of Shadows was a pleasant surprise for me.
As a rule, I’m not a fan of first person dual POV. The switch is sometimes confusing and even in this one, there were times when I had to scroll back ...more
This book... has left me feeling very conflicted over how to rate it. But deciding to settle on 3.5 for a number of factors that I will be sharing in this review! Luna is the princess of a kingdom which her parents (the King and Queen) were killed and she sent away into hiding up in an old tower and out of the public eye. She wants more freedom and on exploring the surrounding area, she meets Fowler who holds secrets of his own and is an archer. Both get to know each other how ...more
The story is quite unlikely. Luna has lived all her life in a tower with her protectors. She is blind. And since she was born, she world has been plunged in darkness for 23 hours a day, which is physically impossible, i believe. Anyway, at night, creatures come out.
I don't think i can continue talking about it, i need a new fix of Too good to be true books. Frankly, i don' ...more
There were many things I liked about this book, such as the unique world. The world is set in a constantly dark world due to an eclipse that has lasted for 17 years. There are dark creatures that roam the land, and every day is a fight for survival. I liked the writing style of the author, mostly because of the use of description when writing about smells, feelings, warmth and cooking. Plus, this is a Rapunzel retelling, and who doesn't love a retelling?
However, there were many, many t ...more
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TOUGH BLIND PRINCESS
GRUFF SEXY ARCHER
SLOW-BURN ANTAGONISTIC ROMANCE
A WHOLE LOT OF SHIPPING
AND THEN DYING BECAUSE HOLY CLIFFHANGER!
I've had ups and downs with Sophie Jordan's books in the past. After her Uninvited duology ended in a way that I wasn't happy about, I was a little hesitant to pick up anything else by her. But when the cover and summary for Reign of Shadows released, I had a hard time being able to not resist the story. I mean it ...more
A wholly originally Rapunzel retelling, I was initially drawn to Reign of Shadows because the cover is beyond amazing. I mean, how could you not love it?
Reign of Shadows is set in a world plunged into almost complete darkness because of a total eclipse
Like wth, why is no one talking about this? Guys, i even loved the freaking romance!
This is also a bit darker then any another YA fantasy. Which i loved. If the second and final book is also this good, then that means that this series can end up on my favorite’s :p
A full review to come!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review
Going into this book, I didn't know what to expect. I've disliked books and enjoyed books by this author. The Firelight trilogy was meh to me, but I enjoyed Uninvited (the sequel is another story). I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I really liked it and I was close to giving it a full 5 stars!
Ever since darkness fell across her kingd ...more
So I was under the impression this was a standalone, but apparently it isn't?? Not with that ending at least?
Torn about how I feel about this book, so it's at a 3 right now. Wasn't too impressed, but it didn't bore me. So that's something
To like the cover or to not?
I mean... I guess it's okay?
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Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.
A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years ...more