Now I Rise
Lada is a princess without a kingdom. Her bid to seize her rightful crown ended in disaster.
She would never return to them in weakness.
Radu sacrificed so much for his coveted position in his friend Mehmed's court. But what he wants in return, Mehmed cannot give.
She had thought the throne was hers for the taking.
Their indiv ...more
…moreI don't hate Radu, but I do hate reading from his point of view because every other word is Mehmed. Drives me insane how obsessed with him he is.
And hist…moreSeriously, you are not alone! I love Radu, even though he is not badass like Lada. Yeah, I know everyone loves a strong and badass character.
And historically speaking, Radu was indeed Sultan’s lover and concubine. He was known as "cel frumos". I totally ship them. *defends self with two spears*
And I seriously want Lada to turn into the infamous Impaler. She is just awesome.(less)
"They are soldiers. They depend upon routine, and anything out of the ordinary will give them pause. And they are men. They hate to be insulted, but they love to hear others mocked. And they are fools, because they cannot imagine that a woman alone in the woods would be a threat."
That was AWESOME. I guess it's my "western" ignorance that keeps me thinking of this series as fantasy. It feels, to me at least, like fantasy. And yet, both And I Darken and Now I Rise are brutal, dark, fictional t ...more
And I Darken was a well-written and developed book, but I had mixed feelings on the romance and wanted a bit more in the character department. I did not expect either aspect to improve. I definitely did not expect White to fix BOTH of my issues with book one. It's not often a sequel can surpass my expectations so much, but this sequel is undeniably better than book one. Now I Rise both does a ...more
Lada Dracul - Prince of Wallachia - is ready to rule her country...only that country refuses to be ruled by a Dracul or by a woman.
Do not lose that hunger. You will always have to fight... You will have to be more ruthless, more brutal, more everything.
However, Lada has made her decision, and that is all that matters.
No one will be more brutal than me. No one will be more ruthless. And I will never stop fighting.But she cannot rule alone - she has her loyal men, her childhood friend (Bo ...more
**************THERE WILL BE SOME SPOILERS *************
Okay, so I freaking hate Mehmed! He was alright in the beginning of the first book when him and Lada, and Radu were just friends. And then he becomes Sultan and Lada encourages him and he's a prat! First off, I don't like that crap custom of having the harem. He's in love with Lada but popping out kids. My arse!
And Lada and Radu just keep loving him no matter what. The hell?
Anyhoo, Lada is off trying to get her throne of Wall ...more
Nicolae put an arm around Lada, drawing her close. ''Make a deal with the devil until you are both over the bridge.''
''Am I the devil, or are they?''
Too often I read YA fantasy series that make me ask myself, ‘‘Why am I reading this book? What is the purpose of this story? Haven’t I read something similar recently?’’ But with this particular series, the purpose is clear.
Lada wants to be Prince of Wallachia. She will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. She will destroy anything and ...more
•Last year, I adored And I Darken. I think its publication was a true event; I don’t know of any other YA historical/fantasy series or standalones that can be said to get close to what And I Darken presented its readers with. Kiersten White had clearly meant her story to stand out as unique, and she succeeded gloriously. Just the fact that her heroine didn’t put love above anything else was impossibly refreshing; the two male protagonists were so ...more
the pacing/layout of this series is so organised and straightforward - i love it! the first book is an intro to the characters and the ascension of mehmed, this one focuses on the siege of various kingdoms, ...more
However, I am sad to say that I didn't get the same pleasure from reading 'Now I Rise'. It was like this book came along a ...more
+ The characters are totally what's absolutely caught my heart.
Like put in all the HEART EYES here for our Slytherin little children. ...more
#1 And I Darken ★★★★★
#2 Now I Rise ★★★★★
#3 Bright We Burn ★★★☆☆
They had nothing better, nowhere else to go. They were loyal to her, and to the hope that perhaps she would find them a place in the world.
FIVE. FREAKING. STARS. Now I Rise is non-stop action, death, war, betrayal, and general bad-assery from Lada. She was built into this amazing, fierce little creature in the first book, but her leadership qualities as well as her dedication to Wallachia really shine in this one.
After lea ...more
Fricken hell, someone hold me, I've felt like my heart was in my throat for the last 5 chapters and now I'm going to continue the rest of my life like this
thanks for that keirsten white, i hope you're proud of yourself
4.5 stars (and im not promising any review go away and leave me to mourn my existence)
hoping this time ill be able to get into it
Buddy read with mah big sis, Jia
oh my ...more
This series continues to amaze me just because of its depth and scope. For a while I thought this book was just boring politics, but then I realized that it continues to play with the themes of identity and religion/culture. But in this book, it also questions loyalty and morality and it’s just??? so good????? I don’t want this to sound like I’m shitting on other YA books but this is seriously so thought-provoking and mature (not in its content, really, just that it tackles so many them ...more
literally nothing happens in this book and 1.5 stars only for Cyprian, Radu, Nazira and Fatima. everything and everyone else can choke.
I'm expecting this to be wayyyyy more better than AID and if it's not I'm going to fight this book and beat it UP.
Buddy read with a hard mango ...more
“Hatred makes monsters of us all.”
Friends, I’ll be honest with you, I have been dreading writing this review. I don’t know what’s wrong with me or my reading tastes, but this series just isn’t the series for me. So many of my friends love this series more than anything and you should check out their reviews: Chaima (Muslim ownvoices), Elise, and Emily! But, sadly, I’m calling it quits and I’m not reading the third book. And if you want my honest opinion? Read The Traitor Baru Cormora ...more
how do I explain to my family and friends that this book is the love of my life?
Yeah, review still coming :p
reasons why i should never be trusted
✓ this book arrived so quickly like i didn't even blink yet and it was here.....right in my hands
✓ when i opened the box though that's when i realized that life will never let you just.......be
✓ first of all, i ordered the wrong cover
✓ trust me for once my eyesight is not the problem ...more
Update 12/08/2017 : I finally have this beauty in my hands and so it's time to read it!!!
Actual buddy read (more like forced her) with my little sister Maymay.
I'm impatiently waiting for my copy to arrive so I finally read this beauty. It's one of my 2017 anticipated reads so I really hope it's as good (or even better!) as And I Darken.
Buddy reading with my love
and... um, her too... yea ...more
"she's too violent"
"what happened to her compassion"
this book was bomb and lada s l a y e d my entire existence.
She was a dragon. She was a prince. She was the only hope Wallachia had of ever prospering.
And she would do whatever it took to get there.
she is truly a fearsome thing to behold. so often in novels we get characters that will say they would do anything to accomplish their goals but stop just shy or the author events some miraculous loophole that gi ...more
“No one will be more brutal than me. No one will be more ruthless. And I will never stop fighting.”
And true to its word this book is more brutal, more ruthless, and stakes were never this high before. Reading And I Darken was not an easy experience for me, but Now I Rise doubles it in intensity and heartbreak. When you have to chose between people you love and right and wrong, things get very messy. There’s no white or black, everything’s gray and painful.
Once again Kiersten White i ...more
Second time reading (in preparation for Bright We Burn) and it's even better this time, especially that final showdown between Lada and the Danesti Boyar nobility. So deliciously devious....more
Lada is a complete badass and most definitely my all time fave heroine and if you like strategic political warfare, this series will blow your mind.
"I think if you had been a boy, perhaps you would have been satisfied with what the world offered you. This is how we are alike. We saw everything that was not ours, and we hungered. Do not lose that hunger. You will always have to fight for everything. Even when you already have it, you will have to keep fighting to maintain it. You will have to be more ruthless, more brutal, more everything."
You know what I love about this series? You have no idea how it's going to end. This is, o ...more
Why is every event in this literally So Incredibly Shocking when it's historical fiction and I literally already wikipedia-spoiled myself
Anyway Radu is my son and I would literally die for him I love him so much AND OH MY GOD THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. How is it so good Radu's growth is !!!!! god he needs to learn to love himself I'm so emo please son you're doing amazing sweetie (view spoiler)[ also like I lowkey wants Cyprian/Radu to be a thing and the ...more
This is the second instalment in the much-loved And I Darken series. The book is set primarily in the dual perspectives of Lada and Radu, daughter and son of the renowned Vlad Dragwyla, prince of Wallachia, during the nineteenth century. They spent their childhood used as political bargaining chips and lived as wards to the sultan of b ...more
Hi, it is I, currently in a reading slump, who just received the ARC of this book, which one DEFINITELY shouldn't try to read while in a reading slump :)) Also guess who loved book 1 but doesn't remember a single thing about it :))) thank god for recaps online.
THAT COVER. Can I just tape it on the inside of my eyelids? *want want want*
"Do not lose that hunger. You will always have to fight for everything. Even when you already have it, you will have to keep fighting to maintain it. You will have to be more ruthless, more brutal, more everything. Any weakness will undo everything you have accomplished. They will see any crack as evidence that they were right that a woman cannot do what you do."
If you're looking for a Young Adult novel that combines a Vlad the Impaler reimagining with a rich historical setting and a gloriou ...more
"No one will be more brutal than me. No one will be more ruthless. And I will never stop fighting"
Happy release day to this light fluffy read that will warm your heart!
I received an ARC of this and I can finally post my review now that it's release day :)
In case you couldn't tell guys that is COMPLETE sarcasm. There is nothing light, fluffy, or heartwarming about this book yet it is still AMAZING. Now I Rise is the sequel to And I Darken and let me tell you this book 1. did ...more
My Review for "And I Darken" : https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
I totally agree with Sara's point of view and she did a remarkable job writing this review. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
"History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of Man." - Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ... “ - George Santayana
“Those who do not know history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them. “ - Edmund Burke
Dear Kiersten White,
The f ...more
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